You’re not afraid to learn about things like “electronic records,” and “data security.” And you’re looking for a rewarding career in healthcare. Well, welcome to Ultimate Medical Academy, where you can learn to effectively manage electronic healthcare records.
As a UMA health information technician student online, you’ll learn how to create, maintain and process electronic health records, help ensure data privacy and security, implement medical procedure coding, comply with medical laws and more. As our nation’s medical records management systems become more digital, this career is growing in demand.1 Contact us to learn more about this career training.
Students enrolled in our Health Information Technology program receive 45 hours of hands-on experience under the supervision of a professional at one of UMA’s affiliated sites.2 This includes learning a variety of day-to-day tasks that may be common for this career field. Some practicums have led to an employment opportunity for the participating student. All UMA practicums are unpaid.
People who earn a degree in health information technology can go on to entry-level positions as a clinical documentation specialist, document imaging technician, health information clerk, medical records analyst, patient access representative and more. Working environments include doctor’s offices, insurance companies, health technology companies and hospitals just to name a few. Jobs within the health information technology field are expected to increase by 22% from 2012 to 2022.3
How long is the degree program? 17 months (may vary according to individual student).
*Arkansas Residents - The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has requirements for coursework that are not contained in UMA programs for other states. Therefore, Arkansas residents must meet program requirements that are slightly different. These courses are required for residents of Arkansas.
Q: What is a health information technician?
A: Health information technicians help to maintain and process electronic health records (EHRs) which have become a standard part of the entire healthcare industry. Helping to maintain EHR data privacy and security is often part of the health information technician job description. This career is focused on using computers to fulfill these responsibilities.
Q: Want to know how to become a health information technician?
A: You’ll need health information technology training to learn the skills for this career. In addition to online training, UMA students in this program also get real-world experience through a practicum4 (non-paid work experience with a business). When you complete your degree program with UMA, you’ll be ready to apply for health information technology jobs.
Q: Is there a difference between health information technology schools online?
A: Absolutely. While the basic training may be similar between schools that offer health information technology programs, UMA is pleased to offer an extensive list of student services, all included in our competitively priced tuition.5 UMA is a school that offers a health information technology training program which includes one-on-one tutoring, help with writing your resume, job interview coaching and job search assistance.
Q: What type health information technology classes would I take?
A: As a health information technology student at UMA, you’ll take classes on a wide range of topics. You’ll study healthcare computer information systems starting with the basics, you’ll study various tasks and responsibilities related to management and supervision, and medical terminology. To see a complete list of the classes you would take at UMA to become a health information technician, see the classes section on this page.
Q: How much does a health information technician make?
A: You can find the health information technician salary range by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. The salary for a health information technician depends on the answers to several questions including where you live and work, your experience, and other related factors. If you’d like to learn more about the typical salary range for an entry-level position as a health information technician, call us or fill out the form and click “request info.”
Q: What’s it like to take health information technology classes online?
A: Online classes with UMA are designed to be flexible, so you can train for your career on your own schedule. Complete your classwork in the morning, at lunch, or in the middle of the night. It’s up to you. And UMA is here to help you every step of the way with online tutoring, live learning labs, a mobile app, a student-friendly online library, 24/7 tech support and more. Visit the UMA Online page to learn more.
Q: What should I look for in top schools for health information technology training?
A: Start by looking for an accredited school. If it’s not accredited, it’s probably not a top school. Top schools that offer health information technology programs should offer personal assistance every step of the way, such as one-on-one tutoring. Top schools that offer health information technology training should also provide career services such as job search assistance. To learn more about these types of important features, visit our Ultimate Student Services℠ page.
This program can be completed in as little as 17 months.
90% of employers of UMA graduates who responded to a survey said they would hire other UMA graduates.
This program is offered Online.
For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes, see: Degree – Health Information Technology Classes.
Gainful employment information can be found at ultimatemedical.edu/gainful-employment.pdf
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If I need assistance in my classes there are plenty of resources available and people to talk to when I have questions. I feel completely comfortable and motivated in an online learning environment. —Sherry W., UMA Student
—Sherry W., UMA Student
The Health Information Technology — Associate of Science program is in Candidacy Status pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), www.cahiim.org. Please refer to the School Licensure, Accreditation and Approval section of the UMA Catalog for more information. 1http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm#tab-6 2UMA has a relationship with companies across the country for health information technology practicums. Ask a UMA representative about practicum opportunities near you. Some travel may be required. The practicum for this program includes 135 hours of simulation and 45 hours of hands-on training on site. 3http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm#tab-1 4. In some states, students are not permitted to participate in a practicum. In those states, students participate in a simulation instead. 5According to research conducted by UMA comparing a variety of career schools with similar programs.