Information about this exciting field:
Today’s medical offices, hospitals, clinics, outpatient therapy facilities, surgical centers, pharmacies, and other specialized health care facilities employ technology to lower health care costs, reduce medical errors, decrease paperwork, increase administrative efficiencies, and enhance patient privacy and security. As such, it’s increasingly important for all facets of the health care industry to employ trained workers who can skillfully assemble, maintain, and electronically transmit, receive, and handle vital patient information quickly, expertly, and in a timely manner. Patients and health care providers all benefit when medical records are easily and accurately shared.
Is this program for me?
The Health Information Technology program is designed to prepare students to arrange, assemble, and electronically manage patients’ health information involving medical histories, symptoms, examination results, diagnostic tests, treatment methods, and other health-related services. Health Information Technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security. The Health Information Technology student is awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology (HIMT) upon successful completion of this dynamic program of study.
Here are some qualities and skills exhibited by successful Health Information Technology graduates:
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Understanding of anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology
- Detail oriented
- Clear communication
- Precise documentation
- Strict adherence to privacy, security, and patient confidentiality
Where might I find a job?
Health Information Technology graduates may find employment in a wide variety of health care settings: hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, surgery centers, and specialized medical facilities.
The Health Information Technology (HIT) associate degree program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Health Information Technology occupational courses will be completed in four (4) semesters.
- Health Information Technology Program Admission Information FALL 2015
- HIT Admission Points Fall 2015
- Essential Functions for HIT 2013
- HIT FAQs
- TEAS/HOBET Testing Schedules
Students should contact a Health Sciences Advisor with questions about admission criteria or to schedule an advisement appointment.
Program prerequisite courses are offered at multiple campuses and online. Health Information Technology occupational courses are offered at the North Metro Campus.
Jenny Pollock, BS, RHIA