Health Information Technology | Western Technical College

Health Information Technology

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Associate of Applied Science

Program Number: 

105301

Credits: 

66.00
Financial Aid Eligible

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 $10,300* 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 2016-2017 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates8
Graduates Responding4
Employed in Related Occupation3
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment1
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Responding03
Average Hours Per Week40
Median Hourly Wage$18.02
Hourly Wage Range$16.75 - $18.25
Median Annual Salary$37,479

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Coding Specialist 1; Gundersen Health Systems, Onalaska, WI
  • ESA Health Record Support Assistant; Mayo Clinic Health Systems, La Crosse, WI
  • Medical Coder 2; Gundersen Health Systems, Onalaska, 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 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. 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; www.cahiim.org). Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national accreditation exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA; www.ahima.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 Goals
Students
  1. To measure and improve student learning
  2. To promote student success
  3. To promote student satisfaction
  4. To evaluate student workplace readiness
Curriculum
  1. To prepare students to become credentialed HIM professionals
  2. To evaluate the relevancy and effectiveness of the curriculum
Community of Interest
  1. To educate an HIM workforce to meet regional industry demands
  2. Promote interest and stimulate growth in the HIM profession
Advisory Committee
  1. To obtain advisory committee participation in the evaluation of key program issues
Faculty
  1. Faculty will participate in professional development

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 2015-December 2015 11 100% 69%
January 2016-December 2016 13 92% 68%
January 2017-December 2017 10 90% 70%

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:

 
2015
2016
2017
Graduates 12 13 8
Graduates Responding 7 10 4
Employed in Related Occupation 6 6 3
Employed in Non-related Occupation 0 0 0
Seeking Employment 0 0 1
Continuing Education 0 2 0
Not in Labor Market 0 1 0

Graduation Rates

Graduation Year
2016
2017
2018
Students Entering/Graduating
16/13
15/8
12/10
Graduation Rate
81%
53%
83%

Revised: September 2018

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

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