Health Information Technology

Associate in Science Degree (CIP# 1351070700)

Limited-Access

This program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of healthcare setting.Although medical records and health information technologists do not provide direct patient care, they work regularly with physicians and other healthcare professionals. Health information technologists organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories. Health information technologists can specialize in many aspects of health information.Some careers in Health IT are: Technical and IT security specialist, project manager, corporate health information director, application and implementation specialist, systems analyst, data analyst, system architect, interface expert, and data quality manager.Most work as medical coders, sometimes called coding specialists, or as cancer registrars.Some of the major employment sectors for health information technology professionals are hospitals, clinics, schools, consulting firms, insurance companies, healthcare associations, pharmaceutical companies, and public healthcare organizations. Other primary employment sectors are nursing homes, doctors’ offices, rehabilitation centers, government agencies, and bio-tech companies.

College Admission Requirements:

  • Review the general admission requirements for Health Sciences programs in the Admissions section of the Valencia College catalog.
  • Submit a completed Valencia Associate Degree Application for Admission; satisfy the requirements for degree seeking students and be in active student status.
  • Satisfy the college entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, New Student Experience (SLS 1122), mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which you are placed
  • Complete all Health Information Technology Prerequisites courses for admission with a minimum grade of “C”.
  • Have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.5 (including transfer work).
  • Submit the completed Valencia Health Information Technology Program application with the application fee.

Program Information

  • The identified courses in the program curriculum include all courses that are required for the Health Information Technology A.S. degree.A minimum grade of “C” must be achieved in all courses in the program curriculum, including perquisite courses required for admission.
  • The courses in the curriculum are progressive in nature, with one course building on the preceding course. Because of this progressive relationship, all courses in a term must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in order to continue to the next term. If a student achieves less than a “C” or withdraws from any course that is required for the Health Information Technology A.S. degree, the student will not be allowed to continue in the program.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to consult a Health Sciences advisor for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.

Note:

  • All accepted applicants are required to submit application through Valencia for a criminal background check and drug testing.Applicants for Valencia’s Health Sciences programs must be free of offenses that would disqualify them from a student clinical experience in a healthcare setting and must have their civil rights intact.This procedure is in response to requirements by clinical agencies and state/federal regulations.
  • Estimated program expenses are given in the Financial section of the Valencia College catalog.

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take ENC1101 (3 credits), and if applicable, SLS 1122 (3 credits) and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits).  The remaining courses will be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.S. degree programs. For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, see your Career Program Advisor or create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Potential Careers

  • Health Information Technician
  • Medical Records Technician

Salary & Earnings Information

For salary and wage information, visit: www.floridawages.com.

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit

If you have earned the AHIMA certification or AAPC certification, you may be eligible to receive credit toward this A.S. degree. For more information, visit: http://valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/credit_alternative.cfm.

Contacts

Health Sciences Program Advisor, West Campus: HealthScienceAdvising@valenciacollege.edu or 407-582-1288.
For Information Sessions, Admission Guide, Program Application, and the most updated information, visit our website at: valenciacollege.edu/west/health.

Program Description:  

This certificate prepares students for entry-level employment as medical coders and health insurance specialists. The medical coder is responsible for assigning correct diagnostic and procedural codes to medical documentation from patients’ medical records to ensure appropriate medical insurance reimbursement and compliance. The Medical Information Coder/Biller program content is comprehensive, covering both inpatient and outpatient coding and documentation principles. Coding and Billing professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies and home care providers.

Program Requirements:

This is a three semester program with courses offered online.  The program is open-entry with no prerequisite.  Students may start the program any semester. The credits in this certificate program apply toward the Health Information Technology Associate in Science Degree. Core courses may not be offered every semester. 

Program Outcomes

1.  Perform entry level skills competently as described by the scope of practice for Health Information Technology.

Medical Information Coder/Biller

Term 1Credit Hours
HSC 1531 or OST 1257CMEDICAL TERMINOLOGY +3
HIM 1000INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT +2
OST 1467CINTRODUCTION TO BODY SYSTEMS FOR OST +^3
HIM 2222CBASIC ICD CODING +4
Term 2
CGS 1060CINTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS +3
or CGS 2100C, or OST 2854C
HIM 1430PRINCIPLES OF DISEASE +3
HIM 2729CADVANCED ICD CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT +*4
HIM 1012LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT +3
Term 3
HIM 1110HEALTH DATA CONCEPTS +*3
HSA 1100HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS +3
HSC 1149GENERAL PHARMACOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS +1
HIM 2253BASIC CPT CODING +*3
HIM 2810LPROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE II +*2
 Total Credit Hours: 37.0
+

 This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check the description in the Valencia catalog

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Students majoring in Health Information Technology AS degree are highly recommended to take BSC 2093C Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, in place of OST 1467C Introduction to Body Systems for OST.

