Earn your health information technology (HIT) Associate of Science Degree and prepare for a career in the health information field.
At a Glance
Complete your degree online
The program includes 90-hours of practical experience in a clinical setting
Institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC/WASC)*
Earn your HIT Associate of Science Degree to be prepared for a career in health information technology
Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now
About the Program
What Will I Learn
Carrington’s Health Information Technology program trains health information technicians to perform clerical duties including organizing, processing, and maintaining medical records and data for clinics. Our program will teach the ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements that are required by the health care system.
Most courses for this program are delivered online. In this program students also complete a 90-hour Health Information Practicum in an approved health care setting.
Students will explore and practice the use of technologies needed for data search, examine legal and regulatory issues in healthcare, and learn the fundamentals of database management. The final course in the program provides a 90-hour practical experience in a clinical setting where students will demonstrate competency in the field.
In addition to technical coursework, this degree program will include a broad base of general education course offerings focusing on:
- Computer literacy
- English writing and composition
- Interpersonal communication
Health Information Technicians organize, process, and maintain medical records and data for clinics and hospitals while following ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements required by the health care system. They perform a variety of duties including the review of records for accuracy, quality and compliance maintenance, security and confidentiality of the patient’s health information, and the utilization of coding systems for patient diagnosis and treatment.
Upon completion of the Health Information Technology program, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to utilize coding systems in health care management
- Apply pathophysiology and pharmacology knowledge to the coding process
- Demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and professionalism
About Online Learning
At Carrington, we believe learning should be at the pace of the student. That’s why we offer online degree-completion programs to allow students to learn “anytime, anywhere” while continuing to work for their current employer. Earning an associate degree in health information technology via this online degree-completion program requires 70 total semester credit hours to graduate. Students can complete the program in as few as 72 weeks (not including breaks).
Students are required to complete a certificate program in Medical Billing and Coding at an accredited institution with a minimum of 28 semester credit hours and a 2.0 GPA to enroll. Once students have met the requirements, all it takes to get started is unrestricted access to a computer with reliable Internet access and an email account.
Medical records and health information technicians organize and manage health information data for insurance reimbursement purposes, databases and registries, and to help maintain medical histories. Between 2018 and 2028 employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to grow 11%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics1.
In May 2018, the median annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $40,350 per year or $19.40 per hour1. For detailed regional information please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292071.htm#st.
As the population ages, they will require more medical services, and health information technicians will be required to manage and organize their health information. This means that more claims will be made to insurance companies for reimbursement and health information technicians help to ease the process.
Cost & Financial Aid
Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
For complete information on current tuition costs please see the Academic Catalog.
The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals.
Accreditation and Approvals
*Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, 415 506 0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the US Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at accjc.org.
For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit carrington.edu/accreditation.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm (visited December 13, 2019). Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2018-2028 and may not reflect local economic conditions.