Summary

Train 100% online to be a Registered Health Information Technician. Gain skills to work in a variety of healthcare settings managing health information using the latest technologies.

Completion Award
Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences
Length of Study
90 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Location
Online

Students who successfully complete this program, by achieving a grade of 2.0 or better for each individual course in the program and program prerequisites, should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of medical and clinical terminology, anatomy and physiology, human diseases and pharmacology.
  • Understand healthcare delivery and information systems for hospitals and other health care facilities.
  • Outline the process used in the selection and implementation of health information systems as well as project planning.
  • Interpret health record content including identifying what makes a complete health record.
  • Apply policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy and integrity of health data.
  • Accurately assign diagnostic and procedural codes in accordance with Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS), National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI), American Hospital Association (AHA), and American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines for inpatient and outpatient health records.
  • Accurately analyze clinical documentation and code patient health records as part of hierarchical condition categories (HCCs) and risk adjustment (RA) methodology and reimbursement.
  • Identify current practices in coding and classification systems, components of fee setting, prospective payment systems and how to optimize insurance reimbursements for various healthcare facilities.
  • Utilize computer applications including electronic health records, encoders and grouping systems, spreadsheets, database, and reporting applications.
  • Assess the legal and ethical issues related to health care information, including the release and security of confidential data.
  • Collect and analyze health data and healthcare statistics for operations, research, cancer and other disease-based registries.
  • Understand management principles and the role of the health information supervisor.

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The job outlook for health information and informatics is very good with graduates working as Health Information Specialists, Health Data Analysts, Medical Record Coordinators, Coders, HIM Data Integrity Analysts, Cancer Registrars, Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Specialists, Quality Improvement Coordinators, Medical Record Supervisors and Health Information Managers. For salary information in your state, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://www.bls.gov.

Potential employers include:
Hospitals, nursing homes, medical and dental offices, insurance companies, community health centers, public health agencies, urgent care centers, behavioral health centers, rehabilitation facilities, and home health agencies.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
2020-2021
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $152.13 $243.46 $330.00 $166.72
5 credits $631.60 $1,090.10 $1,522.80 $706.40
12 credits (full-time) $1,359.08 $2,283.78 $3,156.04 $1,510.28
15 credits $1,524.20 $2,460.45 $3,343.00 $1,677.80

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Program Fees
Approximately $45 - 120 per quarter, depending on courses selected

Ways to pay for school

Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

Next Steps

Application Period

New student applications are primarily accepted between January and June each year. Applications will continue to be accepted outside this time frame on a space-available basis.


How to apply