Health technology programs are typically certificate, diploma or associate degree programs that can be completed in one to two years. Michigan has several of these educational options that are related to health technology. The curricula include laboratory and didactic components. They consist of courses such as document processing, diagnostic and procedure coding, medical terminology, medical office pharmacology, health care law, medical administrative procedures and disease processes. Practical experience is gained through field experiences or externships. Some programs are offered online. Outlined below are health technology programs from eight Michigan colleges and universities. They include:
- Health Information Technology
- Medical Transcription
- Health Information Technology - Coding Specialist
- Medical Office Professions Health Insurance Coding & Claims Specialist
- Health Management
Davenport University (DU) is a private school located in Grand Rapids and it offers a health information technology program that can be taken both in the classroom and online. Although the program is offered at DU's 11 campuses, the program can only be completed online at its Livonia campus. The 75-credit program includes courses in health record content, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology with human disease I and II, ICD coding, procedural CPT/HCPCS coding and health care law and ethics. Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exams through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Located in University Center, Delta College has a health insurance coding and claims specialist advanced certificate program that prepares students for medical office professions. Students learn about document processing, diagnostic and procedure coding, medical terminology, medical office pharmacology and legal aspects of the health care systems. They also complete a two-part course on medical insurance. Students can learn about the college's programs, career services and employment opportunities through the CareerFocus Magazine, an online magazine for students.
Ferris State University
Big Rapids-based Ferris State University (FSU) offers a health information technology associate degree program through its College of Health Professions. The program is also held at FSU's Grand Rapids campus, with professional courses offered in the evening. Students take courses in medical terminology, quality management in health care, CPT coding, medical billing and reimbursement, health information systems and disease processes; they can also complete internships.
Henry Ford Community College
Students can choose a health technology program at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn. The 48-credit medical insurance specialist program can be completed in two years if attending full-time. The program is the second in a three-part program. After completing the 48 credits, the student can join the workforce as a medical insurance specialist or complete the third level and pursue an Associate in Business in Business Management.
Located in Jackson, this public school has an Associate in Applied Science in Health Administration/Insurance Specialist program that prepares students to work in clinics, hospitals or other health care facilities in health management positions. The 60-credit curriculum includes 29 general education credits. Students learn about financial and managerial accounting, quality improvement in health care, medical terminology, medical law, malpractice prevention and patient confidentiality. The college's Center for Student Success offers various resources to students, including tutoring, seminars and workshops. The school also offers a Medical Insurance Coder/Biller Certificate program.
Macomb Community College
The health information technology degree program at Warren-based Macomb Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Education (CAHIIM). This selective admissions program requires that students meet all admission requirements. In addition to completing courses on medical coding, health information management and healthcare reimbursement systems, students complete general education courses and two supervised field experiences. The program qualifies students to apply for the RHIT credential.
Oakland Community College
Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills has two health technology programs that prepare students for work in medical offices. The medical insurance coding and billing program is a short-term program that teaches students the coding and billing procedures used in medical offices. Because this program is part of the medical assisting program, students must complete a medical assisting orientation. The medical transcription program results in students earning an associate degree upon completion of all requirements. General education courses are part of the curriculum, as is an internship. Students take courses in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical transcription and medical office insurance coding and billing.
Located in Livonia, Schoolcraft College is a public school that offers a health coding certificate program and a health information technology associate degree. Graduates of the five-semester health coding program may qualify for a position as a medical coding technician or a medical records technician. The health information technology program at Schoolcraft is a two-year program that requires students to have completed courses in human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, software applications and principles of health information management as prerequisites. The curriculum includes classroom, lab courses and clinical education at medical facilities.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Certified Nursing Attendant Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Davenport University||four-year, private not-for-private; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology||$18,414*|
|Delta College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Medical Office Professions Health Insurance Coding & Claims Specialist - Advanced Certificate||$4,010 in-district; $6,410 in-state; $11,480 out-of-state*|
|Ferris State University||four-year, public; distant town||Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology||$11,788*|
|Henry Ford Community College||two-year, public; small city||Medical Insurance Specialist Certificate of Achievement||$3,124 in-district; $4,876 in-state; $6,748 out-of-state*|
|Jackson College||four-year, public; fringe rural|| Medical Insurance Coder/Biller Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Health Administration/Insurance Specialist,
|$6,298 in-district; $8,742 in-state; $11,187 out-of-state*|
|Macomb Community College||two-year, public; midsize city||Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology||$3,375 in-district; $5,952 in-state; $7,649 out-of-state*|
|Oakland Community College||two-year, public; large suburb||Medical Assisting - Medical Insurance Coding and Billing Certificate of Achievement,||$2,408 in-district; $4,472 in-state; $4,472 out-of-state*|
|Schoolcraft College||four-year, public; small city|| Health Coding Specialist Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology
|$3,850 in-district; $5,176 in-state; $7,230 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES School Navigator