Health Information Technology (HIT) is a unique profession that combines facets of medicine, data management, and information technology, in ensuring the accuracy, integrity, and security of patient data. HIT professionals work in a variety of settings throughout the healthcare industry, including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies, and home care providers.
MCC's Health Information Technology AAS is a 60 credit-hour-degree program that prepares you for a career in health information management where you will:
- electronically assemble and track patients' health information
- analyze electronic data to improve healthcare information
- maintain and validate data for clinical databases and registries
- use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis
MCC offers a 28-credit-hour Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program that prepares you to facilitate the processing of medical insurance claims. You can apply all credits from your Medical Billing and Coding Certificate towards your AAS degree. Complete the certificate in two semesters then continue coursework toward the completion of the Health Information Technology AAS, or work for some time and then return to complete the degree.
The Health Information Technology AAS program is in candidacy status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Christina J. Coclanis-Loding, RHIT, CCS | E 212-e | (815) 455-8713
Allison Minicz, RHIA | E200 | (815) 479-7884
Health Information Technology Information Session Schedule
- May 12 at 4:30 p.m. in A123
Total Cost of Health Information Technology AAS
(in-district) Total Amount: $10,376.00
Credit Hours to Complete: 61
Weeks to Complete: 64
In addition to the Health Information Technology AAS, we offer:
What you need to know about getting your Health Information Technology AAS (CIP 51.070)
|Additional Health Information Technology AAS Costs||$4,032.00||$4,032.00||$4,032.00||$4,032.00|
What job opportunities are available to someone with a Health Information Technology AAS?
The Health Information Technology AAS prepares you for positions like: health information coding technicians, medical records managers, medical coding compliance officers, medical office records assistants, patient charts and records medical assistants, remote medical encoders, medical reimbursement specialist, medical information technology educators, and a variety of other titles focused on working with the data needs in all types of medical-related professions and organizations.
|Occupation and Occupational Profile Link||SOC Code|
|Medical Records and Health Information Technicians||29-2071|
How will MCC's Health Information Technology AAS program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?
You'll benefit by learning from faculty who are professionals working in the field and gain hands-on professional practice experience in a healthcare-related organization during your HIT practicum.
By the Numbers:
- Nationally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for health information technicians to grow by 22% per year between 2012 and 2022. This growth is expected to result in an increase of 41,100 jobs by 2022.
- In Illinois, the job market is expected to grow 7% by the year 2020.
- According to the IDES 2012 occupational wage data, an entry level health information technician earned an annual wage of $24,862, the median annual wage for a health information technician is $33,281 and an experienced health information technician can earn $42,333 annually.
Outside of the Classroom
In order to further your career, you may wish to seek national certification credentials beyond MCC's certificate. Organizations offering certification exams include:
- American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC)
- Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) formerly the American Association for Medical Transcriptionists (AAMT)
- American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).
Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.
Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.
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