Online Health Information Technology Associate Degree Program
Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology

Why You Should Pursue a Health Information Technology Degree 

100% Online Program!*

Health Information Technology (HIT) is the backbone of the healthcare universe. Doctors, administrators, nurses, and a range of healthcare professionals across fields look to this function for access to important patient data that can be made available at a moment’s notice. Health Information Technology professionals make this possible. 

Using industry-standard programs, applications, and best practices, HIT workers are charged with inputting, trafficking and updating patient information, and filing that data into Electronic Healthcare Records (EHRs) for future reference and recall. These records typically contain information such as patient medical histories, diagnostic results, symptoms, test result information, and doctor’s notes. As a primary principle of this field, confidentiality is key and is a chief focus for Health Information Technology professionals. 

Through the HIT program at CBD College, future HIT Professionals will be taught all the industry-standard and emerging EHR systems, medical terminology, ICD-10 and CPT codes and healthcare industry best practices.

CBD College’s HIT program is 100% online*, allowing the flexibility of obtaining an associates degree in a growing field as a full-time, digital curriculum for our students that can be based around their busy schedules and lives.

Why a Health Information Technology Degree?

At CBD College, we recognize that behind every doctor or healthcare administrator is a support staff of highly trained healthcare professionals that perform functions that patients typically might not think of first and foremost. These front-of-office positions are a cornerstone of all medical practices, and the Health Information Technology professional is a key member of any healthcare offering. 

CBD believes that this career field is not only key to the current state of our healthcare system, but will become more important as time goes on. Industry analysts estimate there will be 1.9 million new jobs in the healthcare field between 2018 and 2028*. Our goal is to put you in the best position to become a valuable, professional contributor to the healthcare economy.

The HIT program is a 100% online, full-time digital course that can be built around your schedule. CBD is an institution that understands that many of our students are part-time workers, paying their way through school, and so with that in mind, we’ve built the HIT program to be adaptive to our student’s needs as well. 

Outside of the coursework, CBD offers one-on-one guidance from our career services department to help you land on your feet in the job market after you graduate, and make the skills you obtain through this program an attractive qualification for future employers in the healthcare industry.

Hands-On Training

As part of the HIT program, students enrolled in the course will receive 40 hours of hands-on training as part of their practical curriculum in the program. This will simulate real-life deployments of their coursework and help them sharpen their skills before entering into the workforce. 

*The program includes a residential clinical externship component of up to 40 hours

Health Information Technology Career Outlook  

Employment of medical records and health information technicians is projected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations*.

What a Career in Health Information Technology Looks Like 

Our goal is to help our students successfully transition from academic life to professional life and find their way to productive, prosperous careers with what they’ve learned at CBD College.

When our students graduate from CBD College’s Health Information Technology program, they have a sense of what fields and applicable job types there are for a HIT professional, and how best to approach the job market for these positions. Entry-level roles such as: health information clerk, medical records analyst, medical records coordinator, clinical documentation specialist, document imaging technician, patient access representative and more in environments such as: doctor’s offices, health technology companies, hospital systems, and insurance companies. These roles are important first steps in becoming part of healthcare administration networks, insurance agencies, specialized clinics and many other facets of the healthcare economy.

As healthcare work continues to shift out of hospitals and larger systems and more toward office-sized practices, HIT professionals will see demand for their services and skills rise. For HIT professionals that are looking to pursue a management track in their career, this will also create an opportunity to develop office-sized networks that reinforce HIT best practices, delivering optimal outcomes for patient record keeping and medical information tracking. 

HIT professionals that complete CBD’s program will have the ability to deploy a distinctive set of highly-valuable skills as a result of their training, including:

  • Skills, knowledge and best practice for coding systems (EHRs) in healthcare management
  • Computer literacy and applied systems work
  • Medical Law, ethics, and communications
  • Data collection, management, security, analytics and reporting
  • The ability to apply pathophysiology and pharmacology to the organization and deployment of the coding and reimbursement process
  • An ability to demonstrate critical thinking, team building, collaborative engagement across departmental functions, and a strong sense of professionalism in a diversity of working scenarios

HIT professionals can expect career growth opportunities as a result of their training and certifications. The need for healthcare professionals in all sectors of the industry will only continue to grow, and HIT professionals with quality education and certifications will be in high demand, making this program a high-value proposition for any future employer. 

Where You Can Work

  • Hospitals
  • Physician Offices
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services
  • Administrative and support services
  • Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities)

*source: bls.gov

Health Information Technology Curriculum

Seven 11-week modules

Module 1 

  • Introduction to Oral & Written Communication 
  • Computer Applications
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Intro to Statistics 

Module 2

  • Medical Terminology 
  • Introduction to Psychology 
  • Intro to Health Information Technology 

Module 3

  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • Pharmacology 
  • Human Disease

Module 4

  • Alternative Healthcare Delivery Systems
  • Introduction to Health Information Systems
  • Basic ICD Coding

Module 5

  • Health Statistics
  • Current Procedural Term (CPT) Coding
  • Advanced ICD Coding

Module 6

  • Medical Law & Ethics for Health Information Management 
  • Continuous Quality Improvement 
  • Healthcare Data

Module 7

  • Management for the Health Information Professional 
  • Healthcare Reimbursement 
  • Health Information Technology Practicum 

 

State Authorization of Distance Education Outside of California

The US Department of Education requires that any institution offering distance education programs to students who reside outside of its home state must acquire authorization from the states in which students reside. Regulations vary from state to state, as such, federal, state, and institutional policies may limit or prohibit CBD College’s authorization for delivery of online education to students in certain states.

