Bachelor and Associate of Science (BS & AS) in Health Information Technology
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field is predicted to grow faster than the average for all occupations with a 20% increase through 2018.
The BS program in Health Information Technology at BFIT will prepare graduates to enter employment as information technicians at agencies, hospitals and practices that provide healthcare or at companies that create, develop, integrate, or maintain health information systems. Health Information Technology (HIT) encompasses the hardware and software as well as the procedures and policies that underlie the storage, retrieval, availability, and security of information to support health care delivery and decision making.
Graduates of the program will have familiarity with the language and practices of healthcare in addition to knowledge and skills in information technology (IT). More specifically, graduates will be able to recognize and use organization-wide electronic health record (EHR) documentation guidelines, will be able to maintain organizational compliance with health care information regulations and standards, will be able to manage, plan, design, and monitor health data, data sets, and databases, and will be able to apply current laws, licensure, and certification standards related to health information initiatives at the national, state, local, and facility levels.
Associate of Science (AS) in Computer Technology
The Computer Technology program provides students with the knowledge and training for a range of positions in information technology, based on the specific course selections of the student. Students in the program have their choice from several standard program options, each with different concentrations of courses from modern areas of computer technology. These areas include: computer programming, networking, system administration, web development, PC maintenance and database management. Graduates of the various options may be qualified, respectively, for entry-level positions in system administration, computer programming, web development or database management, as well as positions as computer support specialists, and network or PC repair technicians. Graduates are also well prepared to continue their education in four-year BS programs in networking, computer science or system administration.
Associate of Science (AS) in Computer Engineering Technology
The Computer Engineering Technology (CET) program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for computer industry positions that address both computer hardware and software, with special emphasis on electronics*. Students are prepared for entry-level positions that may involve the testing, troubleshooting, repairing or installation of a variety of computer and networked systems. Other positions may include assisting engineers in the design and building of computer systems. Graduates of this program are well-prepared to continue their education in Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology programs.
* For comparison, review the Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) curriculum. CET students share the identical freshman curriculum as EET. In the sophomore year CET students receive 2 courses in computer networking (as compared to 1 in EET).