Earn a Health Information Technology A.S. Degree

As a health information professional, you play a crucial role in managing patient health information by verifying and maintaining the accuracy and security of medical records. Our program gives you the technical expertise and leadership skills to advance in this field.

The mission of our program is: To empower health information technology students to achieve success and economic mobility by impacting healthcare with the use, maintenance, and protection of data and information.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars

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Features of the Health Information Technology A.S. Degree at SPC

  • Prepares you for quick entry or advancement in your career
  • Affordable
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
  • Gives you hands-on experience through professional practice courses held in acute care hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation, psychiatric or assisted living facilities
  • Offered completely online except for professional practice courses, which are arranged at health care facilities near you
  • Prepares you to take the national exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) through the American Health Information Management Association 
  • Gives you a competitive advantage for management jobs
  • Covers physician and hospital coding and medical billing concepts

WHAT YOU LEARN in SPC's Health Information Technology A.S. Degree

  • Key concepts include information governance, privacy, security, data analytics, revenue cycle management, compliance, and leadership
  • Learn how to create, retain, maintain, and store paper and electronic patient records.
  • Understand and interpret coding guidelines, and assign diagnostic and procedural codes to coding scenarios in various healthcare settings
  • Learn how to collect, analyze, monitor, and report health data using healthcare technologies.
  • Learn to use project management techniques and their application to healthcare projects and management.

Health Information Technology Associate in Science

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2024 (640)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2024 (640), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Summary

Transferable to a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration at SPC.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

Academic Pathways

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Program Leadership Information

For Academic Advising and Program Admissions Information
please contact:
Sheila Newberry

Florida CIP Code

1351070700 - Health Information Technology

Federal CIP Code

51.0707 - Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician.

Program Outcomes

Health Information Technology A.S. Degree 

Academic Year Year Number of Graduates and Graduation Rate National Certification Examination Pass Rate on First Attempt Level of Employment Six Months Post Graduation*
2012-2013 December 2013 N/A 100% 74%
2013-2014 December 2014 N/A 73% 65%
2014-2015 December 2015 N/A 69% 91%
2015-2016 December 2016 35=14.34% 85% 62%
2016-2017 December 2017 43=15.19% 73% 76%
2017-2018 December 2018 30=18.98% 82% 58%
2018-2019 December 2019 42=23.72% 72% N/A
2019-2020 December 2020 36=22.64% 73% N/A

Note: In Academic Years 2012-2013 through 2014-2015, the program operated under the name Health Information Management.

Note: The Level of Employment six months post-graduation does not include graduates who were continuing their education.

Accreditation for the Health Information Technology A.S. Degree

Health Information Technology A.S. Degree The accreditor of the Health Information Technology program at St. Petersburg College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the associate degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2028-2029. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

CONTINUe YOUR EDUCATION at St. Petersburg College

Our certificates in Coding and Revenue Management and Healthcare Data Management are embedded in the Health Information Technology A.S. Degree. You can take one or both of these certificates and earn credit toward the A.S. degree. The A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.


The coursework in this program prepares you for the following industry certifications:

  • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA)

Health Information Technology A.S. Degree

Program Admission Guides

Please review the program admission guide to ensure your eligibility prior to applying below.

Health Programs Application

Students accepted into the program will be required to successfully pass a background check and drug screening.

Application Windows

Term Applications Accepted Application Review Student Notified By MySPC e-mail
Fall: August March 1 - June 30 July 1 - 9 July 10
Spring: January July 1 - Oct. 31 Nov. 1 - 9 Nov. 10