Aspiring health information techs need to be able to understand and operate the technology used to store health information, as well as be knowledgeable of medical terminology and coding. Training for this profession is offered at schools with programs in hospital information technology or health information technology.
Schools that Offer Health Information Technology Programs
The table below lists some of the colleges and universities that offer training in health information technology. It also provides information about degrees offered, school locations and tuition rates.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Austin Community College District||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate & Associate's||$2,550 (in-district), $9,210 (in-state), $11,340 (out-of-state)|
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's||$2,753 (in-state), $8,875 (out-of-state)|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, Public||Certificate & Associate's||$2,805 (in-state), $9,450 (out-of-state)|
|East Los Angeles College||Monterey Park, CA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$1,220 (in-state), $6,810 (out-of-state)|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||$1,632 (in-district), $3,360 (in-state), $3,756 (out-of-state)|
|Ivy Tech Community College||Indianapolis, IN||2-year, Public||Associate's||$4,115 (in-state), $7,992 (out-of-state)|
|Lone Star College System||The Woodlands, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||$1,504 (in-district), $3,184 (in-state), $3,544 (out-of-state)|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's||$2,834 (in-state), $9,661 (out-of-state)|
|Northern Virginia Community College||Annandale, VA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$5,138 (in-state), $11,055 (out-of-state)|
|Portland Community College||Portland, OR||2-year, Public||Associate's||$3,766 (in-state), $8,374 (out-of-state)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
When looking at the various schools, students should make sure the program they choose will prepare them for a career after graduation. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Programs should communicate clinical classification of basic medical concepts, such as anatomy and physiology, as well as hospital billing and monitoring health data standards.
- Prospective students looking into a health information technology program may benefit from a regionally accredited school that offers training for all the duties involved within the job.
- Coursework in a program should prepare students to take related certification exams upon graduation, such as those offered by the American Health Information Management Association and American Academy of Professional Coders.
- Students may want to look for schools that offer the exams to become a Certified Coding Associate, CSS Certified Coding Specialist or Certified Professional Coder on campus or as part of the education program.
Those wanting to become health information techs may find suitable training programs offered at colleges and universities around the country that cover the essentials of medical billing and coding, transcription and medical terminology. In pursuit of this training, students may earn a certificate and/or an associate's degree.