Health Information Technology (AS 2529)
Type of Award
AS - Associate in Science
This CAHIM accredited degree program is designed to provide students with the technical expertise in management of health information contained both in paper and electronic formats. The student will obtain knowledge and skills to perform job functions in medical records, medical coding, medical billing and other information-based areas in both the hospital and outpatient settings. Graduates of the program will be able to provide reliable and valid information that drives the health care industry.
This program provides students with the technical expertise in health data collection, analysis, monitoring, maintenance, and reporting activities in compliance with established legal, ethical, regulatory and professional standards. Course content will include both paper and electronic information management concepts and technologies, in addition to ethical and medico-legal aspects, computer information technology, biomedical sciences, health record science, statistics and data literacy, medical coding, clinical classification systems, reimbursement methodologies, quality assessment, health care delivery systems, indexing, performance improvement and professional practice experience.
The Health Information Technology AS degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). This accreditation confirms that the program has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process and has been determined to meet or exceed the Standards set by the Board of Directors. Graduates are eligible to apply and take the national certification exam for Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) or Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
Program Learning Outcomes
For detailed information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/learningoutcomes/Program-Learning-Outcomes.
General Admission Requirements to the College
- Complete an Application for Admission, located at
- Submit an official high school or GED transcript and official
college/university transcripts from each post-secondary
institution attended. Refer to the Admission Procedures
section of the college catalog for more information regarding transcripts.
- Submit placement test scores if not exempt from placement testing. To determine if
you are exempt, go to
- Complete all other requirements for admission outlined in the Admission Procedures section of the college catalog.
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program with a grade of "C" or higher.
Total program credits: 70. Total program length: 7 semesters part-time. Most of the courses are formatted as hybrid online courses - students are required to attend classes on campus.
The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus. However, we are expected to move to the new Loxahatchee Groves campus prior to the Spring 2017-2 semester.
For More Information
Complete our online Information Session: http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/programs/healthinfo/information-sessions.aspx.
The roles commonly filled by a registered health information technician (RHIT) include: cancer (or other disease) registrar, clinical coder/compliance auditor/vocabulary specialist, clinical data collection and reporting specialist, data integrity specialist, document imaging coordinator, information access/disclosure specialist, quality improvement specialist, reimbursement specialist/financial services liaison, and instructor/trainer.
Career Path Notes
Please visit www.hicareers.com.
Upon completion students are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam provided by the American Health Information Management Association.
Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State's Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. See www.palmbeachstate.edu/programs/Bachelor for more information.
In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities which allow students to transfer into a four-year program. For more information, contact the college or university to which you wish to transfer.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) www.cahiim.org.
For more information about employment opportunities including job outlook and salary information visit:
Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://www.bls.gov/oco/
O-Net Online: http://online.onetcenter.org/