Health Information Technology

Organize. Communicate. Advance.

The U.S. Department of Labor states that employment in the Health Information Technology (HIT) field is projected to grow nearly twice as fast as the average for all occupations in future years!

As the medical industry becomes increasingly dependent on digital communication and recordkeeping, the demand for skilled employees who can collect and analyze healthcare data is critical to manage vital information for their services.

HIT professionals are responsible for the organization and accurate maintenance of computerized patient medical records. They may also be responsible for the timely and accurate submission of complex insurance documents. Successful graduates can find employment at hospitals, medical offices, and insurance companies in positions, including medical office manager, medical transcriptionist, medical records technician, and medical coding specialist. With an associate degree in Health Information Technology, you can serve your community while also building a new career for yourself.

DEGREE AND CERTIFICATES OFFERED

  • Associate in Science, Health Info Tech (61 credits) prepares you with the skills and knowledge necessary to become a medical coder and reimbursement clerk, and a privacy, security or electronic health record (EHR) technician in clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations. Requirements for the AS degree

  • Certificate of Achievement, Health Info Tech (31 credits) will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to assist in maintaining accurate and timely medical data in clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations. Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

  • Certificate of Competence, Health Info Tech (16 credits) develops a foundation in records and information management for medical facilities, and prepares you for work as a patient access clerk, physician office clerk, registrar, registration clerk, and ward clerk. Requirements for the Certificate of Comptetence

TIME AND COSTS

The time to complete the certificates or the degree varies from one to four semesters. To obtain the associate degree in two years, you have to take an average of 15 credits/semester.

Costs: tuition and fees

CAREER INFORMATION

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PROGRAM FACULTY

Kathleen Cashman, Instructor CC, Health Information Technology; A.A.S., Heald College; B.A., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Patrice Jackson, Instructor CC, Health Information Technology, B.S. Stephens College, B.S., B.A. Park University

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