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Health Information Technology

The Health Information Technology curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, abstract, compile, maintain, manage, and report health information.

Students will observe and participate in departmental functions; classify, code, and index diagnoses and procedures; coordinate information for cost control, quality management, statistics, marketing, and planning; monitor governmental and non-governmental standards; facilitate research; and design system controls to monitor patient information security.

Graduates may find employment in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, health insurance organizations, out-patient clinics, mental health facilities, home health organizations, and other places where coded data is used.

The Health Information Technology Associate Degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates from the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for Registered Health Information Technicians, (RHIT).  This exam is administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

If you have any questions or want further information about the Health Information Technology program please attend an information session or contact Jessica Vaughan, 919-536-7235, ext 8193 or vaughanj@durhamtech.edu. You may also visit the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) at www.ahima.org and North Carolina Health Information Management Association (NCHIMA) at www.nchima.org.

There were fewer than 10 graduates from this program in 2011, therefore graduation and placement rates are not disclosed to protect confidentiality.