Health Information Technology Associate Degree Program
With a Health Information Technology (HIT) degree from DeVry, you can build a strong foundation of tech-infused skills to help you stand out in this growing, in-demand field of healthcare1. Our CAHIIM accredited* online HIT degree program is designed to arm students with a thorough foundation in health data content and structure, understanding of health services and information systems, insurance and reimbursement procedures, medical coding and more.
Reasons to Choose DeVry:
- AHIMA’s RHIT certification exam prep is built in
- Hands-on experience in a virtual lab environment with real medical records
- 100% online – Flexibility to fit your life
- Learn from professors who have experience in the healthcare field
- Get resume and job searching help with our Career Services support
Earn Your Credentials One Step at a Time
With our HIT associate degree program, you can earn a resume-worthy credential to get started. And if you continue on, you’ll have a head start by applying qualifying credits to a bachelor’s degree2.
1https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm. While some employers may not require this level of education, it can help better prepare you for the responsibilities of this role. Employment is not guaranteed and some occupations may require years of relevant experience.
2 Credits apply to the Health Information Management degree specialization of the bachelor’s degree in Technical Management.
The courses within the HIT associate degree program span topics related to PC applications, human anatomy, information systems and more. Examples of core coursework areas for DeVry’s health information technology students include legal issues, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and data applications.
Additionally, at DeVry we believe in broadening your knowledge and skills beyond the area of your degree program in health sciences. To help prepare you for the interconnected workplace and business markets of tomorrow, your general studies may include communications, humanities, mathematics, social sciences and more.
Our Health Information Technology degree program may include 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
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, 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.
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.
It matters to you. And it matters to employers. Accreditation provides recognition. Establishes respect. And can help you stand out.
* Our Online Health Information Technology (HIT) associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) http://www.cahiim.org.
As reported on DeVry University’s 2017 CAHIIM Annual Program Assessment Reports, HIT program graduates who were eligible for, and chose to sit for, the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam had a 48% pass rate for first time test takers in the academic year 2015-2016.
The results do not include the 2015-2016 RHIT exam pass rates for inactive HIT programs.
Graduation rates for all new full-time students, including transfers, for Fall cohorts were as follows: 2008 37%, 2009 34%, 2010 34% and 2011 28%.
Retention rates for all first-time freshmen, including new transfers, for Fall cohorts were as follows: 2014 40%, 2015 54%, and 2016 46%.