Assoicate Degree Program

Health Information Technology

The health care industry depends on electronic information systems. The correct and safe maintenance of this information is also critical to the general population, as sensitive and important medical histories are being maintained.

As health data becomes more digitized, opportunities are created for individuals with skills and knowledge to collect, analyze, monitor, maintain and report health data in accordance with established data quality principles, legal and information security standards and professional best-practice guidelines.

The associate degree program in Health Information Technology offered through the Breckinridge School of Nursing and Health Sciences at ITT Technical Institute teaches how to use technology to collect, analyze, monitor, maintain and report health data. These functions include, among other duties, processing requests for the release of personal health information, the coding of clinical information, and processing and using health data for clinical quality management, billing and reimbursement and compliance while protecting patient privacy. Graduates of this program1 may pursue entry-level positions involving health information technology in a variety of health care settings.

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Potential Employment Includes:

  • Health Data Analyst
  • Health Record Analyst
  • Release of Information Specialist
  • Health Information Technician
  • Reimbursement Specialist
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Registry Specialist
  • Patient Information Coordinator
1 Many employers of health information technicians either limit their hiring, or give hiring preference, to candidates who are Registered Health Information Technicians ("RHIT"). In order for a student to become an RHIT upon graduation, the student must pass a certification examination for RHIT administered by the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (the "Certification Exam"). In order for a student to be allowed to take the Certification Exam to become an RHIT, the student must: (a) graduate from a program of study in health information technology that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education ("CAHIIM"); and (b) pay an examination fee, for which the student is solely responsible. At this time, this program is not accredited by CAHIIM at all ITT Technical Institutes offering the program. If this program does not become accredited by CAHIIM by the time a student graduates from this program, the student will not be allowed to take the Certification Exam to become an RHIT, unless and until such time as this program becomes accredited by CAHIIM and the student was enrolled in this program during the candidacy for CAHIIM accreditation. A graduate of this program is unlikely to qualify for any employment opportunities involving the management of health information, unless and until he or she is able to take and pass the Certification Exam.