Health Information Technology Schools

If you want to work in a hospital or physician’s office, but only want to invest two years in an education, you might consider a degree in health information technology. An education at the associate degree level can provide you with the fundamentals both in technology and health care and potentially lead you to a career as a health information technician or as a healthcare data analyst, medical coding specialist or even a compliance officer.

As a health information technologist, you will not provide care directly to patients, but instead work with those who do, like registered nurses, doctors and other trained healthcare professionals. Use of electronic medical records (EMRs) could be an important part of your job and, since the federal government is offering incentives to organizations implementing these systems, the demand for health information technologists trained in these systems is expected to grow, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Because the career is technology based, health information technicians often work at a desk, spending substantial time entering or analyzing information on a computer. In some cases, when the healthcare organization where they are employed is open around they clock, they may need to work evening hours or weekends.

Health Information Technology fast facts
Projected Jobs Created41,100
Projected Job Growth22%
Low Salary$22,700
Average Salary (Median)$34,970
High Salary$57,320
Entry-Level EDUCertification
Sourced from BLS, January 2015

Degree & certification Programs

Most health information technology schools offer associate degrees, although some do offer bachelor’s degree education. Programs can be found at community colleges, junior colleges and even some universities. The programs vary by institution, but you may want to look for associate-degree curriculum that is based on the competencies outlined by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) so that you can be prepared to seek Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification upon graduation. Some employers may prefer this certification. Six schools offering health information technology degrees include:

  1. DeVry University: This school’s associate degree program in health information technology is available at several of its campuses, including in Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Fort Washington, Maryland; Houston, Texas; and others. The 67-credit hour program can be completed in four semesters and includes 12 career-focused classes, including a practicum, a research practicum and a class to prepare students to seek RHIT certification through AHIMA. 

  2. ITT Technical Institute: Students can complete an associate degree in health information technology at several of ITT Technical Institute’s campuses, including in Orange, San Bernardino and Sylmar, California; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Students take a variety of general education courses, such as psychology and college math, and 15 core courses focused specifically on health technology, such as coding, alternative health records, and supervision and health management. Two practicums are required and most classes have between 15 to 30 students.

  3. Ivy Tech Community College: The health information technology degree available through this school is offered at four different Indiana campuses, including in Bloomington, Indianapolis, Lafayette and Fort Wayne and is approximately 30 percent general education and 70 percent career specific. In all, the degree is 60 credit hours and can be completed in five semesters, but could take longer for those who lack the necessary college prep courses. The first semester includes many of the general education classes, but also introduces students to anatomy and physiology, and medical terminology. From there, students’ skills build, enabling them to learn about healthcare organizations and delivery systems, informatics fundamentals, and reimbursement systems. Finally, in their fourth and fifth semesters they participate in one-credit externships.

  4. Davenport University: The associate of applied science degree in health information technology is available at any of this Michigan-based university’s 11 campuses, but must be finished up at its Livonia campus. The program is 75 credits in all and includes 26 credits in general education, known as the Foundations of Excellence portion, 9 credits in medical basics, known as the Foundations of Health Professions, and 40 credits in the specific major. Students complete four practicums, including two in coding that should prepare them to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) certification exam available through AHIMA. Students should be prepared to take the RHIT examination upon completion and, if they want, to continue their education by completing the bachelor’s of science degree in health information management (HIM) available through the school.

  5. Idaho State University: In Pocatello, Idaho, students can complete a two-year associate of applied science degree in health information technology. The program accepts students in the fall of each year, but just 20 students are admitted each time. The 69-credit program can be completed over four semesters (no summer sessions!) and includes many of the general education classes during the first year and many of the career specific courses during the second. In all, students complete 12 different health information technology courses, including ones in coding, statistics, and reimbursement, many in their final year. In the spring semester of their first year, they also complete a two-credit practicum, and in the spring semester of their final year, complete another practicum that is four credits. All coursework from the first three semesters must be finished before enrolling in fourth-semester classes and must be completed with a C grade or better.

  6. Seminole State College of Florida: Students enrolled in the 70-credit program at this Sanford, Florida-based school can complete an associate of science health information technology degree. The program consists of 15 credits in general education, such as English and industrial psychology, as well as 55 additional courses that are required for the degree. These include computer classes in office applications and database management, as well as health information management courses in areas like the legal aspects of health information and basic procedure coding. Two three-credit practicum experiences are also required, enabling students to demonstrate and practice their skills in a health care setting or to healthcare professionals.

It may be best when considering health information technology schools to look for those that prepare students to sit for the RHIT examination. Because employers may prefer to hire graduates who have this certification, you may want to gauge how well schools are preparing students for the examination by asking them for information about their graduates’ annual and five-year average passing rates on it.

