Are you interested in the health care industry, but don't see yourself working directly with patients? Do you like working with technology, data and compliance? Would you like to be part of one of the fastest-growing professions in the U.S.? If your answer is "Yes," the Health Information Programs at Palm Beach State College will prepare you for a rewarding career.

You don't need a prior medical background to pursue a health information career. People who find success in this field range from recent high school graduates to career changers of any age. What counts is getting the right education.  If you are already a health professional and want to change careers, consider the diverse range of Health Information career paths. You'll be able to use your health care knowledge as you take your career in a new direction.


Learn About PBSC's Health Information Programs

Associate in Science Degree:

College Credit Certificates:

  • Medical Information Coder/Biller
    Develop the high-demand knowledge and skills required to translate medical records into alphanumeric codes for billing and reimbursement purposes.

College Credit Applied Technology Diploma:

  • Medical Transcription
    Learn to produce medical reports by listening to digital dictation and either typing or editing documents that become part of patients' health records.

Advanced Training/Continuing Education Courses:

  • Need help managing health care industry changes? Preparing for industry certifications? We have training for you and your team! Learn more.


What is Health Information?

Every time you receive health care, a record of your treatment is generated. This information includes your medical history, physician notes and diagnoses, lab test results and much more. Medical records serve as the vital link between health care providers, patients and insurance companies—and impact the quality of care patients receive.


Work in a High Demand Field

Health Information professionals maintain medical records, both paper and electronic, ensuring records are complete, accurate, accessible and secure. They are experts in managing health information, overseeing health care computer systems, and translating medical records into alphanumeric codes for billing and reimbursement purposes.

Driving the growth of health information careers is the worldwide transition from paper to electronic health records (EHR). In the U.S., the federal government has mandated that health care facilities and medical practices make this transition. As a result, health information professionals enjoy competitive salaries and are in demand by all types of health care organizations, including hospitals, insurers, public health agencies, research institutions, medical practices and clinics.

Want to learn more about Palm Beach State's Health Information programs?

Attend an Online Information Session:

Health Information Technology A.S.

Medical Information Coder/Biller C.C.C.

Health Informatics Specialist C.C.C.

Healthcare Documentation / Transcription

 

See how you can start a new career by becoming credentialed as a:

  • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) in the Health Information Technology A.S. degree program
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) in the Medical Information Coder/Biller program
  • Certified Healthcare Technical Specialist (CHTS) (formerly HIT Pro) in the Health Informatics Specialist program
  • Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) / Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) in the Healthcare Documentation / Transcription program

Admission Process
Admission to all Health Information programs requires a standard high school diploma or GED.


How to Apply
Applying to the Health Information programs is done in steps.

Step 1 - Apply to the College.

Step 2 – Enroll and complete courses with a “C” or better.

Step 3 – Submit the Health Information Program Agreement to be allowed to enroll in restricted courses (HIM1282C, HIM1210C, HIM1012C, HIM251C, and HIM2652C). See the link listed below.

After Acceptance - You receive notification of approval for enrollment if you meet the requirements. You will then be able to enroll as you would for any other course.


Step 1:  Apply to the College (application and complete instructions)
Note: Current Palm Beach State students should not reapply. Instead, complete the Program Objective form and submit to the Admissions Office.

Additional Instructions:

Medical Transcription Only: A minimum typing speed of 45 words per minute, after errors, is required. When you are ready to begin core courses, email program professor for instructions.

You must complete an online information session and ELO1000 Blackboard Orientation to be accepted into the controlled access program.

Application Tips:

Check the Academic Calendar for term and session start dates and give yourself enough time to apply.

Once you apply, activate your Palm Beach State Email
All communications, including admissions status, will be sent to your Palm Beach State email.

For more detailed instructions and questions complete an online information session which provides specific details about each program.


Step 2:  Enroll in General Education/Foundation courses
The 2016/2017 academic year requires the completion of the following before requesting validation:

  • Program online Information Session (links are on the left menu)
  • ELO1000  Blackboard Orientation
  • Program Online Orientation - includes completion of Health Information Student guide forms:
    • Ethical Agreement
    • Confidentiality Agreement
    • Disciplinary Procedure
    • Acknowledgement of Receipt of the Program Guide for Health Information Programs
    • HIT only - Acknowledgement of Student Responsibilities for Professional Practice Experience

It is highly recommended that you complete all the General Education for your selected program before entering the core courses of your program. If you do not complete the General Education this can limit your options for core courses because many of the General Education courses are prerequisites to the core courses. Please contact the program department chair for educational planning of core courses.


Step 3:  Submit Program Agreement
(You will complete the paperwork in your HIM1000C Introduction to Health Information Management course)

In order to enroll in core curriculum classes (HIM1282C, HIM1210C, HIM1012C, HIM2510C, and HIM2652C), you must first complete the program agreement for the program department chair. This process allows the program to validate student progression and track students in these courses and more advanced courses for program accreditation requirements.

Please email the program Department Chair for more information or a copy of the current Program Agreement.

Any student meeting minimum program application requirements is encouraged to apply. However, all students must meet all the minimum requirements. Additionally it is prudent to complete all general education requirements before beginning HI programs to ensure your success on certification examination.

