Health information technology (HIT) professionals have skills and competencies in health data management, information policy, information systems, administrative and clinical workflow. HIM is focused on operations management, which is crucial to ensuring an accurate and complete medical record, as well as cost-effective information processing. HIM professionals are prepared for the acute care environment and are often part of the information technology staff and clinical informatics professionals responsible for the electronic health record.
The Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential assures employers that the credentialed graduate has the expected professional knowledge and skills relevant to make a meaningful contribution to healthcare. This is an open enrollment program.
A health information technician is a skilled professional responsible for maintaining, organizing and producing medical information. The curriculum prepares students for employment in any healthcare setting. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the RHIT National Certification Exam.
Health information technology professionals enjoy a broad selection of job opportunities and options for professional growth. Health information technology and work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry, including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, governmental agencies and home care providers.
With a health information technology associate degree, graduates can be employed as a health data analyst, insurance claims analyst, records technician specialist, clinical coding specialist, physician practice manager or patient information coordinator.
The Baker College Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology program is a two-year, CAHIIM-accredited program consisting of 60 credit hours (45 hours of major courses and 15 general education requirements). Our curriculum includes human anatomy and physiology, three coding courses and a 120-hour capstone work experience.
I chose Baker because they had such a detailed, laid-out plan for me. It got me working as a nurse, and their goal is to see everyone off and working. Baker faculty are very prepared professionals. I felt like they set me up for success.
The mission of the health information technology program is to provide students with the opportunity to build on knowledge and develop the skills necessary to be employed as a health information management (HIM) professional.
External peer review is the primary means of ensuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.
The Health Information Management accreditor of Baker College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Health Information Technology degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2020.
All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at 312.235.3255; or by email at [email protected].
Program accreditation by CAHIIM is necessary to be eligible for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) National Certification Exam.
The College is currently seeking accreditation for the online Health Information Technology associate degree program. The Associate Degree Health Information Management Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Baker College online programs are available to students across the country. In Michigan our students come from Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Cadillac, Dearborn, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Owosso, Traverse City, and many other locations. Beyond Michigan, our online graduates hail from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and other states.
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