List of Health Information Technology Schools

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SchoolCityStateWebsiteTotal grads (2013)
Technical Career InstitutesNew YorkNew Yorkhttp://www.tcicollege.edu162
Central Oregon Community CollegeBendOregonhttp://www.cocc.edu134
City College of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCaliforniahttp://www.ccsf.edu107
Schoolcraft CollegeLivoniaMichiganhttp://www.schoolcraft.edu105
Central Community CollegeGrand IslandNebraskahttp://www.cccneb.edu/Home/ 96
Valencia CollegeOrlandoFloridahttp://valenciacollege.edu94
McCann School of Business & TechnologyPottsvillePennsylvaniahttp://www.mccann.edu91
CCI Training Center-ArlingtonArlingtonTexashttp://www.cci-training.com91
Santa Barbara City CollegeSanta BarbaraCaliforniahttp://www.sbcc.edu74
Ferris State UniversityBig RapidsMichiganhttp://www.ferris.edu/64
Joliet Junior CollegeJolietIllinoishttp://www.jjc.edu/Pages/default.aspx 54
Walters State Community CollegeMorristownTennesseehttp://www.ws.edu/home/ 53
Horry-Georgetown Technical CollegeConwaySouth Carolinahttp://www.hgtc.edu53
Tacoma Community CollegeTacomaWashingtonhttp://www.tacomacc.edu52
Career College of Northern NevadaSparksNevadahttp://www.ccnn.edu/ 51
Baker College of Allen ParkAllen ParkMichiganhttp://www.baker.edu50
Metropolitan Community College-Kansas CityKansas CityMissourihttp://www.mcckc.edu/programs/healthinfomanagementcoding/48
Seminole State College of FloridaSanfordFloridahttps://www.seminolestate.edu/ 47
Ivy Tech Community CollegeIndianapolisIndianahttp://www.ivytech.edu46
Baker College of Clinton TownshipClinton TownshipMichiganhttp://www.baker.edu43
Miller-Motte Technical College-North CharlestonCharlestonSouth Carolinahttp://www.miller-motte.edu/ 42
Western Technical CollegeEl PasoTexashttp://www.westerntech.edu41
Stark State CollegeNorth CantonOhiohttp://www.starkstate.edu39
Miller-Motte College-FayettevilleFayettevilleNorth Carolinahttp://www.miller-motte.edu39
DeVry University-TexasIrvingTexashttp://www.devry.edu38
Northwest Florida State CollegeNicevilleFloridahttp://www.nwfsc.edu/37
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeRichmondVirginiahttp://www.reynolds.edu37
Delgado Community CollegeNew OrleansLouisianahttp://WWW.DCC.EDU37
Atlanta Technical CollegeAtlantaGeorgiahttp://www.atlantatech.edu/37
Northeast Wisconsin Technical CollegeGreen BayWisconsinhttps://www.nwtc.edu/36
St Cloud Technical and Community CollegeSaint CloudMinnesotahttp://www.sctcc.edu35
Fortis Institute-NashvilleNashvilleTennesseehttps://www.fortis.edu/ 35
SUNY College of Technology at AlfredAlfredNew Yorkhttp://www.alfredstate.edu34
Miller-Motte Technical College-ColumbusColumbusGeorgiahttp://www.miller-motte.edu34
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community CollegeNew YorkNew Yorkhttp://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/34
Bryan College-Gold RiverGold RiverCaliforniahttp://bryancollege.edu/ 34
Daytona State CollegeDaytona BeachFloridahttp://www.daytonastate.edu/ 33
Santa Fe CollegeGainesvilleFloridahttp://www.sfcollege.edu33
San Jacinto Community CollegePasadenaTexashttp://www.sjcd.edu33
Pima Community CollegeTucsonArizonahttps://www.pima.edu/ 33
Pensacola State CollegePensacolaFloridahttp://www.pensacolastate.edu33
Northern Virginia Community CollegeAnnandaleVirginiahttp://www.nvcc.edu32
Montgomery CollegeRockvilleMarylandhttp://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/edu/ 31
Miller-Motte Technical College-ChattanoogaChattanoogaTennesseehttp://www.miller-motte.edu31
Miller-Motte College-GreenvilleGreenvilleNorth Carolinahttp://www.miller-motte.edu31
CBT College-Cutler BayCutler BayFloridahttp://www.cbt.edu/31
Nassau Community CollegeGarden CityNew Yorkhttp://www.ncc.edu/30
Miller-Motte Technical College-ConwayConwaySouth Carolinahttp://www.miller-motte.edu30
Rose State CollegeMidwest CityOklahomahttps://www.rose.edu/ 28
Raritan Valley Community CollegeBranchburgNew Jerseyhttp://www.raritanval.edu28
Onondaga Community CollegeSyracuseNew Yorkhttp://www.sunyocc.edu28
McDowell Technical Community CollegeMarionNorth Carolinahttp://www.mcdowelltech.edu28
Cypress CollegeCypressCaliforniahttp://www.cypresscollege.edu28
Cuyahoga Community College DistrictClevelandOhiohttp://www.tri-c.edu28
Cape Coral Institute of TechnologyCape CoralFloridahttp://www.capecoraltech.edu/ 28
Owens Community CollegePerrysburgOhiohttps://www.owens.edu27
Berks Technical InstituteWyomissingPennsylvaniahttp://www.berks.edu27
Tucson CollegeTucsonArizonahttp://www.tucsoncollege.edu26
Miller-Motte Technical College-GulfportGulfportMississippihttp://www.miller-motte.edu26
Jamestown Community CollegeJamestownNew Yorkhttp://www.sunyjcc.edu26
East Los Angeles CollegeMonterey ParkCaliforniahttp://www.elac.edu/index.htm26
Anoka Technical CollegeAnokaMinnesotahttp://www.anokatech.edu26
Texas State Technical College-West TexasSweetwaterTexashttp://www.westtexas.tstc.edu25
Tarrant County College DistrictFort WorthTexashttp://www.tccd.edu25
Phoenix CollegePhoenixArizonahttp://www.phoenixcollege.edu25
Oakton Community CollegeDes PlainesIllinoishttp://www.oakton.edu25
Midlands Technical CollegeWest ColumbiaSouth Carolinahttp://www.midlandstech.edu25
Fortis College-RavennaRavennaOhiohttps://www.fortis.edu/ 25
Edmonds Community CollegeLynnwoodWashingtonhttp://www.edcc.edu25
Saint Paul CollegeSaint PaulMinnesotahttp://www.saintpaul.edu/Pages/default.aspx 24
National College-NashvilleNashvilleTennesseehttp://www.national-college.edu24
Houston Community CollegeHoustonTexashttp://www.hccs.edu24
Chemeketa Community CollegeSalemOregonhttp://www.chemeketa.edu24
University of New Mexico-Gallup CampusGallupNew Mexicohttp://www.gallup.unm.edu24
West Georgia Technical CollegeWacoGeorgiahttp://www.westgatech.edu23
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-MemphisMemphisTennesseehttp://www.tcatmemphis.edu23
Southern Crescent Technical CollegeGriffinGeorgiahttps://www.sctech.edu/ 23
San Diego Mesa CollegeSan DiegoCaliforniahttp://www.sdmesa.edu/23
Quest CollegeSan AntonioTexashttp://questcollege.edu/ 23
ITT Technical Institute-San BernardinoSan BernardinoCaliforniahttp://www.itt-tech.edu23
Indian River State CollegeFort PierceFloridahttp://www.irsc.edu23
Hocking CollegeNelsonvilleOhiohttp://www.hocking.edu23
Greenville Technical CollegeGreenvilleSouth Carolinahttp://www.gvltec.edu/index.aspx 23
Polk State CollegeWinter HavenFloridahttp://www.polk.edu22
Pasco-Hernando Community CollegeNew Port RicheyFloridahttp://phsc.edu/programs22
Lamson InstituteSan AntonioTexashttp://lamsoninstitute.com/ 22
Fortis College-HoustonHoustonTexashttps://www.fortis.edu/ 22
