Health Information Technology

 

 

 

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), the Blinn College District Health Information Technology (HIT) Program offers a variety of degree, certificate, and occupational skills award plans to fit your needs.

The HIT AAS degree, Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Certificate, and the OSA in Health Information are completed entirely online. All program plans will require students to complete a clinical during their last semester at a healthcare facility. Clinical site city location can be determined by the student; however, the College needs to know the city location that the student is planning to do clinicals at least one (1) year in advance so contracts can be drawn up. Clinicals require the student to complete 200 hours during normal workday hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Blinn HIT Program prepares graduates to perform technical duties that are essential to health information departments in any type of healthcare facility. HIT professionals organize, prepare, analyze, and maintain patient’s health records. Students who complete the Blinn HIT Program can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and master’s degrees in health information management and health informatics.

Nationally Recognized Credentials

Graduates who successfully complete their HIT AAS degree are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam credential offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Graduates who successfully earn their Medical Billing and Coding Specialist certificate can sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Health Information Technology Careers

Students who complete Blinn’s HIT Program are prepared for careers as HIM technicians, coders, documentation specialists, revenue cycle specialists, credentialing specialists, birth certificate specialists, inpatient or outpatient coders, billers, HIM technicians, patient advocates, chargemaster specialists, DRG auditors, patient access associates, insurance specialists, and revenue cycle specialists.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health information technicians will increase 13% between 2016 and 2026, generating an additional 27,800 jobs. Health information technicians earn a median salary of $39,180.

Online Health Information Technology Courses

Blinn’s HIT AAS degree and Medical Billing and Coding Specialist - Level 2 certificate are available entirely online. 

Program Outcomes

Outcome 1: RHIT Exam Pass Rate¹ Outcome 2: Attrition Rate² Outcome 3: Job Placement Rate³
Aug. 2017-July 2018 75% (3 out of 4 students) 12% 60%
Aug. 2016-July 2017 64% (7 out of 11 students) 16% 50%
Aug. 2015-July 2016 N/A, not accredited by CAHIIM 16% 45%
Aug. 2014-July 2015 N/A, not accredited by CAHIIM 14% 33%

¹Students will have the knowledge and skills to pass the Registered Health Information Technician Exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association.

²Students (full- and part-time) who do not continue with the Health Information Technology Program each semester (reasons vary greatly).

³Graduates will have a positive placement by working in the health information technology or related field. Some students choose to continue their education or not seek employment.



Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information ManagementThe Blinn College District Associate Degree Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) (www.cahiim.org) 233 N. Michigan Ave, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800, 312-233-1100. The Blinn College District is accredited by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The Blinn College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in its programs or activities. For information regarding Title IX, ADA, Section 504 and other anti-discrimination coordinators, see Required Notices