Health Information Technology Program to Begin at SWGTC
Beginning in August 2011, Southwest Georgia Technical College will offer a new degree in its Allied Health Programs. The Health Information Technology (HIT) program is a sequence of courses designed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to process, maintain, analyze, and report health information data according to legal accreditation, licensure, and certification standards for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment, and research. Program graduates will develop leadership skills necessary to serve in a functional supervisory role in various components of the health information system. You can earn your associate degree in Health Information Technology from Southwest Georgia Technical College, and join one of the 20 occupations projected to grow fastest through 2012.
Health Information Technology is the perfect program for people who want to contribute to quality patient care from behind the scenes. In fact, many employers favor those who have a Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT) credential. Licensure is not required in Georgia. Individuals who specialize in this area enjoy working with healthcare professionals and computer technology. The program will be able to be completed within five semesters and individuals must be 16 years of age or older and have a high school diploma or the equivalent (GED). This program is an Associate degree program in Applied Science, which will be awarded at graduation after a minimum of 64 credit hours have been completed.
Job prospects should be very good. Medical records and health information technician jobs are expected to grow by 20% through 2018 with approximately 207,600 positions. Health information technicians work at a number of healthcare providers such as physicians’ offices, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, and home healthcare services. Technicians also may be employed outside of healthcare facilities, such as in Federal Government agencies. In addition to job growth, numerous openings will result from the need to replace medical record and health information technicians who retire or leave the occupation permanently. Technicians that demonstrate a strong understanding of technology and computer software will be in particularly high demand.
SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Criminal Justice Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.
Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.