Director and Associate Professor of Health Information Technology Program
Sarah J. Shrader
Associate Professor, Health Information Technology
The Health Information Technology Program is a two year associate of applied science degree designed to prepare individuals to manage and code the medical information obtained in medical records, organize the coded information from the medical records for reimbursement purposes, abstract other data to meet administrative and governmental requirements, and manage medical and legal inquires for medical record information. Employment of individuals with these skills is essential for healthcare providers whether the provider is a hospital, clinic, physician's office, nursing home, or other healthcare agency. Graduates of this program will be prepared for a variety of positions in the health information services market, such as technicians, supervisors, coordinators, assistant directors, and directors. The program is designed to offer a wide variety of learning experiences including classroom lecture, use of computers, and software designed for health information technology, and professional practice experience in various medical settings.
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The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
The Medical Coding Technical Certificate program prepares individuals to understand coding principles and guidelines, medical terminology, and regulatory changes for coding at entry-level competencies for coders in various healthcare settings.
The Medical Insurance Specialist Technical Certificate program prepares individuals to follow billing procedures, basic coding, insurance guidelines, medical terminology, and regulatory changes for insurance billing at entry-level competencies for insurance billers in various healthcare settings. Employment of individuals with these skills is essential for healthcare providers, whether the provider is a physician, clinic, hospital or nursing home. A concentrated amount of time is dedicated to those skills to provide the students with optimal knowledge and skill to function in the marketplace. The program is designed to offer a wide variety of learning experiences including classroom lecture, computerized software and clinical practicum.
The Healthcare Documentation Specialist Technical Certificate program prepares individuals who meet entry-level competencies for healthcare documentation specialists in various healthcare settings to understand medical concepts, medical terminology, and accurately transcribe medical reports.
Numerous career opportunities exist in hospitals, physician's offices, clinics, home health agencies and transcription services. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the American Association for Medical Transcription certification examination.
Any student desiring to pursue an associate of applied science degree in Health Information Technology must:
Textbooks | $400-500 per semester
Professional Liability Insurance | $40