About Macon State
The Associate of Science Degree in Health Information Technology (HIT) includes study in medical science, coding, quality management and health care data management. This mix of disciplines is important for the preparation of managers who will work in every sector of the health care industry - wherever information is collected, utilized or maintained.
Health Information Technology professionals collect, analyze, integrate and disseminate information that steers the health care industry. A career in Health Information Technology combines health care, management and technology. Job opportunities are increasing as more paperwork, generated by the medical and business sides of health care, is converted to computerized form. Emerging HIT roles are highly technological, with opportunities ranging from coder to clinical data manager. Health Information Technology courses are available during the day and evening. Courses are offered online and in the traditional classroom setting.
According to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), new graduates typically start with salaries in the $20,000 to $30,000 range and salaries increase from there. AHIMA also reports 40 different work settings and 125 different job descriptions. There is something for everyone with this variety.
The HIT program is designed with the working student in mind. Many online courses are offered. Typically lecture classes meet one day a week. These courses may be during the day, evening, or on Saturday.
The Macon State College Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (www.CAHIIM.org).