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Health Information Technology, A.A.S.

Health Information Technology combines a profession in health care with information technology. It is the only health science program at BCC that does not have direct patient contact.

HIT professionals play a key role in the planning, implementation, and management of the electronic health record (EHR).

As a Health Information Technician, you will be responsible for ensuring the quality of medical records, checking them for completeness, accuracy, and appropriate entry into computer systems, in a multitude of health care settings. You might specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for billing and reimbursement or research. The program includes clinical experience at a health care facility.

The program includes a clinical practicum (professional practice) experience. This program is designed for students planning on entering the workforce immediately, and for those looking to upgrade skills or to change direction. It awards the Associate in Applied Science ( A.A.S.) and prepares students to transfer if they wish to pursue a Baccalaureate Degree in Health Information Management.

Advantages of Taking The Program

Outcome Measures

The following HIT program outcome measures are for academic year 2012 to 2013:

  • Certificate Exam Pass Rate - 83%
  • Graduate Satisfaction Rate - 100%
  • Graduate Placement Rate - 85%

Employment Opportunities

HIM professionals also work throughout the entire healthcare industry in settings that span the continuum of care and are employed in any organization that uses health information, including:

  • Hospitals
  •  Managed care organizations
  • Long term care facilities
  • Behavioral health facilities
  • Consulting and law firms
  • Information system vendors
  • Ambulatory care facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Home care providers
  • Government agencies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Physician practices
  • Insurance companies

Graduate of associate degree programs in health information management are known as health information technicians. Common job titles held by associate degree health information technicians in today’s job market include clinical coder, coding manager, clinical data collection and reporting specialist, cancer/other disease registrar, data integrity specialist, documentation specialist, imaging specialist, reimbursement specialist, financial services liaison, instructor/trainer. Job titles along with job functions will change as employment settings continue to rely on information systems and technology.

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Exam.

Student Testimonials

“The instructors, the curriculum, and the practical experience I received from the BCC Health Information Technology program were integral to my success in obtaining an exciting and rewarding job I am passionate about. The coursework and the associated labs are relevant to and are the perfect preparation for a career in the ever changing landscape of HIT.”
-Kirsten, RHIT,  2010 HIT graduate

“I am so proud to be a graduate of the HIT program at BCC. I truly believe that completing the program gave me an advantage in the Health Information field. Not only did I receive an exceptional education at BCC, but I was also able to gain valuable practical experience and professional connections through the required professional practices. The instructors and administration were endlessly dedicated to supporting the students and furthering their education and understanding in any possible way they could. The fact that the program is taught by an entirely adjunct faculty helped bring real-world experience and detail into the discussions and material of every lecture and lab. Smaller classes facilitated the bonding and friendship between classmates and even the instructors. Although the HIT program is an aggressive and technical one, with the support and encouragement of the staff and fellow classmates, I was able to graduate with honors, take advantage of the early-testing option for the RHIT exam and pass, as well as transfer to SUNYIT to continue my degree in HIM seamlessly!”
-Crystal, RHIT,  2011 HIT graduate

"As a returning student, my decision to enter into Health Information Technology has been extremely rewarding. While healthcare has many different types of directions, choosing just one area of study was difficult. That's when I realized that Health Information Technology was for me. It taps into everything! Understanding medical language and classifications of diseases to auditing and analysis of medical information are only a few areas that an HIT student learns. There are many new opportunities for this field and I am excited to say that it took me just six weeks after graduating this past May to accept full-time employment, right here in Broome County!"
- Amy