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Health Information Technology is a great career option for those looking to work behind-the-scenes in the healthcare field

18-Month* Health Information Technology Program to accelerate your career

If you are interested in working in healthcare, but not directly with patients, then becoming a Health Information Technician might be the perfect career choice for you. Health Information Technology (HIT) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. It is a combination of business, science, and information technology. Health Information Technology professionals care for patients by caring for and protecting their medical data.

Read: 5 Reasons to Earn a Degree in Health Information Technology

What is Health Information Technology?

With a degree in Health Information Technology**, you’ll be prepared to work for employers , such as hospitals, nursing homes, mental health facilities, clinics, and records management companies.

The Role and Impact of HIT in Modern Healthcare

As regulations and technologies evolve, Health Information Technicians can expect to be in high demand as the medical sector continues to grow due to an aging population. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that there will be a 16% growth rate for health information technologists and medical registrars, with approximately 3,100 new jobs each year, on average, over the decade – much faster than the average for all occupations.

Beal University’s Health Information Technology Associate’s Degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Infomatics and Information Management Education (CHHIIM), which is crucial for your ability to become employed. Being CAHIIM-accredited means graduates of this program are eligible to sit for their RHIT exam, which allows them to become certified professionals. Our students’ pass rate for the RHIT is traditionally quite high.

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The best way to see if Beal University is the right fit for you is to contact an admissions representative. Get more information on the Health Information Technology Associate’s Degree program, class schedules, and financial aid options so that you can make an informed decision about your future. Get more info or Book a Tour.

Is Health Information Technology right for you?

Health Information Technology (HIT) professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology applications. They understand the workflow in many healthcare provider organizations, from large hospital systems to private physician practices. HIT professionals are vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records (EHRs). Ensuring a patient’s health information – the data related to a person’s medical history, including symptoms, diagnoses, procedures, and outcomes – is complete, accurate, and protected is one of the HIT professional’s main duties.

Health Information Technology professionals (HIT) work in a variety of different settings and hold different job titles. They often serve to bridge roles, connecting clinical, operational, and administrative functions. HIT specialists affect the quality of patient information and patient care at every touchpoint in the healthcare delivery cycle. They work on the classification of diseases and treatments to ensure they are standardized for clinical, financial, and legal uses in healthcare.

Professionals who work in HIT focus on the technical side of managing health information, working with software and hardware to manage and store patient data. They are usually from information technology backgrounds and provide support and security for systems that Health Information Management (HIM) professionals use. As technology advances, HIT professionals are necessary to ensure that health information electronic data is maintained and exchanged accurately and efficiently.

Health Information Technology

18-Month Degree


Career Opportunities and Health Information Technology Average Salary

Industries with an increased demand for Health Information Technology professionals include academic institutions, consulting agencies, government agencies, and healthcare facilities.  Health Information Technology professionals will continue to be critical members of the electronic health record workforce. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, HIT will grow to encompass new support positions, including mobile support adoption positions, public health informatics, implementation support specialists, and information management redesign specialists.

Exploring Health Information Technology Careers and Salaries

After completing the Health Information Technology Associate’s Degree program, you’ll be eligible for positions such as:

  • Medical Coder
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Release of Information Specialist
  • Cancer Registrar
  • Data Analyst
  • Health Information Specialist
  • Health Information Clerk
  • Health Information Technician
  • Medical Records Analyst
  • Medical Records Coordinator
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Registered Health Information Technician
  • Clinical Data Manager
  • Billing Specialist
  • Health Information Services Associate
  • Outpatient Coder
  • Inpatient Coder
  • Risk Manager
  • Patient Access Associate
  • More

A career in HIT is right for you if you have an aptitude for science, but also like management, law, and computers; enjoy working with professionals such as physicians, nurses, lawyers, administrators and executives; and want a career where you can choose to work on your own, with others, or some of both.

Health Information Technology Degree: Curriculum Overview

Beal University’s program includes some of today’s most in-demand training for the health field, including courses in Healthcare Data Analysis, Advanced Coding, Pharmacology and many more.

With flexible online schedules, smaller class sizes, and accelerated programs, you will feel prepared and supported to pursue your career goals upon graduation.

