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Program Overview

The Health Information Technology program is designed to educate and prepare graduates with entry-level job skills. The Associate in Science degree in Health Information Technology engages students in healthcare, business, and the technology used in the industry.

Health Information Technology professionals are in demand in a variety of health care settings. They are experts in health data collection and analysis. Health information is an important communication tool between acute care facilities, extended care facilities, nursing homes, clinics, physicians and other health care providers. Health Information Technology professionals are medical language experts who interpret and process health information for research, data collection.

This degree prepares graduates for different technical to administrative positions managing, analyzing, exchanging and reporting health data to improve quality of care. The curriculum emphasizes competencies in data analysis while providing hands-on integration application with use of technology systems seen in many healthcare institutions.

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Program Details

The A.S. degree is designed for students who are looking for immediate entry into a career upon graduation. Most program courses directly relate to the identified career area. The remaining courses are comprised of general education courses.

The Medical Campus Health Information Program is a two-year course of study requiring 70 credits for an Associate in Science degree. A series of general education courses are associated with the Health Information Technology program at Miami Dade College. 

It is recommended that students interested in this program complete these general education courses prior to applying and enrolling in the program to reduce the course workload each semester. Completion of these courses does not guarantee admission to the program. Since knowledge of computer and current software in health care is required for health information professionals, management of computerized health information is emphasized in the curriculum. 

The Health Information Technology program is highly demanding and it is suggested that students should not work to enhance their success while in the program. If students must work for financial support, the program strongly recommends a limit of 20 hours of employment per week. Students should also consider family responsibilities before committing to a full-time accelerated program. 

Course work includes:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Legal Aspects of Health Care
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
  • ICD Coding Systems

Career Prospects

The Health Information Technology Program provides learning experiences that enable the student to acquire and assimilate the necessary technical competencies to function effectively as a supportive health care provider in the health information technology profession.

Students who pursue this course of study may find employment in a variety of medical settings, in job roles such as:

  • Health Information Technician
  • Medical Coder
  • Medical Biller
  • Medical Records Clerk

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