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OFFICE: Cluster A, Room 2023, 516.572.7288 ext. 0

CHAIRPERSON: Noreen Lowey,

FACULTY: L. Bergin, M. Curry, S. Goldson, N. Lowey, K. Tamburello

TECHNOLOGISTS: J. Madsen, D. Rabbene - Building A, Room A115

COURSES OFFERED: Administrative Business Technology (ABT), Medical Assistant (MAP), Healthcare Administration (HCA), and Health Information Technology (HIT)

The Administrative Business Technology/Health Information Technology Department provides students with the opportunity to acquire the skills and competencies necessary to use computers for professional and personal use and to obtain employment in an administrative support technology, legal, or medical office environment.

Using state-of-the-art computers and various software applications, students develop expertise in word processing, desktop publishing, web page formatting, and business presentations. Emphasis is placed on administrative support technology, legal, and medical office procedures. In addition, students who wish to continue their education are able to transfer some or all of their credits to four-year institutions.

Courses in Health Information Technology (HIT) train workers to become qualified medical coders and health information management professionals. Medical coding (or clinical coding) specialists review and analyze health records to identify relevant diagnoses and procedures.

Each semester students meet on an individual basis with a faculty advisor. This advisement process allows students to become familiar with the specific requirements of their chosen program of study and provides them with an opportunity to review their academic progress and career options.

Along with the career-specific programs listed below, the Administrative Business Technology/Health Information Technology Department offers the following courses to the general public:

  • ABT 100 Fundamentals of Keyboarding
  • ABT 102 College Keyboarding
  • ABT 109 Word Processing Applications
  • ABT 110 Integrated Software I
  • ABT 113 Word Processing Basics
  • ABT 114 Presentation Software Basics
  • ABT 115 Spreadsheet Basics
  • ABT 116 Database Basics
  • ABT 119 Integrated Software II
  • ABT 120 Desktop Publishing
  • ABT 127 Legal Office Procedures I
  • ABT 128 Legal Office Procedures II
  • ABT 129 Medical Malpractice Office Procedures
  • ABT 230 Web Page Formatting
  • ABT 244 Business Writing
  • ABT 245 Administrative Management
  • ABT 253 Medical Scribe
  • ABT 254 Medical Workshop
  • HCA 180 Introduction to Healthcare Administration
  • HCA 182 Healthcare Resource Management and Strategic Planning
  • HCA 184 Healthcare Revenue Cycle
  • HCA 187 Topics in Public Health
  • HCA 280 Medicolegal Aspects of Healthcare Administration
  • HIT 101 Introduction to Health Information Technology
  • HIT 151 Medical Terminology
  • HIT 154 Computer Software Applications in Healthcare
  • HIT 160 Introduction to Healthcare Data Analytics
  • HIT 161 Excel and Data Management for Healthcare Data Analytics
  • HIT 175 Study of Disease for HIM Professionals
  • MAP 130 Medical Assistant Administrative Office Procedures

The following curricula are offered by this Department:

Administrative Business Technology - Admin Support (A.A.S.)
Administrative Business Technology - Admin Support (Cert.)
This curriculum provides students with a broad conceptual framework in office automation and information systems combined with a strong learning experience in communication skills, keyboarding, management, and computer applications. This program includes an up-to-date curriculum that incorporates word processing, spreadsheets, database applications, desktop publishing, and web page formatting. During the final semester, all students participate in an internship program. Depending on their major, administrative business technology students intern at local hospitals, medical offices, urgent care centers, law firms, the Nassau County District Attorney's office, and in general offices.

Administrative Business Technology - Legal (A.A.S.)
Administrative Business Technology - Legal (Cert.)
The legal option offers students the opportunity to learn skills in keyboarding, word processing, and legal office procedures. The legal curriculum concentrates in the areas of civil litigation, medical malpractice office procedures and documents, contracts, wills and probates, and real estate. In addition, students will learn about the Federal and New York Court Systems. Graduates are qualified to work in law firms, which are engaged in general or specialized practice in legal departments of large corporations, civil service, insurance companies, law publishers, and the courts. During the final semester, all students participate in a legal internship program. Students intern in law firms, in a legal area in a hospital or business, the Nassau County District Attorney's office, or in the Nassau County court system.

Administrative Business Technology - Medical (A.A.S.)
Administrative Business Technology - Medical (Cert.)
The medical curriculum offers students the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to seek employment in doctors' offices, hospitals, research institutions, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and other healthcare facilities. Students take courses in medical terminology, medical transcription, medical coding, medical billing, and medical office procedures. During the final semester, all students participate in a medical internship program. They intern in doctors' offices, hospitals, research institutions, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and other healthcare facilities.

