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The field of health information management is rapidly growing with a predicted growth rate above average over the next ten years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The health information management professional ensures completeness and accuracy of the patient record in all health care settings. Development of specialized skills needed to perform as a health information technician is the focus of the health information technology (HIT) program. The HIT degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Students who successfully complete the degree requirements for the HIT degree program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician.

HIT107 or HIT 1010 Medical Terminology, HIT 102 Fundamentals of Health Information Management, and one additional general education course, are prerequisites for the degree program. Students must also obtain a grade of C or better in each required science course, as well as, each HIT course to be accepted and remain in either the DPC or HIT program.

Part time and full time academic plans are available for the HIT degree student.


First Year   HOURS
BIOL 2010, 2020 Anatomy and Physiology I, II1, 3 4, 4
HIT 102 Fundamentals of Health Information
HIT 103 Diagnosis Coding & Classification Systems 3
HIT 104 Procedure Coding & Classification Systems 2
HIT 107 Medical Terminology2 3
HIT 112 Coding Professional Practice Experience 1
HIT 130 CPT Coding 3
HIT 140 Medical Office Procedures 2
Summer Semester    
CISP or INFS 1010 Computer Science Elective3 3
ENGL 1010 Composition I3 3
    Total Summer Hours 6
Second Year    
HIT 106 Health Data Systems 3
HIT 113 Legal Aspects of Health Information3 2
HIT 217 Principles of Healthcare Administration 3
HIT 221 Advanced Health Info Procedures 3
HIT 222 Pathology & Clinical Interpretations 4
HIT 231, 232 Professional Practice Experience I, II 3, 2
HIT 242 Automated Health Information Systems 3
HIT 251 Coding for Reimbursement 4
HIT 260 Seminar in Health Information Mgmt 2
    Humanities Elective3 3
    Social Science Elective3 3
    Total Second Year 35

1Recommended to be completed prior to acceptance.
2An open course that may be taken by any student and is required to be completed prior to acceptance.
3May be taken prior to being accepted into the program.

Program Application Deadline: (A.A.S. Degree)–May 15 (Fall Semester); October 31 (ROCC)

Only HIT courses which were completed within three years prior to applying for admission or readmission will be considered for credit toward graduation. This does not apply to open enrollment HIT courses.

This program is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation. Students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate program are advised that they should check with their academic advisor and the four-year institution regarding specific transfer of courses.

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