Health Information Technology is offered entirely online.
Median Salary: $38,040
Job Growth Outlook 2014-24: 15%
The median annual wage for career opportunities from this program with an associate degree, according to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Healthcare + Technology = Jobs
Changing federal requirements are transforming the way medical records are maintained. The result is the implementation of a nationwide electronic healthcare system.
What does this mean to you? All medical records and billing information must now be tracked following a standardized computer system. With an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Health Information Technologies, you’ll be ready to meet these federal regulations.
You will be very valuable in any healthcare setting or eventually work from home — and you can complete your degree entirely online.
Who does well in it?
People who are:
What would you do?
maintain medical records
billing and coding
Innovation + Training = Potential
This innovative training combines billing, coding and records retention skills required to work in almost any healthcare setting.
It takes records retention skills to the next level. Your credentials will give you solid potential for advancement to management positions in any organization that uses patient data or health information.
Your training will be in compliance with pending federal regulations and consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal and regulatory requirements of the healthcare system.
Where would you work?
hospitals and labs
specialty physician offices
Licensing requirements for employment
Health Information Technology
The HIM/HI (degree level) program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). RHIT (registered health information technician) certification is needed in this field. Students must graduate from an accredited program with an associate’s degree and pass the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) certification test. Students cannot sit for the examination until accreditation is received. A site visit is expected in March of 2017. Students can be employed in some medical settings without licensing.
Program retention rate 2015-2016: 84%
Program job placement rate 2015-2016: 100%
Program CST certification exam pass rate: Not yet available
Without accreditation but completion of the AAS degree, students may sit for the AHIIMA CCS – Certified Coding Specialist which focuses on inpatient coding in hospitals. Students can also sit for CCSP – Certified Coding Specialist Physical based – higher level focused on outpatient and physican offices.
Medical Coding and Billing
Medical coding & Billing certificate prepares students to sit for AHIMA’s (American Health Information Management Association) CCA (certified coding associate) certification exam and AAPC’s (American Academy of Professional Coders) CPC-A (certified professional coder apprentice) certification exam (for people with less than 2 years’ experience). Industry certification is not required for employment but helpful.