Health Information Technology (A.A.S.)
The AAS Degree in HIT is designed to prepare students, through coursework and internships, for employment as health information technicians. Health information technicians organize and manage health information data. They ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems. They use various computer applications to assemble, analyze, and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment records.

The Health Information Management accreditor of Nassau Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Associates of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through the 2027-2028 accreditation cycle.

All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to:
200 East Randolph Street
Suite 5100
Chicago, IL 60601

or by phone at 312.235.3255
or by email at

Program Mission
The mission of the Health Information Technology program is to provide students with foundational knowledge to develop skills required for entry-level positions in the field of health information management. The students are provided a comprehensive learning experience through structured classroom lecture as well as hands-on clinical experience. The curriculum focuses on skills required for employment including health record administration, coding, revenue cycle management, quality assurance, electronic records management, and patient information privacy and security. Coursework provides knowledge and the skill-based competencies necessary for successful completion of the national health information technician and coding credentialing exams. The HIT program curriculum prepares students for employment directly upon completion of their education, as well as provides transfer paths for those who wish to continue their education at a four-year institution.

Health Information Technology (Cert.)
The HIT Certificate is an AHIMA-approved coding program. The Health Information Technology (HIT) Medical Coding certificate is designed for individuals who are interested in working in the field of medical coding. Instruction includes courses in medical terminology, introduction to health information technology, CPT coding, ICD coding, computer software applications in healthcare, reimbursement methodologies, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. During the final semester, students participate in a medical coding internship program. They intern in hospitals, physicians' offices, ambulatory care centers, and other healthcare facilities. Successful completion of the certificate prepares students to sit for the entry-level national coding certification exam CCA (Certified Coding Associate) and provides the educational coursework required for the mastery coding certification exams CCS (Certified Coding Specialist) and CCS-P (Certified Coding Specialist-Physician based).

The Comprehensive Coding Program is approved by the AHIMA Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP). This designation acknowledges the coding program as having been evaluated by a peer review process using a national minimum set of standards for entry-level coding professionals. This process allows academic institutions to be acknowledged as offering an AHIMA Approved Coding Certificate Program.

Most of these credits may be applied toward a degree in Health Information Technology; students are also eligible to go directly into the workforce.

Healthcare Data Analytics (Cert.)
Given the overwhelming amount and availability of healthcare data, and the high-demand of data analytic job roles, data analytic skills are increasingly sought after from all industries, especially healthcare.

To meet this demand, Nassau Community College Health Information Technology Program offers a specialized Healthcare Data Analytics Certificate focusing on data management, data integrity, data analytics, and data visualization.

This 37-credit certificate in Healthcare Data Analytics provides the foundation needed for the emerging roles in Healthcare Data Analytics. The Healthcare Data Analytics Certificate provides hands-on experience with data manipulation and data visualization using clinical, financial, and operational healthcare data. Students completing this certificate will support the current focus on population health management and value-based healthcare by learning how to manage, review, and report healthcare-related data by turning data into meaningful information to assist in clinical decision-making, better patient outcomes, and operational outcomes.

  • Students meeting the eligibility as outlined by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) will be prepared to sit for the Certified Healthcare Data Analyst (CHDA) national certification exam.
  • Students who successfully complete the Health Information Technology AAS Degree and earn the RHIT credential along with completing this certificate will be prepared to sit for the CHDA exam.

To Our Veterans: This Program is pending approval by the Veterans Administration.

Medical Assistant (A.A.S.)
The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Medical Assistant at Nassau Community College prepares healthcare students for full-time employment upon completion of the program.

Medical Office Assistants are multi-skilled practitioners who perform administrative and clinical duties. Graduates may work in physicians’ offices, clinics, or other ambulatory care facilities, such as freestanding emergency centers and hospitals. A medical assistant takes vital signs, prepares patients for and assists physicians during examinations, collects and prepares laboratory specimens, performs basic laboratory tests on the premises, schedules appointments, bills patients, fills out insurance forms, and much more.

Application Requirements:

  • An interview is required as part of the application process.
  • Students must be available to complete an administrative internship and a clinical practicum during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
    • To be eligible to participate in the administrative internship or the clinical practicum, students need to submit to the administrative and clinical sites proof of immunization and may need to complete a background check, physical, and/or drug testing (completed at the cost of the student).
  • Students are required to supply their own transportation to the internship and clinical sites and must supply their own required uniforms.
  • A minimum grade of C is required in all Medical Assistant courses.

Reinforcement Learning Center
The Reinforcement Learning Center (Cluster A, Room 115) facility is open Monday through Saturday and is staffed by technical assistants who offer reinforcement for all subjects taught in the Administrative Business Technology/Health Information Technology Department. Students in need of assistance in various software programs or who wish to reinforce skills are encouraged to use the Reinforcement Learning Center.

For advisement, email the Administrative Business Technology/Health Information Technology (ABT/HIT) Department at