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

$13,464*
Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $15,096*
Program Supplies: $192

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$20,494 - 63,716

Estimated annual salary range for Health Sciences graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

Potential Careers

  • Benefits Coordinator
  • Coding/Claims Specialist
  • Insurance Claims Clerk
  • Medical Biller
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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®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.

In addition to the enrollment process outlined, applicants must achieve a minimum ACCUPLACER reading score of 70. ACT or ACT Compass 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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Fall

CourseTitleCredits
Fall
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Applications 3.0
BIO:168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/Lab 4.0
HSC:114 Medical Terminology 3.0
HIT:320 Heath Records Management 2.0
HIT:330 Health Care Delivery Systems 2.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0

Spring

CourseTitleCredits
Spring
BIO:173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab 4.0
HIT:120 Pharmacology for HIT 1.0
HIT:215 Intro to CPT 2.0
HIT:233 ICD-10 Coding 4.0
HIT:421 Legal Aspects of Health Information 3.0
HIT:540 Professional Practice Experience I 1.5

Summer

CourseTitleCredits
Summer
ENG:105 Composition I  3.0
MAP:532 Human Body: Health and Disease  3.0

Fall

CourseTitleCredits
Fall
HIT:255 Advanced ICD-10-CM/PCS and Classification 4.0
HIT:280 CPT-4 Coding 3.0
HIT:292 Reimbursement Methodologies 2.0
HIT:340 Comparative Records 2.0
HIT:352 Health Information Systems 3.0
HUM:108 Cultural Diversity and Identity 3.0

Spring

CourseTitleCredits
Spring
HIT:445 Quality Management of Organizational Resources 4.0
HIT:448 Information Governance 1.0
HIT:452 Health Data Statistics and Analysis 3.0
HIT:542 Professional Practice Experience II 2.5
HIT:945 Seminar 2.0

To graduate from this program, students must complete all required coursework with a "C-" grade or above and earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average.

This Associate of Applied Science degree program requires a minimum of 15 credits of transfer-level general education electives from Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science. Three of these hours can include SDV:179 The College Experience. If The College Experience course is waived or transfers in for less than three credits, an additional general education elective is required.

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The HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Program graduates are eligible to write the certification examination and earn a credential as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) which is offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

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Ranked 21st for affordable online associate degrees in Health Informatics by AffordableColleges.com.

Program outcomes indicate the following:

  • 100% graduate satisfaction rate per the 2018 gradute survey
  • 100% employer satisfaction rate per the 2018 employer survey
  • 83% RHIT exam passage rate from November 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018

Program Metrics

MetricOutcome
2017-2018 HIT Program Metrics
Total Graduates 18
Total Employed in Field 15
Total Eligible for Employment 17
Graduate Placement Rate 88%
Graduate Satisfaction Rate 100%
Employer Satisfaction Rate 100%
Time FrameExamNumber of First Time ExamineesNumber Of Passing ExamineesStudent Pass RateNational Pass Rate
National Accreditation Results
11/1/2017 to 10/31/2018 RHIT 18 15 83% 75%

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.

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
Health Faculty

  • Email: grantm@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 800.728.7367, ext. 246
  • Location: Peosta
Rhonda Seibert

Rhonda Seibert
Associate Vice President, Operations

  • Email: seibertr@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 800.728.2256, ext. 337
  • Location: Calmar