If you have questions about this website or need additional information about Health Information Technology, contact Michelle Shipley at 785-670-2174. Or you can contact the Allied Health Department at 785-670-2170 or 785-670-2176.Email the HIT Program DirectorEmail the Allied Health Department
Reliable and valid health information is vital to the health care industry, to researchers, and legal and financial professionals. Public health officials depend on medical records for information about disease patterns and general health conditions. Hospitals depend on accurate medical records for patient care, health statistics, reimbursement and protection in medico-legal matters.
Washburn University's Health Information Technology program leads to an Associate of Science (AS) degree. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) examination given by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The program features a sound base in general education, as well as professional courses and professional practice experiences designed to guide students in the development of the technical skills necessary to become a Health Information Technician.
Students will become proficient in coding diagnoses and procedures using current coding systems such as ICD and CPT, performing qualitative and quantitative analysis of health care data, analyzing medico-legal aspects of medical records, managing sensitive data for preparing statistics and reports of diseases for public health officials and working closely with computerized health care data systems.
If you have an interest in health care and information technology, health information management (HIM) may be the right career for you. Employment of health information technicians is expected to grow faster than average. Graduates of this program will find a wide variety of exciting career opportunities in ambulatory health care facilities, industrial clinics, state and federal health agencies, skilled and intermediate care nursing facilities, the insurance industry, managed care organizations, and hospitals.
The Associate Degree Program at Washburn University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).