Health Information Technology Online Program

Learn to work in the information systems that drive healthcare.

Health Information Technology Online Program

Learn to work in the information systems that drive healthcare.

Earn your degree online in 18 months1.

Help healthcare facilities keep pace with the growing digital world and pursue a career as a health information technician. Your path can start today. Enroll in Ultimate Medical Academy’s online Health Information Technology program and earn an associate degree in 18 months1. UMA’s flexible2 curriculum can fit around your schedule and offers both the foundational knowledge and soft skills needed for entry-level roles in the field.

Health Information Technology is considered vital as it pertains to the managing of vital patient data. And as healthcare continues to take a more digital approach, you can do the same with an education at UMA.

What is a health information technician?

Health information technicians (HITs) can be considered the backbone of healthcare. From the billing of a patient to their diagnoses and their medication, the information managed by HITs have an impact on nearly every aspect of the patient experience. People in this field help keep track of patient information by use of Electronic Healthcare Records (EHRs). Information in EHRs can include medical history, symptoms, and test results. HITs also help keep this information private and help physicians access records.

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Health Information Technician Career Training

In addition to the analytical, technical, and management skills covered in UMA’s Health Information Technology program, real-world knowledge is important as well. Students enrolled in our program receive 45 hours of hands-on experience under supervision.

Additionally, becoming a registered health information technician (RHIT) can give you an advantage when it comes time to look for a job. That’s why UMA also offers its graduates an optional RHIT Certification Prep course, at no additional cost. Ultimately, the program’s focus is to prepare you with the skills and knowledge needed to support your goals of entering this crucial line of work.

CAHIIM accredited

The Health Information Management accreditor of Ultimate Medical Academy’s Health Information Technology program is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Ultimate Medical Academy’s accreditation for the Health Information Technology associate degree has been reaffirmed through 2025-2026. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL 60601; by phone at 312-235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

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Below are outcomes for the Health Information Technology program per CAHIIM requirements. For the reporting period between 7/1/2018 and 6/30/2019, Ultimate Medical Academy’s Health Information Technology program had the following outcomes3

  • 72% retention rate
  • 28% attrition rate
  • 74% job placement rate

For the 2017-2018 cohort, 50% of first-time, full-time students in the Health Information Technology program graduated within 150% of the program length.4

Typical Courses

UMA’s Health Information Technology program offers an education that gives you the opportunity to build field-relevant foundational skills. You’ll learn common EHR systems, medical terms, ICD-10 codes, and more. This is all to help you set yourself apart when looking to start your career.

Please see the UMA Catalog for required courses in Arkansas, Kansas, and Minnesota.

Associate Degree

Credits: 63.5 Approx. time to complete: 18 months1

Core Courses (48.5 Credits)

  • Accounting for Managers 3.0 credits
  • Introduction to Healthcare Computer Information Systems 3.0 credits
  • Interpersonal Professional Communications 3.0 credits
  • Introduction to U.S. Healthcare Delivery 3.0 credits
  • Introduction to Health Information Management and Medical Law & Ethics 5.5 credits
  • International Classifications of Disease (ICD) Coding 4.0 credits
  • Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding 3.0 credits
  • Health Information Systems and Data Quality & Management 6.0 credits
  • Healthcare Reimbursement and Management & Supervision 5.0 credits
  • Health Information Technology Practicum 4.0 credits
  • Medical Terminology 3.0 credits
  • Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 6.0 credits

General Education Courses (15.0 Credits)

  • English Composition 3.0 credits
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 3.0 credits
  • College Math 3.0 credits
  • Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology 3.0 credits
  • Sociology 3.0 credits

Work Environments

Professionals in this field work in settings such as:

  • Doctor’s office
  • Insurance company
  • Health technology company
  • Hospital

What’s the job outlook as a health information technician?

After earning your degree in UMA’s health information technician program, you might be glad to know that this field has been projected to grow faster than average—11 percent (23,100 new jobs).5 Through 2028, the healthcare industry as a whole is estimated to have 12.5 million open positions.6

UMA graduates in this program can pursue entry-level roles such as:

  • Customer Service Representative
  • Patient Services
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Health Information Management Technician
  • Medical Biller
12.5 million
Projected open positions through 20286
Health Information Technology Reported Salaries7

Entry-level positions for this career field could start in the lower range of estimated salaries, which is less than $27,820 annually. The median annual salary for this career field is $42,630.

