Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technician

If you’re looking to combine your interest in information technology with a desire to help people, and take advantage of new employment opportunities in healthcare, then Brown College's Health Information Technician training could be the right choice for you.

Our Associate of Applied Science Health Information Technician program is designed to prepare you for the task of managing critically important data accurately and professionally in a variety of healthcare settings. The program includes a supervised externship/internship at a healthcare facility, where you'll gain valuable real-world experience.

As you earn your Health Information Technician degree, you'll be immersed in a challenging curriculum that provides you with hands-on training in a variety of key areas — including health data management, medical billing, healthcare reimbursement and delivery systems, health record maintenance, information technology, medical law and ethics, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and more.

Graduates will be expected to:

  • Collect and maintain health information securely and accurately.
  • Work with electronic health records (EHR).
  • Know how to comply with regulations and standards for patient records.
  • Apply diagnosis and procedure codes using ICD Coding and other clinical classification systems.
  • Demonstrate accurate billing processes.
  • Understand how to comply with the changing regulations for various healthcare payment systems such as Medicare, Medicaid, and managed care.
  • Use specialized software to complete Health Information Management (HIM) processes.
  • Assist with budgeting processes and resource requisitions.

Courses in Brown's Health Information Technician degree program focus on helping students build the knowledge, technical skills, and direct experience needed to manage healthcare information professionally, with a full understanding of relevant privacy rules.

Here's a look at some of the key coursework in the Health Information Technician degree program:

  • In Health Information Technology, you'll become familiar with computer software and business procedures common to healthcare settings. Topics include patient billing, itemized statements, data entry, scheduling, electronic claims, professional fees, and credit arrangements and collections procedures.
  • In Healthcare Computer Applications, you'll explore computer hardware and software, commonly used office applications, and the role of computer technology in the field of healthcare.
  • In Healthcare Reimbursement and Delivery Systems, you'll learn about the organization, delivery, regulation, and financing of healthcare services; contemporary healthcare plans and payment systems; charge-master maintenance; and the evaluation of fraudulent billing practices.

Other core requirements in this program include:

  • Introduction to ICD Coding
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to CPT Coding
  • Diagnostic and Procedure Coding
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Health Data Organization and Administration
  • Health Information Management Seminar
  • Health Information Management Externship
Course curriculum is subject to change.

The Health Information Technician program is not programmatically accredited. Graduates of the program are encouraged to take certification examinations given by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC). These certification examinations are voluntary but obtaining these certifications may enhance employment opportunities. Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) examination offered by AHIMA and the Certified Professional Coder-Apprentice (CPC-Apprentice) examinations offered by AAPC upon graduation. Graduates may apply for the official CPC credential after completing at least two years of coding experience after graduation as defined by AAPC. Other exams offered by these agencies may require significant additional work experience and/or graduation from a program accredited by AHIMA. The Health Information Technician program is not programmatically accredited and the program’s graduates are not eligible to apply for some other exams, specifically the RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) and RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) examinations offered by AHIMA. Registration and certification requirements for taking and passing these examinations are not controlled by Brown College but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Therefore, Brown College cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification exams at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

Once you've earned your Health Information Technology degree from Brown College, some of the roles you'll be qualified to pursue might include:

  • Health Information Technician
  • Medical Records Analyst
  • Medical Records Coordinator
  • Health Information Assistant
  • Medical Records Assistant
  • Privacy Officer

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for medical assistants is expected to increase by 21 percent between 2010 and 2020 — growing at a much faster rate than the average for all occupations.* Becoming a professionally trained Health Information Technician can lead to management opportunities, too.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.