Health Information Technology Associate Programs
With a goal of improving health care quality, as well as efficiency across health care systems and cross referenced information platforms, the practice of health information technology includes the management of health data and patient information across a multitude of networks.
What is this degree/program of study about?
It is expected that regular implementation of proper health information technology programs will help to improve efficiency amongst the transfer of medical information, prevent error, and reduce health care costs for both the provider and the patient. The typical associate’s degree in health information technology is classified as an associate of applied science. Such a degree program may follow curriculum guidance from the American Health Information Management Association.
What does it take to earn this degree, and what will it result in for graduates?
An associate of applied science in health information technology will likely take four semesters (two years) to complete, with the following coursework included among regular curriculum: medical terminology, legal and regulatory issues in health information, disease coding, and health insurance and reimbursement – among other topics. Students may seek entry- or next-level opportunities as health information technician – a profession carrying an expected median salary greater than $30,000 annually, in a career field expected to grow by 17 percent through 2018 (BLS.gov).
Associate Degrees in Health Information Technology
- Rasmussen College: AS: Health Information Technician
- Ultimate Medical Academy: AS: Health Information Technology