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Health Information Technology AAS

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Health Information Technology jobs are the backbone of the health care industry, supporting patient care and payment activities related to that care.

Not all jobs in healthcare jobs require a “hands-on” approach. Blend your interest in health care with technical and analytical skills to build a thriving future in the emerging field of Health Information Technology (HIT). Serving as liaisons between healthcare facilities, insurance companies and service providers, health information technicians and coders work to ensure that health records and billing transactions are complete, accurate and protected.

Previous healthcare experience is not necessary, but entering the HIT field does require a willingness to study, learn and practice to become proficient with new skills. Students in our program come from a variety of education and work backgrounds—some students are new to college, some have degrees in other disciplines, some are re-entering the workforce and some are career changers. Carroll’s HIT program provides you with options based on your career goals, learning styles and timelines for completion.

Why Carroll for an A.A.S. in Health Information Technology:

  • No selective admission requirements for this program. All are welcome.
  • Small class sizes and experienced instructors. 
  • Online courses to meet scheduling needs of working adults.
  • Hands-on learning with software commonly used in the industry. 
  • Seamless transition from HIT certificate(s) to the A.A.S. degree

Certify Your Skills: 

You can earn valuable industry certifications in medical coding. Completion of the program qualifies students to sit for national coding certification exams such as Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Professional Coder (CPC). In today’s workplace, many employers require or show preference to applicants who have obtained a certification.

Health Information Technology AAS

Program Director: Anne Marani Phone: 410-386-8265 Email: amarani@carrollcc.edu The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology is designed to prepare students for employment as health information technicians in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, physician offices, home health agencies and other facilities which create and/or evaluate health records. This program of study is designed to combine general education and specialized courses to meet employment requirements in Health Information Technology.

AAS Health Info Technology Program

AAS HIT General Education Requirements

General Education Diversity Requirement

  • Take 1 Diversity-designated General Education course: (courses used to satisfy other requirements may also satisfy this requirement)

Carroll faculty members are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities.

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT


Anne Marani, MA RHIT CCS
Program Director & Assistant Professor, Health Information Technology (HIT)

AnneMaraniAs the HIT program’s director, Anne is responsible for the administration of the program. Her professional career spans more than 30 years in positions ranging from medical coder to director of a health information department. She is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and holds both Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) certifications. She is also an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer. Anne has been a full-time faculty member at Carroll since 2009. She provides quality instruction for basic and advanced coding as well as other HIT courses, including the Professional Practice course.

Advisory Boards

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our  Advisory Boards page to see the list of Business and Accounting Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.

Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. If you start your Health information Technology education by earning an AAS degree at Carroll, you'll pay less than half of what you would pay for the first two years of a typical four-year college. 

What does this program cost?

Carroll’s Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with mostly online classes. You can complete an associate degree for less than the cost of one year at a 4-year college or university.

Visit the Tuition and Fees page for the latest rates.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) lists HIT programs as Health Manpower Shortage Programs. As such, students who are Maryland residents are eligible for in-county (Carroll) tuition rates and fees.

Students are encouraged to join a professional association as a student member in their second year. Cost (not included as tuition or fee) typically ranges from $45 - $90, depending on the professional organization.

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Where can you go?

HealthInfoTech2Graduates of this program seek employment at physician practices, health clinics, urgent care centers, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals. Non-traditional settings such as federal, state and local government agencies, insurance companies and consulting companies provide other employment opportunities.

With the demand for health services increasing as the population ages, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is predicting much faster than average job growth for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians through 2026, making job prospects in this field very favorable.

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Will HIT credits transfer?

Carroll’s HIT program is a career program rather than a transfer program. Specialized HIT courses provide students with very specific skill sets in anticipation of employment. These courses may not be transferable.

Graduates looking to pursue a bachelor’s degree might consider options such as a 4-year degree program in a health-related area such as health systems management or health care administration to move forward in their career. 

Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools in Maryland and across the country. Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by area of study.

Are Carroll HIT graduates eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam offered by AHIMA?

No. Although Carroll’s HIT program is also a 2-year degree program, it does not have the designation required by AHIMA for RHIT exam eligibility. Our graduates are eligible to sit for coding certification exams such as CCA or CPC.

Are coding certification exams required as part of the HIT program?

Coding certification exams are typically taken after graduation and are not included in the cost of the program. Employers may require a coding certification, so students are encouraged to sit for a coding certification exam soon after graduation.

I’m already a certified coder but I don’t have a college degree. Can I earn any college credits for my coding certification and apply it to a 2-year Health Information Technology degree?

Yes. Carroll does offer college credit for some national coding certifications held in combination with on-the-job coding experience. Number of credit hours granted are based on a review of verifiable certification and work experience by the program director.

I see there are a number of places where your HIT graduates may work but I’m interested in working from home. Is that an option?

Some healthcare organizations may have a work-from-home or “remote” option for staff in certain positions such as coding. However, new graduates should expect to work onsite for a period of time outlined by the employer. New hires are required to meet or exceed quality and productivity standards before being allowed to work remotely.

MISSION

The Health Information Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment as health information technicians in hospitals and physician offices, as well as other health care and health-related organizations such as insurance companies.

Upon successful completion of this program, students are able to interpret health record documentation using knowledge of human biology, clinical disease processes and pharmacology to identify and code diagnoses and procedures and to perform other health information-related functions such as claims processing and working with the electronic health record. Students completing the program are eligible to sit for certification examinations offered by organizations such as the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

PROGRAM GOALS

  1. Students will demonstrate comprehension and correct application of medical terminology. 
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic healthcare information needs
  3. Students will demonstrate written communication skills in applicable healthcare-related situations
  4. Students will utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills in coding and coding-related areas.
  5. Students will demonstrate advanced coding skills.
  6. Students will demonstrate awareness of current issues in healthcare.

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