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.

The mission of our program is: To empower health information technology students to achieve success and economic mobility by impacting healthcare with the use, maintenance, and protection of data and information.

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

Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars

Salary Data

Projected employment for United States

2020 Employment

81,400

2030

89,900

Percent Change

11

Projected Job Openings

6900

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 include information governance, privacy, security, data analytics, revenue cycle management, compliance, and leadership
  • Learn how to create, retain, maintain, and store paper and electronic patient records.
  • Understand and interpret coding guidelines, and assign diagnostic and procedural codes to coding scenarios in various healthcare settings
  • Learn how to collect, analyze, monitor, and report health data using healthcare technologies.
  • Learn to use project management techniques and their application to healthcare projects and management.

Health Information Technology Associate in Science

HIT-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2021 (585)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2021 (585), 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

Dr. Kengia Sabree, RHIA
Academic Chair
Sabree.kengia@spcollege.edu


For Academic Advising and Program Admissions Information
please contact:
Healthadvising@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 Records Technician
  • Medical Coder
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Healthcare Privacy & Security Officer
  • 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.

Fully Online

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 11 credits)

HIM 1101 HIM Standards and Practice 3
HIM 1511 Healthcare Informatics and Data Workflow 3
HIM 1140 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology for HIM Professionals 3
HIM 2223 Introduction to Coding and Reimbursement Systems 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
2nd Term in Program (Complete 10 credits)

HIM 2652 Electronic Health/Medical Record Systems 2
HIM 1005 Healthcare Informatics Project Management 2
HIM 1800 Professional Practice Experience I 3
HIM 2229 Introduction to ICD-CM Coding 3

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

HIM 2201 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis 3
HIM 2723 ICD-PCS Coding 3
HIM 2012 Health Law Concepts and Practices 2
HIM 2253 Basic CPT Coding 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
4th Term in Program (Complete 8 credits)

HIM 2810 Professional Practice Experience II 3
HIM 1506 HIM Compliance 1
HIM 2500 Organization and Supervision 2
HIM 2510 Healthcare Quality and Performance Improvement 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
5th Term in Program (Complete 3 credits)

HIM 2960 Credentialing Exam Review 1
HIM 2820 Professional Practice Experience III 2

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

Total Credits 70

Program Outcomes

Health Information Technology A.S. Degree 

Academic Year Year Number of Graduates and Graduation Rate National Certification Examination Pass Rate on First Attempt Level of Employment Six Months Post Graduation*
2012-2013 December 2013 N/A 100% 74%
2013-2014 December 2014 N/A 73% 65%
2014-2015 December 2015 N/A 69% 91%
2015-2016 December 2016 35=14.34% 85% 62%
2016-2017 December 2017 43=15.19% 73% 76%
2017-2018 December 2018 30=18.98% 82% 58%
2018-2019 December 2019 42=23.72% 72% N/A
2019-2020 December 2020 36=22.64% 73% N/A

Note: In Academic Years 2012-2013 through 2014-2015, the program operated under the name Health Information Management.

Note: The Level of Employment six months post-graduation does not include graduates who were continuing their education.

Accreditation for the Health Information Technology A.S. Degree

Health Information Technology A.S. Degree The accreditor of the Health Information Technology program at St. Petersburg College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the associate degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2028-2029. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

CONTINUe YOUR EDUCATION at St. Petersburg College

Our certificates in Coding and Revenue Management and Healthcare Data Management are embedded in the Health Information Technology A.S. Degree. You can take one or both of these certificates and earn credit toward the 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 (RHIT)
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA)

Health Information Technology A.S. Degree

Program Admission Guides

Please review the program admission guide to ensure your eligibility prior to applying below.


BEGIN PROGRAM APPLICATION

Please answer the following questions to apply to our Health Information Technology A.S. Degree program.

I am

New student at SPC

Returning to SPC

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts must be posted and evaluated by the application deadline.

Cumulative GPA

College level Reading, Writing, and Math

Program Admission Questions

Courses

Gen Ed and Support Courses

SPC Application

You will need to complete the SPC Application and pay the non-refundable fee.

Readmission Steps

You will need to complete the readmission steps.

Official Transcripts Required

Please submit official, unopened (sealed) high school transcripts or GED transcripts as well as those from all regionally-accredited college(s) and universities currently or previously attended. If you completed an A.A.S. degree or higher at a regionally-accredited institution, we won't need your high school transcripts. Learn more about transcripts.

Cumulative GPA Requirement

You will need a cumulative GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale in all postsecondary coursework for admission. Please review the admission guide and reach out to your academic advisor.

College Level Reading, Writing, and Math Requirement

This health program requires students to be at college level in Reading, Writing, and Math. Please see your academic advisor for additional details.

Program Admission Requirements

Please review the curriculum for approved options that satisfy this requirement.

Program Admission Requirements

Please review the admission guide for approved options that satisfy this requirement.

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Application Windows

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Fall: August March 1 - June 30 July 1 - 9 July 10
Spring: January July 1 - Oct. 31 Nov. 1 - 9 Nov. 10