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.
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 Capstone3|
|HIT274||RHIT Certification Exam Preparation|
General Degree Courses
|ETHC232||Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions|
|ETHC334||Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace|
|SOCS185||Culture and Society|
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
|BIOS105||Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab|
|MATH114||Algebra for College Students|
|MATH221||Statistics for Decision-Making|
Personal and Professional Development
|COLL148||Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving|
|COMP100||Computer Applications for Business with Lab|
Health Information Technology Coursework Preview
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.