Health Information Technology
64-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree
Program Code 10-530-1
Health information technicians contribute to the quality of care by collecting, analyzing and reporting healthcare data while protecting the integrity and security of patient health information. In this program, gain knowledge of disease processes and treatments, data and information standards, regulatory and ethical issues, and application of organizational management skills.
How Long It Will Take
Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in two years.
You can begin this program in the fall or spring semester.
How This Program Is Offered
This is offered in an accelerated format with flexible course start dates. The Blended Option courses are organized into short, manageable segments (e.g. one class meeting each week for six or eight weeks) that meet during evening hours.
What Makes This Program Unique
- WCTC's pass rate and scores for the national Registered Health Information Technology
exam are consistently above the national average.
- The 2018-2019 results show that 9 out of 10 graduates completed and passed the RHIT certification exam, for a pass rate of 90 percent.
- The average score of testers was 65 percent, as compared to the national average pass rate of 75 percent and average score of 61 percent respectively.
- According to the 2020 APAR survey, three out of three graduates (2018-19 AY) are employed in a related field, and six out of eight employers reported satisfaction with the quality of graduates from this program.
- This program is offered in a combination of online and classroom formats to provide a flexible learning experience. This type of schedule is geared toward the working adult.
- Graduates can can become eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
- Take advantage of a Direct Digital Access Program for discounted textbooks.
For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page. Please note, you will need to complete a background check in order to begin core courses.
You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.
How To Apply
- Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
- Submit official high school transcript.
- Complete placement assessment.
Deadlines To Know*
Fall 2020 Start
- Submit application by June 15, 2020
- Complete checklist items by July 13, 2020
Spring 2021 Start
- Submit application by November 16, 2020
- Complete checklist items by December 14, 2020
* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.
Financial Aid Eligibility
As a program student, you are eligible to receive:
- Financial aid loans
- Other forms of assistance
Learn more about financial aid.
The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.
Learn more about tuition and fees.
$37,000 – $58,000 annually
Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.
Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.
If you have an interest in working in healthcare settings but not with direct patient care, consider a more technical side of health care, such as health information technology. Those working in this field have strong computer, communication, management and critical thinking skills.
- Revenue Cycle Analyst
- Release of Information Specialist
- Discharge Analyst
- Health Record Analyst