What will I learn?

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Health Information Technology program is designed to meet the increasing demands for professionally trained Health Information Technicians in health-care agencies such as clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, state health departments, and other organizations that compile or use health information such as large insurance agencies, medical research centers, and law firms. Additional Certificates of Completion (CCL) are available.

Health Information Technicians are experts in acquiring, analyzing, and protecting health information. They ensure health records and information is complete, accurate, and protected. Job duties included processing and using health data for billing and reimbursement, facility planning, compliance, research, and surveillance purposes.

Responsibilities of a health information technician may include:

Review and analyze health records for completeness, accuracy and compliance
Protect security of health information to ensure confidentiality and proper release of information
Use computer applications for data entry, compiling, analyzing and reporting to improve patient care and control costs
Code and abstract clinical information for billing, reimbursement, reporting and compliance

The Health Information Technology AAS Degree program is designed to meet increasing health industry demands for trained health information specialists. The program includes both theoretical instruction and practical laboratory experience on the Phoenix College campus as well as clinical affiliations in area health care settings.

The health information program includes a combination of human science, computer, and health information courses that prepare the student for employment in organizations which use or service healthcare information systems, such as hospitals, physician's offices and long term care facilities.

Career and Employment Outlook:

Registered Health Information Technicians (RHITS) are particularly in demand by health care facilities for medical coding, tumor registry, and specialized technical functions. View AHIMA's Career Map, which provides an interactive display of various HIM job titles, roles and career pathways.

Employment is available in many types of organizations, including hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, nursing homes, home health agencies, insurance companies, health product vendors, pharmaceutical companies, and more.

Which department am I in?

Department of Health Professions, Fitness and Wellness

Study options

Full Time (67.5 - 71 credits)

Tuition fees
US$8,010.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

Department of Health Professions, Fitness and Wellness

HE Building (Health Professions, 3144 N 7th Avenue),

PHOENIX,

Arizona,

85013, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have graduation from secondary school equivalent to an American high school is required.

For international students

PC's open admission policy means that anyone can attend Phoenix College who:

Is a graduate of a high school, which is accredited by a regional accrediting association as defined by the United States Office of Education or approved by a State Department of Education or other appropriate state educational agency

Has a high school certificate of equivalency (GED)

Is at least 18 years of age and demonstrates evidence of potential success in the community college

as a transfer student in good standing from another college or university.

TOEFL - A minimum score on the Internet Base test (IBT) - 61, or Paper Base test (PBT) - 500

IELTS - A minimum score of 5.5

Application Deadlines are July 1 for Fall Semester and November 1 for Spring Semester

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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