For students planning careers in medical billing and coding, there are health information technology programs available at 22 schools throughout New York. Below is an overview of 10 of the largest schools in the state offering degree and certificate programs for aspiring medical coders and billers, and there is also a comparison table with listings for each school concerning programs and tuition info.
SUNY Broome Community College
The Health Science Division of Broome Community College in Binghamton offers a two-year degree program in health information technology for aspiring medical coders and billers. The program includes courses in medical terminology, reimbursement methodologies, biology, pharmacology, inpatient coding system and ambulatory care coding. Students must complete 70 credits to earn the Associate of Applied Science degree.
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, located in New York City, has an associate degree program in health information technology that can prepare students for a career in medical billing and coding. The program requires 67 credits in courses such as health record systems, pathology of diseases, health data information, coding and classification systems, medical terminology and anatomy. Students must also complete a supervised practice experience in a clinical setting.
Erie Community College
At Buffalo's Erie Community College, the associate degree program in health information technology instructs students in the technical and legal issues of an organization, along with the storage and maintenance of medical records and health data. The program qualifies graduates for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The 70.5-credit program includes coursework in anatomy, physiology, health care reimbursement, medical coding, and health information assessment.
Hudson Valley Community College
Hudson Valley Community College, in Troy, New York, offers an Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Management and Technology that prepares students to sit for AHIMA's Certified Coding Specialist examination. Courses in the program include information processing, biology, medical coding, health insurance and reimbursement, health information management and database concepts. Students must also complete general education credits in courses, such as liberal arts and social science. The program is available online.
Long Island University - CW Post Campus
The Brookville campus of Long Island University offers a certificate and bachelor's program in health information management. The certificate program is designed for students with a bachelor's degree in another area that would like to qualify for the Registered Health Information Administrator examination. The 129-credit bachelor's degree program also qualifies students to sit for the credentialing examination. Courses in the four-year program include structuring and managing data, coding, reimbursement methodologies, medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology.
Monroe Community College
The Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology/Medical Records degree program at Monroe Community College in Rochester qualifies students to take the RHIT examination. Courses in the program include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, health information, diagnostic and procedural classifications, medical information processing, medical transcription, health care reimbursement and procedural coding system. Students must also complete a practical experience internship to earn a degree.
Nassau Community College
Students can complete a 37-credit program in health information technology at Nassau Community College in Garden City. The certificate program trains students to work in medical coding with courses such as medical terminology, biology, medical coding, pathophysiology, health care data structure and delivery systems and pharmacology. Students must complete an internship in health care facilities during the final semester of the program.
Onondaga Community College
The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology/Medical Records degree program at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York requires students to complete three supervised clinical practicums. Coursework in the program includes anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, health information technology, information systems, pathology, coding and classification systems, health care reimbursement and health information systems management.
The program meets AHIMA's eligibility requirements to take the RHIT credentialing examination.
St. John's University
The bachelor's degree program in healthcare informatics at St. John's University in Queens offers students an advanced education in healthcare information management. The 126-credit program includes coursework that trains students in database management and creation for the health care industry. Courses in the program include data mining, health care information security, health care informatics, computer programming, medical terminology, and health care classifications. In addition to courses in the major, students must complete the university's core, which includes English composition, theology and philosophy courses.
Suffolk County Community College
Suffolk County Community College in Selden, New York has an Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology/Medical Records program that qualifies students for the RHIT certification examination. The 62-credit program requires students to complete 29 credits in health information technology courses, such as coding, reimbursement methodologies, classification systems, electronic health record privacy, and security. Graduates of the program can work as medical coders or reimbursement specialists.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Medical Billing and Coding Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|SUNY Broome Community College||Two-year, public; midsize suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology|| $5,355 in-state
|CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College||Two-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology|| $5,170 in-state
|Erie Community College||Two-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology|| $5,575 in-state
|Hudson Valley Community College||Two-year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management and Technology|| $5,812 in-state
|Long Island University CW Post Campus||Four-year, private non-profit; large suburb|| Certificate in Health Information Management,
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
|Monroe Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology/Medical Records|| $5,336 in-state
|Nassau Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Certificate in Health Information Technology|| $5,880 in-state
|Onondaga Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology/Medical Records|| $5,484 in-state
|St. John's University||Four-year; private non-profit; large city||Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Informatics||$41,760|
|Suffolk County Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology/Medical Records|| $5,792 in-state
Source: *NCES College Navigator