Health Information Management
Health Information Technicians are experts in health data collection, analysis, monitoring, maintenance and reporting activities. The functions of a health information technician encompass, among other areas, processing and using health data for billing, compliance, and surveillance purposes.
Responsibilities of a health information technician may include:
- Process and maintain medical records
- Retrieve records for medical personnel
- Computer data entry
- Filing, retrieving and transporting records
The Health Information Technology AAS Degree program is designed to meet increasing health industry demands for trained health information specialists. The program includes both theoretical instruction and practical laboratory experience on the Phoenix College campus as well as clinical affiliations in area health care settings.
The health information program includes a combination of human science, computer, and health information courses that prepare the student for employment in organizations which use or service healthcare information systems, such as hospitals, physician's offices and long term care facilities.
In this program you can earn the following:
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Health Information Technology
- Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Health Information: Long Term Care Settings
Registered Health Information Technicians (RHITS) are particularly in demand by health care facilities for medical coding, tumor registry, and specialized technical functions. Entry salaries vary depending on qualifications, prior health related experience, the current demand for specialized skills, and the type of organization.
Employment is available in many types of organizations, including hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, home health agencies, hospices and more.
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The program is accredited by CAHIIM, so program graduates are eligible to take the certification exam for the credential RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician). This exam is offered through the American Health Information Management Association and is highly recommended for broader employment opportunities. PC's Health Information Technology students have had a 100% pass rate on the RHIT exam continuously over the past four years.