College of Southern MarylandLa PlataMarylandhttp://www.csmd.edu/22
Trident Technical CollegeCharlestonSouth Carolinahttp://www.tridenttech.edu21
Pellissippi State Community CollegeKnoxvilleTennesseehttp://www.pstcc.edu/21
Moraine Valley Community CollegePalos HillsIllinoishttps://www.morainevalley.edu/ 21
Indiana University-NorthwestGaryIndianahttp://www.iun.edu21
Florence-Darlington Technical CollegeFlorenceSouth Carolinahttp://WWW.FDTC.EDU21
D G Erwin Technical CenterTampaFloridahttp://erwin.edu21
Baker College of FlintFlintMichiganhttp://www.baker.edu21
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAbingdonVirginiahttp://www.vhcc.edu20
Suffolk County Community CollegeSeldenNew Yorkhttp://www3.sunysuffolk.edu20
Nashville State Community CollegeNashvilleTennesseehttp://www.nscc.edu20
Miller-Motte College-CaryCaryNorth Carolinahttp://www.miller-motte.edu20
Flagler Technical InstitutePalm CoastFloridahttp://FTI.FlaglerSchools.com20
College of Southern NevadaLas VegasNevadahttp://www.csn.edu20
Arkansas State University-BeebeBeebeArkansashttp://www.asub.edu20
Tidewater Community CollegeNorfolkVirginiahttp://www.tcc.edu19
Saint Louis Community CollegeSaint LouisMissourihttp://www.stlcc.edu19
Plaza CollegeJackson HeightsNew Yorkhttp://WWW.PLAZACOLLEGE.EDU19
Monroe Community CollegeRochesterNew Yorkhttp://www.monroecc.edu/19
DeVry University-PennsylvaniaFort WashingtonPennsylvaniahttp://www.devry.edu19
College of Central FloridaOcalaFloridahttp://www.cf.edu19
Clark CollegeVancouverWashingtonhttp://www.clark.edu19
Chattanooga State Community CollegeChattanoogaTennesseehttps://www.chattanoogastate.edu/ 19
University of Arkansas at MonticelloMonticelloArkansashttp://www.uamont.edu18
SBI Campus-An Affiliate of Sanford-BrownMelvilleNew Yorkhttp://www.sbmelville.edu18
Saddleback CollegeMission ViejoCaliforniahttp://www.saddleback.edu18
New River Community CollegeDublinVirginiahttp://www.nr.edu18
Miller-Motte Technical College-AugustaAugustaGeorgiahttp://www.miller-motte.edu18
Lehigh Carbon Community CollegeSchnecksvillePennsylvaniahttp://www.lccc.edu18
Lake-Sumter State CollegeLeesburgFloridahttp://www.lssc.edu/Pages/default.aspx 18
DeVry University-New JerseyNorth BrunswickNew Jerseyhttp://www.devry.edu18
Chippewa Valley Technical CollegeEau ClaireWisconsinhttp://www.cvtc.edu/home.aspx 18
Bishop State Community CollegeMobileAlabamahttp://www.bishop.edu18
Southwestern Illinois CollegeBellevilleIllinoishttp://www.swic.edu17
Prince George's Community CollegeLargoMarylandhttp://www.pgcc.edu17
Orange Coast CollegeCosta MesaCaliforniahttp://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/pages/home.aspx 17
Kennebec Valley Community CollegeFairfieldMainehttp://www.kvcc.me.edu17
Hinds Community CollegeRaymondMississippihttp://www.hindscc.edu17
Delaware County Community CollegeMediaPennsylvaniahttp://www.dccc.edu17
Burlington County CollegePembertonNew Jerseyhttp://www.rcbc.edu/dental17
Broward CollegeFort LauderdaleFloridahttp://www.broward.edu/Pages/home.aspx 17
Brookdale Community CollegeLincroftNew Jerseyhttp://www.brookdalecc.edu17
Athens Technical CollegeAthensGeorgiahttp://www.athenstech.edu/17
Allegany College of MarylandCumberlandMarylandhttp://www.allegany.edu17
Waukesha County Technical CollegePewaukeeWisconsinhttp://www.wctc.edu17
Trinity College of Puerto RicoPoncePuerto Ricohttp://www.trinitypr.edu17
Texas State Technical College-HarlingenHarlingenTexashttp://www.tstc.edu/ 17
St Charles Community CollegeCottlevilleMissourihttps://www.stchas.edu/ 17
Wiregrass Georgia Technical CollegeValdostaGeorgiahttp://www.wiregrass.edu16
Waubonsee Community CollegeSugar GroveIllinoishttp://www.waubonsee.edu16
Taylor Business InstituteChicagoIllinoishttp://www.tbiil.edu16
Southern University at ShreveportShreveportLouisianahttp://www.susla.edu16
Palm Beach State CollegeLake WorthFloridahttp://www.palmbeachstate.edu/16
Manatee Technical InstituteBradentonFloridahttp://manateetech.edu/16
Lone Star College SystemThe WoodlandsTexashttp://www.lonestar.edu16
International Technical CollegeSan JuanPuerto Ricohttp://intecpr.com16
Dyersburg State Community CollegeDyersburgTennesseehttp://www.dscc.edu16
College of DuPageGlen EllynIllinoishttp://www.cod.edu16
Carroll Community CollegeWestminsterMarylandhttp://www.carrollcc.edu16
Atlantic Technical CenterCoconut CreekFloridahttp://www.atlantictechcenter.com16
Virginia Western Community CollegeRoanokeVirginiahttp://virginiawestern.edu/15
Ridge Career CenterWinter HavenFloridahttp://www.ridge.edu/15
ITT Technical Institute-SylmarSylmarCaliforniahttp://www.itt-tech.edu15
ITT Technical Institute-AlbuquerqueAlbuquerqueNew Mexicohttp://www.itt-tech.edu15
Edison State CollegeFort MyersFloridahttps://www.fsw.edu/academics/programs/ashim15
ECPI UniversityVirginia BeachVirginiahttp://www.ecpi.edu15
Davidson County Community CollegeThomasvilleNorth Carolinahttps://www.davidsonccc.edu/ 15
Community College of VermontWinooskiVermonthttp://ccv.edu/ 15
College of the OuachitasMalvernArkansashttp://www.coto.edu15
Beal CollegeBangorMainehttp://www.bealcollege.edu/15
Baker College of JacksonJacksonMichiganhttp://www.baker.edu15
Zane State CollegeZanesvilleOhiohttp://www.zanestate.edu/ 14
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-CrumpCrumpTennesseehttp://www.tcatcrump.edu14
South Texas CollegeMcAllenTexashttp://www.southtexascollege.edu14
Missouri Western State UniversitySaint JosephMissourihttps://www.missouriwestern.edu/ 14
Miller-Motte Technical College-MaconMaconGeorgiahttp://www.miller-motte.edu14
Miller-Motte College-JacksonvilleJacksonvilleNorth Carolinahttp://www.miller-motte.edu14
McLennan Community CollegeWacoTexashttp://www.mclennan.edu14
Massachusetts Bay Community CollegeWellesley HillsMassachusettshttp://www.massbay.edu14
Macomb Community CollegeWarrenMichiganhttp://www.macomb.edu14
Lane Community CollegeEugeneOregonhttps://www.lanecc.edu/ 14
Itawamba Community CollegeFultonMississippihttp://www.iccms.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=5514
Hillsborough Community CollegeTampaFloridahttp://www.hccfl.edu14
Fortis Institute-ErieEriePennsylvaniahttps://www.fortis.edu/ 14
Florida Career College-MiamiMiamiFloridahttp://www.anthem.edu/ 14
Eastern Florida State CollegeCocoaFloridahttp://www.easternflorida.edu14
Dakota County Technical CollegeRosemountMinnesotahttp://www.dctc.edu/14
Tulsa Community CollegeTulsaOklahomahttp://www.tulsacc.edu13
SUNY Broome Community CollegeBinghamtonNew Yorkhttp://WWW.SUNYBROOME.EDU13
Saint Peter's UniversityJersey CityNew Jerseyhttp://www.saintpeters.edu13
Miami-Jacobs Career College-ColumbusColumbusOhiohttp://www.miamijacobs.edu13
