Health Information Technology Associate Degree Program
When you earn your online associate degree in Health Information Technology (HIT) from DeVry, you can build a strong foundation of skills used to keep vital records and manage technical systems for the healthcare system. Health Information Technology degree holders are often sought to design, operate, and maintain technology that helps keep the healthcare system connected and its data in sync, and can pursue work in areas such as medical billing, medical coding, medical records analysis and health information technology.
DeVry University's Health Information Technology online degree program follows a curriculum based on current associate degree entry-level competencies outlined by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Additionally, curriculum is updated to reflect the government-mandated switch from International Classification of Diseases version 9 (ICD-9) classification system to ICD-10. Students also have access to current coding and chart management lab software 24/7, and the opportunity for professional practice experience, including two practicums.
The associate degree in health information technology is part of a “stackable” degree path at DeVry – one that allows you 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 earned credits from the Associate Degree in Health Information Technology to the Bachelor of Science in Technical Management with a specialization in Health Information Management.
Earn Your Credentials One Step at a Time
The Health Information Technology Associate Degree program can help you earn professional credentials employers recognize and can prepare you for the health information field. As part of our stackable health sciences degree path, this program allows you to maximize your coursework and apply qualifying credits to the next degree program in your HIT education at DeVry. This lets you pursue your career goals as you 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 be prepared to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam. In addition, up to 47 credit hours from DeVry's health information technology associate degree program can apply to the next step in your education at DeVry—a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management degree with a Health Information Management specialization.
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Take the TechPath
Want to learn how to navigate today’s tech-infused, dynamic and interconnected workplaces? Take the TechPath. Specially designed to help you gain the kinds of applied tech skills that are crucial in more and more companies today1, each TechPath class is powered by a learning rubric developed at DeVry called People-Process-Data-Devices, or P2D2. And because we believe TechPath is so important for our students and for helping to close the applied tech skills gap in this country, we’re offering our TechPath associates and bachelor’s degree programs to new students at a 20% savings2.
1Exploring America’s Tech Skills Gap and the Parallel Deficits of Applied Tech Skills and Hard Tech Skills, by The Career Advisory Board: http://careeradvisoryboard.org/research/technology-skills-gap-survey
2TechPath Associate and Bachelor’s degree programs are offered to new students at the cost of $487 per credit hour, which is 20% lower than our Non TechPath rate at $609. 20% savings is applicable to those who apply after 4/21/2017. New TechPath pricing savings do not apply to certificate programs.
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.
Career Services for Associate Degree Students
Whether you're working to move ahead with new skills in your field or looking to take an entirely new path, DeVry’s career services team is dedicated to helping associate degree students get started with or further develop their career plans. Improve your resume, establish networking contacts and explore opportunities in your field after graduation. Wherever your health information technology degree takes you, DeVry has tools, resources and advisors available to help you pursue your professional goals.
HIT 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.
As reported on DeVry University’s 2016 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 57% pass rate for first time test takers in the academic year 2013-2014 and a 44% pass rate for first time test takers in the academic year 2014-2015.
The results do not include the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 RHIT exam pass rates for inactive HIT programs.