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Health Information Technician (HIT) Associate's Degree

Our Health Information Technician (HIT) Associate’s degree prepares you for a successful career as an HIT professional in as little as 18 months.*

The additional programmatic accreditation many of our campuses earned will help you feel confident you are earning a quality education and making a valuable investment in your future as an HIT professional.



Real-world Curriculum to Help Start Your HIT Career

With a focus on technology, our HIT Associate's degree curriculum provides the practical knowledge and skills you need to navigate electronic medical records (EMR) software, correspond with insurance companies, and implement patient privacy practices, including:

  • Data analysis: courses focus on developing your data analysis skills so you feel confident in your career
  • Virtual lab: our sophisticated digital lab provides first-hand experience in real-world situations
  • Industry-experienced instructors and program coordinators: offer personal guidance to help you prepare for your RHIT exam
  • Flexible courses: available fully online or a combination of online and on campus so you can learn on your schedule

As an Associate's degree graduate, you can choose to enter the workforce, or you can continue your education by seamlessly transferring your credits into our Health Information Management Bachelor’s degree program.

To learn more about our Health Information Technician (HIT) Associate's degree, complete the contact request form on the right, or call us at 888-549-6755. One of our program managers will be happy to answer your questions.

*Time to complete is dependent on number of credits transferred in and credits taken per quarter.

Program Highlights
  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA): Membership to this HIT organization is included in your tuition
  • Highest quality education: Many of our campuses have earned HIT programmatic accreditation
    • The Health Information Technician Associate's degree offered at our Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, Bloomington, Eagan, Lake Elmo/Woodbury, Mankato, St. Cloud, Aurora/Naperville, Rockford, and Green Bay campuses, as well as Rasmussen College Online, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

Health Information Technician (HIT) Degree Courses

Graduates with health information technician training understand the healthcare system and how to communicate well within a team setting. As a health information technician, you will perform medical coding and billing, analyze data, use and understand scanning technology, navigate an electronic health record, manage a file room, and release medical information under appropriate circumstances. 

  • Perform medical billing and coding
  • Understand scanning technology
  • Navigate electronic health records
  • Manage a file room

Sample Course List

Healthcare Information Technologies
This course covers the elements of the electronic health record planning and implementation process as well as the ongoing management of systems. It provides a solid background about EHR history, trends, and common challenges. Students will also explore technology and software applications in various healthcare disciplines.
Health Information Law and Ethics
A study of the impact of the United States legal system and various healthcare regulations and ethics on the health information management environment. Fraud and abuse, patient privacy and confidentiality, protected health information, release of information, and professional practice law and ethics will be explored.
Medical Coding Practicum
This course offers a simulated practical experience utilizing medical records and coding software in an online setting under the direction of a Coding instructor.
Health Information Practicum
A simulated practical experience exploring a virtual hospital and clinic and using software and practical simulation assignments to experience real-world situations within HIM departments and other hospital departments. The practicum allows students to gain experience as a health information technician in a simulated healthcare work setting, and is essential to training and certification.
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Estimated Program Cost

  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
$2,281,040
4.9%
Associate's Degree
$1,763,440
6.8%
Some College
$1,622,240
8.7%
High School Diploma
$1,367,880
9.4%

**http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf, http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians$22,250$26,920$34,160

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, bls.gov/ooh/

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed, and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary. Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years, bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

Salary data includes earnings of March 2012 – December 2012 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

The average
starting salary
for our Health Information Technician graduates:

Associate's
$32,192

Seamless Transfer Policies

  • Transfer up to 67% of the credits required to complete your degree
  • Credits accepted from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Course-by-course evaluation of all courses with a grade of C or higher
  • No expiration of your previously-earned general education and certain degree-specific credits
  • Credit through prior learning, work, and military experience
    • Test out of courses where you can demonstrate specific knowledge
    • Complete advanced placement (AP) exams and achieve a score of 3 or higher
    • Successfully complete college exams (e.g., CLEP, DSST, DANTES, etc.)
    • Successfully submit course waivers for approval from Rasmussen College
    • Submit credits transcribed by the American Council of Education (ACE)
    • Submit a military transcript
  • Transfer all general education courses from your previously earned Associate's or Bachelor's degree, regardless of course of study
  • Course waivers will be considered for students who have earned the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS or CCS-P) from AHIMA. In addition, an X-ray operator license may also be considered.
 
 
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