Health Information Technology
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Program Description

The purpose of the Health Information Technology Program is to prepare individuals for employment as health information technicians. Graduates of this program will be prepared for positions in the health information/medical record departments of health care institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes, health maintenance organizations, physician offices, insurance companies and a variety of other health care institutions. Graduates will be prepared in organizing, analyzing and technically evaluating medical records according to established standards. Compilation of statistics, medical coding of information, abstracting medical records and legal aspects of health information will be taught.

The academic content will include a core of liberal arts chosen from the areas of anatomy and physiology, social sciences, humanities, computer science, business and English. The remainder of the curriculum is designed to build technical and computer skills necessary for the health information technician. Computer laboratories and web based activities will also be used for medical coding, statistical analysis, clinical data base management, maintenance and retrieval of patient data and the emerging electronic health record (EHR). During the course of study, students will participate in two professional practice experiences which will provide training and experience in actual health care settings.


The Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Education (CAHIIM). Graduates of the Health Information Technology program are eligible to write the National Qualifying Examination for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

Degree: Associate in Applied Science
Hegis: 5213
Curriculum Code: 1117
Campus Location: North
Health Sciences Division

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Pre-Admission Recommendations:
HS Average of 80%
Math II

Recommended H.S. Courses And/Or Experiences:
Computer Skills
Math II

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Long-term Care Facilities
Mental Health Facilities
Rehab Facilities
Ambulatory Health Care Centers
Other Health Care Facilities


Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.


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