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 $9,600* 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 2014-2015 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates9
Graduates Responding8
Employed in Related Occupation7
Employed in Non-related Occupations1
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Responding24
Average Hours Per Week2641
Median Hourly Wage$18.65 $20.48
Hourly Wage Range$12.30 - $25.00$15.83 - $23.70
Median Annual Salary$27,196.00 $42,588.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Clinical Data Registrar; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • EHR Compliance Coordinator; Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center, Winona, MN
  • Health Data Integrity Specialist; Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Health Information Management Professional; Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI
  • Medical Coding Analyst; Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, MN
  • Patient Account Services; Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Quality Improvement Specialist; Gundersen Health System, 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
  • Manage health data (HIT)/Collect health data (MCS)
  • Apply coding and reimbursement systems (HIT & MCS)
  • Model professional behaviors and ethics (HIT & MCS)
  • Maintain electronic applications to manage health information (HIT)/Use electronic applications to support coding and data collection (MCS)
  • Apply organizational management techniques (HIT)

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

Application
$30 Application Fee

Program Specific Requirements

Writing/English: 

ACT: 19
COMPASS: 75
ACCUPLACER: 80

Reading: 

ACT: 20
COMPASS: 84
ACCUPLACER: 70

Math/Pre-Algebra: 

ACT: 19
COMPASS: 58
ACCUPLACER: 66
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 General Anatomy and Physiology and its prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better.  Please see the details below. The last step for admission to the program will be to complete an Intent to Enroll form. 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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