 Program Outcomes

  1. Perform entry level skills competently as described by the scope of practice for Health Information Technology.
  2. Perform effective communication skills within the healthcare setting.
  3. Practice professional behaviors within a healthcare setting.
  4. Execute critical thinking and problem solving skills within the healthcare setting.
Prerequisite for AdmissionCredit Hours
Fall Term
HSC 1531Medical Terminology +3
BSC 2093CHuman Anatomy and Physiology I +*~4
BSC 2094CHuman Anatomy Physiology II +*~4
CGS 1060C or 2100CIntro to Computers +3
Year I
Fall Term
HIM 1000INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT +*2
HIM 1430Principles of Disease +*3
HSC 1149General Pharm for Hlth Prof 1
HIM 1012LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT 3
MAC 1105College Algebra +*~3
Spring Term
HIM 1110Health Data Concepts +*3
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
HSA 1100Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HIM 2222CBASIC ICD CODING 4
Summer Term
HIM 1211Health Info Technologies +*2
HIM 1800LPROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE +*2
HIM 2729CADVANCED ICD CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT 4
Year II
Fall Term
HIM 2253Basic CPT Coding +*3
HIM 2512Supervision, Org, and Mgmt 3
HIM 2810LPROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE II +*2
HIM 2214Health Care Stats and Research 2
HIM 2500Quality and Perf Improvement 3
Spring Term
HIM 2820LPROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE III +*2
HIM 2960Health Info Tech Review 2
Humanities:: See Gen. Ed. Core or Institutional Requirements +*~3
PSY 2012General Psychology ~3
 Total Credit Hours: 70.0
+

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite or co-requisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

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This is a general education course.

Notes:

Specialized program courses are offered on the West Campus.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

Once you complete your A.S. degree in Health Information Technology, you can continue at Valencia to earn a bachelor-level Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) in Leadership in Healthcare.  With additional education at the bachelor’s level and professional experience, you will enhance your skills and may have more career options available.

Several Florida public universities provide opportunities for A.S. degree graduates to pursue a Bachelor’ degree. All of Valencia’s A.S. degrees will transfer in to the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree offered at UCF’s regional campuses, as well as other universities. For more information on UCF’s B.A.S. degree go to: www.regionalcampuses.ucf.edu/program/applied-science. Students who want to continue their education should contact their university of choice for acceptance of this degree.

For students who are interested in pursuing UCF’s B.A.S. degree, 36 credit hours of general education courses will be required. Students will have to fulfill the state’s foreign language requirement, which is two years of one foreign language in high school or one year foreign language in college (or equivalent proficiency prior to graduation).

Program Description:  

This certificate prepares students for entry-level employment as medical coders and health insurance specialists. The medical coder is responsible for assigning correct diagnostic and procedural codes to medical documentation from patients’ medical records to ensure appropriate medical insurance reimbursement and compliance. The Medical Information Coder/Biller program content is comprehensive, covering both inpatient and outpatient coding and documentation principles. Coding and Billing professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies and home care providers.

Program Requirements:

This is a three semester program with courses offered online.  The program is open-entry with no prerequisite.  Students may start the program any semester. The credits in this certificate program apply toward the Health Information Technology Associate in Science Degree. Core courses may not be offered every semester. 

Program Outcomes

1.  Perform entry level skills competently as described by the scope of practice for Health Information Technology.

Medical Information Coder/Biller

Term 1Credit Hours
HSC 1531 or OST 1257CMEDICAL TERMINOLOGY +3
HIM 1000INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT +2
OST 1467CINTRODUCTION TO BODY SYSTEMS FOR OST +^3
HIM 2222CBASIC ICD CODING +4
Term 2
CGS 1060CINTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS +3
or CGS 2100C, or OST 2854C
HIM 1430PRINCIPLES OF DISEASE +3
HIM 2729CADVANCED ICD CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT +*4
HIM 1012LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT +3
Term 3
HIM 1110HEALTH DATA CONCEPTS +*3
HSA 1100HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS +3
HSC 1149GENERAL PHARMACOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS +1
HIM 2253BASIC CPT CODING +*3
HIM 2810LPROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE II +*2
 Total Credit Hours: 37.0
+

 This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check the description in the Valencia catalog

^

Students majoring in Health Information Technology AS degree are highly recommended to take BSC 2093C Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, in place of OST 1467C Introduction to Body Systems for OST.