Program Overview

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program is a 100% online course that deals primarily with medical billing and coding. It is designed to prepare students for a career doing important, specialized behind-the-scenes work in the medical field.

Computer Literate

With a vast majority of HIT work is done on a computer, medical billers and coders are needed almost anywhere medical insurance is processed, including hospitals, private physician practices, physical therapy facilities, chiropractic offices, medical equipment suppliers, and specialized healthcare facilities.

Certified Success

Our 21-month Associate’s Degree program includes a three-month externship, which can take place online or in-person. At the end of the course, students will be prepared to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam after program completion. The CPC is one of the two most desirable credentials that employers look for when hiring medical billers and coders.

A Competitive Edge

This program gives students a huge edge over graduates from other schools in this area because they will have a degree and a CPC credential, not just a diploma and certification. Credentials are better than certifications because the exams are much more difficult to pass.

If you love problem solving, reading medical documentation, solving puzzles, helping people, and working in an industry that is constantly changing, then HIT is right for you!

Course Listing

  • Medical Terminology & Anatomy I
  • Document Processing (medical transcription)
  • Business Communication
  • Medical Terminology & Anatomy II
  • Electronic Medical Records (how to use software for medical records management in outpatient medical facilities)
  • Medical Billing and Insurance I
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Pathology for Allied Health Professionals
  • Computerized Medical Office Management ( how to use practice management software for scheduling and charting in outpatient medical facilities)
  • Customer Service (communication skills)
  • Medical Billing and Insurance II
  • Medical Coding I
  • Human Behavior
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Pharmacology Essentials
  • Math for Healthcare Professionals
  • Medical Coding II
  • Health Information Management I
  • Written Communications
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Advanced Medical Coding
  • Health Information Management II
  • Healthcare Statistics
  • HIT Certification Review (preparation for the CPC exam)
  • HIT Externship – 10 weeks (300 hours) 30 hours/week

Experienced Instructors

All the instructors at Great Lakes have years of experience working in the field. In fact many instructors continue to work in the field while also teaching at Great Lakes.

Lifetime Job Placement Assistance

We offer job placement assistance to all graduates, regardless of when they graduated. If you find yourself out of work years down the road, feel free contact our Career Services department for assistance.

Nationally Accredited School

Great Lakes is nationally accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. In 2017, the last year eligible, Great Lakes was named a School of Excellence by ACCSC for rigorous adherence to their educational standards.

Certification Opportunities

Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

Health Information Technology students will be given the opportunity to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) after program completion.

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)

Graduates are also qualified to sit for Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certification exams offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)

Graduates are also qualified to sit for Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) certification exams offered by the NHA.

Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)

Graduates are also qualified to sit for Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification exams offered by the NHA.

Great Lakes By The Numbers

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Over 50 Years Educating Residents of NWPA
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Over 20,000 Students Educated

Financial Aid Available

We understand that furthering your education in pursuit of a new career is a costly investment. Great Lakes offers financial aid to those that qualify. Our dedicated financial aid advisors will cover all funding options with you, including grants, scholarships, state, and federal aid.

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