Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology

Associate of Applied Science

Credits Required for Graduation: 66.00

Program Overview

The health information management profession focuses on health care data (traditionally defined as the medical record) and the management of health information resources. The profession addresses the nature, structure and translation of data into usable forms of information for the advancement of health and health care of individuals and populations. A health information technician collects, integrates and analyzes primary and secondary health care data, disseminates information and manages information resources related to the research, planning provision and evaluation of health care services. The curriculum is comprised of health information technology courses, technical support courses, general studies courses and electives designed to prepare the student to demonstrate the entry level competencies defined by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to write the accreditation examination of the AHIMA. Health information technicians find employment in a variety of health care settings such as acute care hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, long-term care institutions, home care and insurance companies. The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Program Mission

The mission of the Health Information Technology Program at Western Technical College is to prepare students to become part of a credentialed workforce to support the needs of the health care industry.

Program Goals

The program’s goals reflect the principles and ethics of the Health Information field and support the College’s strategic goals which focus on recruitment, retention, student learning and satisfaction, financial stability and effectiveness of systems and processes. Target outcomes written for each goal are used to evaluate the program on an annual basis.

  1. To serve the needs of the local health information community
  2. To maintain an advisory committee representative of the program’s communities of interest
  3. To have faculty regularly update professional knowledge and skills
  4. To enhance student success
  5. To measure and improve student learning
  6. To improve student satisfaction
  7. To ensure the adequacy of program resources
  8. To promote interest and stimulate growth in the health information profession
  9. To maintain program accreditation
  10. To prepare individuals to become competent health information technicians

National Accreditation Examination

Students who graduate from an accredited Health Information Technician program are eligible to take the national accreditation examination of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Earning the credential Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) leads to increased salaries, career advancement and job mobility.

Examination results for Western Technical College program graduates for the past three years (2011-2014) are as follows:

1st time
Percentage Passing National
Percentage Passing
October 2013-September 2014 8 88% 71%
October 2012-September 2013 7 100% 80%
October 2011- September 2012 5 83% 75%

*Last Updated 1/21/15