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Health Information Management & Technology Overview

If you are interested in the healthcare industry and information technology the Health Information Management & Technology (HIMT) is the right choice. When studying health information, students will acquire a versatile yet focused skill set incorporating electronic health record (EHR) data management, data analytics, information integrity, data quality, workflow re-design and medical coding and billing.

Health Information professionals use their knowledge of healthcare, information technology, and data management to form the link between clinicians, administrators, and information technology professionals, all "behind the scenes" of direct patient care.

The HIMT Program's curriculum focuses on:

  • Healthcare Compliance: regulatory, medical coding, fraud surveillance, clinical documentation improvement
  • Revenue Management: fee and revenue cycle
  • Data Use and Analytics: analytics and decision support, statistics, consumer information, data quality & integrity
  • Information Governance: EHR data management & Health Information Protection: access, disclosure, archival & privacy & security

At CVTC you will experience this career through real-world case scenarios, hands-on HIM applications, and professional practicum experiences.

The HIMT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates from this program are eligible to take 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.

Part of a career pathway, you will already have credits toward the Health Information Management & Technology program if you completed the Medical Coder technical diploma at CVTC. Call us at 715-833-6300 to learn more.

Career Opportunities

Billing Clerk

Certified Coding Specialist

eHIM Specialist

Health Information Technologist

Medical Coder

Medical Records Coordinator

Graduate Employers

Mayo Clinic Health System

Oakleaf Surgical Hospital

Just the Facts

Health Information Management & Technology
63 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program //
Two Years

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Start Dates //
August

Bloodborne Pathogens
Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.

 

Bloodborne Pathogens

Students entering health programs at CVTC should understand the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDs, through saliva and blood with direct patient care as part of their education.

This exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, Hepatitis B vaccination, signs and labels, and other provisions.

All programs at CVTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students' clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.

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   Financial Aid Eligible

  

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1

$

2,800

Term 2

$

2,174

Term 3

$

1,094

Term 4

$

1,880

Term 5

$

2,105

Books

$

2,504

Estimated Total:  $12,557

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!

Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Health Information Management & Technology program.

Healthcare IT
Learners will explore the use of technology in healthcare, including common business software applications, healthcare databases, administrative and clinical information systems, and the electronic health record (EHR).

Health Quality Management
Explores the programs and processes used to manage and improve healthcare quality. Addresses regulatory requirements as related to performance measurement, assessment, and improvement, required monitoring activities, risk management and patient safety, utilization management, and medical staff credentialing.

Applied HIM Technology
Learners will apply changes in healthcare legislation, healthcare regulatory requirements, and computer technology to the collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, reporting, and management of healthcare data.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers. Learn more about Career Pathways.

Technical Diplomas

Medical Coder

Health Information Management & Technology Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

// Program Outcomes
 

71%
Employed

71% of our recent Health Information Management & Technology graduates got a job in the industry.

 

$36K
Yearly Salary

Our recent Health Information Management & Technology graduates reported an average starting salary of $36,335.

 

27
Regional Jobs

There are 27 job openings in the CVTC district for the Health Information Management & Technology industry.

 

Transfer
Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

 

Focus On Student Success

I’ll be making more money when I finish; right now I just have an entry level job working weekends doing registrations in a hospital emergency department. I just had a job interview with Mayo because I’m a student here.

Rachael, Health Information Management & Technology student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.
 

Degrees & Diplomas

Health Navigator, Associate Degree

Medical Coder, Technical Diploma

Surgical Technologist, Technical Diploma

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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Program Accreditation

CAHIIM Accreditation Logo

The HIMT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). View accreditation information.