Health Information Technology student.

Health Information Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Health information technicians are crucial to providing quality health care. They contribute to the quality of care by collecting, analyzing and reporting healthcare data while protecting the integrity and security of patient health information. Gain knowledge of disease processes and treatments, data and information standards, regulatory and ethical issues, and application of organizational management skills.

Graduates may work in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, clinics and skilled nursing facilities in addition to other organizations such as government agencies, insurance companies and as IT software vendors.

  • Prepare for jobs such as coder/abstractor, revenue cycle analyst, release of information specialist, discharge analyst or health record analyst.
  • Upon program completion, be prepared to take the national certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
  • Fully Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
    Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) seal.
  • Some credits earned in WCTC's Medical Records Technician short-term certificate program may be applied toward the Health Information Technology AAS program.
  • Some credits earned in WCTC's Medical Office Coding/Billing short-term certificate program may be applied toward the Health Information Technology AAS program.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $40,258

Program Code 10-530-1

Required Courses

Traditional Option

Pathway Option

In traditional option programs, students register for and take a set number of courses each semester, usually five or six. Classes are scheduled throughout the day, and sometimes at night or on weekends, and completed in a conventional manner - two semesters each year.

Generally, most courses are taken on campus in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. Many students who opt for the traditional college option are those who recently completed high school and those who do not hold full-time jobs.

Completing degree and diploma programs in a traditional manner generally takes one to two years, depending on number of credits and type of program; other completion option programs may be structured differently.

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

501-101 3
501-107 2
501-150 2
501-151 2
530-181 1
801-196 3
809-172 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

College

Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 66
Capella UniversityBachelor of Science in Information Technology Health Informaticsup to 88
Colorado State University-Global CampusBachelor Degreeup to 64
Concordia UniversityAny Bachelorsfull program
Davenport UniversityBachelor of Science-Health Information Managementminimum 65
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Herzing UniversityBachelor of Science in Healthcare Managementup to 65
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80
The College of St. ScholasticaHealth Information Management B.S.up to 53
University of CincinnatiBachelor of Science in Health Information TechnologyJunior Standing
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies: Leadership & Organizational Studiesfull program
UW-StoutBS Career, Technical Education and Trainingfull program
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
UW-WaukeshaBachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)60-Junior Standing
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership50-70

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructors

Program instructor, Cheryl Evans

Cheryl Evans

Phone: 262.691.5468

Education

  • AAS, Health Information Technology, Waukesha County Technical College
  • BS, Business Administration, Winona State University
  • MAM, Human Resources Management, Wayland Baptist University

Certifications

  • CCA (Certified Coding Associate)
  • CHTS – PW (Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist – Practice Workflow and Information Management Redesign Specialist)
  • RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician)

Teaching Philosophy

"Education is a lifelong process, allowing us to grow in ways never imagined.  It is the tool by which we can have a true effect on the world. It is my honor to be a part of the process by giving students support and resources during their educational journey."

Program instructor, Angel Lee

Angela Lee

Phone: 262.691.5113

Education

  • BS – Health Information Administration, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Certifications

  • Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Teaching Philosophy

"I believe that each student has the ability to succeed in their education, given the right tools and support and I am privileged to be one of the many individuals helping our students realize their personal success."

Program instructor, Victoria Wolf

Victoria Wolf

Phone: 262.691.5113

Education

  • AS – Health Information Technology, University of Illinois
  • AS – Science, University of Wisconsin Center – Barron County

Certifications

  • Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT)
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ)
  • Certified ICD-10 Trainer – AHIMA Academy
  • Certified Teacher of Medical Records -- WTCS

Teaching Philosophy

"My philosophy is to facilitate a positive learning environment to spark engagement and enthusiasm where students can share their ideas, apply their knowledge and build their foundation for lifelong learning."