Health Information Management

The Health Information Management Program (HIM) prepares students for a career that places them in the expanding arena of healthcare meeting the cutting edge of technology. RHITs are health information technicians who work to ensure the quality of health records and health care data by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems. They use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data to improve patient care and control healthcare costs. In addition, RHITs may specialize in specific HIM functions such as coding and reimbursement, research, software development or clinical data management services.

Although our curriculum follows AHIMA’s required Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT) exam competencies; with such a broad selection of job opportunities we encourage our students to research their fields of interest and develop the necessary skills, knowledge and networks to initiate a successful career path.

 

The HIT AAS Degree Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), Graduates from this program are eligible to sit for the RHIT examination.

 

 

 

Curriculum

The fully online Health Information Technology (HIT) A.A.S. degree program prepares students with the knowledge and technical skills necessary for managing and improving the quality of information within the healthcare delivery system. This degree’s focal point is the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) entry-level competencies.  Students enrolled in the Health Information Technology program must complete a total of 69 credit hours: 21 General education requirements and 48 core concentrations, which include a 180 hour hands on practicum at a health care facility. Tuition is approximately $6000 plus the cost of books and supplies. Students will be required to complete a background check and additional clearance elements for practicum.

 

Accepted students will start the program as part of a cohort in the fall semester.  After completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the RHIT and CCA exams offered by AHIMA.

 

How do I get started?

  1. Apply to Central Arizona College for admission
  2. You may be required to take a college placement exam and/or bring with you a copy of your unofficial transcript from an accredited college.
  3. Contact the Health Information Management Director for  advisement:   sandra.brightwell@centralaz.edu
  4. Register for classes (Financial Aid, etc…)
  5. Fill out and send your HIM program package to: sandra.brightwell@centralaz.edu
  6. Applications being accepted now for Fall 2018 Start.

 

APPLY HERE:  Student Information Packet

HIM Info Packet and application Fillable

Program of Study for Health Information Technology 11-2017

Program of Study for Coding and Reimbursement Certificate 11-2017

Frequently asked Questions

Is this the right career choice for me?

The Health Information Management program is an excellent career choice for the person who is seeking a healthcare profession that combines interests in:

• Healthcare and Human Sciences
• Computer Science
• Business
• Law and Ethics
• Research

 

RHIT Examination Results

2013-2014 Academic Year: 100%

2014-2015 Academic Year: 100%

2015-2016 Academic Year: 100%

2016-2017 Academic Year:  83%