Offered Online Only
This 21-month (seven-term) program prepares the student to become a health information technician, a specialist who is responsible for maintaining permanent health records. Students become familiar with health records, documentation standards and the equipment necessary to process health information through practical experience in the health information departments of health care facilities. Employment opportunities are available in hospital health information departments, outpatient clinics, health centers, insurance companies and government health agencies. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Certification Examination of the American Health Information Management Association. Upon successful completion of the examination, the graduate becomes a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
To apply, complete an IHCC application and submit high school transcripts or High School Equivalency Diploma scores and take one of the following: ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER test. Testing may be scheduled by calling the IHCC Testing Center at (641) 683-5142 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5142. This program may be entered in the Fall or Spring terms, is offered online. Students meeting all program and graduation requirements receive an Associate of Applied Science degree.
Criminal background, drug screening, and dependent adult and child abuse record checks are required prior to the beginning of professional experience courses.
This program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 200 East Randolph St. Suite 5100, Chicago, IL 60601-5800, (312) 235-3255.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of an entry level Health Information Technician.
- Communicate effectively with clients, family and health care team members.
- Adhere to ethical and legal principles in relation to standards of practice.
- Demonstrate accountability for professional behavior, development and growth.
- Use written documentation that is concise and grammatically correct.
- Demonstrate leadership and management techniques in preparation for the Registered Health Information Technician certification.
Program Total: 81 Credits