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

$13,600*
Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $15,232*
Program Supplies: $177

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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®, or SAT® test scores. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years, and math scores are valid for two years. 

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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Academic requirements, program details and any additional admission requirements for this program can be found on the program page in the college catalog.

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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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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.

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
Health Instructor

  • Email: grantm@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2246
  • Location: Peosta

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

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