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Healthcare Information Technology
Occupational Endorsement

The Alaskan healthcare workforce needs to prepare its employees for the technology shift towards electronic health records. UAS offers an occupational endorsement in health information technology. Courses will train the healthcare workforce on the most current and emerging technologies including electronic health records (EHR). Students will learn the most recent federal requirements in privacy and security in EHRs. Through this program students will learn the fundamentals of healthcare information technology by focusing on the resources, devices, and methods used to acquire, store, retrieve and utilize electronic healthcare information.

Healthcare Information Technology (HIT)

A rapidly growing field at the intersection of information management, medicine and the business of healthcare delivery. HIT has become a focus of national attention due to rapid changes in technology that are redefining the environment for capturing and managing healthcare data, a dramatic surge in healthcare information and federal mandates to develop standardized Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and create regional health information networks. The Healthcare Information Technology Occupational Endorsement is designed to prepare students for employment as entry level Healthcare Information Specialists or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in related health record occupations.

The key goal of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed into law on February 17, 2009, by President Obama, is that by 2015, every provider serving Medicare and Medicaid patients will be using an Electronic Health Record that satisfies specified objectives, including interoperability and meaningful use. This program will introduce the student to the fundamentals of healthcare informatics by focusing on the resources, devices and methods used to acquire, store, retrieve and utilize electronic healthcare information. Students will explore interoperability and meaningful use in the field of EHRs.

HIT Occupational Endorsement Brochure (323 KB)

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours15
HIMS101Introduction to Health Information Management I3
HIMS102Introduction to Health Information Management II3
HIMS181Introduction to Healthcare Systems3
HIMS285Healthcare Privacy and Security3
HIMS289Healthcare Information Technology3

Health Information Management
Sitka Campus 
1332 Seward Avenue
Sitka, AK


The Associate of Applied Science in HIM Degree Program at the University of Alaska Southeast is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).


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