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Health Information Technician (HIT)

Associate's Degree

Online Program

Next Start Dates
November 12, 2020
January 04, 2021
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November 05, 2020
December 28, 2020

18 months

estimated time to completion with full-time study1

67%

of program requirements may be completed by credit for prior learning2

CAHIIM

accredited online and at select campuses

Launch Your Health Information Career Journey

Prepare for a career that combines healthcare and technology to make a real impact in patients’ experience. Our Health Information Associate’s degree lays the building blocks for career growth, further education and a future in management. You'll gain advanced skills in information policy, revenue cycle management, data management, healthcare technologies and more.

At Rasmussen, you can:

  • Gain practical skills in virtual labs and a real work setting
  • Use state-of-the-art health information technology and software
  • Collaborate with experts in the healthcare profession
  • Prepare for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT®) exam134
  • Seamlessly transfer into our Health Information Management Bachelor’s degree

Already have your Medical Billing and Coding Certificate? That means you can save time and money by completing your Health Information Associate’s degree in as few as 9 months1 with only 13 courses.

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What Jobs Can I Pursue with an HIT Associate’s degree?

In our HIT program, you’ll be preparing to further advance to the Bachelor’s degree and to enter the field in roles like these:

  • Health information technician
  • Health information data collection and analysis specialist
  • Medical coder/biller-analyst/auditor
  • Electronic health records (EHR) specialist
  • Compliance auditor/specialist
  • Patient care coordinator
  • Release of information specialist
  • Revenue cycle reimbursement specialist

You can pursue an in-demand career in healthcare settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Insurance companies
  • Health information technology vendors

Why Choose Rasmussen?

Designed by industry experts, our Health Information Associate’s degree will help you gain the skills, education and certification prep to help grow your career in health information.

Logo: CAHIIM accreditation

  • Accredited online and at select campuses by the Commission Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).3 Learn more about CAHIIM campus accreditation
  • Balance work, life and school with fully online courses
  • Get credit for what you already know, with transfer credits and Flex Choice® Credit by Assessment
  • Focus on both data management and revenue management—other programs may only emphasize one. We want you to be versatile and knowledgeable, from collecting and protecting patient health information to managing vital clinical aspects of claims, payment and revenue
  • Gain hands-on experience with AHIMA® virtual labs to test your skills and sharpen your decision-making
  • Analyze electronic health records (EHR) and examine case studies, real-world coding scenarios, hands-on activities and projects for a first-hand look at industry technology
  • Develop skills in computer applications, statistics and analytics
  • Collaborate with experienced faculty who want you to succeed in a supportive environment

Practice in Real-Time

Not only are you studying the material in our HIT program—you’re also getting a variety of practice experiences in a professional health information setting in your community. Through state-of-the-art AHIMA® virtual labs, you'll utilize the latest health information technology in a simulated work setting.

Continue to Advance

An HIT Associate’s degree can be the first step in your health information path. You’ll be prepared for entry-level roles in the field—and perfectly positioned to complete our Health Information Management Bachelor’s degree in preparation for leadership roles.

Pursue Certification

Our Health Information Technician Associate’s degree prepares you to take the AHIMA Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT®) exam with confidence.13 Plus, the application fee is included in the total program costs.4

Two females conversing HIT

Being a lifelong learner is an important point to bring to students. If you’re unclear how far you want to go in the marketplace, go forward with your education and be ready to move quickly to the next level.

Charlee B., MLS, RHIT

HIT AAS Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor at Rasmussen College

What Do Courses Look Like?

You’ll learn through online interactive sessions with faculty and peers, authentic assessments to test what you know, AHIMA® virtual labs and a professional practice experience in a simulated healthcare setting.

Sample Courses

  • Revenue Cycle Management (HIM 2135)

    • Analyze the revenue life cycle from initial patient contact through final reimbursement and auditing.
    • Examine the services, job functions and responsibilities involved in revenue cycle process, functions and management, as well as financial controls.

  • Data Analytics and Informatics in Healthcare (HIM 2624C)

    • Manage data within a database and assess methodologies related to health information management to meet stakeholder needs, taking national standards into consideration.
    • Evaluate data to identify trends and format health data using various industry visual displays and presentation tools.

  • Management and Leadership in Health Information (HIM 2515)

    • Prepare to manage health information services and personnel, as well as performance of entry-level supervisory and management functions.
    • Topics include ethical standards of practice, cultural diversity, organizational change impacts, human resource strategies, cultural diversity and more.

What Skills Will I Gain?

Health information is any data related to a patient’s medical history, including symptoms, diagnoses, procedures and outcomes. In our HIT degree program, you’ll have a full understanding of the health information life cycle.

  • Patient Information Management

    Manage patient-specific data to ensure the privacy and security of confidential health information and utilizing policies and technology.

  • Revenue Cycle Management

    Determine diagnoses and procedure codes to support billing within revenue cycle processes.

  • Data Management

    Perform healthcare data collection, analysis, presentation and reporting utilizing health information databases and technology.

