Associate in Science
This is a Limited Access program.
The mission of the Health Information Technology (HIT) program is to provide the opportunity for students to develop skills and abilities that will allow them to become competent health information professionals with entry-level skills and the resources needed to acquire, analyze, maintain, and report accurate and complete health information. In addition, the program provides an environment of lifelong learning.
The Health Information Technology program offers the perfect mix of business and healthcare with focus on the use, integrity, availability, and privacy of healthcare data. The Health Information Technology program prepares the student to meet data requirements in all areas of the health care delivery system. The curriculum consists of health records management and administration of information management to enhance the quality of services in accordance with medical, legal, ethical, regulatory, and institutional policies. HIT students gain knowledge and understanding of human anatomy, human physiology, pathophysiology, statistical and research methods, state and federal regulations, legal aspects of health care, medical coding of health care (diagnoses, procedures) services, and the electronic health record and its use to the health care facility. Graduates are then eligible to take the national examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) accredits the Florida State College at Jacksonville Health Information Technology program. CAHIIM serves the public interest by establishing quality standards for the educational preparation of future health information management (HIM) professionals. When a program is accredited by CAHIIM, it means that the program has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process and has been determined to meet or exceed the accreditation standards.
Admission to the HIT program is limited and is based on completion of specific prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C or better. Students are required to complete two non-paid professional practice/clinical experiences. Students enrolled in this program may find it difficult to work during the professional phase of the program due to professional practice/clinical demands. Students are required to complete two non-paid professional practice experiences (PPEs) prior to graduation. Students may not take the responsibility of qualified staff in the clinical practice setting. 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 minimum grade of C or better is required in all professional coursework.
Program Outcomes/RHIT Certification Exam Pass Rates
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Two technical certificates, Medical Information Coder/Biller (6155) (T.C.) and Healthcare Informatics Specialist (6165) (T.C.) , are included within this A.S. degree program. Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn the certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue the certificates to develop or upgrade their skills. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.
Please note by being enrolled in this degree program you may automatically meet the requirements for the aforementioned technical certificate. If you meet the requirements for the technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this degree program, you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate upon meeting its requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of earning the technical certificate please contact an advisor to do so.
Health information Technicians play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing data that physician and other health care professionals rely on for delivery of quality health care. Graduates of the HIT program are known as health information technicians. Health information technicians focus on the technical side of managing health data availability and integrity. Entry-level health information technicians may be employed in a variety of settings wherever health information is collected such as acute-care hospitals, psychiatric facilities, ambulatory care facilities, physician office practices, long term care, substance abuse agencies, and rehabilitation centers. Some non-traditional settings where HIT professionals use their expertise include reimbursement companies, disease registries, health information technology vendors, consulting firms, research, policy agencies, and educational institutions.
For additional information about the health information technology profession, contact the American Health Information Management Association, 233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150, Chicago, IL 60601-5519, (312) 233-1090, or ahima.org.
According to the U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health information technicians is expected to increase by 11 percent through 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.
Upon completion of this program, graduates are encouraged to 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 (from a CAHIIM Associate degree accredited program) and successful performance on the RHIT certification exam.
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), 233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800, cahiim.org.
To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Health Information Technology program, students must complete the following by the application deadline:
- Be currently enrolled or a former Florida State College at Jacksonville student.
- Complete the required prerequisite coursework with a grade of C or better:
- Maintain a 2.0 GPA.
- Complete the Health Information Technology program application.
- Submit an official college transcript.
- Submit a reflection essay.
- Submit verification of health-related work experience (if applicable) typed on employer letterhead including the dates of employment, specific health-related duties performed and the number of hours worked per week.
- Submit verification of volunteer service (if applicable) typed on the organization's letterhead.
Applicants will be ranked on the quality points earned in the four 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.
Note: Admissions preference is given to fully qualified candidates who have met all entrance criteria, including the satisfaction of prerequisite courses. Should seats remain available in the program cohort, applicants who fulfill admissions criteria prior to the start of the program will be considered next, followed by those with the highest number of completed prerequisite courses. Qualified applicants with pending prerequisite course requirements will receive a conditional acceptance letter outlining the remaining criteria for full program admission.
The application deadline is February 15 of each year with classes starting in the Summer term.
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