It is highly recommended that part-time students seeking the Health Information Technology A.S. degree complete the Medical Information Coder/Biller CCC program first, before applying to the A.S. degree program.


Program Agreement Requirements
Upon agreement the student accounts will be updated with the required data to allow them to enroll in the restricted courses and will be added to the Health Information Student Association accessible through Blackboard.

Additionally, please note that the student must have one of the program objectives as a declared program in order to enroll.

Health Information Technology A.S. degree program ONLY: You will be required to complete the following at your own expense before you are able to register for the internship course HIM 1800C Health Information Professional Practice:

  • Complete physical exam and other medical forms /documents
  • Complete drug screening
  • Complete background check


Take the next step!

  • Attend the online Information Session
  • Talk to an Advisor

With 125 job titles and 40 different work settings, the health information industry offers varied and flexible career paths. Due to the industry's universal standards for technology and best practices, your expertise will be valuable to a wide range of organizations nationwide. In addition, there are many avenues for advancement. You may start as a coder/biller, but by continuing your education and acquiring stacked and latticed credentials, you'll be equipped to move into such positions as:

  • Analyst or Auditor
  • Department Supervisor or Coordinator
  • Department Director or Manager
  • Educator or College Health Information Program Director
  • Privacy Officer
  • And many others

Demand is growing
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. In fact, in the next five years, an estimated 50,000 new health information technology positions will need to be filled to implement the U.S. health system's transition to electronic health records. The 2012 survey by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives showed that 67 percent of chief information officers were experiencing IT staff shortages compared to 59 percent in 2010. The greatest need, according to 74 percent of respondents, is for specialists capable of implementing and supporting clinical applications, such as EHR and computerized provider order entry.

Do you already have a certificate or associate degree in an allied health profession? Enhance your marketability and career options with a health information college credit certificate.


Career Path Overview

With an A.S. degree in Health Information Technology...
you'll be prepared for many types of positions, including documentation specialist, clinical data collection and reporting specialist, cancer (other disease) registrar, data integrity specialist, document imaging coordinator, information access/disclosure specialist, quality improvement specialist, reimbursement specialist/financial services liaison and compliance auditor.

With a Medical Information Coder/Biller College Credit Certificate...
you'll work with health information systems, medical records and coding information for reimbursement and research. Common job titles are medical records coder, patient accounts representative, physician office biller, hospital coding specialist and coding technician.

With a Health Informatics Specialist College Credit Certificate...
and depending on your prior background, you may pursue a variety of health IT career paths, including technical support staff, database administrator, implementation manager, researcher, systems analyst, systems designer, consultant and trainer.

With a Healthcare Documentation / Transcription Applied Technology Diploma (College Credit)...
you'll be ready to work as a medical transcriptionist, health care documentation specialist or medical documentation editor. After some experience, individuals may pursue positions as a supervisor, editor, quality assurance specialist or instructor in a medical transcription program.


AHIMA Careers Website

The American Health Information Management Association is the leading industry association and offers the most comprehensive website on Health Information Careers. Visit hicareers.com.


Are you a good candidate for the Health Information field?
This field is ideal for people who want to work in a dynamic industry that involves health care, information technology and business. A constantly growing field, it demands a curious mind and dedication to ensuring the integrity, accuracy and security of information—as health information affects not only the business of health care, but most importantly, patients' lives.

Those who enjoy the health information field share these qualities:

  • Interest in computers, management, law and health care. Health information is great for people who want to be in the health care field, but do not want to work directly with patients.

  • Highly detail-oriented with the ability to recognize and understand small differences and changes in text and numbers, as well as uncover and correct inconsistencies and errors.

  • Adept at using and learning computer programs and applying this knowledge as an integral part of their job and in circumstances that require problem-solving.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing. Enjoy working with health care professionals, ranging from doctors and nurses to administrators, executives and attorneys.

  • Proactive and capable of keeping up with changes in health care regulations and implementing new technologies and procedures.
 

Advising

Please leave us a voicemail or send an email to schedule an appointment. In your message, please include your full name, phone number and any questions or details that will help us help you. Also indicate if you are currently a Palm Beach State student.

Phone: 561-868-4035  |  Email: healthinfo@palmbeachstate.edu

If you are a prospective student, please “attend” our online Information Sessions. Each program’s session is designed with your needs in mind and contains answers to frequently asked questions.

 

Faculty Info
Professor Julia Steff, RHIA, CPHQ, CCS, CCS-P
  • Assistant Professor, Department Chair
  • Health Information Technology A.S. Degree
  • Medical Information Coder/Biller CCC
  • Health Informatics Specialist CCC
561-868-3902  |  Faculty Webpage & Course Syllabi
Professor Colette Chiacchiero, RHIT, CCS-P
  • Assistant Professor
  • Health Information Technology, A.S. Degree
  • Medical Information Coder/Biller C.C.C.
561-868-3992  |  Faculty Webpage & Course Syllabi
Professor Melissa McCudden, RHIT, CCA
  • Assistant Professor
  • Health Information Technology, A.S. Degree
  • Medical Information Coder/Biller C.C.C.
561-868-3157  |   Faculty Webpage & Course Syllabi

 

 

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