Health information technology is one of the fastest growing fields in the healthcare industry. If you are detail-oriented and have strong interpersonal skills, a health information technology associate degree may be right for you. This degree will prepare you for an entry-level position at a hospital, community clinic, or other healthcare institution. Health information technicians are a vital part of healthcare organizations as they are responsible for collecting, coding, and managing the data and records essential to effective healthcare delivery.
Health Information Technology (Associate of Applied Science)
The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology will offer students, who currently hold a national certification as a Medical Coder and/or have five years’ experience as a coder, the opportunity to prepare for a career in the ever-changing world of health care information technology. Students will be prepared to work in various areas of health information technology such as: verifying accurate completion of medical records; data management; and use of computer applications to assess and analyze patient data and health care costs. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician Certification offered through the American Health Information Management Association.
Required Courses & Learning Outcomes
See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program in the college catalog.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I find work in health information technology?
Yes. Health information technology is ranked among the top ten in-demand jobs in healthcare. In the last few decades, new technology and regulations have changed the health information field dramatically and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an employment increase of 20 percent for all health information professionals between 2016 and 2026.
What can you do with a degree in health information technology?
A degree in health information technology allows you to pursue positions such as 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.
Admissions & Advising
Whether transferring coursework to Cecil College or transferring your completed degree or certificate to a four-year institution, transfer is a viable option to help meet your educational goals.
Transfer information for Maryland colleges and universities is available through the Articulation System of Maryland (ARTSYS) website at www.artsys.usmd.edu. Additional transfer information can be found on the Transfer Agreements page.
The faculty in the Health Information Technology (HIT) program are healthcare professionals who are licensed with advanced training and certifications in the area of HIT. The course content is delivered so that students gain real-world experience in the HIT field.