Health Information Technology

Health information technology (HIT) refers to the framework used to manage health information, and the exchange of health information in a digital format. Professionals who work in HIT are focused on the technical side of managing health information, working with software and hardware used to manage and store patient data. HIT professionals are usually from information technology backgrounds, and provide support for EHRs and other systems HIM professionals use to secure health information. As technology advances, HIT professionals are necessary to ensure the electronic data HIM professionals manage is maintained and exchanged accurately and efficiently.

Why Choose a Career in Health Information?

Versatile Education

By studying health information, students will acquire a versatile yet focused skill set incorporating clinical, information technology, leadership, and management skills. Health information professionals use their knowledge of information technology and records management to form the link between clinicians, administrators, technology designers, and information technology professionals.

A career in HIT is right for you if you:

  • See yourself in a career that offers diverse opportunities.
  • Would like to work in health care, but not directly with patients.
  • Have an aptitude for science, but also like management, law, and computers.
  • Enjoy working with professionals: physicians, nurses, lawyers, administrators and executives.
  • Want a career where you can choose to work on your own, with others, or some of both.

Education Options

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(Associate in Applied Science)
Health Information Technology
ICCB Code: AAS  1800
Required Courses
First Semester Lec Lab Cr RCC Sem/Yr
CIS 110 Business Applications for Microcomputers 2 2 3
COMM 101 Public Speaking 3 0 3
ENGL 101 Composition I 3 0 3
HIT 101 Introduction to Health Information Technology  3 0 3
HIT 140 Medical Terminology 3 0 3
Subtotals 14 2 15
Second Semester Lec Lab Cr
HIT 102 Introduction to Health Information Technology 2 3 0 3
HIT 115 Computers in Healthcare 3 0 3
HIT 141 Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals 3 0 3
HIT 143 Basic ICD Coding 2 2 3
HIT 243 Basic CPT Coding 2 2 3
Subtotals 10 4 15
Summer Semester Lec Lab Cr
ENGL 102 Composition II 3 0 3
Gen Ed Elective (suggest PHIL 215 or HIST 270) 3 0 3
Subtotals 3 0 6
Third Semester Lec Lab Cr
HIT 241 Pharmacology Fundamentals 3 0 3
HIT 230 Alernative Healthcare Settings 2 2 3 Fall Only
HIT 215 Electronic Health Records 3 0 3 Fall Only
HIT 248 Pathophysiology 3 0 3
HIT 250 Reimbursement Principles in Healthcare 3 0 3 Fall Only
Subtotals 15 0 15
Fourth Semester Lec Lab Cr
General Ed Elective (suggest PHIL 215 or HIST 202 ) 3 0 3
HIT 240 Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3 0 3 Spring Only
HIT 245 Health Information Law & Ethics 3 0 3 Spring Only
HIT 290 HIT Professional Practice Experience 1 10 3 Any
HIT 244 Interpreting Healthcare Records 2 2 3 Spring Only
Subtotals 12 12 15

Program Total
Other Graduation Requirements:
 2.00 (C) Grade Point Average for all courses at RCC
GenEd recommendations for ISU transfer: HIST 201, HIST 270, PHIL 210, PHIL 215
First 2 semesters are Spring and Fall courses.

Curriculum Information

Richland’s HIT curriculum covers the most relevant and up-to-date healthcare industry standards for entry level positions in the HIT field. Our HIT students participate in a professional practicum and also use the AHIMA Virtual Lab, which is designed to provide first-hand experience working in real-world scenarios, helping them develop the high level of competency needed to successfully protect patient health information.

Training includes courses in general education, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, legal aspects of health care, ICD and CPT coding, health information technology, law and ethics, and practical experience in health care facilities.

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The Health Information Technology AAS degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Richland’s accreditation for the AAS degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2023-2024.  All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at

Graduates are eligible to take the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam.

A coding certificate is offered for those students who do not wish to complete the AAS degree. The coding certificate prepares students to take the national CCA or CCS/CCS-P exams administered through (AHIMA), but does not allow them to sit for the RHIT exam.

Richland Community College’s pass rate on the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Examination from May 2019 through October 2020 was 75%. Graduation rate from Fall 2019 to Spring 2020 is 93% with an employment rate of 98% within 6 months of graduation.

Health Information Management is one of nine hot majors identified by U.S. News and World Report! As stated in a recent article from U.S.News & World Report, “the need is huge for professionals who can help acquire, manage, and use information to improve health and manage payments.” (September 19, 2011)


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