The Health Information Technology AAS degree is designed to meet growing demands for trained health information specialists and data managers in the health IT industry. Graduates may pursue work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, long-term care, insurance companies, government agencies, quality improvement programs, vendors, etc.
Coursework combines elements of business, computers, health sciences and health IT with practical computer lab and on-site internship experiences. Students learn skills in areas such as electronic health records (EHRs), government regulations related to health IT, health statistics, data analysis and reporting, quality improvement, informatics, coding, billing/ reimbursement, legal compliance and other technical processes.
In addition to the AAS degree, there are many certification options for health IT professionals, depending upon the desired career path. Certifications will enhance the AAS degree. For example, CAHIMS/CPHIMS, CPEHR/CPHIT/CPHIE, privacy/security such as CHPS/CHP/CSCS/CISSP or coding credentials such as CPC/ CPC-P or, CCA/CCS-P. Credentials may require work experience prior to certification and continuing education hours to maintain certification. Costs and qualifications vary.
This HIT program utilizes a background check service to conduct criminal background/abuse checks. Immunizations and a physical exam are required after students start the program and prior to placement at internships sites. Students are responsible for the cost of this service. Criminal convictions or documented history of abuse may delay or prevent students from participation in health IT education experiences. Students unable to participate in health IT education experiences (internships) will be unable to complete the Health Information Technology program.
The following are recommended program entrance assessment scores:
- Math: a minimum ALEKS Math placement score of 30 or ACT score of 19
- Reading: a minimum ACCUPLACER READING score of 73 or ACT score of 19
- Writing: a minimum ACCUPLACER WRITING score of 82 or ACT score of 19
For more information about the Health Information Technology program, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/health/healthinfotech.
Students start Fall semester
Program Entry Requirements
- Complete an application for admission.
- Satisfy the assessment requirement.
- Attend any required information/registration session or obtain the approval of the program chairperson.
To earn a Health Information Technology AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average. A grade of 2.0 (C) or better is required in all HIT courses.
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Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree - 65
Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$151.00 per credit
The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.
|Books (approximate/new books) (HIT courses only)
|Background Check/Immunization Tracker (see below)
|Immunizations (est cost-varies with each student)
|Internship Student Expenses (gas/meals) (varies)
|Association/Other Meetings (varies)
The HIT program utilizes a background check service to conduct criminal background/abuse checks and to track immunizations and health records for each student after their acceptance into the program. Students are responsible for the cost of this service.
Approximate total for the program: $11,960**
**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.
What Kind of Work Will You Do?
- Assist with implementation/upgrade and provide ongoing support of electronic health record systems and other health IT application/IT projects.
- Assure compliance with laws/regulatory and voluntary accreditation requirements related to healthcare/health IT.
- Redesign paper-based work processes for an electronic environment.
- Train and support other end users on health IT systems to ensure optimal functionality.
- Extract, analyze and complete data reporting to assist with research, coordination of care, population health management and value-based payment models
- Utilize data and code sets, such as ICD10/CPT, in completing data reporting analysis.
- Participate in and complete reporting for quality improvement projects utilizing tools from different performance models.
- Support HIPAA privacy/security compliance.
- Participate on project teams and complete project status reports to ensure implementation and support of project solutions.
- Work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, registries, government agencies, software companies, long-term care (e.g., nursing homes), etc.
What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?
- Effective communication in both writing and speaking.
- General business knowledge, self-starter, motivation, work without supervision.
- Ability to work effectively and efficiently both as an individual and in a team environment.
- Good interpersonal skills.
- Good problem-solving skills.
- Attention to detail.
- Adaptability to change.
- Keyboarding test score of 30 wpm or higher.
What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?
- Most coursework can be arranged to accommodate working professionals. Traditional health IT courses are located at Ankeny Campus, with a majority of them being online and web-blended.
- There are many optional certifications for Health IT professionals depending upon desired career path. Certifications will enhance the AAS degree. For example: CAHIMS/CPHIMS; CPEHR/CPHIT/CPHIE, CDIP, CHDA, CHPS and coding credentials such as CPC/CIC or CCA/CCS, just to mention a few. Certification may require work experience before meeting eligibility requirements to sit for credentialing examination and continuing education hours to maintain certification. Costs and qualifications vary.
- There are several health IT professional associations such as the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Healthcare Finance Management Association (HFMA) and American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Although membership is optional, these associations have local chapters that may offer student memberships providing access to educational meetings and other professional resources. Students will be asked to attend a conference as part of course work, at a reduced student rate.
- Baccalaureate degree completion is available at many four-year colleges that offer healthcare management programs. Most of these honor DMACC transfer credit. The HIT program chair can provide further information.
- Student must provide their own transportation to internship site locations. Internships will be established locally in the central Iowa area; however, internships may require travel within the state. Given their access to patient records and protected health information during the labs and internship courses, health IT students will be required to sign a confidentiality statement and pass a criminal background check. A background check service is used to conduct criminal background/abuse checks and to track the immunizations and health records of each student after their acceptance into the program and prior to their first internship. Students are responsible for the cost of this service. Criminal convictions or documented history of abuse may delay or prevent students from participation in health IT education experiences (internships). Students unable to participate in health IT education experiences (internships) will be unable to complete the Health Information Technology program.
- In March 2017, HIMSS organization designated Iowa at #6 (+14%) in its “Top 10 States With Rising Demand for HIT Talent” over the past 90 days against the same period last year.
For additional information about job outlook and salary, visit the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook at HIT Technicians, Computer Support Specialists and Computer Systems Analysts.
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