Health Information Technology Online Associate Degree


The health information technology online associate degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) and prepares students for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification examination and a career in health information technology. Health Information Technology professionals play a key role in preparing, analyzing, and maintaining health records and are considered experts in assuring the privacy and security of health data.

The health information field is increasingly focusing on electronic patient records, database management, and information privacy and security. HIT professionals work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, physician practices, long-term care, home healthcare, insurance, managed care, health technology firms, and pharmaceutical companies.

Graduates of the program will:

  • Apply healthcare laws, regulations, accreditation, licensure, certification standards, and ethics in the health information technology profession.
  • Collect, analyze, and maintain health record content in paper or electronic mediums.
  • Assign ICD and CPT codes on inpatient and outpatient records.
  • Apply healthcare billing and reimbursement processes for inpatient and outpatient encounters.
  • Apply quality management, utilization management, risk management, and healthcare vital statistics in the health information technology profession.
  • Create a professional development plan to achieve and maintain certification.


The Health Information Technology accreditor of National American University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM).  NAU’s accreditation for the associate degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2021.

All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to:

CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL 60601; by phone at 312.235-3255; or by email at

Health Information Technology Outcomes 2017-2018

Course Listing (99 Credits)

HT1000D     Introduction to Health Information Management and Healthcare

HT2117D     ICD Coding and Pathophysiology I with Lab

HT2127D     ICD Coding and Pathophysiology II with Lab

HT2130D     Current Procedural Terminology Coding with Lab

HT2135D     Advanced Coding with Lab

HT2200D     Health Information Management Systems

HT2210D     Healthcare Data Quality and Management

HT2230D     Healthcare Reimbursement

HT2240D     Health Information Management and Supervision

HT2250D     Medical Law and Ethics for Health Information Professionals

HT2500D     Health Information Technology Practicum

ME1140     Medical Terminology for Health Professions


EN1150     Composition I

EN1300     Composition II

EN2100      Speech OR
EN2150     Interpersonal Professional Communication


SC1221     Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

SC1224D     Advanced Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab


MA2000     Quantitative Reasoning


HU2000     Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Behavioral/Social Science

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

General Education

CS1201     Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success! OR
CS1203     Bridge to Success: Creating Your Future at NAU

CS1301     Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

CS2086     Career Path Planning

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.