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Health Information Technology (HIT)

Campus Location: Calmar, Peosta, Online

Program Entry: Fall

Award: Associate of Applied Science


The health information technician is a member of the health care team that assimilates health information used in the delivery and oversight of patient care. The technician works with and manages systems that collect, store, process, retrieve, analyze, disseminate and communicate information related to the research, planning, provision, financing and evaluation of health services. A career in health information technology combines the knowledge and skills from the disciplines of medicine, informatics, business and computer technology within the health care industry. Those employed in health information management must possess the skills to ensure that personal health information is maintained in a manner consistent with current medical, administrative, ethical, legal and regulatory requirements.

Graduates of an associate degree educational program are known as health information technicians. One of the primary tasks of a health information technician is that of medical coder and reimbursement specialist. The tasks or functions performed by the health information technicians are numerous and continually changing within the work environment.

Health Information Technology (HIT)

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, current physical and immunization records are required prior to the start of professional practice experience. You will also be required to complete a criminal background and abuse registry check. All students enrolled in the HIT program may be required to complete a drug screen prior to placement in a Professional Practice Experience (PPE) with a PPE affiliated site. Random drug screens may also be conducted on students while enrolled in the program.

Note: A positive report on the criminal, dependent adult abuse, child abuse background screening or drug screen may prevent you from being accepted for PPE and completion of the program. All screening costs are the responsibility of the student.

Health Information Technology (HIT)

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 68

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
BIO:165 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
HIT:140 Medical Terminology 4.0
HIT:320 Heath Records Management 2.0
HIT:330 Health Care Delivery Systems 2.0
MTR:109 Introduction to Medical Transcription 2.0


Term 2
BIO:170 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3.0
HIT:120 Pharmacology for HIT 1.0
HIT:165 Principles of Diseases 4.0
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


Term 3
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0


Term 4
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:352 Health Information Systems 3.0
* Social Science Elective 3.0


Term 5
HIT:340 Comparative Records 2.0
HIT:445 Quality Management of Organizational Resources 4.0
HIT:450 Health Statistics 2.0
HIT:542 Professional Practice Experience II 2.5
HIT:946 Seminar 2.0


Social Science Electives: PSY:111, PSY:112, SOC:110

Note: Students enrolled in health occupations programs must pass all required course work with a minimum of a C- grade. However, a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (C grade average) is required to graduate from the program and the College.

Health Information Technology (HIT)

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

$24,673 - $30,922

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Employers of NICC Alumni

Buchanan County Health Center, Independence, IA
Central Community Hospital, Elkader, IA
Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo, IA
Covenant Medical, Waterloo, IA
Cresco Clinic, Cresco, IA
Crescent Community Health Center, Dubuque, IA
Good Samaritan Society, West Union, IA
Gunderson Health, Decorah, IA
Logistics Health Inc., La Crosse, WI
Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames, IA
Medical Associates, Dubuque, IA
Medline Industries, Dubuque, IA
McKesson, Dubuque, IA
Medical Associates, Dubuque, IA
Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA
Mercy Medical Center/Cardiology Clinic, Cedar Rapids, IA
Midwest Group Benefits, Decorah, IA
Midwest Medical Center, Galena IL
Mt. Vista Women's Center, Eaglewood, CO
Palmar Lutheran Health Care, West Union, IA
Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital, Prairie du Chien, WI
Regional Medical Center, Manchester, IA
Sanford Health, Fargo, ND
Sedgwick CMS, Dubuque, IA
SKIFF Medical Center, Newton, IA
St. Francis Medical Center, La Crosse, WI
Sunflower Child Development Center, Deocrah, IA
Unity Point Health Systems, Dubuque, IA
Waverly Healthcare, Waverly, IA
Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah, IA

Sample Job Titles

Benefits Coordinator
Clinical Data Analyst
Coding/Claims Specialist
Collections Clerk
Content Analyst
Customer Service Representative: Medical Billing
Documentation and Coding
EHR Implementation Specialist
Family Medical Leave Claims
Health Information Technician
Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk
HIM Revenue Cycle Auditor
Inpatient Coder
Insurance Claims Clerk
Medical Biller
Medical Coder Specialist
Medical Office Administrator
Patient Care Coordinator
Patient Registrar
Quality Improvement Analyst

Health Information Technology (HIT)

Additional Information:

Program Metrics

APAR 2014 Report Workbook and AHIMA Summary Reports HIT Graduate Placement Total Program Graduates

2014 Graduate Job Placement Rate: 89.9%

HIT Graduate Placement Rate 2012-2013
Total Program Graduates   22
Number Employed 18
Continuing Education 1
Graduate Placement Rate 86%
Employer Satisfaction 100%
Graduate Satsifaction 100%


NICC RHIT Exam Pass Rate
April 1, 2014 - June 30, 2014 100%


National RHIT Exam Pass Rate
Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2013 76%


Todd Ecklund
Dean of Business and Computer Science
800.728.7367, ext. 208

Michele Grant, RHIT
Assistant Program Director
Health Information Technology Instructor
800.728.7367, ext. 246

Jennifer Olson, RHIT
Health Information Technology Instructor
800.728.7367, ext. 278

Amanda Stortz, RHIT
Health Information Technology Instructor
800.728.2256, ext. 345

Rhonda Seibert, MS, RHIA
Calmar Campus Provost
HIT Program Director
800.728.2256, ext. 337


CAHIIM LogoThe program at NICC is an accredited program by CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for health informatics and Information Management Education). The program is offered in the classroom or online at the Peosta and Calmar campuses. Students completing the program will receive an associate of applied science degree and are able to write for their national certification examination. Students in the program join the Iowa Health Information Management Association which is affiliated with American Health Information Management Association.

HIT Handbook 2014-2015