Online Associate Degree in Health Information Technology
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.
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
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
|ETHC232||Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions|
|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|
Personal and Professional Development
|COLL148||Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving|
|BIS155||Data Analysis with Spreadsheets with Lab|
|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.
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.