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Get Started with Health Information Technology (AAS HIT)

If you are not sure of your career direction, but know you have an interest in: 

  • Data management
  • Computers/technology
  • Health care industry 
  • Detailed information 

You may want to earn an Associate Degree in Health Information Technology to launch your potential. Health information technicians perform tasks related to:

  • Quality and maintenance of electronic and paper patient medical records
  • Financial reimbursement
  • Decision making
  • Working with clinicians and administrators

You will also participate in a unique virtual lab using state-of-the-art technology and software. This degree qualifies you to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam. 

Technicians are employed by many facets of the health care industry, such as:

  • Health care facilities and providers 
  • Insurers
  • Pharmaceutical companies 
  • Software companies
  • Researchers

The AAS program offers classroom and online learning from any of our 11 campuses, but must be completed online or at the Livonia campus. It is an ideal stepping-stone for our Bachelor of Science Health Information Management program to open greater potential and earning capacity for students who choose to go further.

Davenport’s AAS HIT and BS HIM degrees are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM).

In-Demand Careers

National employment projections from the 2010-2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate the demand in the health information field will continue to grow through 2020. As part of the healthcare industry, many areas of this field will continue to drive job growth. Overall, the U.S. population is getting older, increasing needs in the medical care field. This factor, along with the increasing expansion and regulation of electronic medical records creates opportunities for you.

Our exceptional degree programs will make you a contender for in-demand career fields*, such as:

  • Compliance/Risk Management
  • Education/Communication
  • Informatics/Data Analysis
  • IT/Infrastructure
  • Health Information Management
  • Medical Records Operations and Administration
  • Revenue Cycle Management (including Coding)

*www.hicareers.com

Why DU?

  • The national reputation of Davenport’s curriculum and instructors is proven.
  • Your education is enhanced through interaction with field experts. 
  • Organizations across Michigan and the nation regularly hire DU graduates.

The DU Advantage

  • Courses available online or in classroom
  • State-of-the-art online technology and support
  • High quality coursework
  • 11 campuses statewide
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
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Full Curriculum

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE  •  75 CREDITS  •  HLT INFO AAS

This program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), prepares the individual to analyze, manage, and utilize patient care data and health information resources.  Students in the program utilize the American Health Information Management Association’s Virtual Lab which provides students with a learning experience that uses state-of-the-art technology and software.  Graduates will have an understanding of coding information for reimbursement and research, standards and regulations regarding health information and managing medical records and health care information.  Graduates from accredited HIT programs are employed throughout the health care industry in hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, physician practices, managed care organizations, insurance companies, consulting and law firms—any organization that collects and uses health information.

Students may begin the HIT program at any of the identified locations, but must complete the program at the Livonia location or online. Students successfully completing this CAHIIM-accredited program are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).  Students desiring to go on to complete the B.S. in Health Information Management must successfully complete HINT297 and HINT297C prior to progressing into the B.S. major.

**Which class should I take? When should I take it?  Please click here for a recommended program sequence.

Foundations of Excellence 26 cr.
BIOL115 Anatomy and Physiology with Human Disease I 4 cr.
BIOL116 Anatomy and Physiology with Human Disease II 4 cr.
BIOL131 Introduction To Human Disease 3 cr.
COMM120 Presentation Techniques 3 cr.
ENGL109 Composition 3 cr.
ENGL110 Advanced Composition 3 cr.
MATH125 Intermediate Algebra 3 cr.
SOSC201 Diversity in Society 3 cr.
Foundations of Health Professions 9 cr.
CISP112 Applied Information Technology 3 cr.
HLTH101 Introduction to Health Careers 3 cr.
HLTH110 Medical Terminology 3 cr.
Major 40 cr.
HINT110 Health Record Content 3 cr.
HINT201 Health Information Technology 3 cr.
HINT203 Health Care Delivery Systems 3 cr.
HINT209 Quality Assurance Health Care 3 cr.
HINT211 Health Care Management Foundations 3 cr.
HINT221 ICD Coding 4 cr.
HINT222 Procedural CPT/HCPCS Coding 3 cr.
HINT223 Advanced Coding 4 cr.
HINT250 Introduction to Reimbursement Systems 3 cr.
HINT294 Coding Practicum (Lecture) 2 cr.
HINT294C Coding Practicum (Lab) 2 cr.
HINT297 HIT Practicum (Lecture) 2 cr.
HINT297C HIT Practicum (Lab) 2 cr.
HLTH230 Health Care Law and Ethics 3 cr.