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April 24, 2012

Blinn to offer highest-paying two-year degree in the nation

Students can earn more than $50,000 annually with health information technology degree

A new degree from Blinn College will offer students an opportunity to earn the highest-paying two-year degree in the nation.

Blinn will offer an Associate of Applied Science Degree in health information technology beginning this Fall. Students will learn to keep patient records, code those records for insurance purposes and issue bills to the appropriate parties, all while maintaining Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards.

“This degree will give our students an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a profession that is really growing,” said Karen May, Blinn’s program coordinator for information management. “Graduates will receive state-of-the-art training for the newest coding technology on the market.”

An associate’s degree in health information technology produces higher-paying employment opportunities than any other two-year degree, according to a recent article in U.S. News & World Report, with annual salaries as high as $54,555. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates indicate that health information technology jobs should grow by 20 percent through 2018, creating a need for qualified professionals.

The classes will be offered primarily online, with some basic classes available on Blinn’s Bryan campus. Students may choose to take all the courses in the degree plan online – saving time and money in commuting costs and parking fees.

Upon completion of the associate’s degree, students must pass the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam.

Blinn will begin accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management  Education (CAHIIM) in the fall, a process that could take as little as one year. Students can only sit for the RHIT exam after Blinn is accredited.

For more information, visit www.blinn.edu/twe/info_mgt/index.html.