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 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, 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.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 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 April 15, 2015).
Reach Your Career Goals with a Stackable Degree
The Health Information Technology Associate Degree program helps you earn credentials employers recognize and prepare you for a career in the growing health information field. The program is also part of a stackable degree path that allows you to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree one step at a time.
- From Certificate to Associate. Earn a certificate in Medical Billing & Coding at DeVry and you’ll be prepared take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam—the nationally accepted standard of achievement in the field—and step into a career as a medical biller or coder. If you want to continue your education, DeVry will apply all 10 courses to DeVry’s Health Information Technology associate degree program.
- From Associate to Bachelor’s. When you earn an associate degree in Health Information Technology, you can be prepared to take the next step in your career. You’ll also be prepared to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam, which when completed successfully can help increase your employability. In addition, all 23 course credits can directly apply to the next step in your education at DeVry—a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management with a Health Information Management degree specialization.
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As reported on DeVry University 2014 CAHIIM Annual Program Assessment Reports covering the 2012-2013 academic year, HIT program graduates who were eligible for, and chose to sit for, the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam had a 52% pass rate for first time test takers.
(In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology.)
- 63 in Minnesota
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
Introduction to Health Services and Information Systems
International Classification of Diseases Coding I
Legal and Regulatory Issues in Health Information
Health Insurance and Reimbursement
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stackable Degree Path
The College of Health Sciences offers a stackable degree path that allows students to apply all qualifying credits in the Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program to the Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology. If you choose to earn a bachelor’s degree, you can apply the earned credits from the Health Information Technology Associate Degree to the Bachelor of Science in Technical Management with a specialization in Health Information Management.
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.
Take your health information technology classes online, via our online degree program. Learn more about DeVry's Health Information Technology degree program online.