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Health Information Technology Degree Program

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Health Information Technology Degree Program

DeVry University's 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). Additionally, DeVry has updated its curriculum to reflect the government-mandated switch from International Classification of Diseases version 9 (ICD-9) classification system to ICD-10. 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.

Pursue Your Career Goals with a Stackable Degree

The Health Information Technology Associate Degree program helps you earn credentials employers recognize and prepare you for the 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. 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'll prepared to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam. 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. 

Learn more about the stackable degree path at DeVry University. Request more information.

As reported on DeVry University 2016 CAHIIM Annual Program Assessment Reports covering 2014-2015 academic year, HIT program graduates who were eligible for, and chose to sit for, the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam had a 44% pass rate for first time test takers.

Associate of Applied Science Health Information Technology **

Graduation Requirements

  1. full-time semesters
    04
    full-time semesters
  2. credit hours
    67 4
    credit hours
**

(In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology.)


4

- 63 in Minnesota


Program Coursework

Focusing on applying concepts and skills to real-world situations, DeVry's Health Information Technology degree curriculum includes these 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

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

This course, the first in a two-course sequence, addresses principles, guidelines, definitions and coding conventions of the International Classification of Diseases-10-Procedural Coding System (ICD-10-PCS). Coursework is designed to help students gain experience needed for accurately dissecting operative reports and building codes in ICD-10-PCS. Also examined are anatomy and code structure for each of the body systems and related sections of ICD-10-PCS; health records; manual and computerized coding methods; and coding references.

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.

To learn more about required and elective courses for the Health Information Technology associate degree program, contact a DeVry University representative or see the undergraduate academic catalog.

Program Details

Stackable Degree Path

Program-specific Accreditation

Offered Online

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.

Program-specific Accreditation

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.

Offered Online

Take your health information technology classes online, via our online degree program. Learn more about DeVry's Health Information Technology degree program online.