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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 Excellence26 cr.
BIOL115Anatomy and Physiology with Human Disease I4 cr.
BIOL116Anatomy and Physiology with Human Disease II4 cr.
BIOL131Introduction To Human Disease3 cr.
COMM120Presentation Techniques3 cr.
ENGL109Composition3 cr.
ENGL110Advanced Composition3 cr.
MATH125Intermediate Algebra3 cr.
SOSC201Diversity in Society3 cr.
Foundations of Health Professions9 cr.
CISP112Applied Information Technology 3 cr.
HLTH101Introduction to Health Careers3 cr.
HLTH110Medical Terminology3 cr.
Major40 cr.
HINT110Health Record Content3 cr.
HINT201Health Information Technology3 cr.
HINT203Health Care Delivery Systems3 cr.
HINT209Quality Assurance Health Care3 cr.
HINT211Health Care Management Foundations3 cr.
HINT221ICD Coding4 cr.
HINT222Procedural CPT/HCPCS Coding3 cr.
HINT223Advanced Coding4 cr.
HINT250Introduction to Reimbursement Systems 3 cr.
HINT294Coding Practicum (Lecture)2 cr.
HINT294CCoding Practicum (Lab)2 cr.
HINT297HIT Practicum (Lecture)2 cr.
HINT297CHIT Practicum (Lab)2 cr.
HLTH230Health Care Law and Ethics3 cr.