The Health Information programs at Ferris State University include certificates in Coding and Reimbursement Specialist (35 credits), Medical Record Clerk, Unit Clerk, and Medical Office Assistant.
The Health Information Technology (HIT) program is a five semester associate degree program that includes a six week internship experience in a hospital. Graduates of this program often choose to specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement purposes. RHITs may also serve as cancer registrars, compliance officers, or data analysts.
The Health Information Management program includes all of the same courses in the HIT program as well as courses in statistics, strategic planning, informatics, finance, and management. These students then complete a ten week internship in a health-related setting. These graduates will interact with people at all levels of the organization – clinical, financial, administrative – that utilize patient data in decision making and every day operations.
The Health Care Systems Administration (HCSA) program prepares students to work in a wide range of health care settings. Within in a health care facility, they may work in purchasing, risk management, quality assurance, finance, human resources, marketing and environmental services. Many of the graduates of this program have an associate degree in a clinical area such as respiratory, radiography, or sonography and choose to earn the HCSA degree to advance into supervisory and management positions in their area of clinical expertise.