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Health Information Technology AAS Degree

The health information technology program will prepare the student to be a health information technician. The technician is responsible for performing tasks related to the use, analysis, validation, presentation, abstracting, coding, storage, security, retrieval, quality measurement and control of healthcare data in paper-based, hybrid and/or electronic health record systems.

The program coordinates classroom, laboratory and off-campus experiences in a variety of healthcare facilities, such as acute care hospitals, ambulatory care centers, mental health facilities and other health-related facilities. The off-campus activities include supervised, professional practice assignments. The student gains experience in applying knowledge to technical procedures in health information systems. 

The health information technician is detail oriented and recognizes the business aspects of healthcare. The technician will have a strong interest in activities, such as assisting medical staff in evaluating the quality of healthcare, protecting the privacy and confidentiality of patient information and utilizing healthcare data.

Health information technology courses should be taken in accordance with prerequisites; a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course is required. Graduates are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) examina‑ tion. The program is designed for the full-time or part-time student.

Students who satisfactorily complete all college and program requirements qualify for an associate in applied science degree. 

This program requires a special admissions process. Contact the Admissions and Welcome Center at 734-462-4426 or admissions@schoolcraft.edu to complete an application.

Schoolcraft program code # AAS.00153
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Sample Plan

Admission Prerequisites

Total Credits: 12

First Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 15

First Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 14

Second Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 13

Second Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 13

Electives (Optional)

Program Total: 67 Credits

*Students desiring transfer credit should substitute BIOL 237 & BIOL 238. 
 Please review and follow all course prerequisites. 
** Contact HIT faculty to consider substitution.
***Students desiring to transfer credit should take ENG 102.


CAHIIM Accreditation Information

Program Outcomes

Students successfully completing this CAHIIM-accredited program are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician exam by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Each year the program completes a yearly Annual Program Assessment Review (APAR) for CAHIIM.

Outcomes from the most recent program review include:

  • 100% of respondents to an employer survey indicated the quality of the Schoolcraft HIT Graduate is very good to excellent (1)
  • 79% of the graduates were employed in healthcare within one year of graduation (2)
  • 100% of the graduates rated the program good to excellent (1)
  • 100% successful transfer of credit to CAHIIM-accredited baccalaureate programs (2)
  • 69% of first-time test takers were successful on the RHIT exam. National average 69% (3)

An RHIT credential is highly regarded by employers in southeastern Michigan and can lead to excellent employment opportunities. For more information about the benefits of certification, click here.

Sources:

  1. Schoolcraft College Research and Analytics survey 2017
  2. HIT Program records 2018
  3. AHIMA reports 08/01/2016 to 07/31/2017

Accreditation

Schoolcraft College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)The Associate Degree Program in Health Information Technology at Schoolcraft College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

For additional information contact: 
CAHIIM
233 N. Michigan Ave. 21st Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60611-5800
info@cahiim.org | www.cahiim.org | 312-233-1100

Not all courses are offered each semester.  Students should work with an academic advisor or counselor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with an academic advisor or counselor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.

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