Health Information Technology (HIT) is one of the fastest growing fields in the health care industry. With their knowledge of health care, components of law, health management and information technology, health information technologists thrive in a variety of work settings across an array of health care environments.
The HIT program at Anne Arundel Community College provides students with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to process, maintain, compile and report health information data. The program is designed to help students develop the leadership skills necessary to serve in a supervisory role within a health information system. AACC students gain practical experience through externships in settings such as hospitals, clinics or managed care organizations that support the technical and information systems of a health care system.
AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in this area of study. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you the skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into agreements allowing this degree to transfer to select colleges. Where that is the case, it's noted with the degree below.
Health Information Technology curriculum provides didactic and lab instruction as well as professional practice experiences to give students solid theoretical, technical and practical skills. Students will leave the program ready to pass the RHIT examination, obtain employment and apply the technical, management, and problem-solving skills to every aspect of health information management.
If you're interested in earning a four-year degree and want to study this subject, Transfer Studies may be your solution. This distinctive degree is designed to let you choose an area of concentration (or major), while completing your state of Maryland general education requirements.
The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. If you hope to transfer to a specific program or school, one of our advisors can help structure your AACC studies specifically for that purpose. The result? You get a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career.
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Health Information Technology graduates go on to have careers in health information management, health information technology, office management, medical coding, data analysis, quality improvement and research. Many go on to complete an additional certificate in medical coding. For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and check out AACC’s Career Coach to discover the perfect career for you.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technology (RHIT) national certification exam offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). AACC’s HIT program has an 81 percent first-time pass rate, well above the national average of 64 percent.
The Health Information Technology (HIT) program at AACC is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). It is the only program that offers the majority of its courses in an online format.