Health Information Technology
- Major Courses and General Education Courses
- Admission and Transfer Requirements
- Graduation Requirements
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 2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018) 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.
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 2016 annual average wage for RHITs employed in hospitals is $49,560 compared to an annual median wage of $42,000 for those employed in physician's offices. (AHIMA Salary Survey June 2016)
Graduates of this program are immediately employable in a variety of health care settings.
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