Online Associate Degree in Health Information Technology

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Find Your Future in the Field of Healthcare

As the healthcare system strives to provide increasingly efficient and effective care, patient information is a high priority. With an online health information technology degree from DeVry, you can build a strong foundation of skills to help you stand out in the healthcare field. Our CAHIIM-accredited1 Associate Degree in Health Information Technology program provides you with a chance to explore opportunities in the medical field. Plus, it also offers built-in preparation for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) RHIT Certification Exam. Earn your Associate Degree in Health Information Technology (AHIT) as a standalone credential or apply your qualifying credits towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Management at DeVry.2

Get to Know Our Online Health Information Technology Degree

When you pursue an Associate Degree in Health Information Technology at DeVry, not only can you learn the procedural and regulatory knowledge related to the field, but you can build a strong technical background as well. Our online program helps prepare you to modify and recommend medical records and much more.

Experienced faculty members help you develop a solid background in current coding and chart management software, health data content and structure, health services and information systems, insurance reimbursement procedures and medical coding. Aspects of our curriculum are based on current associate degree entry-level competencies outlined by the AHIMA.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Associate Degree in Health Information Technology in as little as 1 year + 4 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.


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Reasons to Choose DeVry

  • AHIMA’s RHIT certification exam preparation is built in.
  • Get first-hand experience with medical records in a virtual lab.
  • 100% online coursework offers the flexibility to fit your life.
  • Learn from professors who have experience in the healthcare field.
  • Receive resume and job searching help with our Career Services support.

What You'll Learn

Our Associate Degree in Health Information Technology program covers the following topics:

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    Health Insurance and Reimbursement

    Explore reimbursement and payment methodologies applicable to healthcare provided in various US settings as it relates to relevant forms, processes, practices and the roles of health information professionals.
  • process information icon

    Process Information

    Compile codes, categories, calculations, tabulations and audits or verify information or data.
  • health services systems icon

    Health Services and Information Systems

    Explore the history and organization of, and current issues in, the US healthcare delivery system, including interrelationships among system components and care providers.
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    Document and Record Information

    Enter, transcribe, store or maintain information in written or electronic form.
  • legal and regulatory health icon

    Legal and Regulatory Issues in Health Information

    Examine legal and regulatory issues in healthcare, with an emphasis on their application to healthcare information services and the documentation of care.
  • international classification of diseases coding icon

    International Classification of Diseases Coding

    Study the principles and guidelines for using the International Classification of Diseases system to code diagnoses and procedures.
  • evaluate information icon

    Evaluate Information

    Use relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations or standards.
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    Medical Terminology

    Learn medical terminology, including the foundations of words used to describe the human body and its conditions, terminology for medical procedures, the names of commonly prescribed medications and common abbreviations.

Accreditation Matters

It matters to you. 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 accredited1 by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) https://www.cahiim.org.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of DeVry’s Associate in Health Information Technology degree program may consider the following careers:

  • Medical Coder Biller

  • Medical Coding Specialist

  • Medical Records and Health Information Technician

  • Medical Records Analyst

  • Medical Records Supervisor

  • Employment in this occupation may require years of relevant experience.

Health Information Technology Degree Courses

The courses within DeVry’s Associate in Health Information Technology 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 degree 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 of tomorrow, your general studies may include communications, humanities, mathematics, social sciences and more.

Core Program Courses

Health Information Technology

HIT111 Basic Medical Terminology
HIT120 Introduction to Health Services and Information Systems
HIT141 Health Information Processes with Lab
HIT170 Health Information Fundamentals Practicum
HIT203 International Classification of Diseases Coding I with Lab
HIT205 International Classification of Diseases Coding II with Lab
HIT211 Current Procedural Terminology Coding with Lab
HIT220 Legal and Regulatory Issues in Health Information
HIT226 Data Applications and Healthcare Quality with Lab
HIT230 Health Insurance and Reimbursement
HIT272 Health Information Practicum Capstone
HIT274 RHIT Certification Exam Preparation

General Degree Courses

Communication Skills

ENGL112 Composition

Humanities

One of:

ETHC232 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions
ETHC334 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Social Sciences

SOCS185 Culture and Society

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

BIOS105 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab
BIOS267 Pathopharmacology
MATH114 Algebra for College Students

Personal and Professional Development

CARD205 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Computer Applications

BIS155 Data Analysis with Spreadsheets with Lab
COMP100 Computer Applications for Business with Lab

Health Information Technology Coursework Preview

DeVry’s Health Information Technology degree program includes these 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. An understanding of basic medical terminology can help you carry out your duties as a health information technology professional, particularly when interacting with medical records.

