Health Information Technology, AS

A separate admissions application is NOT REQUIRED for HIT

Program Overview

Health Information Technology professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other health care providers rely on to deliver quality health care. They are experts in:

  • Managing access to patient health information and electronic health records
  • Establishing policies to protect patient health data and comply with federal, state and local regulations
  • Utilizing computer information systems
  • Coding the diagnosis and procedures for health care services provided to patients
  • Reviewing medical claims data and managing the revenue cycle.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages."

Health Information Technology professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Doctors' offices
  • Home health agencies
  • Medical coding and auditing companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Government agencies
  • Release of information companies
  • Health information computer system companies

The Associate of Science in Health Information Technology degree is an AHIMA/CAHIIM accredited 70-credit hour program. The curriculum includes a combination of classroom, laboratory, and professional practice experiences. General Education and some Program Specific coursework may be taken on various campuses but the Health Information Technology core courses are only offered on the Thomas Edison Campus.

There are three professional practice experience (internship) courses in the Health Information Technology Program. Students will be assigned to a specific health care facility or virtual lab simulation for the completion of these experiences. Applicants should note the following in regards to these internships:

Student assignment to facilities or lab simulation is made by the Health Information Technology Program Director and is based upon site availability.

Facilities will be selected from within the Southwest Florida region which includes Lee, Collier, Charlotte, DeSoto, Hendry, Glades and Sarasota Counties.

Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from their assigned professional practice sites.

Professional Practice Experiences can only be completed on weekdays.

Graduates of the HIT program at FSW are eligible to take the national certification exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).


The Associate Degree in Health Information Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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Program Outcomes 2016-2017

The following information represents Program Outcomes as they pertain to graduation rate, success on the national certification exam, gainful employment in the field of Health Information Management:

Graduation Rate: 91%
RHIT Exam Pass Rate: 75%
Job Placement Rate: 91%

Program Requirements

NEW in 2016-17! A separate application is NOT REQUIRED for this program. The Health Information Technology program is open to all students interested in the field of study. However, upon selection of the AS in Health Information Technology as a declared major, students are required to contact the Program Director to determine an appropriate curriculum sequence.

In the final semester of the Program, students will complete an internship at an off-campus agency. This internship course is HIM 2940 Professional Practice Experience III and will require preparation before registration will be allowed. Students will be responsible for the cost and completion of the following:

  • Criminal Background Check
  • Drug test
  • Health Form completed by Physician
  • Record of all current Immunizations
  • Tuberculosis screening exam
  • Basic Life Support Provider Certification (CPR and AED)

This Program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of 70 credit hours that includes 19 General Education credits and 51 Health Information Technology Core credits. The program can be completed in 5 semesters by students who are college-ready; completed all developmental course work. Students will progress through the program as a group/cohort and courses must be taken in sequence. Full time and part time cohort sequencing is available. Note that some courses are only offered one time per academic year.

Curriculum Sequence, Health Information Technology, AS - 70 Credits

Fall Semester 1 – 15 Credits

ENC 1101 Composition I3 credits
HSC 1531 Medical Terminology3 credits
SPC 1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication or
SPC 2608 Introduction to Public Speaking
3 credits
CGS 1100 Computer Applications for Business3 credits
MAC 1105 College Algebra or
STA 2023 Statistical Methods I
3 credits

Spring Semester 2 – 14 Credits

General Education Humanities (PHI 2100 recommended)3 credits
PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology3 credits
BSC 1084C Anatomy and Physiology or
BSC1093C and BSC1094C Anatomy and Physiology I and II or
BSC1085C and BSC1086C Anatomy and Physiology I and II
4 credits
HIM 1430 Principles of Disease2 credits
HIM 1140 Essentials of Pharmacology2 credits

Fall Semester 3 – 14 Credits

HIM 1000 Introduction to Health Information Management3 credits
HIM 2724 Basic ICD-10 Coding3 credits
HIM 2210 Healthcare Information Systems3 credits
HSA 1253 Medical Office Administration3 credits
HIM 1802 Professional Practice Experience I2 credits

Spring Semester 4 – 15 Credits

HIM 2253 Basic CPT-4 Coding3 credits
HIM 2214 Health Data Management3 credits
HIM 2012 Healthcare Law3 credits
HIM 2279 Healthcare Reimbursement3 credits
HIM 2813 Professional Practice Experience II3 credits

Fall Semester 5 – 12 Credits

HIM 2729 Advanced Coding and Reimbursement2 credits
HIM 2510 Quality Management in Healthcare2 credits
HIM 2512 Management Foundations in Healthcare3 credits
CGS 2511 Advanced Spreadsheet Computing3 credits
HIM 2940 Professional Practice Experience III2 credits

Program Contact Information

Program Contact: Deborah Howard, MA, RHIA, CCS
Program Director
Phone (239) 489-9419

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