Careers: AAS Health Information Systems

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Career with an AAS in Health Information Systems

Join one of the fastest growing professions in the United States!

Health information professionals care for patient’s by caring for their health information. They ensure that all of a patient health information is complete, accurate and protected. They ensure the health information, data, and statistics are readily available for health care providers, administrators, billers, insurers, and legislative and accrediting bodies. Health information management is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, protecting and releasing electronic and paper health information that is vital to providing quality patient care.

A career in health information combines knowledge and skills from the disciplines of medicine, information management, business applications and computer technology. Health information management is ranked as number four on US News and World Report’s list of nine hot college majors.

What is a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)?

The credential of RHIT 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. Our program is accredited by CAHIIM.

What is Next After My Graduation with the AAS in Health Information System?

Most graduates hold RHIT credential and start their professional career right after graduation. Many of them continue to pursue a Bachelor’s in Health Information Management Online at UC while working. After the bachelor program, you can sit for higher level credentialing exam, Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam, and increase your earning potential.

Cancer Registry Management Certificate Program is another great opportunity to continue to grow in your profession. Only less than 10 Cancer Registry programs are in the country. You can get your Cancer Registry certificate at UC Online after completing your AAS degree.

By the numbers

“The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment opportunities for RHITs will grow by 21% through 2020. A corresponding study by AHIMA equates this to job growth of 4,300 positions per year and warns that there is a substantial shortage of qualified HIM professionals to fill the need.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
90% RHIT Exam Pass Rate for First-Time Test Takers before graduation. All of our UC HIS students take the RHIT National Exam as the final exam in the HIT Professional Practicum class, the final course of their studies. This means that 90% of our students graduated with the RHIT credentials in hand! The remaining students were eligible to sit for the RHIT Exam, again, after graduation.
UC HIS students RHIT Exam Pass Rate
Employment Opportunities for Graduates

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that employment for medical records and health information technicians is expected to grow much faster than average. Employment is projected to increase 13 percent from 2016 to 2026.

  • Physician practices
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health agencies
  • Mental health facilities
  • Public health agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Law and insurance firms
  • Health product vendors

The healthcare industry generally offers secure employment with plentiful advancement opportunities. Health information systems focuses on the management of health care data. Health information professionals work in a variety of settings and have many different job titles. A career in health information combines the knowledge and skills from the disciplines of medicine, information management, business applications and computer technology.