Health Sciences - Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology, AAS

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The Health Information Technology curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, abstract, compile, maintain, manage, and report health information.

Students will supervise departmental functions; classify, code, and index diagnoses and procedures; coordinate information for cost control, quality management, statistics, marketing, and planning; monitor governmental and non-governmental standards; facilitate research; and design system controls to monitor patient information security.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to write the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).   Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, health insurance organizations, outpatient clinics, physicians’ offices, hospice, and mental health facilities.

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2020
100% of students in the class of 2020 successfully completed the program and graduated.
100% of the students in the class of 2020 sitting for the RHIT exam successfully earned their credential.
100% of students in the class of 2020 indicated satisfaction with the HIT program on the graduate survey.
100% of students from the 2020 class applying to HIM Bachelor degree programs had transfer credits accepted.
67% of graduates were employed within 6 months of graduation.

2019
Employers surveyed in 2019 reported 100% satisfaction with recent graduates.
100% of students in the class of 2019 successfully completed the program and graduated.
100% of students from the 2019 class applying to HIM Bachelor degree programs had transfer credits accepted.
80% of students sitting for the RHIT exam in 2019 passed.  
86% of graduates were employed within 6 months of graduation.

The Health Information Technology AAS program, accreditor of Southwestern Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Associate degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2027. 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 info[at]cahiim[dot]org.


Health Information Technology, AAS - Program of Study - Course Information & Admissions Criteria
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Penny Wells
Health Information Technology Program Coordinator/Instructor
PWells@southwesterncc.edu
828.339.4362
800.447.4091, ext. 4362
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Health Information Technology Instructor
828.339.4263
800.447.4091, ext. 4263