Five Key Health Information Technology Degree Courses

As technology continues evolving and the population ages, the indispensable nature of the healthcare field has created the need for modifications to the duties of existing professions, as well as the addition of completely new career opportunities. If technology and health interest you, you’re in the right place.

According to the Rasmussen College 2012 Healthcare Job Outlook eBook, health information technology graduates who thoroughly understand technology and computer software are in increasingly high demand. Growth in the field will continue to increase as the population ages, due to a greater need of medical tests, treatments and procedures to be performed.

“There are a lot of dynamic opportunities available for HIT graduates in both traditional roles like healthcare in clinic settings, and then some of your nontraditional roles, which include electronic health record vendors or your health insurance companies, and even in law offices,” Rasmussen College Program Coordinator Hertencia Bowe said in the eBook.

To ensure this program is the best fit for you, I’ve highlighted five key courses in the health information technology degree program:

1. U.S. Healthcare Systems

In this course, students can expect to receive an overview of the country’s healthcare system. Students will learn about the history of the evolution of healthcare, the role of local, state and federal healthcare, as well as the different types of public and private healthcare facilities.

2. Ambulatory Care Coding

Students taking this class should become knowledgeable in medical coding in an ambulatory care setting. Students will develop an understanding of coding. Special codes are simply numbers assigned to every task and service a medical practitioner may provide to a patient and is used by doctors and other medical professionals as well as insurance companies. This course will touch on HCPCS coding, which is Medicare coding, with an emphasis on CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) codes.

3. Health Information Law and Ethics

When taking this course, students will study the impact of the United States legal system and a range of healthcare regulations. Students will also learn about fraud and abuse, patient privacy and confidentiality, and professional practice law and ethics.

4. Pathophysiology

Students will study concepts and terminology of diseases and disorders of the human body. The focus of the course will be on, for example, the nature and cause of a disease on a given part of the human body, and how to treat the disease.

5. Quality Analysis and Management

This course offers students information on quality improvement methodologies that is used in acute and long term care. Students will collect data and compile healthcare statistics.


Some of the information described in the health information technology degree courses may seem foreign to you, but many classes require a pre-requisite of some type to ensure you are prepared to learn that course material. The health information technology field can be an exciting and rewarding one that continues changing in a positive direction with the opportunity to pursue many different career paths.

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Jennifer is a Content and Social Media Specialist at Rasmussen College. She researches, writes and edits blog posts designed to help and inspire current, past and future students through their entire educational process in an effort to encourage learning at a college level and beyond.

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