Health Information Technology
Bachelor of Science (BS) and Associate of Science (AS)
Health Information Technology
Health Information Technology or Health IT is one of the fastest growing fields in the healthcare industry. Health IT refers to the use of technologies to store, share, and analyze health information to improve patient care. This growth is being fueled in large part by federal regulations which mandate that healthcare organizations such as hospitals adopt and use Health IT in a meaningful way in order to enhance healthcare quality while containing rising costs. These mandates create tremendous growth in hiring demand and earning potential for professionals who can assist healthcare organizations with the planning, developing, implementing, integrating, and managing Health IT systems. 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.
In order to meet this growing demand for skilled HIT workers, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology has developed the following degree programs:
- Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Information Technology
- Associate of Science (AS) in Health Information Technology
The two programs are designed to prepare students to enter the HIT workforce with a blend of theory and hands-on application, culminating in an internship or practicum at a healthcare organization.
Did you know?
BFIT is the only college in Massachusetts to offer an associate degree as well as a bachelor's degree in Health Information Technology.
BS in Health Information Technology
Graduates of the BS program can make anywhere from $79,400 - $130,900, working as:
- Clinical Applications Coordinator
- Electronic Health Records Analysts
- Implementation Support Specialists
- Project Managers, Consultants
- Information Security Analysts
- Clinical Coding Specialists
- Health Information Systems Administrators and Managers
Upon graduation, students can elect to transfer to a graduate-degree institution to pursue advanced degrees related to HIT, healthcare management or informatics.
AS in Health Information Technology
Associate of Science in Health Information Technology graduates of the AS program can make anywhere from $37,900 - $56,600 per year, working as:
- Health Information Technicians
- Electronic Health Records Coordinators
- Computer Support Specialists
- Clinical Coding Associates
Upon graduation, students can continue into the Bachelor of Science
program at BFIT in order to prepare for higher paying jobs with
increased responsibility. The courses that are completed in the AS
program can be applied to the BS program. Graduates of both programs
will be able to work at organizations that provide patient care or
health insurance, or at companies that create, develop, integrate, or
maintain health information systems. Some of which include:
- Hospitals including VA Hospitals
- Electronic Health Records application developers, implementers and servicers
- Medical groups and clinics
- Retail clinics
- Health insurance organizations including HMOs
- Hardware and software vendors
- Medical device companies
- Consulting organizations
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Gerald Elysee
Office: Union Building, Room 402-6
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