Earn a Health Information Technology A.S. Degree

As a health information professional, you play a crucial role in managing patient health information by verifying and maintaining the accuracy and security of medical records. Our program gives you the technical expertise and leadership skills to advance in this field.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

10,890

2026

13,180

Percent Change

21

Projected Job Openings

940

Features of the Health Information Technology A.S. Degree at SPC

  • Prepares you for quick entry or advancement in your career
  • Affordable
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
  • Gives you hands-on experience through professional practice courses held in acute care hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation, psychiatric or assisted living facilities
  • Offered completely online except for professional practice courses, which are arranged at health care facilities near you
  • Prepares you to take the national exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) through the American Health Information Management Association 
  • Gives you a competitive advantage for management jobs
  • Covers physician and hospital coding and medical billing concepts

WHAT YOU LEARN in SPC's Health Information Technology A.S. Degree

  • Key concepts such as health care delivery systems, accreditation standards, patient privacy and confidentiality and health care statistics
  • How to create, retain and store patient records through digital systems
  • Quality improvement, organization of department resources and supervision of personnel

Health Information Technology Associate in Science

HIT-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2018 (550)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2018 (550), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

Kengia Sabree
Academic Chair
727-341-3623
Sabree.kengia@spcollege.edu


Dr. Deanna Stentiford
Dean of Allied Health Sciences
stentiford.deanna@spcollege.edu


Program Summary

Transferable to a Bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration at SPC.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1351070700: Health Information Technology

Federal CIP Code

51.0707: Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Health Information Technician
  • Medical Coder
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Healthcare Privacy & Security Officer
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement Manager
  • Document Improvement Practitioner
  • Release of information Technician

Admission Rules

Please review the Health Information Technology A.S. Admission Guide.

The Admission Guide will outline the admission criteria specific to the Health Information Technology A.S. program as well as explain the timetable for evaluation and further admission correspondence. Please review this information carefully to ensure you submit a complete application at the appropriate time. Only students who satisfy all the application requirements and submit a complete application in accordance with the information detailed in the Admission Guide will be considered for admission.

Before entering the first term of the Health Information Technology "program courses" students must complete a minimum of 12 credits from the General Education and/or Support Courses of the Health Information Technology curriculum.

Prior to admissions, students must complete:

BSC 1084C or (BSC 2085/BSC 2085L and BSC 2086/BSC 2086L)
CGS 1100
HSC 1531

General Education and Support courses do not have to be completed in the order listed. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application form. Please see a counselor or advisor.

Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Ethics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

SUPPORT COURSES
Social/Behavioral Science (Select 3 credits)

Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Social/Behavioral Science requirement for this AS degree.
Any POS prefix course 3
Any PSY prefix course 3
Any SYG prefix course 3

SUPPORT COURSES
Computer and Information Literacy Competency (Complete 1 course)

Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Computer Competency requirement for this AS degree.
CGS 1100 Computer Applications 3

SUPPORT COURSES
Complete 6 credits

* BSC 1084C Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology 4
HSC 1531 Medical Terminology I 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
1st Term in Program (Complete 12 credits)

HIM 1000 Introduction to Health Information Management 2
HIM 1102 Introduction to Healthcare Informatics 2
HIM 1430 Principles of Disease 2
HIM 1110 Standard Healthcare Practices 2
HIM 1442 Pharmacology for HIM Professionals 2
HIM 2222 Basic ICD Coding 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
2nd Term in Program (Complete 12 credits)

HIM 2223 Introduction to Coding and Reimbursement Systems 2
HIM 2214 Healthcare Statistics and Research 2
HIM 2652 Electronic Health/Medical Record Systems 2
HIM 1800 Professional Practice Experience I 2
HIM 2722 ICD-CM Coding 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
3rd Term in Program (Complete 11 credits)

HIM 1005 Healthcare Informatics Project Management 2
HIM 2723 ICD-PCS Coding 2
HIM 1212 Data and Workflow Management 2
HIM 2215 Health Data Analysis 1
HIM 2012 Health Law Concepts and Practices 2
HIM 2253 Basic CPT Coding 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
4th Term in Program (Complete 6 credits)

HIM 2810 Professional Practice Experience II 2
HIM 2960 Credentialing Exam Review 2
HIM 2500 Organization and Supervision 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
5th Term in Program (Complete 4 credits)

HIM 2820 Professional Practice Experience III 2
HIM 2510 Quality and Performance Improvement 2

* BSC 2085/BSC 2085L and BSC 2086/BSC 2086L together can fulfill the BSC 1084C course requirement.

Total Credits 70

Program Outcomes

The Health Information Technology credentialing exam pass rate for 2014 reporting period was 100%.

Health Information Management A.S. Degree 

Year Graduates National Certification Examination Pass Rate on First Attempt Level of Employment Six Months Post Graduation
December 2013 41 100% 19/21 = 90%
December 2014 0 73% N/A
December 2015 13 69% N/A
December 2016 11 85% 6/6 = 100%
December 2017 3 73% N/A

Effective Spring 2014, the Health Information Management program name changed to Health Information Technology.

Health Information Technology A.S. Degree 

Year Graduates National Certification Examination Pass Rate on First Attempt Level of Employment Six Months Post Graduation
December 2013 * 100% N/A
December 2014 * 73% N/A
December 2015 * 69% 12/13 = 92%
December 2016 35 85% 22/26 = 85%
December 2017 43 73% N/A

Accreditation for the Health Information Technology A.S. Degree

Health Information Technology A.S. DegreeThe Health Information Technology Associate in Science degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

CONTINUe YOUR EDUCATION at St. Petersburg College

Our certificates in Medical Coder and Healthcare Informatics transfer to the Health Information Technology A.S. Degree. The A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS

The coursework in this program prepares you for the following industry certifications:

  • Registered Health Information Technician
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA)

Health Information Technology A.S. Degree

Admissions to the Health Information Technology A.S. Degree program

Admission Guide