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- Danny M.
Health Information Technology
Health information technology is the backbone of healthcare. People in this important field help keep track of patient information by entering information into Electronic Healthcare Records (EHRs). Information in EHRs can include medical history, symptoms and test results. People in this field also help keep information private, and help physicians access patient records. In your career training, you’ll learn common EHR systems, medical terms, and ICD-10 codes.
So if you’re interested in working in this vital field, then UMA’s Health Information Technology degree could be right for you.
Earning an associate degree from UMA may impact your future by making you stand out to employers and providing you with a strong educational platform to pursue a new career. Let us help you gain the job skills needed to work in healthcare so you are prepared to seek some of the 2.3 million new jobs that are projected through 2026.1
Our programs include 24/7 tech support that helps you become comfortable with the online classroom. Receive guidance from your instructors and learn what it takes to pursue a career in the fast-growing healthcare industry.1 Outside the classroom, our career services team gets you interview- ready so you can pursue your new career.
According to independent research published by Georgetown University, associate degree holders on average earn $400,000 more over their lifetimes compared to the earnings for someone with just a high school diploma.2 An associate degree can open doors to lifelong learning and set the groundwork for future promotions. Let UMA help you change your future.
As a UMA health information technician student online, you’ll learn how to create, maintain and process electronic health records, help ensure data privacy, implement medical procedure coding, comply with medical laws and more. As our nation’s medical records systems become more digital, this field is growing in demand.3 Contact us to learn more about this program.
Students enrolled in our Health Information Technology program receive 45 hours of hands-on experience under supervision.4 This includes learning a variety of day-to-day tasks that may be common for this career field. All UMA practicums are unpaid.
The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM accreditation signifies that a program has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process and has been determined to meet or exceed the standards set by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Students in UMA’s HIT program receive course preparation to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam offered through AHIMA. Only students who graduate from a CAHIIM-accredited institution can sit for the RHIT exam.5 Earning the RHIT credential can make you a more appealing candidate for Health Information Technology jobs because certification is often required for health information technicians.6
People who earn a degree in health information technology can pursue entry-level positions such as a clinical documentation specialist, document imaging technician, health information clerk, medical records analyst, medical records coordinator, 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 13% from 2016 to 2026.7
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How long is the degree program? 17 months (may vary according to individual student).
|Typical 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 & Ethics||5.5 Credits|
|International Classifications of Disease (ICD) Coding||4 Credits|
|Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding||3 Credits|
|Health Information Systems and Data Quality & Management||6 Credits|
|Healthcare Reimbursement and Management & Supervision||5 Credits|
|Health Information Technology Practicum||4 Credits|
|Medical Terminology||3 Credits|
|Pathophysiology & Pharmacology||6 Credits|
|Typical General Education Courses:|
|English Composition||3 Credits|
|Critical Thinking and Problem Solving||3 Credits|
|College Math||3 Credits|
|Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology||3 Credits|
|Program Total||63.5 Credits|
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 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 who reside in certain states also get real-world experience through a practicum8 (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, all included in our competitively priced tuition.9 UMA is a school that offers a health information technology training program which includes one-on-one tutoring, help with writing your résumé, 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. 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, 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 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 and group tutoring. 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?
- Danny M.
Health Information Technology
1http://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2015/article/projections-occupation.htm 2Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, The College Payoff, 2014,https://cew.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/collegepayoff-summary.pdf 3http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm#tab-6 4UMA 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. 5Other eligibility requirements apply. Please see the catalog for more details. 6According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm#tab-4 7http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm#tab-1. 8In some states, students are not permitted to participate in a practicum. In those states, students participate in an online simulation instead. 9According to research conducted by UMA comparing a variety of career schools with similar programs.