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Health Information Technology

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Health Information Technology

The Profession

Health Information Technology (HIT) professionals are the experts who compile, code, analyze, and prepare health information needed by the patient, the health care facility, the public, agencies that pay the claims, physicians and other members of the healthcare team. The professional may also be responsible for supervision of employees and functions. In addition to hospitals, there are many opportunities in a variety of health related organizations, such as clinics, nursing facilities, rehabilitation sites, behavioral health institutes, insurance companies, consulting agencies, vendors, managed care facilities, private physicians’ offices, and specialty hospitals.

HIT is a growing and changing profession, offering careers that combine an interest in patient care with computers and management. Employment opportunities are available in Arkansas and nationwide.

*The Program

UA - Pulaski Tech offers the Health Information Technology (HIT) as an online Associate of Science in Health Information Technology degree. Our program is in the process of earning the accreditation for RHIT for our AS program. Until we earn our accreditation, students may not sit for this exam, however, it is anticipated that students in the first class will not have to wait more than a few months after graduation before our program earns accreditation. This is not a guarantee, but a note to students applying in the first year of our new program.

The associate's degree program requires 38 semester credits of general education core, and 39 credits of lower division program coursework for a total of 77 semester credits. The degree program is offered year-round with courses offered in the fall, spring, and summer. The associate's degree program is 8 semesters, part-time. Students are admitted to begin the AS program in both the fall and spring semesters. There's a $20 HIT program fee per semester.

*Curriculum and degree plan information will be available soon. 

Admission Factors

Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Academic aptitude
  • Computer competency
  • Leadership and professionalism
  • Personal endorsement
  • Written and oral communication

Employment Outlook

HIT professionals can expect to be in high demand as the health sector expands over the next few decades. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics cites health information technology as one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the U.S. There are 40 different work settings and 125 different job descriptions, so there is something for everyone with this career choice.

Program Mission Statement

The Health Information Technology program is committed to the advancement of outcomes-focused knowledge and the preparation of individuals for the various careers in health information technology. The Health Information Technology program is dedicated to providing culturally-diverse students with the knowledge, skills and analytical tools necessary to become successful, ethical professionals. This program encourages and values a mix of discipline-based scholarship, contributions to practice and collaborative learning, and its faculty members strive for excellence in teaching, practice, and professional service.  The program supports professional interaction among faculty, practitioners and students and encourages involvement with local, regional, national and international organizations.

Degree Plan

Contact

Kathy Trawick, Ed.D., RHIA, FAHIMA
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (501) 812-2350

Barbara Temple
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (501) 812-2349