School and Ranking Information
There are four schools within the city limits of Tampa, FL, that provide programs in health information technology, however these schools are either for-profit institutions or only offer a certificate in this area. Students seeking a degree program in health information technology (HIT) might explore schools within 25 miles of the city's limits. Based on school ranking, levels of study and number of HIT degrees awarded, the following college is considered a top school in the Tampa area for health information technology studies:
- Winner: St. Petersburg College is the largest public school within a 25-mile radius of Tampa that provides studies in health information technology. It is also the only not-for-profit institution awarding a 2-year degree in this field of study. Students at SPC can earn a certificate in health informatics or an Associate in Science in health information management.
School Info Chart
|Category||St. Petersburg College|
|Ranking||#12 in number of associate's degrees awarded among Florida 2- and 4-year postsecondary institutions, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education (2014)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $3,232 (in-state); $11,477 (out-of-state)**|
|Health Information Technology Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Health Information Technology Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||104**|
|Most Popular Health Information Technology Level in 2012-2013||Certificate (63 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||29%**|
|Noteworthy||Associate's degree program in health information technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)|
Sources: *St. Petersburg College; **NCES College Navigator
St. Petersburg College
- Heath information technology programs offered in online formats
- Program includes practical experiences in an actual healthcare setting
- Associate's degree program prepares students to take national Registered Health Information Technician exams
St. Petersburg College (SPC) enrolls more than 30,000 students annually and holds classes at nine different campus locations throughout the county. SPC offers a variety of healthcare-based certificate, undergraduate and continuing education programs through both online and in-class formats. The primary location for health-related studies is the school's Caruth Health Education Center.
Designed to provide a working knowledge of storing and retrieving medical records and information, the Certificate in Healthcare Informatics program emphasizes basic computer usage skills and familiarity with medical terminology. Coursework includes topics in data management, medical record maintenance and computer literacy. The Associate in Science in Health Information Technology program includes additional courses in healthcare coding and reimbursement systems, data analysis, electronic medical record systems and health information management. Students can also expect to take courses in basic computer applications, medical terminology and anatomy and physiology. A 3-part practical experience is part of the curriculum of this program.