Academic Programs

Health Information Degrees:

Associate Degree
The two-year program is the Health Information Technician (HIT) program. This program produces graduates who are able to perform the essential functions of maintaining health data and records in acute, long-term, and ambulatory health care settings at a technical level. These functions include, but are not limited to the following: coding of diseases and operations, maintaining statistics; transcribing medical reports; performing DRG and utilization review procedures and supervising employees. Upon completion of this program, the student is eligible to sit for the national Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam to earn the RHIT credentials.
Bachelor HIM Degree
The four-year level is the Health Information Administrator program. This program focuses on analysis and delivery of health care data and the management of health care information resources. The profession addresses the nature and structure of health data and the translation of that data into usable forms of information, which support the health care of individuals and populations. Upon completion of this program, the student is eligible to sit for the national Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam to earn the RHIA credentials.
Masters Degree
The Masters Degree program is the graduate level with an emphasis in health information systems. This degree prepares professionals responsible for the development and management of health information systems consistent with the clinical, fiscal, administrative, ethical, and legal requirements of health care institutions.

Weber State University is offering the MHA program.  Please contact Cory Moss at or 801-626-7237 for details.  More information is also listed at

Certificate Program
Weber State offers an Institutional Certificate in Healthcare Coding and Classification. Upon completion of required courses, the student is more prepared to sit for AHIMA’s CCA exam to earn the credentials of Certified Coding Associate (CCA). The coding specialist will review and perform analysis of healthcare records, identifying pertinent diagnoses and procedures during each patient visit.  This is an entry level coding position. For more information about this program available in Utah, contact, Pat Shaw, M.Ed, RHIA at 801-626-7989 or E-mail:

AHIMA offers numerous other credentials; for more information visit AHIMA.

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Colleges offering Associate and Bachelor HIM degrees:


Weber State University

College of Health Professions
3959 Stadium Way, Dept 3911
Ogden, UT 84408-3911

Director Heather Merkley, DHSc, RHIA
Phone: (801) 626-7242

These programs (Coding Certificate, AAS and BS) are available on campus and online. The HIM program accommodates progressions for RHITs to RHIA-level credentials. Weber also offers a Post-Baccalaureate Institutional Certificate for individuals with a Bachelors degree to earn their RHIA certification.


Western Governors University

Offers on online Bachelors degree

Dr. Christine Kowalski, RHIA, CPEHR – Program Director: Health Informatics Program
Phone: (406) 468- 9218

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Salt Lake Community College

4600 South Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT 84123

Offers two non-credit certificate programs:

  1. The Health Information Technology Certificate prepares applicants to help medical practices improve the efficiency in their office workflows, as they move from paper-based records to Electronic Medical Records, or EMR’s.
  2. The Health Information Technical Support Certificate requires a strong existing IT background, to help clinical offices with hardware and software issues related to the transition to EMRs.


Boise State University

1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725

Director: Patti Ellison, MA, RHIA
Phone: 208-385-1130

Idaho State University

Campus Box 8380
Pocatello, ID 88209

Director: Suzanne Griffin-Lawson, MEd, RHIA
Phone: 208-236-4169


Arapahoe Community College

HIT Program

2500 W. College Drive, Box 9002
Littleton, CO 80160-9002

Director: Annette Bigalk, RHIA
Phone: 303-797-5795

Regis University

HIA Program

3333 Regis Boulevard, Hlth Serv Adm & Mgt Mail Stop G-10
Denver, CO 80221-1099

Director: Debra L. Bennett-Woods, ART
Phone: 303-458-4157