Health Information Technology | Western Technical College

Health Information Technology

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Associate of Applied Science

Program Number: 

105301

Credits: 

62.00
Financial Aid Eligible

Typical Start: 

Summer

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.

To view the Health Information Technology program’s required disclosure on professional licensure, please click here.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Health Information Technology

This program will cost about $10,000* 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 2019-2020 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates3
Graduates Responding2
Employed in Related Occupation1
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment1
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Responding10
Average Hours Per Week
Median Hourly Wage
Hourly Wage Range
Median Annual Salary

Respondents in Related Occupations

No occupations reported.

Career Opportunities

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

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Apply data governance principles to ensure the quality of health data
  • Apply coding and reimbursement systems
  • Model professional behaviors and ethics
  • Apply informatics and analytics in data use
  • 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 reading, sentence skills, 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 waivers 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. Please see the details below.

COVID-19 Vaccination Status 

Western Technical College’s clinical/practicum/field sites now require students to prove vaccination status to attend those sites. COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend classes at Western Technical College, however some clinical sites who contract with Western for student rotations now have COVID-19 vaccination requirements. To prevent any potential interruption in your clinical/practicum/field classes, we are now requiring you to provide us with your COVID-19 vaccination status in order to plan for clinical rotations.

Provide COVID-19 Vaccination Status

Accreditation

The Health Information Technology accreditor of Western Technical College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Associate degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2028-29. 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.

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CAHIIM Reporting Requirements

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.

Focus Goal
Curriculum The program’s mission and goals are outcome focused and relevant to the mission of the sponsoring educational institution.  The program must assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of the curriculum with the results of program assessment used as the basis for ongoing planning and program improvement.
Students and Grads The program will provide assurance that the educational needs of students are met and that graduates demonstrate at least the AHIMA entry level curriculum competencies.
Faculty Development The program will provide a plan for faculty that establishes or assesses the knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience pertinent to the professional curriculum content that they are assigned to teach.  This includes efforts to keep current in health information management and/or other relevant professional content and practice as well as other components of advanced formal education.
Communities of Practice Outreach The program will respond at least on an annual basis to the needs of its communities of practice. The program will demonstrate how it serves as a source of continued education for the HIM professional community.
Advisory Committee The Advisory Committee will assist program faculty and sponsoring educational institution personnel with the development and revision of program goals and curriculum, monitoring program needs and expectations and ensuring program responsiveness to change.

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.

Recent examination results for Western’s Health Information Technology program graduates are as follows:

 
Western Candidate Summary
National Summary
Reporting Period 1st Time Testers Percentage Passing Percentage Passing
January 2018-December 2018 9 100% 75%
January 2019-December 2019 14 78% 76%
January 2020-December 2020 1 100% 69%

Graduate Employment Stats
Graduate follow up is conducted 6 months following graduation. Recent follow up data for Western’s Health Information Technology program graduates are as follows:

  2019 2020
Graduates Responding 11 5
Employed in Related Health Occupation 8 3
Employed in Non-related Health Occupation 2 2
Employment Rate 91% 100%

Graduation Rates
Graduation rate – the percentage of first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program.

Reporting Year
Graduation Rate
2017-18 72.7%
2018-19 73.3%
2019-20 85.7%

Enrollment Rates

Enrollment Year
2018
2019 2020
Year-End Enrollment/Max Enrollment
25/36
26/36 13/36
Enrollment Rate
69%
72% 36%

Student Satisfaction 

Students are surveyed annually 6 months following graduation from the program. Survey questions include evaluation of the graduate's own knowledge base, clinical proficiency and behavioral skills following program completion, as well as an overall rating of the program. Ratings above the midpoint on a 1-5 scale are considered "satisfied"

2018:  4.4/5
2019:  4.4/5
2020:  4.6/5

Revised: April 2021

Software and Technology

Here is a list of recommendations for a student’s personal computer/laptop, software that is needed for most classes, and other technology related items.

Computer/Laptop Hardware:

  • Students are not able to do all assignments on their smartphone, so we encourage students to have a computer or laptop.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately).

Software Requirements:

  • Office 365 (can download for free once you have a student email)
  • Recommended web browsers: Chrome or Firefox

Other Recommendations:

  • Internet access is required to access student accounts from off campus.

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

If you do not have a personal computer/laptop or if the one you have does not meet these requirements, resources may be available. Click here to submit a Student Resource Request.

Additional Information

Program Contact

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

Transfer Agreements

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Viterbo University
Viterbo University

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