The Health Information Technology online degree program at Northwestern College is designed for students who are interested in learning about the computer systems used in the medical field. Health information technicians work with medical records and analyze information that is extracted from groups of medical information. They organize and evaluate records for accuracy, code records for insurance purposes, consult with physicians and work with computers each and every day.
At Northwestern College Online we know that you are laser focused on starting a new career in Health Information Technology. That’s why we develop competency based curriculum that focuses exclusively on the seven domains of learning that HIT professionals in the field already practice.
Most HIT programs want to teach you a little knowledge about a lot of topics; leaving you with a shallow learning base. We aren’t like that. At Northwestern College Online we teach deep to build competencies that will launch your new career. So join us; and learn how to speak HIT.
Students in our online health information technology program will receive the same quality instruction as the students who attend our brick and mortar campus. The program will expose students to medical terminology, anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. All of these elements are important when coding and analyzing medical data. Students will also learn data management skills, quality management skills, and will be able to deliver service that adheres to medical law and industry ethical standards.
Health Information Technicians are employed at hospitals, nursing homes, medical group practices, clinics, home health agencies, ambulatory care practices, insurance companies, and public health organizations.
The Health Information Technology program is designed to prepare you for potential employment in the following: (the occupation listed contains a link to information on the U.S. Department of Labor's O*NET website).
29-2071.00 - Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
HIT is a growing field. It combines the areas of health care, administration, and information systems to manage and report health care data. (THIS DEGREE PREPARES YOU FOR MORE THAN JUST MEDICAL CODING.)
|. Doctor's Offices||. Hospitals- biggest market||. Dental Offices|
|. Clinics||. Insurance Companies||. Pharmaceutical Companies|
|. State Agencies||. Outpatient Behavioral Health Centers||. Mental Health Agencies|
|. Skilled Nursing Facilities|
|. Data Analyst||. Cancer Registrar||. Medical Coder|
|. Health Information Analyst||. Claims Processor||. Health Information Clerk|
|. Patient Liaison||. Front Office Assistant||. Health Information Technician|
|. Tumor Registrar|
The Northwestern College Associate in Applied Science Degree in Health Information Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org.
We are not required by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools or the Illinois Board of Higher Education to report placement rates.
During the 2011-2012 Academic Year, 22 students graduated from the Health Information Technology program. Of these students, seven graduated on-time as defined in the Northwestern College catalog. (Part-time students are not included in this number.) The median student loan indebtedness of the Health Information Technology program graduates in 2011-2012 was as follows: Federal Stafford Student Loans (subsidized/unsubsidized) - $29,896; Third-Party Private Education Loans - $0; and Northwestern College GAP Loan - $1,646.
The tuition and fees for a student starting the Health Information Technology associate degree program as of the 2012-2013 academic year is estimated at $45,780, based upon six academic quarters of full-time tuition at current tuition rates. (Potential future tuition increases cannot be determined at this time, and hence are not factored into this estimate.) Book and supply costs are estimated at $2,400. (The actual cost will vary depending on multiple factors). Northwestern College does not offer on-campus housing. For additional information on college costs, please visit our Financial Aid Cost of Attendance web page.
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