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Health Information Technology (AS)

About the Health Information Technology Associate Degree

The Fisher College Health Information Technology Program will provide the curriculum to prepare individuals with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, abstract, compile, maintain, manage, and report health information.  Graduates will have a strong foundation in maintaining components of health information systems consistent with medical, legal, accreditation, and regulatory requirements of the health care delivery system. 

Health Information Technology Overview and Accreditation 

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program places students where the expanding arena of health care meets the cutting edge of technology. HIT related job opportunities are excellent, with options to work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, health centers, medical research organizations, consulting firms, long-term care and rehabilitation facilities, insurance companies, software companies, and government health agencies.

The Fisher College HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates who meet requirements of the accredited program are eligible to take the national qualifying examination for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Program requirements must be completed within five years to be eligible to take the RHIT exam. 

Learning Outcomes
This program will provide students with the opportunity to develop the following competencies and the ability to:
  • Demonstrate effective, professional written and oral communication skills with consumers and co-workers.
  • Use and apply critical thinking skills and basic health information management principles to recognize, analyze, and solve problems.
  • Perform and interpret math calculations related to descriptive healthcare statistics.
  • Use current technology to access and process health information.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level health information competencies.
  • Practice in a legal, ethical, and professional manner by demonstrating responsibility, initiative, and positive attitudes toward those of diverse backgrounds and to work in teams in a healthcare setting.
Outcome Data
  • RHIT Exam Pass Rate: During the reporting cycle of August 2017 through July 2018, Fisher College had an 89% pass rate for first time test takers on the RHIT national exam.
  • Graduation Satisfaction: 100% of graduate respondents reported a high level of satisfaction with the HIT program on the 2018 survey.
  • Employer Satisfaction: 100% of employer respondents reported a high level of satisfaction with graduates on the 2018 survey.

Take the Next Step

The Health Information Management accreditor of Fisher College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2020. 

Health Information Technology Program Requirements


Course Number Course Title  
CM105 Public Speaking 3
CS101 Computer Concepts and Applications  3
EN101 English I 3
EN102 English II 3
HT101 Introduction to Health Information Technology 3
HT102 Health Care Statistics, Data Analysis, and Quality Improvement 3
HT190 Supervised Professional Practice I 3
HT203 Computer Applications n Health Information Management  3
HT208 Coding and Classification System I 3
HT210 Coding and Classification System II 3
HT212 Coding and Classification System III 3
HT214 Coding and Classification System IV 3
HT231 Management of Health Information Departments  3
HT251 Health Care Reimbursement Methodologies  3
HT290 Supervised Professional Practice II 3
LA121 Law and Ethics of Health Care 3
MA106 Elementary Algebra1 3
ME201 Medical Terminology  3
PS101 Introduction to Psychology  3
SC130 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology  4
SC141 Introduction to the Study of Disease  3
SC220 Essentials in Pharmacology  1
  Humanities Elective  3
  Social Science Elective 3
  Total  71

1 MA107, MA117, MA121, MA191, or MA192 may be substituted. MA121 is recommended.

Students in this degree program must earn a C or higher in all courses taken for the degree.

An RHIT preparation class is available for all program graduates.

HIT students may transfer up to 34 credits.