Associate degree programs in health information technology, which are offered at technical colleges, community colleges and even some universities, can help prepare individuals for work as registered health information technicians. Properly accredited associate degree programs can lead to Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Schools with Health Information Technology Programs
The following schools offer programs leading to an associate degree in health information technology.
|University/College||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Beal College||Bangor, ME||2-year, Private for-profit||Associate||$18,780|
|Ferris State University||Big Rapids, MI||4-year, Public||Associate||$10,970 (in-state)
|Hocking College||Nelsonville, OH||2-year, Public||Associate||$4,390 (in-state)
|Jefferson College||Hillsboro, MO||2-year, Public||Associate||$2,400 (in-district)
|Mercy College of Ohio||Toledo, OH||4-year, Private-not-for-profit||Associate||$12,530|
|Monroe County Community College||Monroe, MI||2-year, Public||Associate||$3,730 (in-district)
|Leeward Community College||Pearl City, HI||2-year, Public||Associate||$2,935 (in-state)
|Idaho State University||Pocatello, ID||4-year, Public||Associate||$6,784 (in-state)
|Dakota State University||Madison, SD||2-year, Public||Associate||$7,974 (in-state)
|Weber State University||Ogden, UT||4-year, Public||Associate||$5,321 (in-state)
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Think about the following when choosing a health information technician program:
- Aspiring health information technicians are encouraged to enroll in programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), which qualifies people to sit for the AHIMA examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician.
- Programs that offer prep courses for certification examinations could be beneficial, since certification can lead to career advancement.
- Prospective students may want to look into the school's facilities to make sure that students have access to the latest medical software and equipment.
- Students focusing on long-term goals might consider enrolling in an associate degree program at a college that offers a bachelor's degree completion option.
Associate Degree Program for Health Information Technicians
Associate degree programs for aspiring RHITs can be completed in two years. These programs typically cover topics like coding, medical terminology, healthcare law, pharmacology and database management. Clinical experiences are often included.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are more than 500 schools nationwide that offer degree programs in health information technology. You'll find that tuition and fees can vary according to the type and location of the institution.