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Health Information Technology Degree

Health Information Technology Degree

Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology


The associate degree program is offered in two formats:

Full time day program offered at the Des Plaines campus

Part time evening program offered at the Des Plaines campus


This limited enrollment program prepares graduates for entry-level positions in the health information management (HIM) profession. HIM is a profession that focuses on health care data, electronic health information, and the management of health information resources. Graduates are prepared to use healthcare computer applications, patient record processing, detailed ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT coding for reimbursement and research, manage confidentiality of patient information and to work with quality improvement and compliance processes. Graduates of the program are qualified to take the national certification exam to become a registered health information technician (RHIT) given by the American Health Information Management Association ( AHIMA ).

Although nationally almost 60% of RHITs work in hospital-based organizations, many also work in physician practices, long term care, cancer registries, mental health facilities, managed care organizations and consulting. Anywhere health information is used can be a job opportunity for the broad knowledge based RHIT.

 

IMPORTANT DATES


September 1
Labor Day holiday. College closed.

September 2
Last day to submit proof of residency, business service agreements and chargebacks/joint agreements.

September 21
Last day to withdraw from 16-week courses and have course dropped from record.

September 22
Last day to change to audit for 16-week courses.

July 31
Classes end.

October 5
Incomplete (I) grades from summer 2014 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

October 10
Last day for filing Graduation Petitions.

October 26
Last day to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses; Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are enrolled after October 26.

November 11
Veterans Day holiday. College closed.

November 19
Registration opens for spring 2015 semester.

Full Academic Calendar