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Health Information Technology

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Health Professions

Why Choose Health Information Technology?

As the health care industry continues to grow and expand, the demand for health information technicians also increases. Employment is expected to grow much faster than average through the year 2024 (Bureal of Labor Statistics 2016) because of the rapid growth in tests, treatments and procedures available. Technicians will be needed to work with computer databases and other tasks related to electronic health records. Many graduates are employed in hospitals, but job growth is projected to be greatest in physicians' offices and clinics, nursing homes and home health agencies.

At the end of the program, the student is eligible to apply to write the national certification examination to earn the designation of Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

General education courses may be completed either through Ferris State University or at a local college or university and transferred to fulfill graduation requirements. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be earned at Ferris in order for the degree to be granted.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education in collaboration with the American Health Information Management Association.

Career Opportunities

Technicians are trained to handle the important tasks of maintaining and safeguarding the information contained in the health record. Their work, however, involves much more than dealing with files. It involves contact with physicians, nurses, therapists and other medical professionals as well as customer relations dealing with patients about their health information.

Earnings of health information technicians vary by type and size of facility, level of responsibility and geographic region. The 2015 annual median wage for RHITs employed in hospitals is $42,160 compared to an annual median wage of $37,110 for those employed in physician's offices. (Bureau of Labor Statistics June 2016)

Graduates of this program are immediately employable in a variety of health care settings.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Health Information Technology program must have a 2.5 GPA in high school or college work. One semester of high school biology and computer science are strongly advised.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Graduation Requirements

The Health Information Technology program at Ferris leads to an associate in applied science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.25 GPA overall. Students must earn a 'C' or better in major and core courses and meet all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. Graduates may enter either the Health Information Management program or the Health Care Systems Administration program to earn a bachelor's degree.

More Information

College of Health Professions
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2740
Phone: 231-591-2270 or
800-462-8553, ext. 2266

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Health Information Technology Major Requirements - 77 Credits Required

Core Curriculum for Health Professions - 4 Credits Required
The U.S. Health Care System
Safety Issues in Health Care
Professional Support Courses - 10 Credits Required
Intro Micro Systems-Software
Database Design-Implementation
Internship Orientation
Health Information Technology Courses - 40 Credits Required
Intro to Health Info Systems
Medical Terminology
Health Information Systems
ICD-10-CM Coding
ICD-10-PCS Coding
Quality Mgmt in Health Care
Fundamentals Disease Processes
CPT Coding
Legal & Ethical Aspects in HIM
Foundations of Reimbursement
Health Infor Technology Review
Professional Practice 1

University General Education

Communication Competence - 9 Credits Required
English 1
English 2
Choose one:
Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Decision Making
Scientific Understanding - 3 Credits Required
Basic Human Anatomy-Physiology
Quantitative Skills - 4 Credits Required
Fundamentals of Algebra
ACT Math subscore of 19 or higher
Social Awareness - 3 Credits Required
Cultural Enrichment- 3 Credits Required