The Health Information Management and Technology degree provides you with entry-level skills to become a medical office assistant, health information technician, medical coding specialist and/or a health insurance billing specialist.
Health information technicians specialize in analyzing, securing, and maintaining patient health information, and may be responsible for quality assurance, computer information services and coding diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement.
This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.
This program is offered by the Computing and Information Sciences Department.
Entrance and Course Requirements
- The degree program maps to the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) curriculum and graduates are qualified to sit for the AAPC certification Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and Certified Physician Practice Management (CPPM) exams.
- This degree provides a comprehensive overview of the tasks related to one of the fastest-growing career fields in the country.
- Course content also focuses on ethics, security, communication and collaboration skills necessary in the rapidly evolving technical health information management field.
- Students can complete the degree through full- or part-time study.
- Those skilled in medical transcription or medical encoding can find positions that pay in excess of $30,000.
Program can be completed by attending online.
Career and Transfer Opportunities
Common careers for students completing the Health Information Management and Technology degree include: Health Information Technician, Medical Office Assistant, Medical Coding Specialist, Medical Billing Specialist.
Recent employers have included: Albany Cardiology; Albany Memorial Hospital; Capital Region Orthopedics Bone and Joint Center; Community Care Physicians; Hudson Valley Ophthalmology; Northeast Urological; Seton Health Physical Rehab.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015), jobs in the health information technology field are expected to grow faster than average during this decade. Employment opportunities can be found in hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, government agencies and HMOs.
Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here is the median salary taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Medical Records and Health Information Technician, $37,110.
The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the program should be able to:
- Demonstrate the technical skills to manage and communicate information in an office environment.
- Demonstrate the skills to effectively use and apply computing technology in contemporary environments.
- Demonstrate the ability to research employment opportunities and prepare an effective employment package.
For more information regarding this program, please contact:
Computing and Information Sciences Department
Brahan Hall, Room 206
For more information about admission to this program, please contact:
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223