Health Information Technology

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Health Information Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program with online courses that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career in medical records.

Health information professionals play a critical role in health care—even though they rarely interact with patients. Every time you hear a health statistic on the news, read a doctor’s diagnosis in your medical record or use your health insurance card, you can be sure a medical record technician has played a part. Health information technicians are specialists in preparing, analyzing and managing medical records. They play a key role in coding and reimbursement and are considered experts in assuring the privacy and security of health data. In Valencia’s HIT program, students learn how to collect, analyze, monitor and report health data, using the latest technology. As more doctors and hospitals move toward electronic health records, trained technicians in this field will become more in demand than ever.

 

Convenient Classes

This program is offered completely online, so students can take classes any time, any where

 

Program Length

Program lasts for 5 semesters, after all the pre-admission course requirements have been met.

 

Alternative Credit

Did you know that you may already be eligible to receive college credit toward this program? You may receive college credit for approved Industry Certifications.

 

Average Salary

Valencia’s A.S. Degree and Certificate programs placement rate ranges between 90% – 95%. Health Info Tech average salaries ranges from $32,000 - $38,000

 

Program Overview

Review course descriptions, important dates and deadlines and other programs details in the official college catalog.

 

Want more information?

Attend a Health Sciences Information Sessions for an overview of the limited access Health Science programs at Valencia College and the procedures for enrolling in them.

 

Admission into Health Information Technology (A.S.)

 

Application Information

  • Application Deadline: June 17, 2019
  • Begins: Fall 2019
  • Application:Download should be available April 2019

Health Sciences Advising

The advising staff can answer program-specific questions, assist in career and educational planning, and offer expert educational guidance for students seeking career opportunities through the completion of an A.S. or B.S. Degree or a Certificate program.

Location, Hours and Contact

West Campus

Steps for Admission to Program

  • 1Attend a Program Information Session. Please bring a copy of the program guide for your desired track with you. If you are not local and cannot attend the information session, review the program guide and read the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • 2Apply to Valencia College.
  • 3Complete required general education courses before applying to the program.
  • 4Once your transcripts have been received and evaluated, and if you meet eligibility requirements, you can apply to the program.

Valencia College accepted its first class of Health Information Technology students in January, 2014. The health information technology occupation is one of the fastest growing professions in one of the fastest growing industries. Health information professionals provide reliable and valid information that drives health care. Health information technicians are specialists in managing medical records, coding and reimbursement, and possess the skills to critically think and problem solve.

Health information technology professionals play a key role in preparing, analyzing and maintaining health records and are considered experts in assuring the privacy and security of health data. The health information field is increasingly focusing on electronic patient records, database management, privacy and security. Health information technology professionals work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, physician practices, long term care, home health care, and insurance companies.

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Program Outcomes for the Health Information Technology Program:

  • Graduation rate is 83%.
  • Program Attrition Rate: 8.3%, Retention Rate: 91.7%
  • Job Placement Rate: 100%

 

Frequently Asked Questions

A.S. Health Information Technology

Do I need to be a student at Valencia to apply?

Yes. You must complete the admission process to the college before you submit a Health Information Technology program application. You can apply online or email enrollment@valenciacollege.edu if you have any questions.

Can International students apply?

Yes. Students must be a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. permanent resident, or hold a non-immigrant visa with employment authorization. Non-immigrant status students can visit the U.S. Department of State directory of visa categories to verify employment eligibility.

What courses do I need to take prior to applying?

Please review this information in the program guide

Are the prerequisite courses offered online?

Yes, some are offered online, however the lab science courses have limited offerings and may not be available every term.

Do I have to take all prerequisites at a particular campus?

No, you may take the prerequisite courses at any Valencia campus.

Will my courses from other colleges transfer to Valencia?

Once you have applied to Valencia, you will need to request official transcripts sent from your previous institution. The admissions office will evaluate all transcripts once they are received to determine transfer credit.

Do I need to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) before I apply?

No. The Health Information Technology program does not require the TEAS.

What is the minimum overall GPA required to apply?

The overall GPA Admission Points will not be in consideration for the total admission.

What is the deadline to apply?

The next application period for Fall 2018 will begin March 2018, with applications due June 15, 2017.

How many students are accepted into the program?

NThe Health Information Technology program accepts 25 students each Fall term.

What is the schedule like if I am accepted into the program?

Starting Fall 2015, the Health Information Technology program will be fully online. Health Information Technology courses must be taken in the order according to the course sequence guide. The practicums in the program will be completed at an assigned clinical site. Students should plan to spend 1-2 days per week Monday through Friday during the hours 8am-5pm at their assigned practicum site during the semester in which they are enrolled in the practicum course.

How do I apply?

Download & fill out the Health Information Technology Application. Return your completed application to Health Sciences Advising along with a non-refundable Health Sciences program application fee of $15

  • By mail:

    Send the application along with a check or money order payable to Valencia College to the address listed below:
    Valencia College
    Business Office
    P.O. Box 4913.
    Orlando, FL 32802
  • In person:

    Make payment in the Business Office on any Valencia Campus & request that the Business Office forward your program application & fee receipt to the Health Sciences Advising office at mail code 4-30

Please make sure you have met all admission requirements and your application is complete, as missing documentation or requirements can result in denied admission. All items listed on the Program Guide Admission Checklist must be completed PRIOR to submitting a Health Information Technology Application