Mercy College of OhioToledoOhiohttp://www.mercycollege.edu13
Laurel Technical InstituteSharonPennsylvaniahttp://www.laurel.edu13
ITT Technical Institute-San DimasSan DimasCaliforniahttp://www.itt-tech.edu13
Gordon Cooper Technology CenterShawneeOklahomahttp://www.gctech.org13
Fortis Institute-BirminghamBirminghamAlabamahttps://www.fortis.edu/ 13
Fortis College-Winter ParkWinter ParkFloridahttps://www.fortis.edu/ 13
Florida Gateway CollegeLake CityFloridahttps://www.fgc.edu/13
College of Lake CountyGrayslakeIllinoishttp://WWW.CLCILLINOIS.EDU13
Brunswick Community CollegeBoliviaNorth Carolinahttp://www.brunswickcc.edu13
Winter Park TechWinter ParkFloridahttp://www.ocpstechcenters.net/winterparktech/Pages/default.aspx13
Western Technical CollegeLa CrosseWisconsinhttp://www.westerntc.edu/default.aspx 13
Western Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenKentuckyhttp://www.wku.edu13
Skagit Valley CollegeMount VernonWashingtonhttp://www.skagit.edu/default.asp 12
Phillips Community College of the University of ArkansasHelenaArkansashttp://www.pccua.edu12
North Dakota State College of ScienceWahpetonNorth Dakotahttps://www.ndscs.edu/ 12
ITT Technical Institute-OrangeOrangeCaliforniahttp://www.itt-tech.edu12
Intellitec College-Grand JunctionGrand JunctionColoradohttp://www.intelliteccollege.com/ 12
Idaho State UniversityPocatelloIdahohttp://www.isu.edu/12
Gateway Technical CollegeKenoshaWisconsinhttps://www.gtc.edu/ 12
Frontier Community CollegeFairfieldIllinoishttp://www.iecc.edu/fcc/ 12
Fountainhead College of TechnologyKnoxvilleTennesseehttp://fountainheadcollege.edu/ 12
Fort Myers Institute of TechnologyFort MyersFloridahttp://www.fortmyerstech.edu12
Central Virginia Community CollegeLynchburgVirginiahttp://www.cvcc.vccs.edu12
Beckfield College-Tri-CountySpringdaleOhiohttp://www.beckfield.edu12
Triton CollegeRiver GroveIllinoishttp://www.triton.edu11
Southwestern Michigan CollegeDowagiacMichiganhttps://www.swmich.edu/ 11
National College-YoungstownYoungstownOhiohttps://www.an.edu/locations/youngstown-oh/ 11
National College-LexingtonLexingtonKentuckyhttp://www.national-college.edu11
Miami-Jacobs Career College-IndependenceIndependenceOhiohttp://www.miamijacobs.edu/11
Miami-Jacobs Career College-DaytonDaytonOhiohttp://www.miamijacobs.edu11
M-DCPS The English CenterMiamiFloridahttp://www.tecmiami.com11
Lee CollegeBaytownTexashttp://www.lee.edu11
ITT Technical Institute-IndianapolisIndianapolisIndianahttp://www.itt-tech.edu11
Erie Community CollegeBuffaloNew Yorkhttps://www.ecc.edu/ 11
Craven Community CollegeNew BernNorth Carolinahttp://cravencc.edu/ 11
Cosumnes River CollegeSacramentoCaliforniahttp://www.crc.losrios.edu/11
Anne Arundel Community CollegeArnoldMarylandhttp://www.aacc.edu11
Amarillo CollegeAmarilloTexashttps://www.actx.edu/ 10
Aiken Technical CollegeGranitevilleSouth Carolinahttp://www.atc.edu10
Wharton County Junior CollegeWhartonTexashttp://www.wcjc.edu10
Vernon CollegeVernonTexashttp://www.vernoncollege.edu10
South Arkansas Community CollegeEl DoradoArkansashttp://www.southark.edu10
Santa Barbara Business College-BakersfieldBakersfieldCaliforniahttp://www.sbbcollege.edu/ 10
National College-ColumbusColumbusOhiohttps://www.an.edu/locations/columbus-oh/ 10
Louisiana Tech UniversityRustonLouisianahttp://www.latech.edu10
Lakeland Community CollegeKirtlandOhiohttp://www.lakelandcc.edu10
Kaplan College-San DiegoSan DiegoCaliforniahttps://www.kaplancollege.com/san-diego-ca/ 10
ITT Technical Institute-MiamiMiamiFloridahttp://www.itt-tech.edu10
Holyoke Community CollegeHolyokeMassachusettshttp://www.hcc.edu10
Georgia Northwestern Technical CollegeRomeGeorgiahttp://www.gntc.edu10
College of the MainlandTexas CityTexashttp://www.com.edu10
Washington-Holmes Technical CenterChipleyFloridahttp://washingtonholmestechcenter.schoolinsites.com/ 9
Vantage Career CenterVan WertOhiohttp://www.vantagecareercenter.com/ 9
Turtle Mountain Community CollegeBelcourtNorth Dakotahttp://www.tm.edu9
Tulsa Technology Center-Peoria CampusTulsaOklahomahttp://www.tulsatech.edu9
Terra State Community CollegeFremontOhiohttp://www.terra.edu/index.html 9
South Hills School of Business & TechnologyState CollegePennsylvaniahttp://www.southhills.edu9
Saint Johns River State CollegePalatkaFloridahttp://www.sjrstate.edu9
Pierpont Community and Technical CollegeFairmontWest Virginiahttp://www.pierpont.edu/9
National College-DaytonKetteringOhiohttp://www.national-college.edu9
Lawrence Technological UniversitySouthfieldMichiganhttp://www.ltu.edu9
Front Range Community CollegeWestminsterColoradohttp://www.frontrange.edu9
Blue Ridge Community CollegeWeyers CaveVirginiahttp://www.brcc.edu9
Bidwell Training Center IncPittsburghPennsylvaniahttp://www.bidwell-training.org9
Wytheville Community CollegeWythevilleVirginiahttp://www.wcc.vccs.edu8
West Virginia Northern Community CollegeWheelingWest Virginiahttp://www.wvncc.edu/8
Warren County Career CenterLebanonOhiohttp://www.mywccc.org8
National College-Willoughby HillsWilloughby HillsOhiohttp://www.national-college.edu8
Great Lakes Institute of TechnologyEriePennsylvaniahttp://www.glit.edu8
Grays Harbor CollegeAberdeenWashingtonhttp://www.ghc.edu8
Fresno City CollegeFresnoCaliforniahttp://www.fresnocitycollege.edu8
East Central CollegeUnionMissourihttp://www.eastcentral.edu8
Danville Community CollegeDanvilleVirginiahttp://www.dcc.vccs.edu8
Catawba Valley Community CollegeHickoryNorth Carolinahttp://www.cvcc.edu/index.php 8
American Career College-AnaheimAnaheimCaliforniahttp://americancareercollege.edu/8
Southwestern Community CollegeCrestonIowahttp://www.swcciowa.edu7
Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeCharlottesvilleVirginiahttp://www.pvcc.edu7
Kaplan University-Hagerstown CampusHagerstownMarylandhttp://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/hagerstown-maryland.aspx7
Highland Community CollegeFreeportIllinoishttp://www.highland.edu7
Franklin Technology-MSSUJoplinMissourihttp://www.joplinschools.org/Domain/9 7
Community College of Allegheny CountyPittsburghPennsylvaniahttp://www.ccac.edu7
Clovis Community CollegeClovisNew Mexicohttp://www.clovis.edu7
Career Quest Learning Centers-JacksonJacksonMichiganhttp://www.cqlc.edu7
Albany Technical CollegeAlbanyGeorgiahttp://www.albanytech.edu7
Trocaire CollegeBuffaloNew Yorkhttp://www.trocaire.edu/6
Trevecca Nazarene UniversityNashvilleTennesseehttp://www.trevecca.edu6
Tallahassee Community CollegeTallahasseeFloridahttps://www.tcc.fl.edu/Pages/default.aspx 6
Ridgewater CollegeWillmarMinnesotahttp://www.ridgewater.edu/Pages/default.aspx6
Paris Junior CollegeParisTexashttp://www.parisjc.edu/6
Miller-Motte Technical College-LynchburgLynchburgVirginiahttp://www.miller-motte.edu/6
