According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems continue to become more common, technicians with computer skills will be needed to use them, and job prospects will be best for those with a certification in health information.*
At American Career College, our Associate of Occupational Science degree in Health Information Technology is designed to provide you with the appropriate general education, didactic theory and hands-on skills required to begin and/or enhance a career in Health Information Technology.
The ACC Health Information Technology program is designed to teach you how to use technology to collect, analyze, monitor, maintain and report health data. These functions include, among other duties, processing requests for the release of personal health information, the coding of clinical information and processing and using health data for clinical quality management. It also provides instruction in billing and reimbursement and compliance while protecting patient privacy.
Through a combination of general education, computer literacy and specialized health information technology courses, you will develop a range of skills relevant to the roles and responsibilities of a health information technologist, including:
Graduates of this program may pursue entry-level positions involving health information technology in a variety of health care settings. Completion of the program is acknowledged by the awarding of an Associate of Occupational Science degree.
The focus is on your success!
The goal of our program is to help you graduate with the confidence and qualifications to begin your career as a health information technologist.*
*ACC cannot guarantee employment.
The Health Information Technology program is available at the following campus:
Health Information Technologists work with physicians, nurses and other health care providers in a variety of professional settings. After completing ACC's career-focused Associate of Occupational Science degree, you can expect to qualify for entry-level positions and be ready to interview for employment at:
A few interesting statistics* about health information technology careers:
A few places where graduates from various ACC programs have been hired:
Many area employers are very familiar with the quality of ACC's health care training programs and our school's track record for preparing confident, qualified professionals for rewarding careers. Our graduates have been hired by:
This program is divided into eight 10-week quarters and is a blended schedule consisting of courses taken on campus and online. In addition to general education courses, core courses in ACC's Health Information Technology program include:
Once you have completed your ACC training and earned your associate degree, you'll be ready to pursue exciting career opportunities. As an entry-level health information technologist, your day-to-day responsibilities* may include:
You'll be on your way!
As you begin your career as a health information technologist, the ongoing development of your skills can create increased opportunities for advancement. Even after you are employed, ACC's Career Services team will remain committed to providing you with the resources, support and personalized assistance you need to keep your career on the fast track.
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*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11
**Many employers of health information technicians either limit their hiring, or give hiring preference to candidates who are Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). In order for a student to become an RHIT upon graduation, the student must pass a certification examination for RHIT administered by the Council on Certification of the American Health Information Management Association.
For details on what prospective HIT students should know, please visit: http://www.cahiim.org/whatyoushouldknow.html. The HIT program at the Orange County Campus is accredited by CAHIIM. Only graduates of CAHIIM-accredited programs are eligible to take the Certification Exam to become an RHIT. A graduate of this program is unlikely to qualify for any employment opportunities involving the management of health information, unless and until he or she is able to take and pass the Certification Exam. Students should determine if they meet all other eligibility requirements for taking the RHIT exam.
Program lengths vary by schedule and session.
Not all programs are offered at all locations.