The healthcare sector is the U.S.’s largest employer, and that doesn’t just include clinicians – like doctors and nurses – that work hands-on with patients. Healthcare is about better patient outcomes from all angles and departments of hospitals and organizations.
Behind the scenes, there’s a team of professionals called Health Information Technicians doing their part through managing patient information. Health Information Technology is the use of electronic databases and systems to ensure the quality, confidentiality, security, and accuracy of patient information throughout the healthcare industry. The work that HIT professionals perform each day is in an effort to expand access to quality care, reduce healthcare spending, and improve patient outcomes.
*Based on active student population, Spring 2021
*Based on a review of student accounts, Spring 2021
Designed and taught by experts in the field, the program will provide you with practical information and hands-on-experience to prepare you for a successful HIT career. You can expect instruction in these areas:
As the HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education, graduates are eligible to take the exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), a prestigious credential in the industry.
The program is offered in two formats:
Fully Online: All courses – both general education and core program – are offered online. The only in-person requirement is your on-site externship experience in the final semester of the program.
Hybrid: All liberal arts and elective courses are offered on-campus. All core program courses are offered online.
View all degree requirements in the College Catalog.
During the academic year 2019-2020, the student cohort retention/attrition rate reported for Health Information Technology is 92.3%/7.7%; the graduation rate, 87.5%; and the job placement rate of graduates in their field of study, 100%.
Program Rigor, Subject-Matter-Expert Professors, and MSCHE Accreditation ensure an exceptional college education.
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Whether you need classes in the morning, in the evening, online, or a combination of all, flexible course scheduling gives you options.
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