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Health Information Technology Program

The Health Information Technology is a two-year, Associate in Applied Science degree and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Degree courses are strategically aligned to build upon each other and to maximize student learning. Foundational coursework includes medical terminology and anatomy and physiology. Students will eventually apply their classwork in medical coding classes when they review medical documentation and assign codes. From there, students will learn about the revenue cycle healthcare reimbursement and important aspects of healthcare law, compliance and leadership. The program culminates with a capstone course in which students apply their classroom learning to a 40-hour professional practicum experience. 

After completing required HIT courses and upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credentialing exam awarded by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). This is a nationally recognized credential award that is highly sought by employers across the country.

The program is closely aligned with the Physician Office Coding and Billing program at College of DuPage.

Admission Information

Enrollment in the HIT program is by admission only. Admission to College of DuPage does not guarantee admission to the program. You must follow specific admissions requirements outlined in the Health Information Technology Admissions Packet to register.

First Step to Apply - Attend an Advising Session

About Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology is part of the larger field of Health Information Management (HIM). The field of HIM combines business, technology and medicine to provide patient care by caring for patient’s health information.

Health Information professionals organize, oversee and protect patient health information data including diagnoses, medical histories, procedures and serve as an essential link between physicians, patients and insurance companies. It’s easy to forget that healthcare is a business and HIM professionals are critical to the financial success of any organization. 

Health Information Management is an vital function of the health care and one of the few health-related occupations that does not require direct patient care. If you are interested in healthcare but not patient care, HIM is a great choice. Another thing to consider is the number of different jobs you can do with this degree. 

Determine Your Path

Health information technologists are able to work remotely and do not work directly with patients. The field is in high demand by a variety of healthcare employers. Graduates work for hospitals, physicians, insurance companies, health product companies, public health agencies or in consulting.

Whether you are preparing for a career in health information technology, planning to transfer to a four-year college or university or updating your skills, COD offers:

  • Dedicated instructors with years of practical industry experience, certification, and licensing.
  • Practical, hands-on experience as well as classroom-based studies.
  • Affordable programs that get you on the fast track to success without breaking the bank.

Health Information Technology

The Health Information Technology Associate in Applied Science degree program integrates healthcare data collection processes, clinical classification systems, clinical documentation and computer technology. 

Acute Health Care Coding

The Acute Healthcare Coding certificate requires 23 credits.

Ambulatory Coding

The Ambulatory Coding certificate requires 23 credits.

The HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

CAHIIM Accreditation Seal

The Health Information Technology accreditor of College of DuPage is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the associate degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2023. 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@cahiim.org.

Graduation Rate

 
Admitting Cohort Started HIT program Graduation Rate of Same Cohort
Fall 2018 73% - Spring 2020

Student Satisfaction Rate

 
Started HIT program Satisfaction Rate After Completion of HIT program
Fall 2018 100% - Spring 2020

Graduate Employment Rate

 
Graduated HIT program Employment Rate
Spring 2020 100% - Spring 2021

Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Examination Pass Rate

(for first-time test takers)

 
Testing Date Range Pass Rate
8/1/19 to 7/31/20 83%

Get Started Today

The first step to getting started in the Health Information Technology program is to review the admissions packet. The packet contains a checklist that you will need to follow in order to apply and be eligible for admission.

Program Costs

Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a pathway based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

College of DuPage has several health information technology transfer agreements in place with four-year colleges and universities to save you time, money and make the transfer process easier.

Many of these agreements with other colleges and universities have specific course requirements and a pre-determined course plan that needs to be followed to be eligible to transfer. Contact a program faculty member or academic advisor to learn more as course requirements vary by institution.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your frequently asked questions regarding the Health Information Technology program.

Healthcare is constantly evolving both with care delivery and technology. Students must be computer literate, detail-oriented, self-starters and possess strong critical thinking skills. Students need to have an interest in medicine and business and plan to be a lifelong learner. HIT students are rewarded with a prosperous career.

Health Information Management (HIM) professionals work for hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, mental health facilities, insurance companies, consulting firms, government, research, law firms and public health agencies. As more large retailers such as Walmart, Amazon and CVS enter the healthcare space, they will need HIM professionals.

Industry experts estimate there are between 250-300 different job titles listed that require an RHIT credential. HIT professionals work in medical coding, release of information, privacy, data analytics, claims, auditing, compliance, consulting and policy making. The possibilities are virtually endless.

Health Information Management professionals can work from home. Many HIM companies prefer their employees work from home. Over 70% of the HIM workforce works remotely and this trend is expected to continue. 

The HIT program classes are a combination of face-to-face and online classes.