Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology Program Description


A.S. Health Information Technology

Certificate of Achievement

Health Information Coding Specialist Program Disclosure

Program Description

The CRC Health Information Technology program is designed to train health information professionals with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, disseminate and maintain health care information. A career as a health information professional offers a unique opportunity to combine an interest in health information, business, and computer information science.

The Associate of Science in Health Information Technology (HIT) prepares students for a career in a variety of health care settings across an array of health care environments. Health Information Technician graduates are employed in hospitals, as well as in other healthcare settings, including public/private health agencies, mental health facilities, long-term care, ambulatory care, state and federal health agencies, physician practices and home health agencies. Health Information Technicians verify health information data for completeness and accuracy, use computer applications to integrate and assess patient data, compile and report health information data for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment, and research. HIT professionals code and abstract clinical data using the appropriate classification systems.

Career Opportunities

  • Health Information Analyst
  • Health Information Abstractor
  • Release of Information Consultant
  • Supervisor, Health Information
  • Data Quality Manager
  • ICD/CPT Coder
  • Medical Staff Coordinator
  • Quality Improvement Coordinator

Employment opportunities possible in the following settings:
Ambulatory Care
Long-Term Care/Rehabilitation
State and Federal Health Agencies
Professional Review Organizations
Insurance Companies
Consulting Firms
Mental Health/Chemical Dependency
Acute Care

Some Career Opportunities may require experience in addition to at least one year of college study.


  • As the health care industry continues to grow and expand, the demand for health information technicians also increases. As the aging population continue to increase, employment is expected to grow 15% (faster than average) from 2014 to 2024. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016-17).
  • This Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education in collaboration with the American Health Information Management Association. (CAHIIM)

       233 N. Michigan Ave, 21st Floor
       Chicago, IL 60601-5800

  • Earnings of health information technicians vary by type and size of facility, level of responsibility and geographic region. The mean annual wage is $35,900 (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17)
  • Non-paid clinical experience in applying classroom-based knowledge at affiliated health-related agencies.
  • This is an online program.

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The HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), therefore, graduates are qualified to sit for the national board examination to become Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT's). The curriculum is designed to meet the increasing need for professionally trained Health Information Technicians in acute-care hospitals, outpatient clinics, long term care facilities and governmental and private agencies.

The two-year program provides emphasis in the areas of storage and retrieval of records, quantitative analysis of medical records, coding and indexing the medical records, legal aspects of medical records, supervision of medical records, department personnel, calculation of healthcare statistics, performance of healthcare quality improvement studies, implementation of the electronic health record and an introduction to health care delivery systems.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

2017/2018 Reported Outcomes:

  • RHIT Exam Pass Rate 85%
  • Overall success rate for all courses in HIT Program 92%
  • Employer Satisfaction Rate 84%