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 faster than average through the year 2020 (Bureal of Labor Statistics 2012) 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).
The Health Information Technology Program is also offered in Grand Rapids. In Grand Rapids, the professional courses are offered in the evening. 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.
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 mean annual wage is $39,990. (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012)
Graduates of this program are immediately employable in a variety of health care settings.
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.
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.
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