Health Information Technology (HIT)

Health Sciences

The Health Information Technician (HIT) is a member of the healthcare team who ensures the quality of the medical record by verifying the completeness and accuracy and ensures proper entry into electronic health record systems. This technician uses software applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care and monitoring costs. The HIT is a specialist in coding diagnoses and procedures using the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) utilized for healthcare reimbursement and research.

Most HITs work in hospitals, but they are also found in other settings including physician practices, long-term care, home health agencies, mental health facilities, public health centers and cancer registries. HITs possess many technical skills that assist in the delivery of health care services. This program provides the HIT with a working knowledge of anatomy and physiology, disease processes, informatics, legal and quality management principles, business and computer technology, and practical applications in coding, reimbursement, quality management, health statistics, release of information and data analysis, as well as the ability to utilize software applications that collect, store, process, retrieve and analyze health information.

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Credits: 68
Locations: Online
Entry: Fall

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $15,504*
Program Supplies: $177

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook


Estimated annual salary for Health Information Technology (HIT) graduates represents median annual wage from EMSI's Analyst, Career Coach and Institutional Research data.

Potential Careers

  • Registered Health Information Management Technician (RHIT)
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  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, or SAT® test scores. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years, and math scores are valid for two years.
  4. View the Program Admission Checklist.

In addition to the enrollment process outlined, applicants must achieve a minimum ACCUPLACER CLASSIC® reading score of 70 or ACCUPLACER NEXT GENERATION® reading score of 250. ACT® scores are also acceptable.

The health sciences programs have additional admission requirements including background checks, health records and training requirements. Please review these requirements for program admission.

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Northeast Iowa's Health Information Technology program offers tracks in Data Management and Revenue Cycle.


The Health Information Management accreditor of Northeast Iowa Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for associates degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2026. 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  

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Program outcomes indicate the following:

  • 100% graduate satisfaction rate per the 2021 gradute survey
  • 100% employer satisfaction rate per the 2021 employer survey
  • 78% graduate placement rate

Program Metrics

2021 HIT Program Metrics
Total Graduates 9
Total Employed in Field (within 6 months of graduation) 7
Total Eligible for Employment 9
Graduation Rate 100%
Graduate Placement Rate 78%
Graduate Satisfaction Rate 100%
Employer Satisfaction Rate 100%
Retention Rate 89%
Time FrameExamNumber of First Time ExamineesNumber Of Passing ExamineesStudent Pass RateNational Pass Rate
National Accreditation Results
8/1/2020 to 7/31/2021 RHIT 11 8 73% 70%

HIT Program Outcomes

  1. Apply ethical standards of practice in the delivery and use of health data for medical, legal, and regulatory processes
  2. Utilize various software systems and information technology that abstract, classify, and process data for the purpose of medical coding, reimbursement, data analysis and research.
  3. Apply knowledge of health information management functions to support the format and content of the health record.
  4. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills for a diverse workforce.
  5. Apply knowledge of biomedical science, disease processes, pharmacology, and medical terminology as the foundation of understanding health and disease processes.
  6. Evaluate the financial impact on health care systems through the inappropriate and/or fraudulent use of health care delivery and reimbursement.
  7. Examine documentation requirements for the health record and how they are utilized in various health care settings.

Licensure and Certification Disclosure

Successful completion of this program leads to a professional licensure or certification. Use this state guide to identify the states in which NICC program requirements fulfill the state guidelines for professional licensure and certification.

The Health Information Technology degree currently has transfer agreements in place with the institution(s) listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.

Michele Grant, B.S.H., RHIT
Health Instructor

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2246
  • Location: Peosta

Andrea Kane, M.S., R.H.I.A., C.C.S.
Health Information Technology Instructor

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1164
  • Location: Calmar