Management Resources InstituteMiamiFloridahttp://www.mrc.edu6
ITT Technical Institute-TampaTampaFloridahttp://www.itt-tech.edu6
Huertas CollegeCaguasPuerto Ricohttp://www.huertas.edu6
Del Mar CollegeCorpus ChristiTexashttp://www.delmar.edu6
Baltimore City Community CollegeBaltimoreMarylandhttp://www.bccc.edu/site/default.aspx?PageID=1 6
Tunxis Community CollegeFarmingtonConnecticuthttp://www.tunxis.edu5
Spoon River CollegeCantonIllinoishttp://www.src.edu/Pages/default.aspx 5
Spartanburg Community CollegeSpartanburgSouth Carolinahttps://www.sccsc.edu/home/ 5
Southwest Mississippi Community CollegeSummitMississippihttp://www.smcc.edu5
Pinnacle Career Institute-LawrenceLawrenceKansashttp://www.pcitraining.edu5
Neosho County Community CollegeChanuteKansashttp://www.neosho.edu5
Morton CollegeCiceroIllinoishttp://www.morton.edu5
Miami-Jacobs Career College-SpringboroSpringboroOhiohttp://www.miamijacobs.edu5
Miami-Jacobs Career College-SharonvilleSharonvilleOhiohttp://www.miamijacobs.edu5
Lorain County Joint Vocational School DistrictOberlinOhiohttp://www.lcjvs.com/adult/5
Indiana University-Purdue University-IndianapolisIndianapolisIndianahttp://www.iupui.edu5
Gwynedd Mercy UniversityGwynedd ValleyPennsylvaniahttp://www.gmc.edu5
Fox Valley Technical CollegeAppletonWisconsinhttp://www.fvtc.edu5
Columbia Area Career CenterColumbiaMissourihttp://career-center.org/ 5
Black Hawk CollegeMolineIllinoishttp://www.bhc.edu5
University of UtahSalt Lake CityUtahhttp://www.utah.edu5
St Catherine UniversitySaint PaulMinnesotahttp://www.stkate.edu4
Sanford-Brown College-BostonBostonMassachusettshttp://www.sanfordbrown.edu/boston 4
Salt Lake Community CollegeSalt Lake CityUtahhttp://www.slcc.edu4
Richmond Community CollegeHamletNorth Carolinahttp://richmondcc.edu/ 4
North Arkansas CollegeHarrisonArkansashttp://www.northark.edu4
National College-StowStowOhiohttps://www.an.edu/locations/akron-oh/ 4
Miller-Motte Technical College-RoanokeRoanokeVirginiahttp://www.miller-motte.edu4
Miami-Jacobs Career College-TroyTroyOhiohttp://www.miamijacobs.edu4
Lancaster County Career and Technology CenterWillow StreetPennsylvaniahttp://lancasterctc.edu/ 4
Kaplan College-RiversideRiversideCaliforniahttps://www.kaplancollege.com/riverside-ca/ 4
John A Logan CollegeCartervilleIllinoishttp://www.jalc.edu4
Fortis Institute-Forty FortForty FortPennsylvaniahttp://www.fortisinstitute.edu4
El Paso Community CollegeEl PasoTexashttp://www.epcc.edu/_layouts/temp/index.html 4
Durham Technical Community CollegeDurhamNorth Carolinahttp://www.durhamtech.edu4
Douglas Education CenterMonessenPennsylvaniahttp://www.dec.edu4
Danville Area Community CollegeDanvilleIllinoishttp://www.dacc.edu4
D A Dorsey Educational CenterMiamiFloridahttp://dadorsey.dadeschools.net/4
College of Business and Technology-HialeahHialeahFloridahttp://www.cbt.edu4
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and ScienceLos AngelesCaliforniahttp://www.cdrewu.edu4
Brown College-Mendota HeightsMendota HeightsMinnesotahttp://www.browncollege.edu4
Bristol Community CollegeFall RiverMassachusettshttp://bristolcc.edu/4
Bellevue CollegeBellevueWashingtonhttp://www.bellevuecollege.edu/ 4
Austin Community College DistrictAustinTexashttp://www.austincc.edu4
Rend Lake CollegeInaIllinoishttp://www.rlc.edu3
Panola CollegeCarthageTexashttp://www.panola.edu3
Oconee Fall Line Technical CollegeSandersvilleGeorgiahttp://www.oftc.edu3
Montcalm Community CollegeSidneyMichiganhttp://www.montcalm.edu3
Laboure CollegeMiltonMassachusettshttp://www.laboure.edu/about-labour-.aspx 3
ITT Technical Institute-Lake MaryLake MaryFloridahttp://www.itt-tech.edu3
ITT Technical Institute-Fort LauderdaleFort LauderdaleFloridahttp://www.itt-tech.edu3
Gwinnett Technical CollegeLawrencevilleGeorgiahttp://www.GwinnettTech.edu3
Greater Altoona Career & Technology CenterAltoonaPennsylvaniahttp://www.gactc.edu3
Eastern Shore Community CollegeMelfaVirginiahttp://es.vccs.edu/ 3
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell CampusRoswellNew Mexicohttp://www.roswell.enmu.edu3
The Community College of Baltimore CountyBaltimoreMarylandhttp://www.ccbcmd.edu3
St John's University-New YorkQueensNew Yorkhttp://www.stjohns.edu3
Southwest Virginia Community CollegeRichlandsVirginiahttp://sw.edu/ 3
Southern Maine Community CollegeSouth PortlandMainehttp://www.smccME.edu2
Shawnee Community CollegeUllinIllinoishttp://www.shawneecc.edu2
Santa Barbara Business College-Santa MariaSanta MariaCaliforniahttp://www.sbbcollege.edu/ 2
O C Collins Career CenterChesapeakeOhiohttp://www.collins-cc.edu2
National College-CincinnatiCincinnatiOhiohttp://www.national-college.edu2
Lord Fairfax Community CollegeMiddletownVirginiahttp://www.lfcc.edu2
Indiana University-KokomoKokomoIndianahttp://www.iuk.edu2
Humacao Community CollegeHumacaoPuerto Ricohttp://www.hccpr.edu2
Howard CollegeBig SpringTexashttp://www.howardcollege.edu2
Enterprise State Community CollegeEnterpriseAlabamahttp://www.escc.edu2
El Centro CollegeDallasTexashttp://www.elcentrocollege.edu/2
Des Moines Area Community CollegeAnkenyIowahttps://www.dmacc.edu/Pages/welcome.aspx 2
Chattanooga College Medical Dental and Technical CareersChattanoogaTennesseehttp://www.chattanoogacollege.edu2
Career Quest Learning Center-KalamazooKalamazooMichiganhttp://www.cqlc.edu2
Boise State UniversityBoiseIdahohttp://www.boisestate.edu1
American National UniversitySalemVirginiahttps://www.an.edu/ 1
Aims Community CollegeGreeleyColoradohttp://www.aims.edu1
Academy CollegeMinneapolisMinnesotahttp://www.academycollege.edu1
Rappahannock Community CollegeGlennsVirginiahttp://www.rappahannock.edu/1
North Idaho CollegeCoeur d'AleneIdahohttp://www.nic.edu/1
MyComputerCareer.com-IndianapolisIndianapolisIndianahttp://www.MyComputerCareer.com1
Mountain View CollegeDallasTexashttp://www.dcccd.edu/Pages/default.aspx 1
Mott Community CollegeFlintMichiganhttp://www.mcc.edu1
Madison Media Institute - Rockford Career CollegeRockfordIllinoishttp://www.rockfordcareercollege.edu1
DeVry University-North CarolinaCharlotteNorth Carolinahttp://www.devry.edu1
Community College of DenverDenverColoradohttps://www.ccd.edu/ 1
Central New Mexico Community CollegeAlbuquerqueNew Mexicohttp://www.cnm.edu1
York County School of Technology-Adult & Continuing EducationYorkPennsylvaniahttp://www.ytech.edu1
Western Nevada CollegeCarson CityNevadahttp://www.wnc.edu1
Wes Watkins Technology CenterWetumkaOklahomahttp://www.wwtech.org1
Resurrection UniversityChicagoIllinoishttp://resu.edu/ 1
Red Rocks Community CollegeLakewoodColoradohttp://www.rrcc.edu1
2013 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in January, 2015)

