Health Information Technology

65-credit 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
    • Salary Range: $29,000-$30,000
    • Average Salary: $29,098
    • Median Salary: $29,098
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $29,098
    • Average Hourly Wage: $14.00
    • Three-year Average Salary: $35,437

Required Courses

Traditional Option

Blended Options

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 501-107 Intro to Healthcare Computing2  
 530-176 Health Data Management2 *
 530-181 Intro to the Health Record1 *
 501-101 Medical Terminology3 *
 801-136 English Composition 13+*
 806-189 Basic Anatomy3  
 809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App3 *
 
Total Semester Credits
17
  
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 107-013 Advanced Microsoft Access2 *
 530-178 Healthcare Law & Ethics2 *
 530-182 Human Diseases for Hlth Profes3 *
 530-197 ICD Diagnosis Coding3 *
 530-199 ICD Procedure Coding2 *
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 
Total Semester Credits
15
  
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 530-160 Healthcare Informatics4 *
 530-177 Healthcare Stats & Research2 *
 530-184 CPT Coding3 *
 530-185 Healthcare Reimbursement2 *
 530-196 Professional Practice 13 *
 801-197 Technical Reporting3 *
 
Total Semester Credits
17
  
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 530-161 Health Quality Management3 *
 530-194 HIM Organizational Resources2 *
 530-195 Applied Coding2 *
 530-198 Professional Practice 23 *
 809-196 Intro to Sociology3+*
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3 *
 
Total Semester Credits
16
  
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

Technical Skills Attainment Required for Graduation

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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 Medical Terminology 3
501-107 Intro to Healthcare Computing 2
501-150 Exploring Medical Language 1 2
501-151 Exploring Medical Language 2 2
530-181 Intro to the Health Record 1
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm 3
809-196 Intro to Sociology 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
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Herzing UniversityBachelor of Science in Health Care Managementup to 58
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Artsup 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 in Leadership & Organizational Studies66
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership61

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, 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."