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Health Information Technology Online Associate Degree

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The health information field is increasingly focusing on electronic patient records, database management, and information privacy and security. Take your place in this growing field with a Health Information Technology Online Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree from National American University.

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Online Health Information Technology Associate Degree Program Overview

Health Information Technology professionals play a key role in preparing, analyzing, and maintaining health records and are considered experts in assuring the privacy and security of health data. The Health Information Technology Online Associate Degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification examination, a necessary credential for a successful career in health information technology. As a graduate of the program, you will be able to:

Graduates of the program will:

  • Apply healthcare laws, regulations, accreditation, licensure, certification standards, and ethics in the health information technology profession.
  • Collect, analyze, and maintain health record content in a paper or electronic format
  • Assign ICD and CPT codes on inpatient and outpatient records
  • Apply healthcare billing and reimbursement processes for inpatient and outpatient encounters
  • Apply quality management, utilization management, risk management, and healthcare vital statistics in the health information technology profession
  • Create a professional development plan to achieve and maintain certification

Online Health Information Technology Accreditation

NAU’s accreditation for the associate degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2022-2023 by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM).

CAHIIM accredited

All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to:

CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL 60601; by phone at 312.235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

Online Associate Degree in Health Information Technology Classes and Curriculum

The Health Information Technology online degree program consists of two class requirements: major core and general education core. These classes total 99 credits.

Major Core

48 credits

General Education Core

51 credits

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

Online Associate Degree in Health Information Technology Tuition

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Health Information Technology Associate Degree Career Outcomes

Health Information Technology professionals work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, physician practices, long-term care, home healthcare, insurance, managed care, health technology firms, government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, HIT professionals’ employment is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.

Careers include:

  • Medical Records Administrator
  • Revenue Cycle Manager
  • Medical Biller/Coder
  • Informatics/Data Analytics Manager
  • Health Information Manager/Administrator
  • Benefits Coordinator
  • Data Integrity Manager
  • Compliance Auditor
  • Information Security Manager
  • System Analyst
  • Data Architect
  • Information Specialist
  • Release of Information (ROI) Technician
  • Release of Information (ROI) Supervisor
  • Information Systems Associate
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) Specialist
  • Imaging Technician
  • Medical Records Supervisor
  • HIM Supervisor/Manager
  • Deficiency Analyst

Who Is a Good Candidate for the Health Information Technology Associate Degree?

  • Entry-level job seekers: Do you have a desire to work with data and become part of the healthcare industry? The Health Information Technology Online Associate degree will provide the knowledge and skills required for entry-level employment, even with no prior medical work experience.
  • Healthcare professionals: If you are working in the healthcare field and looking to move to increased levels of expertise and knowledge, an Online Health Information Management Associate degree can help you gain professional qualifications to advance.

Health Information Technology Professional Skills

A health information technician:

  • Is able to embrace change and diverse opportunities
  • Is interested in technology and its contribution to healthcare
  • Has an aptitude for science, but also likes management, law, and computers
  • Has an interest in the non-clinical medical field
  • Has attention to detail
  • Has an interest in reviewing medical documentation
  • Enjoys the daily challenge of searching for relevant medical information
  • Can communicate effectively with physicians, clinical staff, lawyers, administrators
  • Can work independently and work well with others
  • Is self-motivated

Course Listing (99 Credits)

HT1000D     Introduction to Health Information Management and Healthcare

HT2117D     ICD Coding and Pathophysiology I with Lab

HT2127D     ICD Coding and Pathophysiology II with Lab

HT2130D     Current Procedural Terminology Coding with Lab

HT2135D     Advanced Coding with Lab

HT2200D     Health Information Management Systems

HT2210D     Healthcare Data Quality and Management

HT2230D     Healthcare Reimbursement

HT2240D     Health Information Management and Supervision

HT2250D     Medical Law and Ethics for Health Information Professionals

HT2500D     Health Information Technology Practicum

ME1140     Medical Terminology for Health Professions

Communications

EN1150     Composition I

EN1300     Composition II

EN2100      Speech OR
EN2150     Interpersonal Professional Communication

Science

SC1221     Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

SC1224D     Advanced Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

Mathematics

MA2000     Quantitative Reasoning

Humanities

HU2000     Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Behavioral/Social Science

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

General Education

CS1201     Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success! OR
CS1203     Bridge to Success: Creating Your Future at NAU

CS1301     Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

CS2086     Career Path Planning

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.