The top 10 percent of earners in this career field earned more than $71,150. In other words, not many people in this field make more than this amount annually.

Note: Salaries may vary according to location and other factors.

$27,820
Bottom 10%
$42,630
Median Salary
$71,150
Top 10%

When you pursue an associate degree from Ultimate Medical Academy:

  • You gain a strong foundation for pursuing your new career.
  • You’ll have UMA staff dedicated to your success.
  • You have a career services team committed to getting you interview ready so you can jumpstart your search for a career.
  • You receive flexible online training.2

At UMA, you won’t feel like just another number. In fact, you’ll participate in classrooms with a maximum size of 25 students. Our student support team can help you with academic support, technical assistance, job search guidance, mock interviews, financial aid if qualified, and more.

Our programs also include 24/7 tech support that helps you become comfortable with computers and in the online environment. Receive guidance from your instructors and learn what it takes to pursue your career.

An associate degree can open doors to lifelong learning and set the groundwork for your newfound passion and career path. Let UMA help you change your future. We are proud to have supported more than 63,000 students through graduation so far. We’d love to help you, too!

Continuing Education After UMA

You don’t have to stop after you earn an associate degree. UMA maintains agreements with educational partners who share many elements of our mission. Through these partnerships, alumni with an associate degree from UMA who meet a partner’s admissions requirements have an opportunity to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in select areas of study. You can find more information on UMA’s partner schools here.

What kind of financial aid options are available?

If you qualify for applicable financial aid, we’ll walk you through the process. Multiple resources may be available to help pay for the cost of your education. Our Student Finance advisors are committed to helping you understand the options you qualify for and can assist you in applying for various forms of financial aid to see if you qualify.

To learn more about financial aid possibilities, contact 888-212-5421.

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FAQs

  • What is a health information technician?

    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’s job description. This career is focused on using computers to fulfill these responsibilities.

  • Want to know how to become a health information technician?

    If this sounds like the right path for you, then you’ll need health information technology training to learn the skills needed for entry-level positions in this career field. In addition to online training, UMA students in this program also get real-world experience through a practicum (non-paid work experience with a business). In this practicum, you will complete tasks commonly required in a job relating to the HIT field under supervision. When you complete your degree program with UMA, you can apply for entry-level health information technology jobs.

  • Is there a difference between health information technology schools online?

    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 to help you overcome challenges. UMA is a school that offers a health information technology training program which includes one-on-one academic support, help with writing your resume, job interview coaching and job search assistance.

  • What type of health information technology courses would I take?

    As a health information technology student at UMA, you’ll take courses 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 you’ll learn medical terminology. To see a typical list of the courses you would take at UMA to become a health information technician, see the courses section on this page or consult the UMA Catalog.

  • How much does a health information technician make?

    You can find the health information technician salary range by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. Entry-level positions for the career field that includes health technologists, health technicians, and more could start in the lower range of estimated salaries, which is less than $27,820 annually. The median annual salary for this career field is $42,630. The top 10 percent of earners in this career field earned more than $71,150. In other words, not many people in this field make more than this amount annually.

    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.

  • What’s it like to take health information technology courses online?

    Online courses with UMA are designed to be flexible. 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 academic support, a student-friendly online library, 24/7 tech support and more. Visit the UMA Online page to learn more.

  • What’s the best school for your needs?

    Of course, you’re looking for the best school — for you. So, we recommend taking a look at your individual needs. If you’d like to talk, UMA is here to listen and walk you through deciding which program is right for you. The more we understand about your unique situation, the more we can try to help. Call us at 888-213-4473. Let’s talk about you.

  • What should I look for in top schools for health information technology training?

    Different people have different ideas of what makes a top school. To us, top schools that offer health information technology programs should provide personal assistance every step of the way with services like one-on-one academic support. Top schools that offer health information technology training should also provide career services such as job search assistance. To learn about the learner and career services offered by UMA, visit our Ultimate Student Services page.

  • Where can I find more info about health information technology?

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