Health Information Technology (AS)

About the Health Information Technology Associate Degree

The Fisher College Health Information Technology Program will provide the curriculum to prepare individuals with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, abstract, compile, maintain, manage, and report health information.  Graduates will have a strong foundation in maintaining components of health information systems consistent with medical, legal, accreditation, and regulatory requirements of the health care delivery system. 

Health Information Technology Overview and Accreditation 

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program places students where the expanding arena of health care meets the cutting edge of technology. HIT related job opportunities are excellent, with options to work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, health centers, medical research organizations, consulting firms, long-term care and rehabilitation facilities, insurance companies, software companies, and government health agencies.

The Fisher College HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates who meet requirements of the accredited program are eligible to take the national qualifying examination for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Program requirements must be completed within five years to be eligible to take the RHIT exam. 

Learning Outcomes
This program will provide students with the opportunity to develop the following competencies and the ability to:
  • Demonstrate effective, professional written and oral communication skills with consumers and co-workers.
  • Use and apply critical thinking skills and basic health information management principles to recognize, analyze, and solve problems.
  • Perform and interpret math calculations related to descriptive healthcare statistics.
  • Use current technology to access and process health information.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level health information competencies.
  • Practice in a legal, ethical, and professional manner by demonstrating responsibility, initiative, and positive attitudes toward those of diverse backgrounds and to work in teams in a healthcare setting.
Outcome Data
  • RHIT Exam Pass Rate: During the reporting cycle of August 2018 through July 2019, Fisher College had an 67% pass rate for first time test takers on the RHIT national exam.
  • Graduation Satisfaction: 100% of graduate respondents reported a high level of satisfaction with the HIT program on the 2019 survey.
  • Employer Satisfaction: 100% of employer respondents reported a high level of satisfaction with graduates on the 2019 survey.

Take the Next Step

The Health Information Management accreditor of Fisher College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2020. 

Program Snapshot

Credits: 71
Learning Format: Online
Term Length: 8-weeks with start dates in September, November, January, March, May and July
Time to Completion*:  12 terms; 24 months
Transfer Credits: Students may transfer in up to 34 credits
Grade Requirement: Students must earn a C or higher in all courses taken for this degree

 

*Based on continuous enrollment of two courses every term. Time to completion may be shorter based on eligible transfer credit or longer if course enrollment varies.

Program Requirements

Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)

Graduates of the Health Information Technology program are eligible to apply for the RHIT credential with successful completion of the credentialing exam.  Exam information and resources are provided through the AHIMA website. Students are encouraged to keep all textbooks and study materials, and participate in the RHIT Exam Prep course to help prepare for the exam.

RHIT Exam Prep Course

To help students prepare for the certification exam, Fisher College offers an RHIT Exam Prep Course.

This online, 8-week RHIT exam preparation course is designed as a comprehensive review of health information administration, regulations and standards in preparation for the RHIT national credentialing examination through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Additional topics covered include test-taking tips, preparing quality resumes and cover letters, and honing job interview skills to secure employment in the healthcare industry.