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Program Overview

Health Information Technology, Associate in Science (A.S.)

The mission of the Health Information Technology (HIT) programs at Florida Gateway College is to provide quality and affordable HIT programs that will produce highly educated and highly skilled graduates who will meet the workforce needs of our communities while making a commitment to lifelong learning.

The Health Information Technology Associate in Science degree is designed to prepare the graduate to work with and manage health-related information. Health Information Technicians collect, organize, analyze, and manage data used in the healthcare profession. Most health information technicians, also known as HIT professionals, work in a variety of settings including healthcare facilities, insurance companies, and government agencies. The Health Information accreditor of Florida Gateway College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Associate in Science degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2028. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM at 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

Locations

Florida Gateway College(Main Campus)

Testing Entrance Requirements

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the AHIMA Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) national certification exam.

Hours

Program hours will vary. Courses are offered in both hybrid
and online formats.

Costs

  • Tuition: $7,232.40
  • Estimated Lab Fees: $410.00
  • Books and Software Lab Fees: $1,887.75
  • RHIT Certification Exam: $299.00
  • Total Cost: $9,829.15

100%

2019-2020 Rhit exam pass rate

100%

2019-2020 employment Rate

40%

2019-2020 GRADUATION Rate

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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

The median annual wage for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians in the state of Florida is $37,470.

Employment Opportunities

The need for health information professionals is projected to grow 11% by 2028, much faster than the average job growth rate, according to the Department of Labor. Industry job titles include:

  • Health Data Analyst
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist
  • Release of Information Specialist
  • Inpatient Coder/Outpatient Coder
  • Revenue Cycle Manager
  • Privacy Officer
  • EHR Specialist
  • Cancer Registrar
  • HIM Manager

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • UF Health
  • Lake City Medical Center
  • Meridian
  • Aspire Dental Group
  • And many more!

Program Details

Admission Requirements

A student interested in the Associate in Science in Health Information Technology degree program is required to meet all general admission requirements of Florida Gateway College and achieve acceptable scores on the college placement exam.

Program Notes
  • A criminal background check is required prior to starting the Internship courses.
  • Students must attain a minimum grade of C in all required courses.
Program Guide & Syllabi

The following is a suggested sequence for the required courses:

General Education and Other Required Courses: 25 Credit Hours

  • HSC 2531 – Medical Terminology 3 credits
  • BSC 2084C – Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
  • ENC 1101 – Freshman Composition I 3 credits
  • Any General Education math course 3 credits
  • PSY 2012 – General Psychology I 3 credits
  • CGS 1570 – Computer Applications 3 credits
  • PHI 2600 – Ethics 3 credits
  • One of the following speech classes:
    • ORI 2000 – Fundamentals of Oral Interpretation 3 credits or
    • SPC 1017 – Oral Communications 3 credits or
    • SPC 1061 – Introduction to Academic and Professional Speaking 3 credits or
    • SPC 2608 – Public Speaking 3 credits

First Year

Summer Semester: 3 Credit Hours

  • HIM 1433 – Human Diseases 3 credits

Fall Semester: 9 Credit Hours

  • HIM 2012 – Legal Aspects of Health Information Technology 3 credits
  • HIM 2282 – ICD-10-CM Coding 3 credits
  • HIM 1300 – Health Care Delivery Systems 3 credits

Spring Semester: 12 Credit Hours

  • HIM 2211 – Information Systems for Health Information Technology 3 credits
  • HIM 2253 – Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding 3 credits
  • HIM 2214 – HIT Statistics 3 credits
  • HIM 2723 – ICD-10-PCS Coding 3 credits

Second Year

Fall Semester: 10 Credit Hours

  • HIM 2272 – Healthcare Reimbursement 4 credits
  • HIM 2500 – Quality Assurance and Compliance 3 credits
  • HIM 2800 – Health Information Technology Internship I 3 credits

Spring Semester: 11 Credit Hours

  • HIM 2283 – Advanced Medical Coding 3 credits
  • HIM 2512 – Supervision and Organizational HIT 3 credits
  • HIM 2810 – Health Information Technology Internship II 4 credits
  • HIM 2960 – RHIT Exam Preparation 1 credit

Information Technology A.S. Total 70 Credit Hours

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate entry-level competencies for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication about health issues in the Health Information Technology profession.
  3. Apply diagnostic and procedure codes according to current guidelines.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking skills about issues in the Health Information Technology Profession.
Book List & Materials
  • HSC 2531 Medical Terminology
    • Medical Terminology: A Living Language, 7th Edition (Pearson) ISBN: 0134760611 | 9780134760612
  • HIM 2211 Information Systems for Health Information Technology
    • Introduction to Information Systems for Health Information Technology, 3rd Edition (AHIMA Press) ISBN: 9781584266266
  • HIM 2214 HIT Statistics
    • Calculating and Reporting Healthcare Statistics, Fifth Edition (AHIMA Press) ISBN: 9781584265955
  • HIM 2253 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
    • Coding CPT 2020 Professional Edition (American Medical Association) ISBN: 978-1-62202-898-6
    • Basic CPT and HCPCS Coding, 2020 (AHIMA Press) ISBN: 9781584267478
  • HIM 2273C Medical Billing and Insurance
    • Understanding Health Insurance: A Guide to Billing and Reimbursement, 14th Edition (Cengage) ISBN: 9781337554220
  • HIM 2283 Advanced Medical Coding
    • ICD-10-CM Code Book, 2020 (AHIMA Press) ISBN: 9781584267317
    • ICD-10-PCS Codebook, 2020 (AHIMA Press) ISBN: 978158426713
    • CPT 2020 Professional Edition (American Medical Association) ISBN: 978-1-62202-898-6
    • Clinical Coding Workout: Practice Exercises for Skill Development, 2020 (AHIMA Press) ISBN: 9781584267379
  • HIM 2512 Supervision and Organizational HIT
    • Management for the Health Information Professional (AHIMA Press) ISBN: 9781584265078
  • HIM 2723
    • ICD-10-PCS Coding ICD-10-PCS Codebook, 2020 (AHIMA Press) ISBN: 9781584267133
    • ICD-10-PCS: An Applied Approach, 2020 (AHIMA Press) ISBN: 9781584267539
  • HIM 2810 Health Information Technology Internship II
    • No textbook required
  • HIM 2960 RHIT Exam Preparation
    • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Exam Preparation, Seventh Edition (AHIMA Press) ISBN: 9781584265795
  • HIM 1300 Healthcare Delivery Systems
    • Introduction to Health Information Management, First Edition, with Course Navigator (Paradigm) ISBN: 9780763860714
  • HIM 2012 Legal Aspects of HIM
    • Fundamentals of Law for Health Informatics and Information Management, Third Edition (AHIMA Press) ISBN: 9781584265306
  • HIM 2282 ICD-10-CM Coding
    • ICD-10-CM Code Book, 2020 (AHIMA Press) ISBN: 9781584267317
    • Basic ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding, 2020 (AHIMA Press) ISBN: 9781584267447
  • HIM 2272 Healthcare Reimbursement
    • Principles of Healthcare Reimbursement, Sixth Edition (AHIMA Press) ISBN: 9781584266464
  • HIM 2500 Quality Assurance
    • Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare, Seventh Edition (AHIMA Press) ISBN: 9781584266631
  • HIM 2800 Internship I
    • No textbook required
  • HIM 1433 Human Disease
    • Human Diseases, 5th Edition (Cengage) ISBN: 9781337396790