Health Information Technology

About the Career

Health information technologists specialize in managing and protecting medical records; administering health information management systems; and coding for reimbursement, research, and quality care. A number of high demand, high growth occupations today require entry-level employees to have a specific skill set.

About the Program

The Health Information Technology and Management program provides a stacked, educational pathway for careers in medical office environments. Students may earn a Medical Office Essentials credit diploma, continue in the program with Medical Claims Coding Associate certificate or complete an Associate of Applied Science degree.

The benefit of enrolling in this program is the multi-level, or stacked, certificates. Students can complete the initial certification in one semester and can then seek employment or continue with the medical claims coding associate certificate. This certificate, which takes roughly three semesters to complete, allows students to prepare for a career in medical billing or coding. If students wish to complete the full associate degree, it can be done in about two years. Most importantly, these stackable certificates are offered completely online either full- or
part-time.

Medical Office Essentials Credit Diploma

The Medical Office Essentials credit diploma provides the necessary skills to perform successfully in entry level administrative positions in the health care field. These support skills cover managing day to day medical office operations, understanding legal and ethical issues in health care operations. HIPAA, customer service, professionalism and computer fundamentals customized for medical offices. Once students have completed the Medical Office Essentials credit diploma they may take additional specialized courses in coding and health information technology and management.

Medical Claims Coding Associate Credit Certificate

The Medical Claims Coding Associate credit certificate builds on the Medical Office Essentials credit diploma and addresses specialized skills in medical coding and reimbursement, including advanced techniques in medical insurance, reimbursement methodologies, basic health information management, electronic health records and basic and advanced coding, emphasizing CPT/HCPCS and ICD coding. The coding courses prepare students for a national coding exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC). The courses for the Medical Office Essentials credit diploma are embedded in the Medical Claims Coding Associate credit certificate.

Associate of Applied Science

The Health Information Technology and Management Associate of Applied Science degree combines coding in health care with health information management. Health information technologists serve the health care industry and the public consumer by managing, analyzing and reporting health data required for the delivery of patient care, reimbursement and quality management. Health information technologists specialize in managing and protecting medical records; administering health information management systems; and coding for reimbursement, research and quality care. The A.A.S. degree program of study contains courses from both the Medical Office Essentials credit diploma and the Medical Claims Coding Associate credit certificate with the addition of health information technology and leadership courses that students need to advance their careers on the administrative side of the medical field.