Program:
Health Information Management

Degree Awarded:
Associate of Science in Health Information Technology

Length of Program:
6 semesters

Application Deadlines:
Rolling Admission
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Degree Overview

As a health information technology (HIT) professional, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the accuracy, accessibility, quality and security of patient medical records. Your expertise in everything from information technology to the revenue cycle will provide an important service to patients as well as the efficiency of modern-day health information management (HIM) systems.

The Clarkson College Associate of Science in Health Information Technology degree option is offered 100 percent online and combines elements of health sciences, management, health information technology and business with practical lab experiences. You will learn skills in areas such as coding, billing, electronic health records, data analysis and reporting, legal compliance, and other technical processes that will prepare you for your role in health information management. Clarkson College has built early testing into the HIT curriculum, allowing you to take the national registry examination prior to graduating and earn the nationally recognized credential of Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT).

After obtaining an RHIT certification, many HIT professionals further their education with a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (HIM) degree. Graduates of the HIM program then go on to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification exam to open up career opportunities at the administrative level of health information management.


Performance Outcomes

  2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
First-Time Board Pass Rate*** 100% 100% 100%
Overall Board Pass Rate 100% 100% 100%
National Average Board Pass Rate 73% 75% 73%
Graduation Rate** 50% 40% 20%
Job Placement/Employment Rate* 100% 100% 100%

* Employment rates taken from returned graduate surveys, employer surveys, and graduates report to program individually.

** Students tracked through completion of degree (7 years). Reported a 3 year graduation rate. Majority of students in program are part-time students.

*** Pass Rate represents students who took the exam within 5 years post-graduation.


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Accreditation

The Health Information Management accreditor of Clarkson College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Accreditation for the Clarkson College Associate’s degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2027. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

Required Courses for Associate of Science in Health Information Technology

General Education Courses

(15 semester hours) IC, HU, EA courses are offered in the 7.5-week or 6-week format or full-semester format (15 or 12 weeks in duration) depending on the course.

Courses Semester Hours
EN 101 - English Composition I 3
IC HU EA - Healthcare Core Courses 3
IC HU EA - Healthcare Core Courses 3
IC HU EA - Healthcare Core Courses 3
MA 130 - College Algebra 3
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 15
Support Courses

(14 semester hours) All courses are 7.5 week or 6 week in duration.

Courses Semester Hours
BU 110 - Microsoft Office Applications 4
GEN 105 - Medical Terminology 1
HM 180 - Essentials of Pharmacology 2
HM 224 - Anatomy and Physiology 4
HM 226 - Human Disease and Conditions 3
Total Semester Hours 14
Health Information Major Courses

(17 semester hours) All courses are 7.5 week or 6 week in duration besides HM445 which is only offered in a full-semester format (15 or 12 weeks in duration).

Courses Semester Hours
BU 140 - Healthcare Delivery Systems 2
BU 335 - Managing Healthcare Departments 3
HM 108 - Concepts and Principles of HIM 3
HM 240 - Introduction to Informatics 3
HM 255 - Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
◊ HM 368 - Professional Practice Experience I 2
HM 445 - Health Information Technology Assessment 1
Total Semester Hours 17
Revenue Management Track Courses

(9 semester hours) All courses are 7.5 week or 6 week in duration.

Courses Semester Hours
HM 230 - Coding I: Foundation of Coding 3
HM 331 - Coding II: Principles of Coding 3
HM 333 - Classification Systems and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
Total Semester Hours 9
Data Management Track Courses

(9 semester hours) All courses are 7.5 week or 6 week in duration besides ST310 which is only offered in a full-semester format (15 or 12 weeks in duration).

Courses Semester Hours
HM 215 - Data Management 3
HM 218 - Data Analysis and Visualization 3
ST 310 - Statistics 3
Total Semester Hours 9

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Find out more information about costs, tuition, and fees.

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Undergraduate Tuition

Cost per Credit Hour
$620


Cost per Semester
$7,590 - Full-time (12 hrs)
$3,795 - Part-time (6 hrs)

Tuition
Undergraduate Tuition$620 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Application Fee for first time students $25/ each
Enrollment Fee for first time students $150/ each
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
Interprofessional education – IPE Course Fee IPE 301 $99/ student

Career Overview

Median Salary

$41,430
Source: PayScale.com, 2019

Job Outlook

Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

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