What is Medical Information Technology?
If you would enjoy working in an office setting within a healthcare environment, then Medical Information Technology may be the choice for you. Medical Information Technology graduates prepare medical records and reports; maintain files; order supplies; transcribe; perform accounting procedures; work with medical insurance and coding; and receive patients in a variety of healthcare settings such as physician practices, hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, ambulatory care centers, specialty clinics, long-term care, and public health agencies.
What are my career options?
A few examples of workplaces in your local area:
- Health Care Provider Offices
- Long Term Care Facilities
- Assisted Living Facilities
- Group homes
- Correctional facilities
- Mental Health Care facilities
- Home Health
- Specialty Clinics
- Public Health Agencies
- Insurance Carriers
- Pharmaceutical Industry
- Cancer Treatment Centers
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS):
- Medical Administrative Track
- Medical Coding Track
- Medical Office Management Track
- Medical Transcription Track
An associate degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years.
Diploma programs are usually short-term and less comprehensive than associate's degree programs. WKCTC offers diploma programs as educational opportunities for students who aren't pursuing full-time degrees. Diploma programs usually consist of several courses in a specific subject area or skill and can lead you toward entry-level employment in a professional field.
G.E.D.I. (Gainful Employment Disclosure Information) refers to an employment situation where the employee receives consistent work and payment from the employer.
- Electronic Health Records Specialist
- Hospital Admissions Specialist
- Medical Coding
- Medical Receptionist
- Medical Transcriptionist
- Medical Unit Coordinator
A certificate is earned by a student after taking a series of courses in a particular subject. Students often earn certificates to get a step ahead in the professional field of their interest, and certificates may be offered in similar programs leading to degrees.
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.
Field Licensure Requirements
Depending upon the certification specialties chosen to complete the degree there may be additional testing needed in addition to completing the program. Please consult with the program advisor for specific testing requirements.