The Health Information Technology Program prepares you for a career that places you right where the expanding arena of health care meets the cutting edge of technology. Health information technicians ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems. They also may use computer applications to analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs.

Program Information, Course Requirements and Suggested Schedule

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Health Information TechnologyA.A.S.1244Health Sciences

Health Information Technicians (RHITs) often specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research. Health Information Technology is a two-year associate’s degree program that integrates medical science, ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT and HCPCS Level II coding systems, computer technology, and health care management. Upon completion of the HIT Program, graduates will be eligible to write the national registration exam given by the American Health Information Management Association. Successfully completing this exam allows the graduate to earn the credential RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician).

This program is intended to lead to employment. If you are considering transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor’s degree using the courses from the program, make an appointment with an academic advisor to review your options.

Nature of Work

Although most RHITs work in hospitals, you also will find them in a variety of other health care settings including office-based physician practices, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. In fact, employment opportunities exist for RHITs in any organization that uses patient data or health information, such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors.

Related Job Titles

  • Clinical Coding Specialists
  • Physician Practice Managers
  • Long Term Care Consultants
  • Tumor Registrars
  • Trauma Registrars
  • Privacy Officer
  • Compliance Officer
  • Health Information Department Supervisor
  • Performance Improvement Coordinators

Criminal Background Checks

In order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements, students are asked to complete a criminal background check. Application forms for criminal background checks may be obtained through the Career Programs Subdivision Office, B150, and fees paid to the Cashier’s Office. For information on criminal background application procedures, contact the Career Programs Subdivision Office at (708) 974-5708. Deadline dates for completion of criminal background checks will be announced by Program Coordinators.

Certification Exams

After graduation from the Health Information Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree Program, students are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam given by the American Health Information Management Association.

Questions? Contact the program coordinator at  (708) 974-5315 or