Health Technology

Healthcare Information and Administration (HCIA)

Graduates of the Healthcare Information and Administration program are prepared to work in health information management in organizations that create, manage, and utilize health information. Their roles include from clinical coder, data analyst, cancer registrar, and electronic health record specialist (see chart below for additional information). This program leads to completion of the associate in applied science degree. The program combines online instruction, online practical activities, and an in-person practicum experience to prepare students for entry-level employment in the health information field.

The HCIA program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Degree:  Associate in Applied Science

Healthcare Information and Administration

Health Information Management Systems (HIMS)

This degree meets the growing need of healthcare professionals. As the American population grows older and more dependent on technology, the number of medical and computer-related jobs is escalating rapidly to keep pace with demand.

Degree:  Associate in Applied Science

Health Information Management Systems – Medical Coding and Billing

Health Information Management Systems – Medical Office Management

Health Information Management Systems – Language Specialist II

Certificate of Achievement:

Medical Office

Medical Office – Coding and Billing Assistant

Medical Office – Medical Office Assistant

Medical Office – Language Specialist I

Health Information Technology Professional (HITP)

The implementation, configuration, and support of health information systems is vital in today's healthcare industry. This program instructs students on the management of health IT systems; quality improvement through meaningful use of health information technology; security and exchange of protected health information; and the creation of administrative efficiencies through these systems. Students completing this degree are prepared to work as health IT specialists in a clinical or acute care setting.

Degree:  Associate in Applied Science

Health Information Technology Professional

Career Certificate:

Health Information Technology

Program Differences

 

Healthcare Information and Administration (HCIA)

Health Information Management Systems (HIMS)

Health Information Technology Professional (HITP) 

 

Focus 

Management and use of health information in organizations across the continuum of health care, from preventive to chronic long term

Manage staff and/or systems used to collect, store, retrieve, and communicate healthcare data that are used for the planning, delivery, reimbursement, protection, and evaluation of patient care in the physician practice arena

Implementation, configuration, and support of health IT systems; quality improvement through meaningful use of health information technology; security and exchange of protected health information

Potential

Credential

Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)*

Certified Coding Specialist -- CCS

Certified Tumor Registrar -- CTR

Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA)

Certified Document Improvement Practitioner (CDIP)

Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

Certified Professional Coder -- Hospital (CPS-H)

Certified Professional Coder -- Payer (CPC-P)

Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT)

Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT)

Certified Professional in Health Information Technology (CPHIT)

Certified Professional in Health Information Exchange (CPHIE)

Certified Professional in Electronic Health Records (CPEHR)

Health Information Technology Professional (HIT Pro)

CompTIA Healthcare IT

Title Samples

Health data analyst

Clinical coder       

Clinical documentation specialist

Document improvement specialist

Cancer registrar

Reimbursement specialist

Release of information specialist

Compliance specialist

EHR super user

Revenue cycle coordinator

Performance improvement analyst

Coder and biller

Outpatient coder

Reimbursement specialist

Medical office manager

Medical transcriptionist

Voice recognition editor

Health IT specialist

Implementation manager

Implementation support specialist

Workflow redesign specialist

Technical/software support specialist

Software trainer

Network security analyst

Database technician

Meaningful use specialist

Employer

Hospitals, physician practices, outpatient clinics, health insurers, long term care facilities, release of information companies, EHR vendors Physician practice, ambulatory surgery center, clinics, insurance companies, pharmacy billing companies Hospitals, physician practices, outpatient clinics, regional extension centers, health insurers, long term care facilities, EHR vendors, government agencies, independent consultant

 

*Graduates of the HCIA program will become eligible to sit for the RHIT exam once the program earns accreditation from CAHIIM.