Bachelor and Associate of Science (BS & AS) in Health Information Technology
Statuary mandates and federal initiatives like the Meaningful Use financial incentive program are fueling the need for Health Information Technology (HIT) professionals. The healthcare industry is experiencing tremendous demand for individuals with the right combination of information technology skills and knowledge of healthcare language and clinical practices.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field is predicted to grow faster than the average for all occupations with a 22% increase through 2020.
The HIT field encompasses a range of positions that involve the development, implementation, and maintenance of computerized health information systems. With the goal of enhancing the quality of patient care and reduce costs, these systems are needed to enable the digitization, storage, and the secure exchange of health information amongst various clinicians across networks and web services within hospitals and other healthcare settings.
Learn More About These Two Degree Programs
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).