Health Information Technology | Waukesha County Technical College

Health Information Technology

63-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 couse load, full-time students could complete this program in two years.

Start Date

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. In 2017, WCTC's pass rate was 100 percent with an average score of 74 percent, as compared to the national average pass rate of 70 percent and average score of 64 percent.
  • 2017 graduates reported 100 percent satisfaction with this program.
  • Employers surveyed in 2017 reported 100 percent satisfaction with the quality of graduates from this program. 
  • 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).

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.

Credit for Prior Learning

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.

WCTC Academic Support

How To Apply

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2019 Start

  • Submit application by May 13, 2019
  • Complete checklist items by June 17, 2019

Spring 2020 Start

  • Submit application by November 18, 2019
  • Complete checklist items by December 16, 2019

* 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
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

Cost

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.

Career Salaries

$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.

Potential Careers

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.

  • Coder/Abstractor
  • Revenue Cycle Analyst
  • Release of Information Specialist
  • Discharge Analyst
  • Health Record Analyst

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

College Program Name Credit Awards
Lakeland UniversityBS Business Admininstrationup to 55
Marian UniversityBA Healthcare Administrationup to 62, 10% tuition discount
Purdue GlobalBS Health Information Managementcredits vary, 20% tuition discount
St. Joseph's College onlineBS Health Information Managementup to 77
The College of St. ScholasticaBS Health Information Management (online)up to 53
University of CincinnatiBS Health Information Management -Distance LearningJunior Standing
UW-LaCrosseBS Health Information Managment and Technology (online)up to 54
College Program Name Credit Awards
Colorado State University-Global CampusAny Bachelors Degreeup to 64, 10% tuition discount
Concordia UniversityAny BachelorsUp to 84
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80, and 35%+ tuition discount for WCTC grads
UW-Green BayOrganizational Leadership - Bachelor of Applied StudiesBlock of 60 credits
UW-OshkoshBS Human Services Leadershipup to 63, online
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studiesup to 62
UW-StoutBS Career, Technical Education & Training (100% online)up to 60
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership50-70

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.

 

Program Instructors

Cheryl Evans, MAM | 262.691.5468
Angela Lee, BS | 262.691.5113
Victoria Wolf, AS | 262.695.6214