Health Information Technology Degree (A.A.S.)

The Health Information Technology Program is designed to train students for employment in the healthcare industry, focusing on data management, information security, compliance with payment laws and organization of medical records. Health information technicians make sure that patients’ records are properly coded and kept safe to ensure patients’ privacy and security. The required courses include Medical Coding I-III, Medical Technology for HIT, Legal Aspects of Healthcare and more. Graduates will be eligible to take the AHIMA certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Program graduates can seek employment at hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, insurance companies or any other organization that uses health information.

This program features online course options to give students the freedom to learn when and where it is convenient for them. The flexibility of online courses allows students to adapt coursework to their schedules. Online studies are perfect for self-starters who excel at carefully managing their time. For more information about online learning, refer to the Online Student FAQ. 

The Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Keep medical records organized
Protect patients’ private data
Enter a great job market upon graduation
Keep a flexible schedule
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

In-district Tuition: $8,763*
Out-of-district Tuition: $12,129*
Average Length: 2.9 Years
Credits: 66*
Median Salary: $39,810*
Graduation Retention Rate: 63%*

Possible Careers

Health information technician
Health records manager
Medical records auditor
Electronic records developer
Coding specialist
Compliance officer

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. For details please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time / credits vary with students’ enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training.

Admissions

Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the college mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student. OTC may admit you as a First-Time student just completing their high school, GED or HiSET requirements or as a Transfer student coming from another institution finishing up a certificate or degree. For more information, visit OTC Admissions.

Wondering how you’re going to pay for college? At OTC, we believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to earning a degree. Our staff will work with you to make a financial plan. To browse the resources available to you, see paying for college.

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Program-specific Courses

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Denise Baer
Health Information Technology Program Director
417-447-8821