6 FAQs about Becoming a Health Information Technologist

Enrolling in an HIT training program could be in your future!

If you live in Orlando, Florida and are looking for a new career, then consider entering the field of allied health and healthcare. The American College for Medical Careers (ACMC) is proud to offer several different allied health training programs that are designed to get students into the job market quickly. One program that may interest prospective students is the Health Information Technology program. This program allows students to develop their analytical, technical, and interpersonal skills.

If you’d like to know more about the health information technology training program, read ahead for a short guide to enrolling at ACMC.

Q #1: What do Health Information Technicians do?

A: Health information technicians are the healthcare professionals who maintain and organize patient records and health information data. These professionals are there to ensure the security, accuracy, quality, and access for healthcare professionals. They may work in both paper files and electronic record systems. Health information technicians are also in charge of coding and categorizing records. During their work shift, they will review records for timeliness, accuracy, and completion. On top of maintaining clinical databases and registries, they also electronically record data for analysis. Healthcare information technicians also use software to assign clinical codes for payment and data analysis. They also track patient outcomes and feedback. It’s important that these professionals maintain the confidentiality of a patients’ medical information.

Q #2: How do I apply?

A: Applying to the Health Information Technology program is fairly straightforward. ACMC’s Admissions Department only requires that you have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. You can contact ACMC for more information on the program and fill out an online application. We also require prospective students to fill out a few other forms during the application process.

Q #3: How long does the Health Information Technology program take?

A: The Associate of Sciences Health Information Technology degree requires 63 hours of coursework, or 20 months in length. You may complete the program in roughly a year and a half. That’s a relatively short degree program! Remember, you have to be a diligent and responsible student to pass the program in this amount of time. Keep up with your studies, homework, and tests! Instructors are here to help you gain the best education possible.

Q #4: Will I find a job?

A: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the expected growth rate for this career field is positive. It’s projected that health information technology jobs will increase by 15% from 2014-2024. ACMC wants to help our students succeed. Our staff is available to assist you with career readiness and job search techniques.  You will need to take the initiative to apply for jobs, but remember that ACMC can help you along the way!

Q #5: Can I get financial aid for this training program?

A: ACMC encourages all potential and current students to see if they are eligible for financial assistance. You may fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The following federal aid programs are available if you are eligible for financial assistance: Federal PellGrant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and the Federal Work Study among others. If you need more information on applying for financial aid, contact ACMC to speak with a representative. We also offer a step-by-step guide in our weekly blog.

Q #6: Where are health information technology classes held?

A: ACMC’s health information technology training program is held online through our online Learning Management System program. All you need is a working computer, high-speed Internet access, and a working microphone and speaker system. You may also want to purchase a pair of headphones. Keep in mind, your practicum will require you to attend the last course in an approved clinical setting.

If you think that a health information technology career sounds like a great fit, then contact ACMC to learn more about the training program. We look forward to hearing from you!