Health Information Technology
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Offered through Business, Management and Technology
@ Forest Park
The Health Information Technology program provides students with the technical skills and knowledge required to provide reliable and valid information essential to the healthcare industry. Graduates are specialists working with health information systems, managing medical records, and coding information for reimbursement and research. Health information technology professionals work throughout the healthcare industry in a variety of settings. Common job titles include HIM supervisor, clinical coder, coding manager, clinical data collection and reporting specialist, cancer registrar, data integrity specialist, and reimbursement specialist. This program prepares health information technicians to support health information management in an electronic environment (e-HIM) and adheres to the American Health Information Management Association’s Framework for Health Information Management (HIM) education. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). A background check and drug screen test are required for all healthcare professions. Students will be required to complete both the background check and drug screen test prior to enrollment in HIT:102. See Health Information Technology Handbook for additional information. Students are required to complete the Foundation Courses prior to moving forward to the Area of Concentration courses for the Health Information Technology Program.
The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.
This program prepares you to support health information management in an electronic environment (e-HIM) and adheres to the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) Framework for HIT education.
The AAS degree in Health Information Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Important qualities of a health information technician
- Analytical skills. Health information technicians must understand and follow medical records and diagnoses,
and then decide
how best to code them in a patient’s medical records.
- Detail oriented. Health information technicians must be accurate when recording and coding patient information.
- Integrity. Health information technicians work with patient data that are required, by law, to be kept confidential. They must exercise discretion and a strong sense of ethics when working with this information in order to protect patient confidentiality.
- Interpersonal skills. Health information technicians need to be able to discuss patient information, discrepancies, and data requirements with other professionals such as physicians and finance personnel.
- Technical skills. Health information technicians must use coding and classification software and the electronic health record (EHR) system that their healthcare organization or physician practice has adopted.
Public reporting of student achievement data outcomes:
- Job placement Rate – 90%
- Successful transfer of credit(s) – 95%
- RHIT exam results (1st time takers) – 88%
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Hands on Learning
Students learn in dedicated labs and classrooms, featuring a one-to-one equipment ratio, the optimal experience for skill development.
Online courses are available, as well as intensive classroom-based, hands-on skill development. With evening and online classes, this program is specially geared for students with full-time jobs.