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Healthcare Information Technology

There is no better time to earn a Healthcare Information Technology degree and prepare for a career in one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. The Healthcare Information Technology program at Fremont College prepares students to play vital roles in the healthcare delivery system and provides the necessary training to become skilled in health information management. Upon program completion, graduates are prepared for a wide variety of Healthcare IT careers.

O1 Career Overview

Are Health Information Technicians in demand?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of Health Information Technician jobs is expected to increase 22% from 2012 to 2022.

How to become a Health Information Technician

  • Earn a postsecondary certificate or associate's degree in health information technology.
  • In some cases, professional certification may also be required.

Important qualities of a Health Information Technician

  • Analytical skills

    Health information technicians must be able to understand and follow medical records and diagnoses, and then decide how best to code them in a patient’s medical records.
  • Detail oriented

    Health information technicians must be accurate when recording and coding patient information.
  • Integrity

    Health information technicians work with patient data that are required, by law, to be kept confidential. They must exercise caution when working with this information in order to protect patient confidentiality.
  • Interpersonal skills

    Health information technicians need to be able to discuss patient information, discrepancies, and data requirements with other professionals such as physicians and finance personnel.
  • Technical skills

    Health information technicians must be able to use coding and classification software and the EHR system that their healthcare organization or physician practice has adopted.

What do Health Information Technician do?

Review patient records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data

  • Organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries
  • Track patient outcomes for quality assessment
  • Use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis
  • Electronically record data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting
  • Protect patients’ health information for confidentiality, authorized access for treatment, and data security

Where do Health Information Technician work?

  • General medical and surgical hospitals - state, local, and private
  • Offices of physicians
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Government

Career outlook of a Health Information Technician*

Projected Employment from 2012 to 2022

2012
186,300
2022
227,500
Average Annual Salary
$34,160

Top Paying States

  1. New Jersey: $55,130
  2. District of Columbia: $45,500
  3. Hawaii: $42,500
  4. California: $42,270
  5. Colorado: $42,110
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014

O2 Fremont Difference

By enrolling in the Healthcare Information Technology program at Fremont College, you can earn an associate’s degree and begin working in the healthcare industry in just 15 months. We understand that enrolling in college is a big commitment, so we make it easy for busy adults like you to achieve their educational goals without rearranging their entire schedule. We offer flexible scheduling that includes day and night classes, up-to-date training in ICD-10 code sets, and classes led by industry experts. Continue reading to explore additional benefits of being a Healthcare IT student at Fremont Career College.

Essential courses

  • Healthcare Technology Core Classes
  • Introduction to ICD-10 CM
  • Healthcare Data Content Structure
  • Medical Insurance and Billing
  • Medical Terminology
  • Computer Software Applications in Healthcare
  • Intermediate and Advanced CPT/HCPCS
  • Medical Office Management Classes
  • Medical Office Management
  • Medical Office Applications
  • Medical Office Principles and Processes
  • Healthcare Information Systems
  • Health and Pathophysiology
  • Health Information Technology Capstone

O3 Admissions and Aid

Fremont takes the stress out of enrolling in college by working with you every step of the way to determine your career goals and help you find a way to pay for school. If you have concerns that you won't be able to afford college, our financial aid team will help you apply for grants and student loans to fund your education. We are committed to making sure that nothing stands in the way of obtaining the career you have always wanted.

O4 Fremont Graduates

Your time at Fremont doesn't end at graduation. Alumni are invited back for workshops, networking mixers, and other events that provide an opportunity for career enhancement. Fremont alumni also receive career planning assistance from our career services team and have access to numerous resources to help them achieve their career goals. In addition, our employer network consists of well-known companies that have been employing our graduates for years. We have numerous graduate success stories to prove that earning a degree at Fremont College is a wise investment in your future.