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, security and the role of health information technology 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. Anatomy and code structure for each of the body systems and related sections of ICD-10-PCS, manual and computerized coding methods, health records and coding references are also examined.

Legal and Regulatory Issues in Health Information

This course examines legal and regulatory issues in healthcare, with an emphasis on their application to healthcare information services and documentation of care. Students in this health information technology course also have the opportunity to explore the rights and responsibilities of providers, employees, payers and patients. Topics in this course also include legal terminology pertaining to civil liability, the judicial and legislative processes, laws and regulations addressing release of information and retention of records. Issues surrounding confidentiality.

Health Insurance and Reimbursement

In this course, students will have the opportunity to gain experience studying forms, processes, practices, and the roles of health information professionals. They can also explore reimbursement and payment methodologies applicable to healthcare provided in various U.S. settings. Topics include third-party and prospective payment, insurance products and managed-care organizations.

Build Skills with Stackable Degrees

Earn a Credential at Every Step

You don’t have to wait four years to show a credential on your resume. At DeVry, several programs are designed to stack. Here are some of the many benefits of our stackable degree programs:

  • Start with a shorter credential that takes less time so it’s more affordable.
  • Flexible online and on-site classes build your professional skills right away.
  • Almost all courses count toward the next degree level.3

How Do Credentials Stack?

Here’s an example: When you earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding, almost all courses you complete in the program apply to your Associate Degree in Health Information Technology. When you complete the associate, all but one course stacks into our Bachelor’s in Technical Management degree with a Specialization in Health Information Management. Build your confidence—and your resume—when you start your journey at DeVry.

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FAQs: Health Information Technology Degree


What is a health information technology degree?

A health information technology degree provides the skills and concepts needed to prepare to pursue a career in medical coding or billing. Graduates from a health information technology degree program can play an important role in documenting and organizing patient data in a variety of healthcare settings.


Is the health information technology degree stackable?

Yes! At DeVry, we offer several stackable programs. These are programs that naturally feed into a more advanced degree. Most courses count from the initial degree to the advanced degree. For instance, with the Associate Degree in Health Information Technology, several of our courses and credits apply toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Management with a Specialization in Health Information Management at DeVry, except the practicum course. Program availability varies by location.


How long will it take to get a degree in health information technology?

Generally, this degree can be earned in as little as 16 months*. If you have any qualifying transfer credits, it can be earned even sooner. You are considered a full-time undergraduate student when you take two classes per session. When you pursue an Associate Degree in Health Information Technology at DeVry, you will be taking a minimum total of 67 credit hours, with each course ranging from two to four credit hours.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.


Can I earn a health information technology degree online?

Yes! At DeVry we offer our Associate Degree in Health Information Technology program online to help students like you earn a degree on their own schedule. An online degree can be an excellent option for people with busy lives further their education on their own terms.


Is health information technology a good career?

Health information technology can be a great career option for those who have excellent organization skills and a passion for improving the lives of patients. On a national level, the career field is also expected to grow at about 9% from 2020 to 2030, according to projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics4. This growth rate combined with the potential to improve patient lives through the maintenance and application of technology can potentially make health information technology a rewarding career field.


Related Programs


1Our 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.
The Health Information Management accreditor of DeVry University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Associate degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2021.  All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.
As reported on DeVry University’s 2020 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 71% pass rate for first time test takers in the academic year 2019-2020.
The results do not include the 2017-2018 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%, 2011 28%, 2012 33% and 2013 32%
Retention rates for all first-time freshmen, including new transfers, for Fall cohorts were as follows: 2014 40%, 2015 54%, 2016 46%, 2017 62%, and 2018 63%
2At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.
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For the MBC certificate program, all but one course stacks into our Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology. For the MBC-HIC undergraduate certificate program, all but three courses stack into our Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology. For the AHIT program, all but three courses stack into our Bachelor of Science in Technical Management with a specialization in Health Information Management. Program availability varies by location.
4Job growth indicated on a national level. Local growth will vary by location. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.html
**The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.