Associate of Science in Health Information Technology

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What can you do with a health information technology degree? You can enter a career field that’s in high demand and work with computers and patient information in a healthcare organization. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for health information technicians are expected to increase 21% from 2010 through 2020.*

Why should I earn a health information technology degree?

Are you wondering, “So, what is health information technology?” Here’s the answer. They manage health information, monitor the quality of electronic records, analyze patient data and much more. In as few as 18 months,* you can earn an associate degree from UMA and become a health information technician!

Health information professionals provide reliable and valid information that drives healthcare. Health information technicians are specialists in managing medical records, coding and reimbursement and possess the skills to think  critically and problem solve. These professionals play a key role in preparing, analyzing and maintaining health records and are considered experts in assuring the privacy and security of health data.

The health information field is increasingly focusing on electronic patient records, database management and information privacy and security. Health Information Technologists work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, physician practices, long-term care, home healthcare, insurance, managed care, health technology firms and pharmaceutical companies.

What will I learn?

Earning a health information technology degree means gaining a foundation in analytical, technical, accounting and management skills. You also take general education classes in English, mathematics, biology and social sciences, which  help round out your knowledge and may make you more marketable to employers.

Want to see exactly what you’ll study? Check out courses for UMA’s health information technology degree.

Course List and Program Information

Required Courses:
Accounting for Managers 3 Credits
Introduction to Healthcare Computer Information Systems 3 Credits
Interpersonal Professional Communications 3 Credits
Introduction to U.S. Healthcare Delivery 3 Credits
Introduction to Health Information Management and Medical Law and Ethics 5.5 Credits
International Classifications of Diseases (ICD) Coding 4 Credits
Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding 3 Credits
Health Information Systems and Data Quality and Management 6 Credits
Healthcare Reimbursement and Management and Supervision 5 Credits
Health Information Technology Practicum 4 Credits
Medical Terminology 3 Credits
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 6 Credits
English Composition 3 Credits
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 3 Credits
College Math 3 Credits
Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology 3 Credits
Sociology 3 Credits
Total 63.5 Credits

*These programs include a clinical rotation. UMA students get 615 hours of clinical and simulation learning.
Associate Degree:
Online
Associate Degree:
73 weeks*

*These program lengths are based upon average completion times. Your individual completion time may vary. Click to read more about student success.
Average Annual Salary for entry level Medical and Health Services Managers:*
$32,350
*Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm#tab-5.

What is online learning like?

Online learning offers a convenience that on-campus learning can’t. There’s no commuting and  health information technology degree coursework can be completed anywhere from a computer with the right specs and Internet access. Instructors and advisors are a phone call or email away.

How long will it take me to earn a health information technology degree?

Most health information technology degree students finish in as few as 18 months.**

How will I find the time for a health information technology degree?

If you have an issue with juggling life responsibilities along with the coursework required for a health information technology degree. know that we provide support.  Through access to advisors, instructors, tutors and SOAR, a free resource that helps with childcare providers, family issues, legal matters and more.

What about the cost?

Tuition and registration fees for UMA’s health information technology degree are competitive with many other private institutions. Take a look!

Have questions? Need help figuring out how to pay for your education? Federal financial aid is available for those who qualify. Talk to UMA’s Student Finance Advisors to find out if you are eligible.

Fact Box

Jobs within the health information technology field are expected to increase by 21% from 2010–2020!

Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm#tab-6

 

For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes, click here.

For more information on all of UMA’s programs student graduation rates, retention and placement rates, and student financial obligations, click here.

What about financial aid?

Have questions? Need help figuring out how to pay for your education? Financial aid is available for students who qualify – and our financial aid advisors can help you figure out if you’re one of them.

What happens after I graduate?

With your health information technology degree, you can begin your career search for a position in a hospital, nursing home, doctor office or other healthcare environment – possibly even with the government.

How will I find a job?

First of all, a UMA health information technology degree teaches the skills needed to work as a health information technician. But you’ll also have our help with your job search! One of the many benefits of being a UMA student is access to our Career Services department. Before graduation, they’ll assist you with résumé writing and interview coaching.

Interested? Let’s talk.

In as few as 18 months,** you could have a health information technology degree! Give us a call 888-205-2510! We’ll help you get going on your associate degree as soon as possible.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm

**Individual completion rates may vary.

The Health Information Technology — Associate of Science program is in Candidacy Status by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), www.cahiim.org.