Lake-Sumter Community College

Lake Sumter Community College
Lake Sumter Community College

Health Information Technology Overview


Associate in Science in Health Information Technology Science - 70 credits /28 courses

The Health Information Technology (HIT) degree prepares students for careers or advancement in any healthcare setting as a health information technician.  A health information technician is a professional who focuses on health care data. They assemble patients’ health information including medical history, symptoms, examination results, diagnostic tests, treatment methods, and all other healthcare provider services. Technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security. They code medical records and routinely communicate with practitioners to clarify diagnoses or to obtain additional information. Technicians must be familiar with electronic health record (EHR) computer software, data security, and analyzing electronic data to improve healthcare information.

Technical Certificates  

Health Informatics Specialist – 24 credits/11 courses

This technical certificate prepares students for employment as entry-level Healthcare Informatics Specialists or provides supplemental training for persons currently or previously employed in Healthcare or information technology. 

Medical Information Coder/Biller – 37 credits/14 courses

This technical certificate prepares students with the skills necessary to review, analyze and code health records and also present information about healthcare reimbursement methodologies. 

Medical Office Management – 34 credits/13 courses

This technical certificate prepares students with the skills necessary for employment in occupation such as: medical billing clerk, medical office assistant, and medical receptionist.

What is Health Information Management (HIM)?

Quality information is essential to all aspects of today's healthcare system. HIM is the body of knowledge and practice that ensures the availability of health information to facilitate real-time healthcare delivery and critical health-related decision making for multiple purposes across diverse organizations, settings, and disciplines. 

The field is called HIM but within the field, two broad categories of credentialed professionals exist: Registered Health Information Administrators (RHIA) who hold, at a minimum, a baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management/Administration; and, Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT) who have, at a minimum, an associate degree in Health Information Management or Technology.


After completing your formal education, the next step is to successfully complete an AHIMA certification exam. A credential validates your competence as an HIM professional to employers and the public.

For a list of all credentials available through the American Health Information Mangement Association (AHIMA), please visit: AHIMA Certification.

Program Contact Information

​Brandy Ziesemer, Program Manager/Professor​ 

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