Health Information Technology

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Health Information Technology

Associate Degree

61 Credits | 2 Years

Online Program | Financial Aid-Eligible

Career Cluster: Health Sciences

Healthcare meets cutting-edge technology in this two-year associate degree program. Health Information Technicians are in demand for a variety of employment opportunities. This program prepares graduates to compile, process and maintain electronic healthcare records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with requirements of the healthcare system. 

Program Overview

A degree in Health Information Technology (HIT) gives graduates the ability to work in healthcare with a focus on managing health information rather than on direct patient interaction. With this degree you will gain competency in medical coding, ensuring the integrity of health information, analyzing data, adhering to legal and regulatory standards, leading a team and quality management. You’ll master this content through simulated learning activities and with the use of academic software applications (electronic health records, encoders, etc.). 

Program Outcomes

Health Information Technology graduates will be able to:

  • Manage health data
  • Apply coding and reimbursement systems
  • Model professional behaviors and ethics
  • Maintain electronic applications to manage health information
  • Apply organizational management techniques
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Upon graduation, students can apply to sit for the RHIT certification exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

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Accredited.

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Diverse career opportunities.

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Career pathway options. 


Academics

Health Information Technology is offered fully online. 

Offered Online

All courses offered online with the exception of the professional practice (an on-site clinical component).

Flexible

Program progression is flexible. Full time and part time sequencing is offered. Program advisors work with each individual student to develop a sequencing plan that meets the needs of demanding schedules.

Professional Practice

During the last semester of the program, students will be placed at a clinical site for hands on experience with HIT related functions.


Curriculum

The program can be completed full time in two years/four semesters (or part time taking up to 4 years/8 semesters). Curriculum is facilitated in an online format, which is supplemented by a last semester professional practice experience, which will take place on-site at a healthcare organization.  The program is 61 credits focused on the foundations of HIM, coding and reimbursement, anatomy and physiology, human disease, general studies, healthcare statistics, computer information systems, healthcare law and ethics, management of HIM resources and health quality management. 

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Featured Health Information Technology Courses

10501107
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UGRD
| 2 CR
The focus of this course is the use of technology in healthcare. Learners use common business software applications, including word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and databases. Communication methods using technology are addressed. Learners gain experience with using the electronic health record (EHR). Healthcare EHR security issues, social media use, and digital healthcare resources are examined. Computer skills proficiency developed as a part of this course. PREREQUISITE: Admission to plan 105301 Health Information Technology or 315302 Medical Coding Specialist
10530161
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UGRD
| 3 CR
Explores the programs and processes used to manage and improve healthcare quality. Addresses regulatory requirements as related to performance measurement, assessment, and improvement, required monitoring activities, risk management and patient safety, utilization management, and medical staff credentialing. Emphasizes the use of critical thinking and data analysis skills in the management and reporting of data. PREREQUISITE: 10530163 Healthcare Stats and Analytics
10530165
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UGRD
| 3 CR
Prepares students to assign ICD and CPT/HCPCS codes supported by medical documentation and official coding guidance to support appropriate reimbursement. Students will participate in CDI activities, including preparation of appropriate physician queries in accordance with compliance guidelines. PREREQUISITES: 10530184 CPT Coding and 10530197 ICD Diagnosis Coding and successful completion of COREQUISITE: 10530199 ICD Procedure Coding is required prior to taking Intermediate Coding.

Health Information Technology is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Health Information Technology student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way. 

You could take this first and get a credential.

Medical Coding Specialist

Technical Diploma
28 Credits / 1 Year Full Time; Part Time Option Available
Potential Careers
Medical Coding Specialist, Clinical Coding Specialist, Claims Analyst
Average Starting Wage
$23,203-$52,225 annually
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Health Information Technology

Associate Degree
61 Credits / 2 Years Full Time; Part Time Options Available
Potential Careers
Health Information Technician, HIM Supervisor, Insurance / Business Specialist
Average Starting Wage
$49,563-$63,539 annually
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Health Information Technology Bachelor's Degree

Lakeland University | The College of St. Scholastica | UW-Barron County | UW-Green Bay | UW-Oshkosh | UW-Stout
Potential Careers
Medical and Health Services Manager
Average Starting Wage
$55,800–$75,795 annually

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. Fill out the application form either online or at a campus, complete an assessment and meet with a WITC counselor. In the meeting, you'll discuss your goals and the counselor will make sure you're getting the most out of your education and the best bang for your buck.

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

Health Information Technology

61 Credits | 2 Years

$8,970

$8,970 In Tuition and Fees


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 


After the WITC Health Information Technology Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Medical Coding Specialist technical diploma and a Health Information Technology associate degree. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education accredited seal

The Associate Degree, Health Information Technology Program at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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Sara Eckstein

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800.243.9482 ext. 5220

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Jennifer Bednarik

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800.243.9482 ext. 3195

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Jodi Saliny

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800.243.9482 ext. 4339

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Cindy Miller

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800.243.9482 ext. 6243

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