Health Information Technology Degree Program
Earn your associate degree in Health Information Technology (HIT) from DeVry University, and you can be prepared to join a fast growing occupation. Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations*. This Health Information Technology degree program follows a curriculum based on current associate degree entry-level competencies outlined by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). You will also have access to up-to-date coding and chart management lab software 24/7, and the opportunity for professional practice experience, including two practicum.
Degree: Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology (In Pennsylvania, Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology.)
Graduation Requirements: 4 full-time semesters, 67 credit hours (63 in Minnesota)
Flexible Study: Take your health information technology classes at a DeVry campus location through a mix of online and on campus classes, or via our online degree program. Each term you can choose the mix of classes that helps you balance personal priorities and keeps you moving toward your goals. Please note that program and course availability varies by location.
Related Programs: Apply qualifying credits from your associate degree program in Health Information Technology to DeVry University's bachelor's degree program in Technical Management with a specialization in Health Information Management (HIM) through the College of Business & Management.
Associate Degree in Health Information Technology
Focusing on applying concepts and skills to real-world situations, DeVry's Health Information Technology degree curriculum includes these career-enhancing courses:
- Basic Medical Terminology – This course introduces elements of medical terminology such as the foundations of words used to describe the human body and its conditions, terminology for medical procedures, the names of commonly prescribed medications, and recognition of common abbreviations.
- Introduction to Health Services and Information Systems – Addressing history, organization, and current issues in the U.S. healthcare delivery system, this health information technology course explores interrelationships among system components and care providers. Topics include licensing, accrediting, and regulatory compliance activities; the importance of financial and quality management; safety and security; and the role of health information professionals.
- International Classification of Diseases Coding I with Lab – This course, the first in a two-course sequence, introduces history and development of clinical vocabularies and classification systems. Principles and guidelines are introduced for using the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9-CM or current version) system to code diagnoses and procedures in an inpatient setting. Disease and procedure coding is presented for selected body system conditions. Examples of patient records, and exercises using coding manuals and software tools, provide practice in coding and sequencing diagnoses and procedures. Application of coding principles to electronic record systems is explored.
- Legal and Regulatory Issues in Health Information – Examining legal and regulatory issues in healthcare, with emphasis on their application to healthcare information services and documentation of care, students in this health information technology course explore the rights and responsibilities of providers, employees, payers, and patients in a healthcare context. Topics include legal terminology pertaining to civil liability and the judicial and legislative processes; laws and regulations addressing release of information and retention of records; and issues surrounding confidentiality.
- Health Insurance and Reimbursement – Studying forms, processes, practices, and the roles of health information professionals, students in this health information technology course explore reimbursement and payment methodologies applicable to healthcare provided in various U.S. settings. Topics include concepts related to insurance products, third-party and prospective payment, and managed care organizations.
From career-focused programs to our results-driven career services team, our focus is on preparing you for your chosen career. The proof is in the numbers. In 2012, 79% of DeVry University Health Information Technology degree program graduates actively seeking employment had careers in their field within 6 months of graduation at an average salary of $31,847.**
The Health Information Technology (HIT) associate degree program offered online and at the Chicago, Columbus, Decatur, Ft. Washington, Houston, Irving, North Brunswick, and Pomona campuses is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM, U) http://www.cahiim.org.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm (visited January 22, 2013).
** Figure based on 2012 graduates self-reporting data to DeVry University Career Services who were employed at graduation or actively seeking employment in their field after graduation. Does not include graduates who were not actively seeking employment, as determined by DeVry University Career Services, or who did not report data on employment status to DeVry University Career Services.