Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    Restrictions

    Not available in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and Minnesota.

    School Overview

    Weber State University, a public university located on an urban campus in Ogden, Utah, was established in 1889. Weber State was originally founded as the Weber State Academy by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Throughout its history, the school has been known as Weber State Academy, Weber Academy, Weber Normal College, and Weber College. Weber State has grown into a major state educational institution that serves northern Utah, and enrolls students from across the country, and the world. ​Weber State’s mission is to offer learning opportunities that are appropriate to a comprehensive higher education institution, and to be welcoming of students from all regions, nations and cultures. Weber State strives to meet the educational needs of Utah. 

    Weber State offers professional, liberal arts and technical certificates, and associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the following colleges and schools: 

    • Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities
    • John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics
    • Jerry and Vickie Moyes College of Education
    • College of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology
    • Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions
    • College of Science
    • College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

    WSU has an online program that gives students the option of enrolling in a self-paced online, or semester-based online format. Online students can choose from a wide array of online degrees and programs that include associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees and certificates.

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