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Program Details

Lincoln College of Technology offers students the Health Information Technology Degree, an Associate of Applied Science that prepares graduates for working with computerized health information systems. These systems are used in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities. This program is offered entirely online, though students have the option of taking classes on-site at the Hartford Branch Campus.

During this program, candidates will study ways to design and install computerized patient record systems. Many health care facilities are still in the process of converting paper files to a digital database, and graduates with the AAS in Health Information Technology should be equipped to meet the demand. Graduates have the opportunity to take examinations for Registered Health Information Technician and Certified Coding Assistant certifications. When CCA professionals have three years of patient experience, they should be prepared to take exams to qualify them as Certified Coding Specialists or Certified Coding Specialist-Physicians.

Upon graduation, students may be able to attend to first level supervisory functions and demonstrate an ability to code, abstract information, and retrieve it from a core delivery setting. Additionally, these individuals should demonstrate a strong work ethic, good judgment, and a commitment to lifelong learning. Graduates may be able to find positions in long-term care, physician's offices, and other related healthcare settings.

To earn the AAS in Health Information Technology, students must earn a total of 63 credits from required and elective courses. This total comes from 36 hours of coursework in the program core and the remaining in general education classes. General education requirements include some prescribed classes and an elective from the social and behavioral sciences area. Most classes require a grade of at least a C or C+, depending on the course. Required classes include Health Care Data Applications and Advanced Health Information Coding, among others. Students are also required to complete four internships of varying credit, each in a specific area of healthcare information technology.

Accreditation & Licensing

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions

Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), and the State of Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education.