Posted on: October 27, 2014
TheBestSchools.org ranked Clarkson College No. 5 in the U.S. in the category of Best Online Associate in Health Information Technology (HIT) Degree Programs.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 22 percent employment growth for health information technicians from 2012 to 2022—much faster than the average (about 10 percent) for all occupations. In 2013, medical records and health information technicians had a median annual salary of $34,970. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The Best Schools selected and ranked the top 10 HIT degree programs based on the quality of program and range of courses provided, as well as school awards, rankings, and reputation.
The quality and curriculum design of the Clarkson College HIT program allows students to study a wide variety of job functions. "Simultaneously, our program provides students with the opportunity to narrow down that focus and land their first job," said Carla Dirkschneider, Director of the Health Information Management Program.
Subjects the Clarkson College program focuses on include coding, revenue cycle management, quality management and process improvement, HIT assessment, medical terminology, and disease process. Education in these areas prepares students for entry-level positions as health information technicians who assist health information administrators in organizing and managing records, storing medical records, and creating reports.
The reputation of the Clarkson College HIT program is synonymous with its quality. "The program is widely respected in the community," Dirkschneider said. "Most of the students in this program have a job secured even prior to graduation, and 100 percent of its graduates sit for the RHIT examination."
The RHIT credential represents a health information technician’s ability to: ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems; and to use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data to improve patient care or control costs. With experience, the RHIT credential holds solid potential for advancement to management positions, especially when combined with a bachelor's degree.
The Clarkson College associates HIT degree program consists of 73 credit hours and requires a professional practice experience. The program is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
For more information about Clarkson College and the HIT program, visit ClarksonCollege.edu.