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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  May 22, 2022
 
2015-2016 Catalog [Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016] 
    
2015-2016 Catalog [Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016] [Archived Catalog]

Health Information Technology (2277) (A.S.)


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Associate in Science

This is a Limited Access program.

Mission/Purpose

The primary mission of the Health Information Technology program is to improve the health care delivery system through the education and training of students who are knowledgeable about the management of health information systems as well as provide service to the health care community and HIM community. 

The Career

Health information technology is concerned with the management of systems to collect, store, process, retrieve, analyze, disseminate and communicate information related to the research, planning, provision, financing and evaluation of health care services.

Graduates of this program are known as health information technicians. Entry-level health information technicians may be employed in a variety of settings. Some of the common job titles include: coder, supervisor and medical record technician. Opportunities for practice include physician’s office settings, long-term care facilities, home health care agencies, ambulatory settings, federal health care agencies, behavioral health care organizations, insurance companies and acute care hospitals.

For additional information about the health information technology profession, call, write or e-mail:

American Health Information Management Association
233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60601-5519
(312) 233-1090

The Program

The Health Information Technology program is a combination of general education and professional courses including lecture, laboratory and clinical education components. Graduates of the program are prepared as entry-level practitioners. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded an A.S. degree. Graduates are then eligible to take the national examination to become a registered health information technician. The HIM Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Admission to this program is limited and is based on completion of specific prerequisite courses (see application procedure) with a minimum grade of “C” or better. Students may find it difficult to work during the professional phase of the program due to clinical demands. A minimum grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all professional core courses.  Students may not take the responsibility of qualified staff. However, after demonstrating proficiency, students may be permitted to undertake certain defined activities with appropriate supervision and direction. Students may be employed in the field of study outside regular educational hours paid and subject to standard employer policies.

A technical certificate, Medical Information Coder/Biller (6155) (T.C.)  is included within this degree program. Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn the certificate while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue the certificate to develop or upgrade their skills. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

Program Outcomes/RHIT Certification Exam Pass Rates

Year 2010 2011 2012 2013
RHIT Exam Pass Rate 90% 100% 83% 84%

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of HIM professionals is expected to grow much faster than the average. Certification and Licensing

Upon completion of this program, graduates must successfully complete an AHIMA certification exam. A credential validates your competence as an HIM professional to employers and the public. A Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential requires an associate’s degree and successful performance on the RHIT certification exam.

Accreditation

The Florida State College at Jacksonville A.S. Degree in Health Information Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Application Procedure

To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Health Information Technology program, students must submit a completed HIM program application. Applicants must:

  1. Be currently enrolled or a former Florida State College at Jacksonville student.
  2. Have completed a minimum of thirteen credit hours of prerequisites.  The specific prerequisites for admission are BSC 2085C , ENC 1101  or ENC 1101C , MAC 1105  or higher, and CGS 1100 .  A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all prerequisite courses.
  3. Maintain a 2.0 GPA.
  4. Complete the Health Information Technology program application. Contact the HIM office for application deadline.
  5. Submit an official college transcript.

Applicants will be ranked on the quality points earned in the five courses listed above.  Students who verify work experience in health information technology will earn two points per year, up to a maximum of six points. 

Need More Information? Contact

North Campus, (904) 766-6663

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Curriculum


General Education

Credit Hours: 16

Professional Courses

Credit Hours: 54
A minimum grade of “C” or better is required in all Professional Core courses.

Total Credit Hours: 70

Record of Conviction of a Crime


Effective July 1, 2009, pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, health care review boards shall refuse to renew a license, certificate or registration, issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been convicted or plead guilty or nolo contendere, regardless of adjudication, to a felony violation of: chapters 409, 817, or 893, Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application, terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent 5 years) or terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent 5 years). The Florida nursing or allied health licensure or certification application requires disclosure of any criminal history and the disposition of all cases prior to board review. Being convicted of, or having entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, any of the listed felonies in Florida Statute 456.0635 or termination for cause from the statutorily-described Medicaid programs will preclude an applicant from obtaining a nursing or allied health license or certification in the state of Florida. Entry and acceptance into the nursing or allied health program does not guarantee licensure or certification in the State of Florida.

Note


Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Some practice settings may have additional requirements including health insurance, a volunteer application, references, fingerprinting and background check, drug testing, and/or an interview prior to the start of the clinical experience. The additional requirements are the responsibility of the student, including expenses.

The cost of the background check(s) and drug screen(s) is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Graduation Requirements


In order to be awarded the Associate in Science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Students must fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the Associate in Science degree programs, excluding developmental education courses. (A.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
  3. Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses. (All college cumulative.)
  4. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit by portfolio development do not count toward this residency requirement.
  5. Complete the required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  6. Earned a grade of a C or better in each course used to satisfy the General Education Requirements and any other area designated with a C or better requirement.
  7. Students must have fulfilled all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before they may graduate.

 Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. Students who enter under the (2015/2016) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2015/2016 academic year.  The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or co-requisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  4. Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.

Articulation


This A.S. degree program articulates into a bachelor’s degree program. For more information, please visit the Transfer Services Web page and look for your A.S. program of study.

University Transfer


This Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree programs are intended primarily for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details refer to the University Transfer Guide.

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