Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology
The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology allows students to use a working knowledge of medical terminology in order to use coding systems and computer applications that are involved with coding. Through this program, students have the opportunity to learn how to enter, analyze, manage, and secure information in health care and medical settings. The maintenance and security of this information is crucial to the operation of any health care agency and the protection of its patients. Upon completion of this degree, graduates may be eligible for employment in entry level positions as medical transcriptionists, health information technicians, medical records technicians, medical billers/coders, or within various other positions that are related to health information technology.
This program requires students to complete a total of 56-58 credit hours in order to earn the degree. Students must complete prerequisite courses, core coursework, and support courses. These courses aim to give students experience in the ICD-10-PCS Coding system which is used in hospitals and other medical settings. In addition to coding focused courses, students may gain knowledge on pharmacology, computer applications, pathophysiology, and much more. Health information technology specialists must have a wide base of knowledge regarding course topics and be well rounded in their education in order to gain employment.
The courses that are offered for this program may be delivered through a distance learning format. Distance learning allows students to complete their degree by taking courses in their home at their computer. For students who have never tried distance learning, it is recommended that one or two basic courses are taken on campus in order to become accustomed to the class format. Participants typically enjoy flexibility and convenience through this program by completing their degree at home.
Delivery Format:100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Not available in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and Minnesota.
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