  • Healthcare Technologies

    Utilize technologies for health information management functions with an understanding of emerging consumer engagement technologies, such as telehealth, patient portals and social media.

Climb the Educational Ladder to Your Career

Our Health Information studies programs let you start at the point that works best for you, complete that Certificate or degree, then smoothly transition to the next degree. You’re not just completing your Associate’s degree—you’re saving time and money by finishing half of your Bachelor’s degree and advancing on the path toward an in-demand leadership role improving health information processes and patient care.

  • Certificate: Medical Billing and Coding

    Start here if:

    You’re just entering the field and looking for quick entry into a healthcare role. This is a great stepping stone toward your Associate’s degree and a future career in medical billing and coding.14

    Finish in as few as:

    9 months2

    Sample job titles:

    • Medical coder/biller
    • Medical insurance claims clerk/specialist
    • Medical collections specialist
    • Patient services representative
    • Patient access representative
    • Patient registrar
    • Medical records clerk

    View Certificate details

  • Associate’s Degree: Health Information Technician

    Start here if:

    You’re ready to learn more about managing patient data, revenue cycle, and billing and coding. You're also interested in pursuing the RHIT® exam.

    Finish in as few as:

    18 months2

    Sample job titles:

    • Health information technician
    • Health information data collection and analysis specialist
    • Medical coder/biller-analyst/auditor
    • Electronic health records (EHR) specialist
    • Compliance auditor/specialist
    • Patient care coordinator
    • Release of information specialist
    • Revenue cycle reimbursement specialist

    View Associate’s degree details

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Health Information Management

    Start here if:

    You have your Associate's degree in health information or in an another subject with your RHIT credential. You're interested in a higher leadership role and want to prepare for the RHIA® exam.12

    Finish in as few as:

    18 months2

    Sample job titles:

    • Health information services manager
    • Privacy officer
    • Health information applications
    • EHR implementation specialist
    • Clinical/healthcare informatics analyst/specialist
    • Compliance officer/auditor
    • Revenue cycle reimbursement manager
    • Health information management specialist
    • Clinical documentation specialist

    View Bachelor’s degree details

  • Master’s Degree: Choose Your Path

    Sample MBA job titles:

    • Business analytics and intelligence
    • Business and project management
    • Client relations
    • Education
    • Financial management
    • Government services
    • Healthcare administration
    • Human resources

    Sample MHA job titles:

    • Admissions coordinator or director
    • Clinical director
    • Health services manager
    • Hospital administrator
    • Long-term care administrator
    • Medical services manager
    • Practice manager

Online by Design

Rasmussen courses are fully online and rich in interactive learning to give you more control and balance in your life.

Support to Make it Work

From 24/7 tech support, experienced tutors and career services to library and learning services with over 400,000 ebooks and electronic reference materials, we’re dedicated to a robust learning community.

Transferable Skills

In addition to health information studies, you’ll enhance your skills in critical thinking, digital fluency, information literacy, communication, diversity and teamwork, and ethics and professional responsibility.

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Flex Choice®

67% of program requirements may be completed by transfer credits, course waivers, credit by assessment or other opportunities.4

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Education Built for Working Adults

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100% online courses give you more control—over your schedule, your work space and your pace.

Credit by Assessment

Get credit for what you already know. Your potential savings could be over $8,000!5

Affordable Education

Tuition & Savings

Do the Math:

With eight start dates a year and a total of 14 courses—full-time students can finish in as few as 18 months. You can save even more with transfer credits, loans, grants and more.

$260 cost per full-time credit
x 90 total credits
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$23,400  total full-time tuition
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$28,320 full-time estimated total program cost

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Entrance Requirements

Entrance requirements for the School of Health Sciences vary by program. This program is not available to residents of all states. To learn more and receive help planning your healthcare career path, contact an admissions advisor who will speak to you about: immunizations, background checks and TEAS scores.

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Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

The Health Information Technician Associate’s degree program offered at the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, Bloomington, Eagan, Lake Elmo/Woodbury, Mankato, and St. Cloud campuses in Minnesota, the Aurora/Naperville and Rockford campuses in Illinois, the Green Bay campus in Wisconsin and the Rasmussen College Online Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Additional accreditation details

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
200 East Randolph Street
Suite 5100
Chicago, IL 60601
312-235-3255

Graduate Programmatic Outcome Rates

Graduate Programmatic Outcome Rate, Student Satisfaction Rate and Programmatic Graduation Rate for the Health Information Technician Associate’s Degree Program.

Health Information Technician Associate’s Degree Program Graduate Programmatic Outcome Rate Student Satisfaction Rate Programmatic Graduation Rate
Rasmussen College – Aurora (Illinois) 88.9% 100% 47.5%
Rasmussen College – Rockford (Illinois) 75% 100% 41.7%
Rasmussen College – Brooklyn Park / Maple Grove (Minnesota) 87.5% 90% 40.5%
Rasmussen College – Bloomington, Eagan, Lake Elmo / Woodbury, Mankato, St. Cloud (Minnesota) 82.9% 89.5% 54.2%
Rasmussen College – Green Bay (Wisconsin) 88.9% 100% 53.8%
Rasmussen College – Online 73.4% 100% 37.2%

You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does a health information technician do?