Hybrid & online programs

Students may be able to find to health information technology schools offering associate or bachelor’s degree partially or entirely online. These options can provide students with even more choices for working at their own pace and being able to complete much of their coursework at home from their computer. Two online programs in health information technology are available through:

  1. University of Wisconsin: This 60-credit program leads to a bachelor’s of science degree in health information management and technology (HIMT) that can be completed entirely online. However, this is a completion degree, meaning that students must already have an associate degree (or a bachelor’s degree) and will complete the last two years of a four-year degree online for a bachelor’s degree. Courses follow the traditional academic schedule, and are 15 weeks long in the fall and spring and 10 weeks long in the summer. Students can take as many or as few classes at a time as they wish. The program includes 16 core courses and then four follow-up courses in the specific track chosen, either HIM or HIT.

  2. Capella University: A 180-quarter credit degree is available entirely online, leading to a bachelor’s of science in information technology with a specialization in health information technology (HIT). Students take 54-quarter credits in core courses, including introduction to programming and introduction to network technology. This is followed by 42-quarter credits in area of specialization courses, such as healthcare organization and management, and statistical analysis for healthcare. Also included in the degree are 33-quarter credits in electives and 6-quarter credits in a capstone project. Most students take one to two courses at a time, and may even be to transfer credits in.

You will be able to find many other HIT programs offered in hybrid or online learning formats. Some schools may have ground-based components that require you to be at the school to do labs or to be at healthcare sites to complete externships. Be sure to talk to an enrollment counselor to be clear on these expectations before enrolling.

