Health Information Technology

Bachelor of Science (BS) and Associate of Science (AS)
Health Information Technology

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.

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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.

BS in Health Information Technology

Graduates of the BS program can make anywhere from $79,400 - $130,900, working as:

  • Clinical Application Coordinators
  • Electronic Health Records Analysts
  • Implementation Support Specialists
  • Implementation/Project Managers, Consultants
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Clinical Coding Specialists
  • Trainers
  • 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.

Associate of Science in Health Information TechnologyGraduates 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 about the programs, please contact Dr. Gerald Elysee:

Gerald Elysee

Gerald Elysee, PhD, MS, BS, BE, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of B.S. and A.S. degree programs in Health Information Technology (HIT). Prior to joining BFIT, Dr. Elysee taught various courses in health information management, business management, project management, and computer applications. In addition to his academic background, he has over 19 years of industry experience that encompasses companies such as Verizon Communications and Westinghouse Savannah River Company, which has enabled him to bring a real-world perspective to the classroom. Dr. Elysee earned his doctorate degree with honors from Capella University School of Business and Technology in Organization & Management with a specialization in Information Technology Management. He also holds a graduate degree from Lesley University in Management, an undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in Physical Science, and an undergraduate degree from Pratt Institute in Electrical Engineering.

Telephone: 617-588-2094
E-mail: gelysee@bfit.edu
Office: Union Building, Room 402-6

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