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Health Information Technology

Cahiim Accredited Program logo

Health Information Technicians are experts in acquiring, analyzing, and protecting health information. They ensure health records and information is complete, accurate, and protected.

  • Responsibilities of a health information technician may include:
  • Analyzes health data and records for completeness, accuracy, and compliance
  • Protects the security of health information to ensure confidentiality and proper release of information
  • Utilizes health information applications and systems for compiling, analyzing, researching, and reporting health data
  • Codes and abstracts clinical information for billing, reimbursement, reporting, and compliance purposes

Program Overview

The Health Information Technology AAS Degree program is designed to meet increasing health industry demands for trained health information specialists. The HIT program equips students with an integrated knowledge of medicine, science, technology, and administration. HIT students acquire vital skills in health informatics, revenue cycle management, data analytics, and information governance.


Employment Outlook

Advances in healthcare technologies, a steadily growing aging population, and increased emphasis on outpatient care have resulted in a high demand for HIT professionals. Jobs for HIT professionals are available in traditional settings such as hospitals and clinics, government agencies, and educational institutes. Additionally, increased demand for such professionals is rising in non-traditional settings such as mobile technology and software companies, and public health agencies as a result of the nationwide mandate for an electronic health record (EHR) workforce.

For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, wage, and employment trend information.

The AHIMA's Career Map also provides an interactive display of various HIM job titles, roles, and career pathways.


Instructional Modalities

The program provides theoretical and practical laboratory instruction in the classroom and professional practice experience in various health care environments. The program is offered in a combination of evening, hybrid, and online classes, and acute and alternative care health care settings.

The HIT program at Phoenix College cannot be completed fully online.


Program Accreditation

Health Information Technology AAS Degree

The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM) accredits the Health Information Technology program offered by Phoenix College.

Phoenix College HIT program graduates are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam. This exam is offered through the American Health Information Management Association and is highly recommended for broader employment opportunities.


Program Outcome

Spring 2020

ENROLLMENT DISTRIBUTION

 

Full-time

Part-time

Total

Students

16

5 21

Graduates

7 3 10

Attrition

6 1 7

Progression

3 1 4

 

RHIT EXAM PASS RATE OVER LAST THREE (3) YEARS

Year

PC First  Time Testers

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PC First Time Testers

 Pass Rate

National First Time Testers

Pass Rate

8/1/18-7/31/19

7/9

78%

75%

8/1/17 - 7/31/18

15/18

83%

73%

10/1/16 - 9/30/17

12/13

92%

70%

 

JOB PLACEMENT

Graduate Distribution

Number of graduates

11

Employed within one year

6

Employed in healthcare

5

Employed in non-healthcare

1

Pursuing further education

0

Unknown (no response)

5

STUDENT SATISFACTION RATE – Five out of 6 (83%) graduates surveyed strongly agreed their academic experience met their expectations. One respondent did not answer the question.