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Health Information Technology Advanced Certificate
HIT Advanced Overview

Join the health care support team!

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 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.

Why Carroll for an Advanced Certificate 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 the Advanced Certificate to the AAS 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.

To see if a career in Health Information Technology is a good fit for your future, please contact the program director, Anne Marani, at amarani@carrollcc.edu or 410-386-8265.

Health Information Technology Advanced Certificate

Program Director: Anne Marani Phone: 410-386-8265 Email: amarani@carrollcc.edu 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 focuses 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. Note: All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C. Upon completion of the certificate students will be eligible to sit for certification examinations offered by the American Health Information Management Association.

Health Info Technology Advanced Cert

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.

What does this program cost?

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.

Visit 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.

Need help paying for college?

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Where can you go?

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.

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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 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. 

How long does it take to earn the HIT Core Certificate?

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.

What is the difference between an Advanced Certificate in Health Information Technology and the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Health Information Technology?  

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.

Students who 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).

I already have a college degree in another major. Which is better for me—the Advanced Certificate or the AAS degree?

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 Information Technology. 

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.

Program Goals

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of medical terminology, human anatomy, and disease processes.
  2. Utilize multiple coding classification systems applicable to inpatient and outpatient care settings.
  3. Apply coding guidelines to ensure comprehensive, accurate coding.
  4. Demonstrate competency with software programs and technologies common in the workplace. 
  5. Utilize health data to complete common tasks, functions, or projects.
  6. Examine legal, ethical, and financial issues and their impact on health information management.

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