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Q. What is a Registered Health Information Technician?
A. A Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) is an associate of science degree graduate of a Health Information Technology program who has successfully taken the national exam.  RHITs handle and manage health information where ever health information is generated or housed.  RHITs are responsible for interpreting, analyzing, scanning, coding, abstracting, and auditing health data.  RHITs in some healthcare offices are responsible for supervising and managing employees and departments.

Q. When does the program start and what is the application deadline for the program?
A. The program officially begins in August (Fall semester) of each year.  If students have met the majority of pre-requisite courses, applicants may enter at the beginning of each semester if seats are available with the program coordinator and Chairperson’s approval.

Q. What are the application requirements?
A.  To apply to the program, you must have ENC 1101 – English Composition 1 completed.  It is highly recommended that BSC 2085/L, BSC 2086/L, CLP 1006, PHI 2604, and SPC1017 be completed to reduce the total credit load during program enrollment.

Q. What are the admissions/selection criteria?
A. Because enrollment is limited in this program, admission/selection criteria is based on the number of required general education and science courses completed at the time of program selection with top priority given to students that have completed all of the required general education and science courses. Additionally, GPA is included in the selection process.

Q. Can I apply if I have not completed all of the general education and science courses?
A. Yes.  Your application will be reviewed.  If you do not meet the selection criteria, your application will stay on file for three years.

Q. What kind of degree will I be awarded when I graduate?
A. You will receive an Associate of Science in Health Information Technology.

Q. What are the hours of the program?
A. The program is an evening program.  Pre-requisites and selected HIM prefix courses are offered online through Virtual College. 

Q. Can I work while I am a student in the program?
A. Yes.  The majority work either part-time or full-time.  Students are encouraged to work a maximum of 20 hours per week to be successful in the program.

Q. Do you assist with job placement after graduation?
A. The Medical Campus does not provide job placement.  Through the Career Center located in the New Student Center on the Medical Campus, graduates may review employment opportunities that have been forwarded to the Career Center.

Q. Do I need to take a test to work in this profession after graduation?
A. No.  It is not a requirement. However, graduates are more apt to find employment with credentials.  Graduates may sit for the Registered Health Information Management Technician (RHIT) licensure exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association.  Students are prepped before graduating the program.

Q. What is the approximate annual salary for graduates of this program in this area?
A. In the South Florida area, entry-level graduates may expect to earn an annual salary of $24,000 - $35,000 if employed full-time. This does not include a sign-on bonus, benefits or overtime.

Q. What is the graduation rate and certification exam pass rate for students completing the Health Information Management program?
A. The graduation rate for the Health Information Technology Program is 91% and Certification exam pass rate for the Health Information Technology Program:75%.

All Medical Campus students must complete the FDLE Waiver and Statement form.This form is to authorize dissemination to Miami Dade College - Medical Campus of any national criminal history record that may pertain to you.

In addition, all program students must complete a "background check" through the identified MDC agent https://ibrinc.com/mdc/select and cleared by the 1st day of class. Depending on your program of study an additional background check may be required. In addition, prior to entry into a clinical site, some clinical sites will require more frequent background checks and clearance.

Successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate's eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted of any felony crime during the last 15 years are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

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