Health Information Management
Pennsylvania College of Technology
The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree offered by Pennsylvania College of Technology is a program of study that is available to students in a hybrid format. The hybrid format refers to a student having to take courses in both the traditional, on-campus, in-classroom format as well as taking courses in the online environment. This program aims to prepare students to manage the data and information sources related to health care. The curriculum of this program is designed to provide training in planning, collecting, aggregating, analyzing, and disseminating and aggregate the information and critical data of individual patients. This program covers concepts such as the nature, structure and translation of data into usable forms. An objective of this program is to help students learn how to use this information in the course of the daily activities of a health manager. Students who graduate from this program are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator Exam (RHIA), which is offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
This program covers competencies such as designing, implementing, and maintaining automated and manual health information systems; determining health information policies; developing the departmental budget; and providing in-service education. In addition, this program also covers human resource skills and knowledge like hiring, supervising, and evaluating employees. It is important to note that this program is intended for students who have already earned an Associate’s degree or credits in an educational or vocational program that focuses on Health Information Technology. This program prepares its graduates to take on careers such as Health Information Management department director, systems manager, data quality manager, information security officer, college instructor, or consultant.
This program requires its students to take and complete 132 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management. Students must take and complete General Education courses alongside their Health Information Management courses in order to gain a full, liberal arts based education. The Health Information Management courses include: Clinical Issues in Health Information Management, Human resources Management, Health Care Data Analysis and Quality Management, Managing Privacy and Security of Health Information, Business Computer Applications Using Databases, and Health Care Finance and Budgeting.
Degree Level: Bachelor
Accreditation & Licensing
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Pennsylvania College of Technology was founded in 1941 as the Williamsport Technical Institute. Prior to its founding, as an institute of higher learning, the school functioned as an adult education and training facility since as early as 1914. During World War II, the school operated 24 hours per day, providing war production training to help meet defense industry needs. In 1989, the college became an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University and changed its name to Pennsylvania College of Technology. Pennsylvania College of Technology operates with the mission "to provide comprehensive, hands-on technical education at the baccalaureate and associate degree levels while creating and sustaining excellence in a student-centered environment that promotes personal growth, social awareness, a shared commitment to diversity and lifelong learning."
Pennsylvania College of Technology is classified as a public, four year institution, but primarily awards associate's degrees in addition to bachelor's degrees and certificates from the following academic schools:
- Business and Hospitality
- Industrial, Computing, and Engineering Technologies
- Construction and Design Technologies
- Sciences, Humanities, and Visual Communications
- Transportation and Natural Resources Technologies
- Health Sciences
Several degrees are available online.
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