Associate of Science in Health Information Technology
The online associate degree program in Health Information Technology at Albany State University is designed to prepare the student for entry-level employment as a health information technician who performs tasks related to the use, analysis, presentation, abstracting, coding, storage and retrieval of health care data in manual or electronic form.
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601-5800, (312) 233-1100, https://www.cahiim.org, in association with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), 233 North Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5809, https://www.ahima.org.
Graduates are eligible to write the national certification examination given by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Upon successful completion of the examination, the health information technician is awarded the professional credential of a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) by AHIMA.
Students may declare a HIT plan of study upon university enrollment for the purpose of advisement while completing coursework required for entry to the program. However, this does not guarantee admission into the program.
The HIT program admits one class per year that begins each Fall semester (mid-August). Program applications are due by June 1st of the year you wish to enter the program.
The deadline for applying (June 1st) occurs during the SUMMER semester prior to the FALL semester start date. If a student is enrolled in courses that will complete all requirements during the Summer semester of the June 1st deadline, the student may submit the application with those required courses still in progress.
An application is considered complete only when all requested information is received. Students are responsible for making sure their application is complete. Incomplete application packets and/or applications received after June 1st may not be considered. Selection criteria, including GPA and pre-requisite hours completed, are ranked by the HIT Selection Committee and interviews may be set up. Offers of acceptance will be made based on the final ranking of those students who meet all admission criteria.
Students may declare a HIT plan of study upon college enrollment for the purpose of advisement while completing courses required for admission to the program. However, declaring this plan of study does not guarantee admission to the HIT Program. A separate application is required for consideration of acceptance into this program.
For full consideration for admission to the Health Information Technology program, the student must:
- Be admitted to Albany State University.
- Complete all required Learning Support courses.
- Complete all courses required for entry to the program with a “C” or better. Courses required for admission to the program include ALHE 1120, BIOL 2411K, BIOL 2412K, BUSA 2101, and ENGL 1101.
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Complete and submit an application for admission to the HIT program to the Program Director by June 1st
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
American Health Information Management Association
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education