SchoolCityStateWebsiteTotal grads (2013)
University of Phoenix-Online CampusPhoenixArizonahttp://www.phoenix.edu/2057
DeVry University-IllinoisChicagoIllinoishttp://www.devry.edu497
Rasmussen College-MinnesotaSt. CloudMinnesotahttp://www.rasmussen.edu189
Kaplan University-Davenport CampusDavenportIowahttp://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/home.aspx151
St Petersburg CollegeClearwaterFloridahttp://www.spcollege.edu104
Metropolitan Community College AreaOmahaNebraskahttp://www.mccneb.edu101
DeVry University-GeorgiaDecaturGeorgiahttp://www.devry.edu100
Miami Dade CollegeMiamiFloridahttp://www.mdc.edu/main/93
Davenport UniversityGrand RapidsMichiganhttp://www.davenport.edu90
Miller-Motte College-WilmingtonWilmingtonNorth Carolinahttp://www.miller-motte.edu80
Arapahoe Community CollegeLittletonColoradohttps://www.arapahoe.edu/ 68
Rasmussen College-IllinoisRockfordIllinoishttp://www.rasmussen.edu62
Bryan UniversityLos AngelesCaliforniahttp://bryancollege.edu/ 60
DeVry University-CaliforniaPomonaCaliforniahttp://www.devry.edu59
Edgecombe Community CollegeTarboroNorth Carolinahttp://www.edgecombe.edu53
DeVry University-OhioColumbusOhiohttp://www.devry.edu52
Hutchinson Community CollegeHutchinsonKansashttp://www.hutchcc.edu51
Rasmussen College-FloridaOcalaFloridahttp://www.rasmussen.edu51
Pinnacle Career Institute-South Kansas CityKansas CityMissourihttp://PCITRAINING.EDU50
Volunteer State Community CollegeGallatinTennesseehttp://www.volstate.edu50
Rochester Community and Technical CollegeRochesterMinnesotahttp://www.rctc.edu/48
Charter College-AnchorageAnchorageAlaskahttp://www.chartercollege.edu45
Berkeley College-New YorkNew YorkNew Yorkhttp://berkeleycollege.edu/ 43
George C Wallace State Community College-HancevilleHancevilleAlabamahttp://www.wallacestate.edu43
Rasmussen College-WisconsinGreen BayWisconsinhttp://www.rasmussen.edu42
Hodges UniversityNaplesFloridahttp://www.hodges.edu41
Sheridan Technical CenterHollywoodFloridahttp://www.SheridanTechnical.com40
Camden County CollegeBlackwoodNew Jerseyhttp://www.camdencc.edu39
Eastern Iowa Community College DistrictDavenportIowahttp://www.eicc.edu39
Jefferson Community and Technical CollegeLouisvilleKentuckyhttp://www.jefferson.kctcs.edu38
Sinclair Community CollegeDaytonOhiohttp://www.sinclair.edu38
Anthem College-PhoenixPhoenixArizonahttp://www.anthem.edu36
Florida State College at JacksonvilleJacksonvilleFloridahttp://www.fscj.edu35
Minnesota State Community and Technical CollegeFergus FallsMinnesotahttp://www.minnesota.edu35
Collin County Community College DistrictMcKinneyTexashttp://www.collin.edu34
Shoreline Community CollegeShorelineWashingtonhttp://www.shoreline.edu34
Northwestern College-Southwestern CampusBridgeviewIllinoishttp://www.nc.edu/ 33
Ozarks Technical Community CollegeSpringfieldMissourihttp://www.otc.edu32
Ultimate Medical Academy-TampaTampaFloridahttp://www.ultimatemedical.edu29
Portland Community CollegePortlandOregonhttp://www.pcc.edu28
Central Piedmont Community CollegeCharlotteNorth Carolinahttp://www.cpcc.edu27
Washburn UniversityTopekaKansashttp://www.washburn.edu27
Northeast Iowa Community College-CalmarCalmarIowahttps://www.nicc.edu/ 25
Kirkwood Community CollegeCedar RapidsIowahttp://www.kirkwood.edu23
Pitt Community CollegeWintervilleNorth Carolinahttp://www.pittcc.edu23
Lamar Institute of TechnologyBeaumontTexashttp://www.lit.edu22
Southwestern Community CollegeSylvaNorth Carolinahttps://www.southwesterncc.edu/22
University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockArkansashttp://www.uams.edu22
Duluth Business UniversityDultuhMinnesotahttp://dbumn.edu/ 19
Fisher CollegeBostonMassachusettshttp://www.fisher.edu19
Berkeley College-Woodland ParkWoodland ParkNew Jerseyhttp://berkeleycollege.edu/ 18
Midland CollegeMidlandTexashttp://www.midland.edu18
Roane State Community CollegeHarrimanTennesseehttp://www.roanestate.edu17
Santa Barbara Business College-VenturaVenturaCaliforniahttp://www.sbbcollege.edu17
Vincennes UniversityVincennesIndianahttp://vinu.edu/web/guest/home17
St Philip's CollegeSan AntonioTexashttp://www.alamo.edu/spc/16
Beckfield College-FlorenceFlorenceKentuckyhttp://www.beckfield.edu15
Darton State CollegeAlbanyGeorgiahttp://www.darton.edu15
Lincoln College of New England-SouthingtonSouthingtonConnecticuthttp://www.lincolncollegene.edu15
Northwestern College-Chicago CampusChicagoIllinoishttp://www.nc.edu/ 15
Spokane Community CollegeSpokaneWashingtonhttp://www.scc.spokane.edu15
Central Carolina Technical CollegeSumterSouth Carolinahttp://www.cctech.edu14
Moraine Park Technical CollegeFond du LacWisconsinhttp://www.morainepark.edu14
Northwest Iowa Community CollegeSheldonIowahttp://www.nwicc.edu14
Rasmussen College-North DakotaFargoNorth Dakotahttp://www.rasmussen.edu14
Dakota State UniversityMadisonSouth Dakotahttp://dsu.edu/ 13
Indian Hills Community CollegeOttumwaIowahttp://www.indianhills.edu13
Ozarka CollegeMelbourneArkansashttp://www.ozarka.edu13
State Fair Community CollegeSedaliaMissourihttp://www.sfccmo.edu/pages/1.asp 13
Hazard Community and Technical CollegeHazardKentuckyhttp://www.hazard.kctcs.edu12
Weber State UniversityOgdenUtahhttp://www.weber.edu12
Meridian Community CollegeMeridianMississippihttp://www.meridiancc.edu11
Mountwest Community and Technical CollegeHuntingtonWest Virginiahttp://www.mctc.edu11
Pinellas Technical Education Center-St PetersburgSaint PetersburgFloridahttp://myptec.org/ 11
Midstate CollegePeoriaIllinoishttp://www.midstate.edu10
National American University-Rapid CityRapid CitySouth Dakotahttp://www.national.edu/locations/campuses/rapid-city/ 10
North Central Missouri CollegeTrentonMissourihttp://www.ncmissouri.edu/10
San Juan CollegeFarmingtonNew Mexicohttp://www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/1.asp 10
National American University-Sioux FallsSioux FallsSouth Dakotahttp://www.national.edu/locations/campuses/sioux-falls/ 9
American Business and Technology UniversitySt JosephMissourihttp://abtu.edu/online/ 7
Cincinnati State Technical and Community CollegeCincinnatiOhiohttp://www.cincinnatistate.edu7
National American University-BloomingtonBloomingtonMinnesotahttp://www.national.edu/locations/campuses/bloomington/ 7
Pinnacle Career Institute-North Kansas CityKansas CityMissourihttp://www.pcitraining.edu7
Southern Polytechnic State UniversityMariettaGeorgiahttp://www.spsu.edu/7
Franklin UniversityColumbusOhiohttp://www.franklin.edu6
United Tribes Technical CollegeBismarckNorth Dakotahttp://unitedtribestech.com6
Western Nebraska Community CollegeScottsbluffNebraskahttp://www.wncc.edu6
Crowder CollegeNeoshoMissourihttp://www.crowder.edu5
Florida Technical CollegeOrlandoFloridahttp://www.ftccollege.edu5
National American University-IndependenceIndependenceMissourihttp://www.national.edu/locations/campuses/independence/ 5
National American University-Overland ParkOverland ParkKansashttp://www.national.edu/locations/campuses/overland-park/ 5
National American University-AlbuquerqueAlbuquerqueNew Mexicohttp://www.national.edu/locations/campuses/albuquerque/ 3
National American University-Albuquerque WestAlbuquerqueNew Mexicohttp://www.national.edu/locations/campuses/ 3
National American University-AustinAustinTexashttp://www.national.edu/locations/campuses/austin/ 3
National American University-Brooklyn CenterBrooklyn CenterMinnesotahttp://www.national.edu/locations/campuses/brooklyn-center/ 3
National American University-CentennialCentennialColoradohttp://www.national.edu/locations/campuses/centennial/ 3
National American University-WichitaWichitaKansashttp://www.national.edu/programs/college-of-health-and-science/healthcare/ 3
Ogeechee Technical CollegeStatesboroGeorgiahttp://www.ogeecheetech.edu3
Peirce CollegePhiladelphiaPennsylvaniahttps://www.peirce.edu/ 3
Tyler Junior CollegeTylerTexashttp://WWW.TJC.EDU3
National American University-Colorado SpringsColorado SpringsColoradohttp://www.national.edu/locations/campuses/colorado-springs/ 2
Seward County Community College and Area Technical SchoolLiberalKansashttp://www.sccc.edu2
Great Falls College Montana State UniversityGreat FallsMontanahttp://www.gfcmsu.edu1
National American University-Ellsworth AFB ExtensionEllsworth Air Force BaseSouth Dakotahttp://www.national.edu/locations/campuses/ellsworth-afb/ 1
National American University-Lee's SummitLee's SummitMissourihttp://www.national.edu/locations/campuses/lees-summit/ 1
National American University-Zona RosaKansas CityMissourihttp://www.national.edu/locations/campuses/zona-rosa/ 1
University of Alaska SoutheastJuneauAlaskahttp://www.uas.alaska.edu1
Williston State CollegeWillistonNorth Dakotahttp://www.willistonstate.edu1
2013 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in January, 2015)

