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Health Information Technology

Associate of Applied Science

Credits Required for Graduation: 66.00

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Health Information Technology

If you are interested in information technology, business administration, law and the betterment of health care and you are an organized, detail-oriented individual, this diverse career field may be just right for you! A strong background in health sciences (Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology) and computer sciences (database, spreadsheet, word processing) are vital to do the work the Health Information Technician does. The Health Information Technician (HIT) is a professional with a unique blend of clinical knowledge and information management skills, who codes medical information for research and reimbursement, applies laws relative to maintenance, disclosure and retention of health information and analyzes, computerizes and graphically displays data to support clinical and business decision making. This is a two year associate degree program.

Program Head:

Tamra R. Brown, ME, RHIA

Summer Contact:

Administrative Program Assistant

Web Related Links:

American Health Information Management Association
Wisconsin Health Information Management Association

Professional Organizations

American Health Information Management Association
Wisconsin Health Information Management Association

Frequently Asked Questions

How flexible is the program in meeting my individual needs?

Most of the program specific courses for the Health Information Technician are offered online, providing the student with a great degree of flexibility in scheduling in terms of the place and time they will complete the course work. Some online courses require 3-5 class meetings that may be offered in person, live online or recorded with deadlines for asynchronous viewing.  Most courses have exams that may be taken in the campus library, at regional learning centers or with a proctor. Students should plan on spending at least as much time with the material for an online course as they would in a regular classroom. There are specific availability dates for assignments which are controlled by the course management software if assignments are not completed on time, they will no longer be accessible online.

What's it like to take an online class?

Organization and time management skills, a reliable Internet connection and regular communication with the instructor are essential for student success in an online course. The recommended PC platform and information about ordering discounted software can be found on the Student Readiness web page at (see System Requirements).

Is field work part of the curriculum?

Health Information Technology students attend Professional Practice Experience (PPE) in the second year of the program. Sites within La Crosse are limited – everyone should plan on the likelihood of traveling out of town for this experience. Travel, meals and lodging are the student's responsibility. Most sites that have an agreement with Western to provide this experience are within driving distance of La Crosse. Professional practice is taken for credit and is unpaid.

Are there licensing or certification requirements after graduation?

Upon graduation HIT students are eligible to take the national accreditation exam of the American Health Information Association (AHIMA). Passing the exam signifies that the student has met nationally recognized entry level competencies

Essential Functions:

Essential functions have been identified for each program. These essential functions specify the physical, environmental, and cognitive/mental requirements that students may be expected to perform to complete the program. To inquire about accommodations for a documented disability, please contact Instructional Support Services at 608.785.9875.