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B.S. Health Information Technology

Program overview

The program in Health Information Technology (HIT) is a bachelor's completion degree that addresses the technology and processes used by health care providers and related organizations. The program includes instruction in the technology used to acquire and direct the flow of information between the clinical, administrative, and financial systems in the healthcare industry as well as general principles of information technology.

Students who complete the program will obtain a strong background in technology including database, problem-solving, systems analysis, and project management skills as well as a foundation in the culture of the healthcare system. This program prepares students for jobs that integrate healthcare and technology in the evolving U.S. healthcare system.

Curriculum overview

Career possibilities for graduates

The health information technology field is relatively young and rapidly growing. HIT graduates may work in technical support, data analysis, reporting, database administration, user education, software development, testing and customization.

Health information professionals work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, home healthcare services, insurance companies, education environments, federal and state government agencies as well as software and hardware companies.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health information professionals is expected to increase by 20 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations, through 2018. With the increasing use of electronic health records, more professionals will be needed to complete the new responsibilities associated with electronic data management.

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