Core & Elective Courses

In health information technology schools, students learn many specifics to the field before getting into the career-focused essentials. They may start with general education classes to help them improve their math and writing skills, and even explore the social sciences. Following this, they should start exploring the foundational skills for their career through classes in human anatomy, medical terminology, data analysis and spreadsheets, and even statistics. These help students improve their analytical, communication and reasoning skills and become better at problem solving.

Although the names of career-specific courses may vary, classes should be similar in focus particularly since many programs have the objective of helping students prepare for RHIM certification. Students may find some of the following courses, or similar ones, offered as part of a health information technology degree:

  • Healthcare Data Literacy and Statistics

  • Health Records

  • International Classification of Disease Coding

  • Legal and Regulatory Issues in Health Management

  • Health Insurance and Reimbursement

  • Release of Personal Health Information

  • Utilization, Risk and Compliance Management

Practicums, externships or lab experiences can also be a part of a health information technology degree and give students experiences practicing their new skills in a healthcare setting or on campus. Again, these requirements vary by institution, so you may want to look at the entire curriculum plan before enrolling.

Accreditation

Students may want to look for health information technology schools accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). This agency has a mission of identifying quality programs in health information and health information management programs. Graduating from a CAHIM-accredited programs means that students should have the skills and knowledge necessary to work in an electronic health records setting.

Completing a CAHIIM-accredited program is also necessary to be able to take the AHIMA certification to become a Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT). Students not attending an accredited school may be ineligible for entry-level certification testing done through AHIMA. A search page on the CAHIIM website gives students the option to search for programs by state, program level and delivery method.

Career Outlook

The job outlook for health information technologists and technicians is 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, according to the BLS. This is much faster than average than for all occupations and could lead to 41,100 new positions becoming available. There are many reasons for this high demand, including:

  • An aging Baby Boomer population in need of more tests and care

  • More medical claims and reimbursements as a result

  • Growing use of electronic medical records (EMRs)

As of 2012, there were 186,300 people employed as medical records and health information technicians. If the BLS’ predictions hold true, this number could grow to 227,500 by 2022. Job prospects could be best for those with RHIT or CTR certifications, according to the BLS. And, as use of EMRs is increasingly adopted, so should the need for skilled health information technicians.

Career FactsHealth Information Technology
Related CareersMedical and Health Services Manager
Common Job TitlesHealth Information Technologist, Health Information Technician, Electronic Medical Record Specialists
Sourced from BLS, January 2015

Licensing & Certification

To seek certification as a Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT) through AHIMA, students need to graduate from a CAHIIM-accredited program or a foreign association that AHIMA holds a reciprocity agreement with. They also need to pay an exam fee; this is $229 for members and $299 for non-members. Students may also be eligible to take the exam in the last semester of their program, but need to meet certain eligibility requirements.

Exams can be scheduled at PearsonVUE Test Centers available across the U.S. The exam is 3.5 hours long, and includes 130 multiple-choice questions and 20 pretest questions. AHIMA reports that certification can increase earning potential and opportunities for advancement as well as strengthen the competence of staff. After obtaining certification, renewals are needed every two years and are obtained by meeting continuing education requirements. Graduating from a CAHIIM-accredited program is not necessary to seek Certified Coding Associate (CCA) certification through AHIMA, although it is recommended.