Programs & Advising Pathways
Associate - Associate of Science in Health Information Technology
Degree At A Glance:
|Number of Credits||70 - 71|
|Cost Per Credit||$ 118|
|Total Tuition||$ 8,260 - 8,378|
Health Information Technology
Are you searching for the formula to success? Consider combining these ingredients for a career with tremendous potential-healthcare and information technology.
The Health Information Management (HIM) field places you right where the expanding arena of healthcare meets the cutting edge of technology. As an HIM professional, you are the expert on patient data that doctors, nurses, and other providers rely on to perform their jobs. By maintaining, collecting, and analyzing health information, your work makes an important contribution to the delivery of quality care.
HIM professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology applications and understand the workflow in any healthcare provider organization from large hospital systems to the private physician practice. They are vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records (EHRs). They ensure a patient’s health information and records are complete, accurate, and protected.
Based on your skills, education, and interests, positions that may be available to you are:
- Medical Staff Services
- Health Data Analyst
- Quality Improvement Analyst
- Insurance Claims Analyst
- Records Technician
- Clinical Coding Specialist
- Physician Practice Manager
- Patient Information Coordinator
- Medical Paralegal
Registered Health Information Technicians are employed by hospitals, clinics, health maintenance organizations, insurance companies, law firms, physicians, mental healthcare facilities, health data organizations, nursing homes, consulting firms, and information system vendors.
Graduates of Albany State University’s Health Information Technology Program are eligible to write the national certification examination given by the American Health Information Management Association to become Registered Health Information Technicians.
The Health Information Technology Program at Albany State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education in association with the American Health Information Management Association.
The courses to be completed for the degree will vary based on the student’s preferred area of study which is referred to as the “pathway” for the career program of choice.
All career programs have a selective admissions process. This means that a seat in any program is awarded only to the top applicants. Simply meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to a program.
Upon admission to the institution, you will be given a dual major. The primary major will be listed as an Associate of Science in the Health Science Advising Pathway and the secondary major will be the career program of choice. You will then begin working on any pre-requisites required for your career program of choice and when complete, you will then submit an application to the career program director you have chosen in hopes for a seat in that particular program.
If you are selected, we will drop the dual major and the Associate of Science in the Health Science Advising Pathway will be removed. You will then be a major in the program for which you were accepted. If you are not selected, you will have some options to consider such as:
- You can still continue with the Associate of Science in the Health Science Advising Pathway. This is an Associate Degree in core curriculum and allows you to continue your education and pursue a Bachelor Degree
- You can change your major to a Bachelor Degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Health Care Management – this is a fully online program. Depending on your previous education and/or experience this will help you prepare for a career as a health administrator through the study of leadership issues specific to the healthcare industry. Health administrators may find employment in various areas including hospitals, long term care facilities, medical practices, outpatient centers, government agencies, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and many more
- You can apply for your program of choice during the next round of applications for that career program
- Depending on the pre-requisites, you might be eligible to apply to another career program if you are interested in another career program
Program Code: 0370
|Program Advisor||Misty Neal||229-317-6335|
|Online Specialist||(Students with Last Name A - I) Jonita Coleman||Schedule Now with (Students with Last Name A - I) Jonita Coleman||(229) 317-6319|
|Online Specialist||(Students with Last Name J - Z) Cheryl McNeal||Schedule Now with (Students with Last Name J - Z) Cheryl McNeal||(229) 317-6708|
Albany State University recommends the following course track for transfer students.
If you would like to use a different track, please contact your Online Support Specialist.
Pre-Requisites Required for Completion before student can submit application for program: ENGL 1101 BIOL 2411k BIOL 2412k ALHE 1120 BUSA 2101
|ALHE 1120||Medical Terminology||2 hours
|BIOL 2411K||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4 hours
|BIOL 2412K||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4 hours
|BUSA 2101||Survey of Computer Applications||3 hours
|ENGL 1101||English Composition I||3 hours
Must take: HITE 2100, HITE 2400, HITE 2137 and PSYC 1101
|HITE 2100||Health Record Content and Structure||3 hours
|HITE 2137||Fundamentals of Health Information Management||3 hours
|HITE 2400||Pathophysiology & Pharmacology||3 hours
|PSYC 1101||General Psychology||3 hours
Select ACCT 2101, HITE 2150, HITE 2250 and ARTS 1100 or MUSC 1100
|ACCT 2101||Principles of Accounting I||3 hours
|ARTS 1100||Art Appreciation||3 hours
|HITE 2150||Coding I||3 hours
|HITE 2250||Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Information||2 hours
|MUSC 1100||Music Appreciation||3 hours
Must Select HITE 2110, HITE 2160, HITE 2200 and HITE 2600
|HITE 2110||Organization and Supervision in Health Information Management||2 hours
|HITE 2160||Coding II||2 hours
|HITE 2200||Healthcare Statistics||2 hours
|HITE 2600||Professional Practice I||2 hours
Must Select: HITE 2170, HITE 2500, HITE 2550, HITE 2610 and HITE 2650
|HITE 2170||Advance Coding and Reimbursement||4 hours
|HITE 2500||Health Information System Applications||3 hours
|HITE 2550||Quality Assessment||3 hours
|HITE 2610||Professional Practice II||2 hours
|HITE 2650||Seminar on Health Information Technology||1 hours
Depending on your enrollment status you may be required to take ASU 1101 (1 credit hour) ASU 1101 is required for first-time college students or transfer students bringing in less than 12 transfer credit hours.
|ASU 1101||First Year Experience/Pathway to Success||1 hours
The following program details are intended to help you make an informed decision about the college that’s right for you.
For more information on jobs related to this program, please click on the below links to the O*NET website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
|11-9111.00||Medical and Health Services Managers|
|29-2071.00||Medical Records and Health Information Technicians|
|29-9012.00||Occupational Health and Safety Technicians|
This program is designed to prepare graduates to pursue a job in this field or related fields. Although career and professional development services are available to students and graduates, finding a job is the individual responsibility of the student. We do not guarantee that any student will be placed in any particular job, or at all.
Total Credits (70 - 71 Hours)