Health Information Technology Associate of Applied Science
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 participate in 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.
This program requires a 40 - 80 hour professional practice experience.
This program is offered at the Grand Rapids Lettinga campus, available both in-seat and 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 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).
Each program completes a yearly Annual Program Assessment Review (APAR) for CAHIIM.
Outcomes from the most recent program review include:
- 100% of respondents to an employer survey indicated they are satisfied with graduates of the Davenport University HIM program
- Employment 86%
- Graduate Satisfaction 98%
- Student Satisfaction 5.96 on a scale of 1-7
- Davenport University graduated the 2nd most associate degree professionals (91) in the nation (2014 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System)
Program or Student/Graduate Learning Outcomes
Evaluate data content structural standards.
Evaluate healthcare revenue management policy and procedure.
Evaluate healthcare compliance methods.
Analyze health business intelligence.
Apply leadership and management strategies utilized in the Health Information Management field.
Apply methods for health information protection.
Admission follows Davenport University admission and progression policy as outlines in Undergraduate Catalog. Student in the College of Health Professions must maintain a 2.0 GPA to continue in a program of study towards a degree.
Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen Policy
All students in the Davenport University College of Health Professions are required to submit to criminal background check and drug screening at the time of declaring a major in the COHP. The results of the Testing , which shall remain confidential, shall be used by the COHP to approve or disapprove of a Student for enrollment or continued enrollment in the COHP, and/or eligibility for training programs, clinical or practicum. The Testing shall be completed by registering for the appropriate course and completing the entire testing process in the course. Each student is responsible for acknowledging and explaining positive Result(s) after completing the process. A student will be dismissed from the COHP if he or she refuses to consent to the Testing. The cost of the Testing is the part of the course fee and is the responsibility of the student.
Associate Dean of Health Information Management (HIM)/Allied Health: TJ Hunt, PhD, RHIA, CHDA, CHTS-IM, FAHIMA
HIM/Allied Department Chairperson, HIM BS and HIT AAS Program Director: Linda Sorensen, MPA, RHIA, CHPS
Associate Department Chairperson, MS Program Director: Jeanne Freeman PhD, RHIA
Associate Department Chairperson: Megan Tober, MBA, RHIA
Teaching and Learning Coordinator: Stacie Kreinbrink, MBA, RHIA
The HIT associate of applied science degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) at the Davenport University main campus in Grand Rapids, MI. Contact information:
233 N. Michigan Avenue Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60601