Online Associate Degree in Health Information Technology

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 provides an opportunity to explore opportunities in the medical field. Plus, it offers built-in preparation for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) RHIT Certification Exam. Earn your associate degree in health information technology as a standalone credential, or apply your qualifying credits towards a bachelor’s degree at DeVry.

Get to Know Our Online Health Information Technology Degree

When you pursue an associate degree in health information technology at DeVry, you will learn not only the procedural and regulatory knowledge related to the field, but you will also receive 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 and reimbursement procedures, and medical coding. Aspects of our curriculum is 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 prep is built in
  • Hands-on experience in a virtual lab environment with real medical records
  • 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

DeVry’s Associate Degree in Health Information Technology covers the following:

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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.
  • medical terminolgy icon
    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 accredited* 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 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
HIT272L2 RHIT Certification Preparation

General Degree Courses

Communication Skills

ENGL112 Composition

Humanities

ETHC232 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions

Social Sciences

SOCS185 Culture and Society

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

BIOS105 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab
BIOS260 Fundamentals of Pathophysiology
BIOS275 Pharmacology and Medical Treatment
MATH103 Beginning Algebra

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.

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 an 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. 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 insurance products, third-party and prospective payment, 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. 

  • 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 level3

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 business 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 for 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! DeVry actually offers 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, all 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 16 months1. 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 between two to four credit hours.


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.
2For all students, this practicum course requires a substantial number of hours of professional practice time in an approved external healthcare setting. Practice time is generally completed during traditional business hours.
3For the MBC certificate program, all but one course stacks into our Associate Degree in Health Information technology. For the AHIT program, all but one course stacks into our Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree with a specialization in Health Information Management. Program availability varies by location.
*As reported on DeVry University’s 2018 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 50% pass rate for first time test takers in the academic year 2016-2017.
The results do not include the 2016-2017 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%.
**The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.