Health Information Technology
Please Note: Program changes effective 2019 Fall. Please see your advisor if working off of an older catalog.
Richmond Community College offers Health Information Technology (HIT) under a Cooperative Agreement with Pitt Community College (PCC). Students can start at RichmondCC towards earning their HIT degree. However, the actual degree will be awarded by PCC. The PCC HIT Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics & Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, Ill 60601-5800. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. RichmondCC provides students the opportunity to complete up to 33 credit hours at RichmondCC to be used toward completion of the 74-hour Associate in Applied Science in the Pitt Community College Heath Information Technology program. All classes taken at PCC can be completed online. Graduates of this program may be eligible to write the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
The Health Information Technology program prepares you for a job as a health information professional or technician that specializes in medical coding and billing. These technicians are responsible for the organization of a patient’s medical record, which begins with verifying that a patient’s initial medical charts are complete. Then, all this information must be entered into a computer. Additionally, health information professionals must regularly communicate with physicians to ensure accuracy, clarify diagnoses and obtain any supplementary information needed to update a patient’s file. Health information professionals who specialize in medical coding and billing can find employment in hospitals, doctors’ offices, law firms and insurance companies. Because of the nature of the work, technicians often have the opportunity to work from home.
Will I be suited for this type of work?
Health information technicians should be organized and detailed oriented, as well as somewhat computer savvy.
How long does it take to complete the program?
This is a two-year program culminating in an Associate in Applied Science Degree.
Can I complete this program online?
Ninety percent of the class work for the Health Information Technology program at RichmondCC can be completed through online courses. You will also receive 96 hours of clinical experience working onsite at local medical facilities.
Can I advance to a higher degree?
Yes, after obtaining your associate degree from PCC, you can pursue a bachelor’s degree or even a master’s degree.