    Health information is the data related to a person’s medical history, including symptoms, diagnoses, procedures and outcomes. Health information professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology applications and understand the workflow process in healthcare provider organizations.7 These professionals are vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records (EHRs).7

  • Where do health information technicians work?

    The adoption and expansion of electronic medical records systems means this kind of work is needed in almost any healthcare facility, from hospitals and insurance companies to health information vendors, clinics, physician's offices and more.

  • Is health information technology a good career?

    The projected growth of medical records and health information technician jobs from 2018–2028 is projected to grow much faster than average—at 11% versus an average of 5% for other jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.6

  • What are AHIMA® Virtual Labs?

    Rasmussen College utilizes AHIMA® virtual labs to help students prepare for the workplace. Courses designed specifically for the lab applications allow students to test their skills and decision-making abilities.

    The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is a global nonprofit of health information professionals who work with health data for more than a billion patient visits each year. For nearly a century, AHIMA has helped improve health record quality by taking a leadership role in the effective management of health data and information and delivering quality healthcare to the public.

  • How does professional practice experience work in an online program?

    Our HIT Associate's degree program allows you to gain professional practice experience in a healthcare work setting in your own community—possibly at your own organization. If needed, we can help you identify your professional practice experience location.

  • What is the RHIT® certification exam?

    The Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT®) exam is an in-demand industry certification exam taken through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA®). The RHIT certification exam test your knowledge and skills in the health information field.

    In our HIT Associate's degree program, you'll be prepared to take the RHIT® exam. Plus, the application fee is included in the total program costs.4

  • How long does it take to get an Associate’s degree in Health Information Technician?

    You can complete your Health Information Technician Associate’s degree in as few as 18 months.2

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  1. Estimated total program cost for a full-time student. Rasmussen College defines transfer credit as previously earned college credit at an accredited two- or four-year college/university after graduating from high school. Bachelor completer programs assume at least 90 transfer credits or a conferred degree.
  2. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  3. The Health Information Technician Associate’s degree program offered at the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, Bloomington, Eagan, Lake Elmo/Woodbury, Mankato, and St. Cloud campuses in Minnesota, the Aurora/Naperville and Rockford campuses in Illinois, the Green Bay campus in Wisconsin and the Rasmussen College Online Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

    Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
    200 East Randolph Street
    Suite 5100
    Chicago, IL 60601
    312-235-3255
  4. The application fee for each qualified student’s first exam attempt is included in the total program costs. Should you need to take the exam more than once to receive a passing score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees.
  5. Savings calculated from students enrolled at Rasmussen College who utilized Flex Choice® Credit by Assessment, which were offered for no additional charge when taken concurrently with traditional courses from May 2014 to January 2018. When completed, assessments reduced the number of traditional courses students were required to complete as part of their program. From the launch of Flex Choice Credit by Assessment in May 2014 through January 2018, 8,297 courses have been completed. Calculation: 8,297 courses x 3.2 credits per course = 26,550 credits. Cost per credit $250 x 26,550 credits = $6,637,500 in savings in the last four years. Since January 2017, we’ve been charging $99 per attempt 10,280 attempts since January 2017 x $99 = $1,017,720 in revenue. $6,637,500 savings - $1,017,720 revenue = $5,619,780 saved.
  6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  7. AHIMA, “Health Information 101”. https://www.ahima.org/certification-careers/certifications-overview/career-tools/career-pages/health-information-101/. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  8. Graduate Programmatic Outcome Rates are based on July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, as reported in the 2020 CAHIIM Annual Program Assessment Report. Measured at 12 months post-graduation and includes those employed in their field of study, in a position that required their degree, or those continuing their education. It 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. This rate excludes graduates who were unavailable due to military service, a medical condition, an international location, or are incarcerated or deceased.
  9. Student/Graduate Satisfaction Rates are for the time period 7/1/2018-6/30/2019, based on programmatic and institution surveys returned from program graduates.
  10. Programmatic Graduation Rates – Percentage of starts between May 2014 and April 2015 that graduated from the program in 1.5 times the recommended length of the program. The programs listed above are those accredited by CAHIIM. The online Health Information Management Bachelor’s degree program at Rasmussen College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
  11. AHIMA® Virtual Labs are a registered trademark of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). © 2020 AHIMA. All rights reserved.
  12. The Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA®) Exam is a registered trademark of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Copyright © 2020 AHIMA. All rights reserved.
  13. The Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT®) Exam is a registered trademark of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Copyright © 2020 AHIMA. All rights reserved.
  14. Most coding positions are not considered "entry level"; a combination of education and work experience is typically required to attain a coding position. Similarly, coders, especially those who are new to the field, should not expect to find a position where they can work from home. Most coding positions require onsite work.
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