Health Information Technology―Associate in Science
This program is in development and is awaiting final approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Health information technicians improve the quality of health care by organizing and managing health information data. They ensure its quality, accuracy, accessibility and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.
Successful health information technicians are active listeners, critical thinkers, have top communication comprehension skills and are effective communicators.
The purpose of this program is to prepare students to become health information professionals in the technical aspect of health care. The program will provide instruction in the acquisition, analysis and security of a patients' medical and health information. The program also prepares students to take the national certification exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) through the American Health Information Management Association. Upon successful completion of this program, an individual may transfer to Pasco-Hernando State College's Bachelor of Applied Science degree program.