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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 every 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 median 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 $37,872 - $45,047 if employed full-time. This does not include a sign-on bonus, benefits or overtime.
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Q. What is the graduation rate and certification exam pass rate for students completing the Health Information Management program?
A. The 2016 graduation rate for the Health Information Technology Program is 91% and the RHIT Certification exam pass rate for the Health Information Technology Program for first time test takers (as of October 1,2016) is 100%.

Q. What makes your program different from other Health Information Technology programs?
A.Besides being affordable, our students are provided opportunities for clinical internship, service learning activities and afforded the opportunity to access three different types of electronic health record systems. Students will receive training in two different electronic health record systems and analyze data. The program offers AHIMA VLab, Neehr Perfect EHRGo Software Systems and other learning resources to maximize learning. In addition, students will receive free student membership to American Health Information Management Association with the purchase of the new course textbook, Health Information Technology Applied Approach- 5th edition, which is used throughout the program. Students qualify to be reimbursed for stackable credentialing exams (CHUC, Six Sigma, Green Belt, CCS, CBS, CHTS-IM, CHDS, RHIT, RHIA).