Health Information Technology (HIT)

Health Sciences

You will graduate with the skills and knowledge you need for high-paying, rewarding employment in this healthcare field as a licensed Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT). RHITs use software systems and information technology to abstract, classify and process data for the purpose of medical coding, reimbursement, data analysis and research. RHITs also apply knowledge of health information management functions to support the format and content of the health record.

Our program has a 100 percent graduate and employer satisfaction rate. Flexible and remote work options are available for qualified RHITs with experience in the field. If you enjoy detail, accuracy, independent work and healthcare, this career is a great fit for you.

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

Paying for the Program

$14,212*
Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $15,844*
Program Supplies: $177

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$45,940

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)
  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.

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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 info@cahiim.org.  

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

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Northeast Iowa Community College's Health Information Technology program is ranked #3 in the country by Intelligent.com.

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

Metric Outcome
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 Frame Exam Number of First Time Examinees Number Of Passing Examinees Student Pass Rate National 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: grantm@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2246
  • Location: Peosta

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

  • Email: kanean@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1164
  • Location: Calmar