Program of Study

The Health Information Technology program prepares students for a career working with health information in diverse roles in a variety of healthcare settings. Health Information Technology professionals perform the essential functions of compiling, processing, analyzing, abstracting, managing, securing and reporting health information that is vital to providing quality patient care.

The HIT curriculum covers the most relevant and up-to-date healthcare industry standards and provides students with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Apply internal and external policies, regulations, and standards to ensure the accuracy and integrity of health data.
  • Utilize established guidelines to ensure accurate healthcare billing and compliance in the assignment and evaluation of coded data.
  • Apply policies and standards to the selection, implementation and use of health information software and systems.
  • Apply legal and ethical concepts and principles to the practice of health information management.
  • Utilize human resources management, finance management, and team leadership skills to effectively supervise and lead others.
  • Apply policies and procedures to ensure organizational compliance with state and federal regulations.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) degree, Health Information Technology Program at Forsyth Technical Community College is currently in candidacy status with the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Upon completion of the accreditation process, graduates will be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

For additional information on CAHIIM accreditation, please visit their website at https://www.cahiim.org/


Additional Information

  • The Health Information Technology (HIT) program is offered online with the exception of the General Education courses and Professional Practice Experiences (PPE). PPE helps to bring theory into practice and will be made available with an affiliated health-related facility/agency in the student’s specific geographic region.
  • Download Admissions Requirements (MAR) Packet
  • Technical Standards

Careers Available

Health Information Technology graduates are employed in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, health insurance organizations, outpatient clinics, physician’s offices, hospice, research organizations, educational institutions, mental health facilities, healthcare product vendors, and any organization that uses patient data or health information.

Careers in the Health Information Technology field include:

  • Medical Coder/Auditor
  • Health Information Manager
  • Quality Improvement Specialist
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist
  • Release of Information Specialist
  • HIPAA Compliance Officer
  • Healthcare Data Analyst
  • Data Quality Manager
  • Health Information Management Consultant

 

Program Offerings

Program Credential Level Offered Code
Health Information Technology-Summer Entry Associate in Applied Science Day A45360

Program Contact

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