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Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology

  • Associate Degree - Two Years
  • Program Code: 10-530-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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Careers

  • Coding Specialist
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist
  • Data Quality Manager
  • Health Data Analyst
  • HIM Compliance Specialist
  • Insurance Claims Analyst
  • Medical Staff Coordinator
  • Patient Information Coordinator
  • Privacy Officer
  • Reimbursement Coordinator

​Accreditation

This program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Learn more.

Description

Looking for a career where you can become an essential part of the healthcare team? Would you like to work in a role "behind the scenes," using electronic databases and the electronic health record (EHR)? If you are interested in combining an aptitude and interest in healthcare with computer technology, then a career as a Health Information Technician could be just right for you.

Every healthcare setting needs skilled health information technicians to manage, analyze, secure, and report data. This need will increase as the EHR continues to evolve and the national medical coding system changes. Employment settings include insurance companies, managed care organizations, hospitals, physicians' offices, long-term care facilities, computer system vendors, among many other settings that maintain healthcare data.

At CVTC you will be able to experience this career first hand through classroom discussions, hands-on classroom lab learning activities, and professional practice experiences. The HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Graduates from this program are eligible to write the national certification examination offered by AHIMA to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). These are credentials required by employers for most positions in this field. This is an extremely challenging and rewarding career!

Courses
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Minimum Program Credits Required - 67
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or lneibauer@cvtc.edu.
  • Complete a Wisconsin Criminal Background Check and Background Information Disclosure Form through CertifiedBackground.com. A $34 background check fee will be required at the time of your order. View Order Instructions.

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 85 (required for admission)
COMPASS Writing: 60 (required for admission)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (required for admission)
ACT Reading: 23 (required for admission)
ACT English: 18 (required for admission)
ACT Math: 18 (required for admission)

Phase Two

Students whose COMPASS® scores do not meet the minimum levels should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Remediation Plan which may include taking specific coursework.

Submit proof through a transcript that you have received a grade of C or better in the course(s) below: Two semesters at high school level with a "C" grade or better each semester (high school transcript) OR One semester at postsecondary level with "C" grade or better (college transcript).

  • Biology

Phase Three: Core Course Eligibility

Once you have successfully completed Phase One and Two you will either be accepted into your program, or placed on a waiting list if your program is full.

Applicants in the process of satisfying COMPASS® minimums and completing academic prerequisites coursework must submit a Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office after all coursework is completed and grades have been processed.

Additional Requirements

A pre-entrance health history and physical examination must be on file three weeks prior to entering the core courses of this program. The Admissions Office will notify you at the appropriate time with a specified deadline.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)

Books

The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit www.efollet.com

$2,030

Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.

Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.

$11,503