While the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity (NC-SARA), established a voluntary state-level reciprocity process for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education programs, the state of California does not participate in the agreement and California-based institutions such as CBD College are not eligible to take advantage of the reciprocity agreement if they offer distance education in other states. Therefore, CBD College must seek and document a status with the states in which the institution enrolls distance education students.

CBD College does not enroll students from states where the institution is not licensed or authorized, exempt, operating under a waiver, or otherwise able to enroll students because the state’s laws do not pertain to the institution or to the College’s activities in that state.

Impact of Change in Location of Residence

Students must contact the school to discuss any change in their state of residence prior to relocation. Should a student relocate to a state in which CBD College is not authorized to provide distance education, continued enrollment cannot be guaranteed. This may also impact a student’s Title IV financial aid eligibility, loan repayment or deferment and/or veteran’s benefits. Students should consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine the impact of a change in location.

Authorization Information

The list below summarizes CBD College’s status in those states in which the institution currently offers distance education programs to that state’s residents and the complaint process for those states.

Associate of Science in Health Information Technology Program:

Alaska

CBD College has been determined by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education to meet the criteria for exemption from the authorization provisions because the programs are online or distance delivered and CBD College does not have a physical presence in the state.
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
PO Box 110505
Juneau, AK 99811-0505
EED.ACPE-IA@alaska.gov

Arizona

The Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education does not require licensure of distance education programs if there will be no physical presence in Arizona. The Board defines physical presence as the use of any Arizona address, Arizona phone numbers, contact information of anyone listing an Arizona address or program offerings in Arizona. CBD College does not have a physical presence in Arizona and is therefore not required to be licensed. In accordance with state law, the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education is responsible for investigating student complaints against educational institutions licensed by the agency. Because CBD College is not currently required to be licensed by the board please direct any complaints to the Arizona Office of the Attorney General.

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
1740 W. Adams, Suite 3008
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-5709
Fax: (602) 542-1253

Colorado

The Colorado Department of Higher Education policy permits out-of-state institutions to enroll Colorado residents into its online courses and programs without requiring authorization so long as there is not physical presence. CBD College’s activities in Colorado do not trigger a physical presence; therefore CBD College not required to be authorized in Colorado.

Colorado Commission on Higher Education
1600 Broadway
Suite 2200
Denver, CO 80202
URL: https://highered.colorado.gov/Data/Feedback/Comment.aspx

Florida

After review from the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education, it has been determined that the distance education programs offered and educational activities of the College in the state do not require licensure at this time as they do not meet the definition of “operating in the state” as set by state statue. If a postsecondary institution is not licensed by the Commission, the agency directs students to file a complaint with the applicable state regulator of postsecondary education where the institution is located (BPPE) as well as to the institution’s accrediting agency.

Hawaii

CBD College’s activities in Hawaii do not trigger a physical presence; therefore the institution is not required to be authorized by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Post-Secondary Education Authorization Program.

Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Post-Secondary Education Authorization Program
King Kalakaua Building
335 Merchant Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 586-7372
Email: hpeap@dcca.hawaii.gov

Illinois

CBD College has been granted continuous exemption from the Illinois Board of Higher Education because CBD College meets the definition of an Institution with Limited Physical Presence in Illinois as defined under state law.

Illinois Board of Higher Education
1 North Old State Capitol Plaza,
Suite 333
Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377
Phone: (217) 782-2551
Fax: (217) 782-8548
TTY: (888) 261-2881

Nevada

CBD College is licensed by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education under an experiential courses license. Students enrolled in a licensed private postsecondary institution have the right to register a complaint with the Commission on Postsecondary Education. To file a complaint please fill out and submit a Student Complaint Form available on the agency’s website.

Commission on Postsecondary Education
2800 E. St. Louis Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89104
mjwu@det.nv.gov

Texas

CBD College is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code; therefore, a license or exemption from the Texas Workforce Commission is not required.
CBD College currently has a distance education exemption with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, until such time as at least one clinical/field-based learning experience is scheduled.
Texas Workforce Commission
(800) 628-5115
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
PO Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711-2788
Phone: 512-427-6101
Fax 512-427-6127

Utah

CBD College has been determined by the Utah Division of Consumer Protection to meet the criteria for exemption from registration requirements of U.C.A § 13-34-105 because CBD College is accredited by a national accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education.

Utah Division of Consumer Protection
PO Box 146704
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6704
Phone: (801) 530-6601
Fax: (801) 530-6001
Email: consumerprotection@utah.gov

Consumer Complaints

If you are a distance education student who wishes to file a complaint about CBD College, please review the institution’s Grievance Procedures to submit your complaint. If you are unable to resolve your complaint through the steps outlined in the institutional Grievance Procedures, a formal written complaint may also be filed with any of the regulatory bodies listed in the Grievance Procedures (institutional and programmatic accrediting agencies, the school’s state licensing agency and the Department of Education) or with the respective agency regulating postsecondary institutions in the state where you reside:

CBD College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES):
ABHES– Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools 7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314, N. Falls Church, VA 22043 Phone: (703) 917-9503, Fax: (703) 917-4109 Email: info@abhes.org ABHES website: www.abhes.org

The US Department of Education further requires that CBD College provide information for submitting complaints to the state authority in which the college is physically located.

CBD College is located at:
3699 Wilshire Blvd 4th floor,
Los Angeles, CA 90010

CBD College is approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 and the California Code of Regulations.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about CBD College with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s internet website (https://www.bppe.ca.gov/).
CBD College is also required to provide a description of the process for submitting consumer complaints in each state from which the institution enrolls students. The complaint process for those states in which CBD College is authorized, exempt or otherwise approved to offer distance education programs and enrolls students is detailed in the section below.

As of May 2019, job growth for Health information Technicians is projected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

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