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),  or Professions of Caring (HSC 1004) for students pending acceptance for a health sciences program, 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 their campus based 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) or HSC1004 (3 credits) for students pending acceptance to a health sciences program 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.

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit

Graduates of specific programs at Orange County Technical Colleges and TECO may be eligible to receive college credit for specific courses in this program. You may also be eligible to receive credit toward this degree if you have earned an approved industry certification such as the AHIMA certification or AAPC certification. For more information and requirements, go to valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm to view the award of credit options.  Eligible students should contact the related academic department and/or Career Program Advisor at Valencia for the award of credit.

Technical Certificates

The Health Information Technology A.S. degree also offers the following college credit certificate program.  This certificate program can put you on the fast-track to reaching your career goals. It is designed to equip you with a specialized skill set for entry-level employment or to upgrade your skills for job advancement, and all of the courses in the certificate are embedded in the A.S. degree. Click on the Certificate tab at the top of the page for more information about the course requirements.

  • Medical Information Coder/Biller (37 credits) (CIP # 0351070714)

Potential Careers

  • Health Information Technician
  • Medical Records Technician

Salary & Earnings Information

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

Contacts

Future Students

Contact Enrollment Services at enrollment@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-582-1507

Current Students

Active Valencia students who are pending program acceptance may meet with the pending Allied Health Program Advisor in the campus Student Services department. For Information Sessions, Admission Guides, Program Applications, and the most updated information, visit the website at: http://valenciacollege.edu/west/health/ Accepted, in-program students will meet with their assigned Career Program Advisor after confirming acceptance.

 Program Outcomes

  • Perform entry level skills competently as described by the scope of practice for Health Information Technology.
  • Perform effective communication skills within the healthcare setting.
  • Practice professional behaviors within a healthcare setting.
  • Execute critical thinking and problem solving skills within the healthcare setting.
Plan of Study Grid
Prerequisite for Admission
Fall TermCredit Hours
HSC 1531 Medical Terminology + 3
BSC 2093C HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I +*~ 4
BSC 2094C HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II +*~ 4
CGS 1060C
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS +
or COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS
3
 Credit Hours14
Year I
Spring Term
HIM 1110 Health Data Concepts +* 3
ENC 1101 FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~ 3
HSA 1100 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HIM 2222C BASIC ICD CODING 4
 Credit Hours13
Summer Term
HIM 1211 Health Info Technologies +* 2
HIM 1800L PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE +* 2
HIM 2729C ADVANCED ICD CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT 4
 Credit Hours8
Fall Term
HIM 1000 Intro to Health Mgmt +* 2
HIM 1430 Principles of Disease +* 3
HSC 1149 General Pharm for Hlth Prof 1
HIM 1012 Legal Aspects of Health Info 3
MAC 1105 College Algebra +*~ 3
 Credit Hours12
Year II
Spring Term
HIM 2820L PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE III +* 2
HIM 2960 Health Info Tech Review 2
Humanities +*~ See Gen. Ed. Core or Institutional Requirements3
PSY 2012 General Psychology ~ 3
 Credit Hours10
Fall Term
HIM 2253 Basic CPT Coding +* 3
HIM 2512 Supervision, Org, and Mgmt 3
HIM 2810L PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE II +* 2
HIM 2214 Health Care Stats and Research 2
HIM 2500 Quality and Perf Improvement 3
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours70
+

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.

Upon earning the A.S. degree in Health Information Technology, eligible applicants can continue at Valencia to complete a bachelor-level Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) in Leadership in Healthcare. Additional education at the bachelor’s level and professional experience can enhance skills and create more career options. 

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree have the opportunity to transfer into a related bachelor’s degree (2 +2) that is offered at any state college in Florida. Students who want to continue their education should discuss the career path with their Career Program Advisor, as well as contact their State College of choice for acceptance of this degree.

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

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

Medical Information Coder/Biller

Plan of Study Grid
Term 1Credit Hours
HSC 1531
Medical Terminology +
or MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR OFFICE
3
HIM 1000 Intro to Health Mgmt + 2
OST 1467C INTRODUCTION TO BODY SYSTEMS FOR OST +^ 3
HIM 2222C BASIC ICD CODING + 4
 Credit Hours12
Term 2
CGS 1060C INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS + 3
or CGS 2100C, or OST 2854C  
HIM 1430 Principles of Disease + 3
HIM 2729C ADVANCED ICD CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT +* 4
HIM 1012 Legal Aspects of Health Info + 3
 Credit Hours13
Term 3
HIM 1110 Health Data Concepts +* 3
HSA 1100 Health Care Delivery Systems + 3
HSC 1149 General Pharm for Hlth Prof + 1
HIM 2253 Basic CPT Coding +* 3
HIM 2810L PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE II +* 2
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours37
+

 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.