Serving as liaisons between healthcare facilities, insurance companies and service providers, health information technicians and medical 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 employment backgrounds—some 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.
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.
To see if a career in Health Information Technology is a good fit for your future, please contact the program director, Anne Marani, at email@example.com or 410-386-8265.
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.
As 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.
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
The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)
lists the HIT Advanced Certificate as a Health Manpower Shortage Program. As such,
students who are Maryland residents are eligible for in-county (Carroll)
tuition rates and fees.
the Tuition and Fees page for the latest rates.
Students are encouraged to join a professional HIT 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.
Explore the following options:
Graduates 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.
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 to other institutions.
Graduates looking to complete a bachelor’s degree might consider a health-related program such as health systems management or health care administration to move forward in their career.
Carroll’s Advanced Certificate in
Health Information Technology consists of four semesters (36 credits) of
full-time study, which can be completed in two years.
From a Health Information
perspective, there is no difference. Students working towards the Advanced
Certificate or the AAS degree complete the same series of Health Information Technology
courses. The difference lies in that students who wish to earn an Associate
degree must complete additional general education courses in Arts
and Humanities, English Composition & Literature, Mathematics, Social &
Behavioral Science, etc. to fulfill the degree requirements.
complete the Advanced Certificate, like AAS degree completers, are eligible to
sit for national coding certification exams such as the Certified Coding
Associate (CCA) or Certified Professional Coder (CPC).
If you already
have a degree in a healthcare major, then the Advanced Certificate may be all
you need to show that you’ve received specialized education in Health
However, if your
degree is not healthcare related, you may want to consider getting an AAS degree
specifically in Health Information Technology so that you can highlight this
new field of study on your résumé.
The Advanced Certificate in Health Information
Technology prepares students for employment as health information technicians
in hospitals, ambulatory surgery facilities, physician offices, and other
organizations which create and/or evaluate health records. Early coursework
focusses students’ learning on fundamentals: medical terminology, human body
and disease, and basic inpatient and outpatient coding. Advanced courses build
on basic skills, offering more comprehensive coding training and practice with
other competencies such as claims processing and use of electronic health
records. Students complete the certificate with a professional practice that
includes a final coding experience and career-focused activities to help jump-start
entry into the workplace.
completion of the program, students will be able to: