AAS Health Information Systems

March 15, 2023
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What Is Health Information Systems? 

Health Information Systems professionals organize and manage health information and medical records by ensuring quality, accuracy, confidentiality, and security. HIS professionals communicate regularly with physicians and other healthcare professionals to ensure the proper maintenance and management of electronic health records (EHR).

Professionals who earn their health information systems degree online can specialize in several different areas of healthcare including billing and coding, records management, health administration, and cancer registry management.

AAS in Health Information Systems Program Outcomes:

After completing this health information systems associate degree program, you will:

  • Have the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the health information profession.
  • Be able to verify the quality, completeness, and accuracy of medical records.
  • Be able to leverage technology to improve patient care and decrease health care costs.
  • Be able to accurately code diagnoses and procedures for insurance billing and reimbursement.
  • Be certified as a Professional Medical Biller/Coder®.
  • Have earned the highly sought after Online RHIT® Programs credential that employers are looking for.

Program Offerings

  • 100% online – no campus visits required
  • Graduate with your associates degree and your RHIT!
  • HIS grads are also certified as professional Medical Coders (no extra time or cost)
  • Seamless transfer into online BS HIM program (earn your RHIA)
  • Professional experience & networking opportunities
  • Generous financial aid packages

Quick Program Stats

  • 88% Employment Rate: 88% of our HIS graduates were employed in the field within one year of graduation.*
  • 90% RHIT Pass Rate: the average RHIT pass rate for Fall ’22 graduates was 90%! That’s over 22% higher than the national average!
  • 100% Satisfaction: recent survey indicates 100% of our HIS grads were highly satisfied with the program! **
  • Bachelor’s Fast Track: transfer 100% of your credits into our online Health Information Management (HIM) program, and in just a few more semesters, you can earn your Bachelor’s degree and get your RHIA! ***

*8/2020 – 7/2021; **2020-2021 student survey; ***fast track program available to UC AAS HIS graduates only.

Accreditations and Rankings

  • The University of Cincinnati and all of its regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • CAHIIM Accreditation: The official Health Information Management accreditor of The University of Cincinnati Clermont is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The University’s accreditation for the Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Systems has been reaffirmed through 2024-2025. All inquiries regarding accreditation status should be directed to CAHIIM by mail (200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601); by phone (312.235.3255); or via email to ([email protected]).
CAHIIM Accredited University

Once you’ve completed a CAHIIM® accredited program like ours, you can sit for (AHIMA’s) RHIT® Certification Exam. Our HIS students sit for the RHIT exam in their final (practicum) course.

The credential of an Accredited RHIT Online Program indicates that you have graduated with an associate degree from a program that has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) and have passed the registration exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Earning the credential of RHIT validates your competence in health information systems technology to employers and the public.

That means you can graduate with your Health Information Management Online Associates Degree and your RHIT credential and hit the ground running!

HIS to HIM Bachelor’s Track

Most graduates hold RHIT credentials and start their professional career right after graduation. Many of them continue to pursue a HIM Bachelor’s track with 100% acceptance. You can earn both your Health Information System degree and your Bachelor’s in Health Information Management degrees in as few as four semesters.

Is an Associate Degree in Health Information Systems Right for Me?

Have you always wanted to work in a non-patient-facing facet of the healthcare system? Are you looking to either start or advance your career in healthcare and do you seek a flexible degree program in a high-demand (and rapidly-growing) field? Then working to organize and manage health information and medical records as a Health Information Specialist and earning your Health Information Associates Degree may be the right career path for you.

Career Options

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Health Information Systems is one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States!

A career in health information combines knowledge and skills from the disciplines of medicine, information management, business applications, and computer technology.

Upon Health Information System Program graduation, you can work as:
  • HIM Director
  • Health Services Manager
  • HIM Consultant
  • Patient Information Coordinator
  • Medical Records Director

Is UC Online Right for Me?

Are you looking for a high-quality, online academic program from a premier research and higher learning institution? Then UC Online may be right for you. We were one of the first institutions to offer online courses, and innovation in education is at the forefront of everything we do.

Our flexible programs allow you to create an academic path that suits your lifestyle and career goals.The University of Cincinnati Online is dedicated to providing a world-class educational experience that provides flexibility for busy professionals, lifelong learners, and students from around the world. We provide you with the highest level of convenience, resources and tools to achieve your professional goals.

  • Receive the tools, skills and education to further your skillset, expand your opportunities, and enrich your local communities.
  • Fully integrated into the University of Cincinnati.
  • Led by nationally recognized faculty and offer you the same community that the traditional classroom experience provides.
  • Both full- and part-time options available.
  • Earn your degree on your schedule.

Is UC Online right for me?

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UC’s HIS program prepares you for a high-level career in healthcare even before you graduate!

Student Testimonial
““I was struggling to find a degree program that would allow me to attend school and still maintain a full-time job. After researching several programs, I chose UC Online because it’s CAHIIM Accredited and offers degrees in both Health Information Systems (HIS) and Health Information Management (HIM). After successfully completing both of these programs, I can say without a doubt, that UC Online is the real deal! The Professors are amazing, the programs offer real-world experience, and the classes can be scheduled in a way that’s best for you. After graduating with my Associate’s in HIS, I received my RHIT credentials and landed my first medical coding job at a company I had always wanted to work for. I went on to complete my Bachelor’s in HIM, which opened even more doors for me, not only with my current employer, but with companies all over the U.S.! UC Online far exceeded my expectations. Although I live all the way in New Mexico, I’ve built professional relationships that I will maintain for the rest of my life!” ”

Cassandra Booe, RHIA, CCA
Health Information Systems