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Health Information Technology AAS Degree

The health information technology program will prepare the student to be a health information technician. The technician is responsible for performing tasks related to the use, analysis, validation, presentation, abstracting, coding, storage, security, retrieval, quality measurement and control of healthcare data in paper-based, hybrid and/or electronic health record systems.

The program coordinates classroom, laboratory and off-campus experiences in a variety of healthcare facilities, such as acute care hospitals, ambulatory care centers, mental health facilities and other health-related facilities. The off-campus activities include supervised, professional practice assignments. The student gains experience in applying knowledge to technical procedures in health information systems. The health information technician is detail oriented and recognizes the business aspects of healthcare. The technician will have a strong interest in activities, such as assisting medical staff in evaluating the quality of healthcare, protecting the privacy and confidentiality of patient information and utilizing healthcare data.

Health information technology courses should be taken in accordance with prerequisites; a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course is required. Graduates are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) examination. The program is designed for the full-time or part-time student.

There are two ways to complete the Health Information Technology AAS Degree:

  1. The traditional route of completing all courses.
  2. Individuals who have successfully completed training, such as through the Medical Education & Training Campus, may be able to apply 19-45 credits toward the completion of a Health Information Technology AAS. Contact the appropriate instructional administrator for further details.

Students who satisfactorily complete all college and program requirements qualify for an associate in applied science degree.

This program requires a special admissions process. Contact the Admissions and Welcome Center at 734-462-4426/admissions@schoolcraft.edu or the Advising Department at 734-462-4429 (option 4)/eadvise@schoolcraft.edu to complete an application.

The Associate Degree Program in Health Information Technology at Schoolcraft College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). For additional information contact:

CAHIIM
233 N. Michigan Ave. 21st Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60611-5800
info@cahiim.org | www.cahiim.org | 312-235-3255

Not all courses are offered each semester.  Students should work with an academic advisor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with an academic advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.

Schoolcraft program code # AAS.00153
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Sample Plan

Admission Prerequisites
These courses must be completed prior to admission to the Health Information Technology AAS program. Students must achieve a 2.0 or higher in CIS 120, BIOL 236**, and HIT104 for acceptance.

First Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 15

First Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 14

First Year - Spring Session

Total Credits 4

Second Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 15

Second Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 13

Section Year - Spring Session

Total Credits: 5

Electives (Optional)
Note: Federal Financial Aid may not be available for these courses. Please contact the Financial Aid office for other potential sources of aid.

Program Total: 66 Credits

* Courses that must be taken prior to acceptance in the HIT program.

** BIOL 237 & BIOL 238 are accepted to replace BIOL 236.  Students planning to transfer should consult with their academic advisor about these options.   Please review all course prerequisites.

*** Any student desiring transfer credit should take ENG 102. Please review all course prerequisites.

 

CAHIIM Accreditation Information

The Health Information Management accreditor of the Health Information Technology program at Schoolcraft College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  The College’s accreditation for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Information Technology is in the reaffirmation review process in 2020-2021.  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

Program Outcomes

Students successfully completing this CAHIIM-accredited program are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician exam by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Each year the program completes a yearly Annual Program Assessment Review (APAR) for CAHIIM.

Outcomes from the most recent program review include:

  • Health Information Technology Program has a 93% graduation rate (2)
  • 100% of respondents to an employer survey indicated the quality of the Schoolcraft HIT Graduate is Excellent or Very Good (1)
  • 90% of the graduates were employed within one year of graduation (1)
  • 78% of the graduates were employed within one year of graduation in roles directly relating to their HIT degree (1)
  • 95% of the graduates rated the program as Excellent/Good Overall (1)
  • 68% of first-time test takers were successful on the RHIT exam. (3)

An RHIT credential is highly regarded by employers in southeastern Michigan and can lead to excellent employment opportunities. Learn more information about the benefits of certification.

Sources:

  1. Schoolcraft College Research and Analytics survey Fall 2020
  2. HIT Program records 2021
  3. AHIMA reports 08/01/2019 to 07/31/2020

Learn more information on accreditation at Schoolcraft.

Schoolcraft College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)The Associate Degree Program in Health Information Technology at Schoolcraft College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

For additional information contact: 
CAHIIM
233 N. Michigan Ave. 21st Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60611-5800
info@cahiim.org | www.cahiim.org | 312-235-3255

Not all courses are offered each semester.  Students should work with an academic advisor or counselor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with an academic advisor or counselor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.

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