Health Information Technology
Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology degree from Marion Technical College completely online. The program is designed to prepare students for the expanding fields of health information technology and management. Students within the program also have the option of completing an external certification within the first year. The external certification may give students prompt employment options after completion of the degree program.
Students that are enrolled in the Health Information Technology program will be required to complete 73 credit hours in order to earn their degree. The program schedule consists of five semesters that offer different courses and have different credit requirements. Students will need to complete 15 credits in the first semester, 15 credits in the second semester, 9 credits in the third semester, 19 credits in the fourth semester, and 15 credits in the fifth and final semester. Some classes that students will have to take within the third semester are Healthcare Issues: Medical Professionalism, Healthcare Issues: Medical Law & Ethics, Oral Communication, Advanced Clinical Classification Systems and HIT Professional Practice.
Students within the program will learn a variety of concepts within the fields of health information and technology. Students will learn topics such as electronic health records, medical terminology, health information management, health informatics, diagnosis and computer applications. Students will actively participate and receive hands-on education in areas such as healthcare reimbursement methodologies, quality improvement, legal issues evaluation and resource management. Instructors within the program’s courses will teach students using the AHIMA virtual lab. The virtual lab will give students the necessary practice using modern healthcare technology.
After graduation of the program, students will be eligible for accreditation by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) with successful completion of the national certification examination requirements. Students that pass the examination will become a registered health information technician (RHIT). Graduates may find potential jobs in settings such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, research centers and clinics.
Delivery Format:100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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