Comprehensive Curriculum and Real-World Skills

As a student in the Health Information Technology Associate’s degree program, you’ll take courses such as:

  • Fundamentals of Law for Health Information Management
  • Health Administration and Supervision
  • Health Care Data Analysis & Statistics
  • Health Care Reimbursement Methodologies
  • ICD-10-CM Coding
  • ICD-10-PCS Coding
  • CPT Coding
  • Advanced Coding
  • Pharmacology & Pathophysiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • General Education Courses

Note:  Upon completion of your Health Information Technology Associate Degree, you can immediately enroll and advance into our Health Information Management program to earn your Bachelor’s Degree.

Externships: Gain Hands-On Experience in Healthcare IT

As a student of this program, you’ll complete a 40-hour externship before graduation. The externship provides a valuable learning experience under the guidance of an experienced professional. Beal University has affiliations with many healthcare facilities that offer students the opportunity to learn current skills intended to prepare them for the workforce. Our externship placement sites include, but are not limited to:  externship sites are: Northern Light Health, MaineHealth, Penobscot Community Health Center, and St. Joseph Health.

Is a Career in Health Information Technology Right for You? Take the Beal University ``Healthcare Career Readiness Quiz``

This fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get your Healthcare career readiness score now >>

"Beal's online RHIT program provided the perfect opportunity to return to college in my 40s while juggling work and home responsibilities. The level of support I received from the staff was exceptional, making me feel just as supported as I would have been in an in-person setting. Choosing Beal has been a decision that I am truly happy with.”
Regina Leonard, Health Information Technology graduate

100% Online†

This program’s academic course curricula are offered 100% online†. Distance learning provides the convenience and flexibility to balance work and family commitments with school. Course materials are accessible online at any time of the day. Beal University is here to help you get a quality education online at a pace you can keep up with.

Certifications

Click here for AHIMA’s Interactive Career Map

The Health Information Technology Associate’s Degree program prepares you to take two industry certification exams through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA****):

Obtaining these certifications is key in establishing your qualification for employment in the Health Information industry.

Download AHIMA’s Health Information Technology Salary Survey Here >

Programmatic Accreditation

The health information management accreditor of Beal University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for associate degree in health information technology has been reaffirmed through 2030-2031. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at [email protected].

Student Achievement / Outcomes

Reporting Period: August 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022

  • Student Satisfaction Rate:  94%
  • Employer Satisfaction:  100%
  • Beal University Pass Rate for RHIT Exam:  100%
  • Graduation Rate:  58%

From Medical Coding to Data Analysis: Your Career Path in HIT

Health Information Technicians are responsible for ensuring the quality of health records and healthcare data by verifying completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems. These skills can be applied in a variety of settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. They use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs. HIT professionals often specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research.

As a Health Information Technician, you may:

  • Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained
  • Enter data, such as demographic characteristics, history and the extent of a disease, diagnostic procedures, or treatment into a computer
  • Compile and maintain patients’ medical records to document conditions and treatments and to provide data for research or cost control and care improvement efforts
  • Process patient admission or discharge documents

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Financial Aid and Scholarships for HIT Students

If you’re interested in enrolling at Beal University, a Financial Aid Adviser can discuss funding options with you and guide you through the process of applying for Financial Aid if necessary. To get started you can schedule a visit to come in and speak with a Financial Aid Adviser or request more information.

Applying to the Health Information Technology Program

To start, you can fill out this form. Next, our Admissions team will contact you with information about your program, start dates, how to apply, and more. The Admissions Advisors focus is to support you through each step of the admissions process.

Support for Online Students: Resources and Guidance

At Beal University we are committed to delivering the highest quality online learning experience possible. Course materials are accessible online at any time of the day. Beal University is here to help you get a quality education online at a pace you can keep up with.

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Take the First Step Towards a Rewarding Career in HIT

If you’re interested in learning more about a career in Health Information Technology, fill out the form on this page to receive more information. A friendly Beal University Career Advisor can answer career questions, guide you to our virtual tour, and get you helpful financial aid information. Get the answers you need to discover the perfect career path for you.

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* Program length when completed in normal time.
** Does not include California.
***Students may be eligible to take one or more industry certifications through AHIMA.
**** Beal University’s Associate Degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates are eligible to take the RHIT certification examination.
† All coursework is fully online but externship is performed on-site at an assigned healthcare facility.

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