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HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (AAS)

The healthcare sector is the U.S.’s largest employer, and that doesn’t just include clinicians – like doctors and nurses – that work hands-on with patients. Healthcare is about better patient outcomes from all angles and departments of hospitals and organizations.

Behind the scenes, there’s a team of professionals called Health Information Technicians doing their part through managing patient information. Health Information Technology is the use of electronic databases and systems to ensure the quality, confidentiality, security, and accuracy of patient information throughout the healthcare industry. The work that HIT professionals perform each day is in an effort to expand access to quality care, reduce healthcare spending, and improve patient outcomes.

YOU MIGHT LIKE THIS PROGRAM IF:

  • You want an exciting career in the healthcare field but want to stay hands-off with patients.
  • Beginning your career in only about 2 years is appealing to you.
  • An advanced credential that increases your marketability to employers is something you’d like an opportunity to earn.
  • You’d eventually like to obtain your bachelor’s (or master’s!) degree, but earning your associate’s and getting some work experience under your belt first sounds like a good idea.

CAREER OUTLOOK & GENERAL OVERVIEW

SETTINGS TO WORK IN

Rewarding career options in HIT include:
  • Health Information Technician
  • Electronic Health Record Specialist
  • Patient Registrar
  • Release of Information Specialist

AVERAGE AGE

31
Average age of the Plaza student population*

*Based on active student population, Spring 2021

GRADUATION RATE

64%
of all of Plaza’s full time students graduate on time

STUDENT TO FACULTY RATIO

28:1
Allowing more dynamic classroom interaction

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

$810,839.91
Awarded during the 2020 academic year

*Based on a review of student accounts, Spring 2021

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THE HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEGREE PROGRAM

Designed and taught by experts in the field, the program will provide you with practical information and hands-on-experience to prepare you for a successful HIT career. You can expect instruction in these areas:

  • ICD-CM and HCPCS Coding
  • Health Information Systems and Technology
  • Health Information and Records Management
  • Healthcare Reimbursement and Insurance
  • Data Analytics
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences (ex: Composition and Research, Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology, etc.)

As the HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education, graduates are eligible to take the exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), a prestigious credential in the industry.

The program is offered in two formats:

Fully Online: All courses – both general education and core program – are offered online. The only in-person requirement is your on-site externship experience in the final semester of the program.

Hybrid: All liberal arts and elective courses are offered on-campus. All core program courses are offered online.

View all degree requirements in the College Catalog.

During the academic year 2019-2020, the student cohort retention/attrition rate reported for Health Information Technology is 92.3%/7.7%; the graduation rate, 87.5%; and the job placement rate of graduates in their field of study, 100%.

WHY IS PLAZA RIGHT FOR YOU?

We're glad you asked.

Academic Quality

Program Rigor, Subject-Matter-Expert Professors, and MSCHE Accreditation ensure an exceptional college education.

Competitive Tuition

Our tuition is not only of the lowest of any private college in New York State, but one of the lowest amongst all 4-year colleges in NYC.

Campus Location

Located in the heart of Queens, our Forest Hills campus is convenient and easily accessible by all public transportation and major highways.

On Your Time

Whether you need classes in the morning, in the evening, online, or a combination of all, flexible course scheduling gives you options.

Success Stories

Our 100+ year alumni network is ready and waiting to tell you how Plaza helped them get where they are today!

Support Network

Individual Advising, Free Tutoring, Student Life Activities, and Job Placement Services add to your college experience and graduation success.