Health Information Technology

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Associate of Applied Science

Program Number: 

105301

Credits: 

66.00
Financial Aid Available

Managing medical information is a critical component of healthcare. The health information professional must be detail-oriented, comfortable with spreadsheets and databases, and have an interest in the healthcare field.

A health information technician collects, integrates, and analyzes healthcare data, manages information resources related to the delivery of healthcare services, codes medical information for research and insurance reimbursement, maintains patient confidentiality, and tracks information used in making clinical and business decisions.

Jobs for health information technicians are widely available in clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, and home care organizations.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Health Information Technology

This program will cost about $9,700* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Health Information Technology 2015-2016 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates16
Graduates Responding12
Employed in Related Occupation8
Employed in Non-related Occupations1
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education1
Not in Labor Market2

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Responding14
Average Hours Per Week3439
Median Hourly Wage$17.00 $16.73
Hourly Wage Range$17.00 - $17.00$12.00 - $20.50
Median Annual Salary$30,056.00 $33,238.40

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Assistant Supervisor; Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Clinical Research Coordinator; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Coding Behavioral Health; Gundersen St. Joseph, Hillsboro, WI
  • Health Information Specialist; Reedsburg Area Medical Center, Reedsburg, WI
  • Health Unit Coordinator; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • HIMS Application Specialist; Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Medical Coder; UW Health, Madison, WI
  • Records Managements; LHI, La Crosse, WI

Career Opportunities

Health Information Technician
Medical Records Technician
Patient Information Coordinator
Medical Coder
Medical Billing Specialist

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • HIT - Apply data governance principles to ensure the quality of health data
  • HIT - Apply coding and reimbursement systems
  • HIT - Model professional behaviors and ethics
  • HIT - Apply informatics and analytics in data use
  • HIT - Apply organizational management techniques

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

Application
$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the exemptions here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Additional Requirements:

To enroll in the Health Information Technology program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program’s Essential Functions and complete a background check. You can find links to these documents below. In addition, you must complete the prerequisites for General Anatomy and Physiology with a grade of “C” or better.  Please see the details below.

Accreditation

The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national accreditation exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). 

Additional Information

Our Health and Public Safety programs are required to report additional information to prospective students, including certification exams, licensure, program completion rates, etc. You can find this information in the document below:

Program Contact

Tamra Brown
Program Chair, Health Information Technology
608-785-9549
BrownT@westerntc.edu

Transfer Agreements

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Viterbo University

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