Program Overview

The Associate of Science Degree in Health Information Technology prepares students to manage health information in a variety of healthcare environments. The technology used today to manage health care information is constantly advancing. Individuals who wish to be employed in this changing field must acquire up to date knowledge that is sought after by employers. Health care information is managed through a variety of methods that frequently rely on technology. This field desires professionals who are capable of ensuring a secure exchange of information between individuals, healthcare providers, insurance agencies, and other entities that may handle sensitive information.

Santa Barbara City College recognizes that students often have demanding schedules and other obligations. This flexible program allows students to manage life commitments while earning their degree. The courses that are offered in this associate's program are available online for students who prefer a non-traditional method of learning.

The curriculum provides students with the opportunity to explore topics in medical terminology, health care law, pharmacology, pathophysiology, quality management, medical insurance, and reimbursement. Medical coding is a highly valued and necessary skill when working in the health information technology field. Students should gain an understanding of ICD-9-CM coding, diagnostic coding, procedural coding, advanced coding applications, and computer applications that are essential to performing required tasks. The curriculum also contains a coding exam preparation course and a registered health information technician exam preparation course. These courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge they need to pass the needed exams when entering the field. In addition to core courses in HIT, students must also complete general education requirements in order to earn the degree.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

    The HIT Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

    School Overview

    Santa Barbara City College is a comprehensive community college serving the south coast of Santa Barbara County. Established in 1909, SBCC has a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as transfer programs that provide the first two years of study toward the baccalaureate degree. Students are attracted to SBCC by virtue of its outstanding faculty, small classes, state-of-the-art facilities, student support services and incredible location. 

    Many of SBCC's programs are offered fully online through the distance education.

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