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Health Information Technician Associate Degree

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Health Information Technician (HIT) Associate’s Degree

In as few as 18 months, you’ll have the skills to manage patient care data as an HIT professional with your Health Information Technician Associate’s degree. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), our HIT program helps you gain advanced skills in the latest technology and software systems for a rewarding career managing patient data. Our program also lays the building blocks toward a Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management (HIM) at Rasmussen University to help you pursue a leadership role.

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As an HIT Associate’s degree student, you will benefit from:

  1. Online courses—Online courses give you the flexibility to balance work, life and college and are accessible anytime and anywhere you need them.
  2. Professional practice experience—Don’t just learn healthcare tech, use it firsthand in a real healthcare work setting, possibly even at your current organization.
  3. Knowledge Credit™—Save time and money with seamless transfer credit policies, credit from military training or professional certification, and self-directed assessments. These $149 online assessments are a way to show that you already have the skills for a particular course and don’t need to take it. 67% of program requirements may be completed through Knowledge Credit™.
  4. AHIMA® virtual labs—American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA®) virtual labs give you access to multiple state-of-the-art health information software applications, such as 3M and Clintegrity, so you can gain a variety of first-hand experiences, test your skills and enhance decision-making abilities.
  5. Industry certification prep—Our HIT program will help you pursue the AHIMA Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT®) exam. The application fee is included in the total program costs.
  6. Student support resources—From 24/7 tech support, career services, admissions advisors, experienced tutors and industry faculty to library and learning services with over 400,000 ebooks and electronic reference materials, we’re dedicated to a robust learning community. You can also find in-person support at one of our 23 campuses and online.

Climb the Educational Ladder to a Higher Degree

Our Health Information Technician degree program is designed to help you earn the skills and credentials you need right away, then easily transfer your credits toward a Health Information Management Bachelor’s degree at Rasmussen University. You’re not just completing your Associate’s degree—you’re saving time and money by finishing half of your Bachelor’s degree and advancing on the path toward an in-demand leadership role improving health information processes and patient care.

Medical records and health information technician jobs are projected to grow 11% from 2018–2028—much faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). At the Bachelor’s degree level, medical and health services manager jobs are projected to grow even higher at 18%.

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Gain In-Demand Health Information Technician Skills

Online interactive sessions with experienced faculty, authentic assessments, AHIMA virtual labs and professional practice experience in a real healthcare setting help you learn and practice the skills you need.

  • Revenue management: determine diagnoses and procedure codes to support billing within revenue cycle processes.
  • Data management: perform healthcare data collection, analysis, presentation and reporting utilizing health information databases and technology.
  • Utilize technologies for health information management functions with an understanding of emerging consumer engagement technologies, such as telehealth, patient portals and social media.
  • Develop strong medical terminology, anatomy and pathology knowledge to communicate in professional healthcare settings.
  • Enhance in-demand transferable skills, or soft skills, in critical thinking, digital fluency, information literacy, communication, diversity and teamwork, and ethics and professional responsibility.

Prepare for Certification

Our Health Information Technician Associate’s degree will help you pursue the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT®) exam. Plus, the application fee is included in the total program costs.

With your HIT Associate's degree, you can pursue a role as:

  • Health information technician
  • Health information data collection and analysis specialist
  • Medical coder/biller-analyst/auditor
  • Electronic health records (EHR) specialist
  • Compliance auditor/specialist
  • Patient care coordinator
  • Release of information specialist
  • Revenue cycle reimbursement specialist

As health information professional, you can work in a variety of healthcare settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Office-based physician practices
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health agencies
  • Mental health facilities
  • Public health agencies

Programmatic Accreditation

The Health Information Management accreditor of Rasmussen University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The following Health Information Technician programs at Rasmussen University are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) based on their associate-level Health Information Management standards and are reaffirmed through the following dates:

  • Rasmussen University – Aurora, Illinois through 2023
  • Rasmussen University – Rockford, Illinois through 2022
  • Rasmussen University – Bloomington, Eagan, Lake Elmo/Woodbury, Mankato and St. Cloud, Minnesota through 2022
  • Rasmussen University – Green Bay, Wisconsin through 2023
  • Rasmussen University – Online 2025

All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at

200 East Randolph Street
Suite 5100
Chicago, IL 60601


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