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Catalog 2021-22

Catalog 2021-22

Health Information Technology

As virtually every medical care facility has moved to electronic medical record keeping, the need for health information technicians responsible for healthcare data in a variety of formats has become even more important. At Schoolcraft, students can earn either a health coding specialist certificate or health information technology associate of applied science degree to improve their opportunities to qualify for a position in this rapidly changing field.

At Schoolcraft, our faculty is trained in the latest technology, along with state and federal legislation medical recordkeeping standards. Schoolcraft’s Health Information Technology Associate Degree Program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Students will enjoy a combination of classroom, laboratory and off-campus experiences in a variety of healthcare facilities with supervised professional practice assignments to expand their learning opportunities.

  • The coding specialist certificate prepares students to review and analyze health records to identify relevant diagnoses and procedures for patient services, translating diagnostic and procedural phrases utilized by healthcare providers into coded form.
  • Associate of applied science degree graduates are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician examination.
  • A minimum grade of 2.0 is required in all classes and full and part-time programs are available.
  • The program has transfer agreements with many state universities.

Selective Admissions for Limited/Restricted Enrollment Programs

Students must be officially admitted through an additional selective admissions process for this limited/restricted enrollment program prior to enrolling in core/major courses.
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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

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.

  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.

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Federal regulations require Schoolcraft College to publicly disclose, for each educational program designed to meet the educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification required for employment in an occupation (or advertised as meeting a requirement for employment), information about whether program completion would meet those requirements in a state. These public disclosure requirements apply to all programs, regardless of their modality (i.e., on-ground, online, and hybrid programs).

Please see the disclosure related to the educational requirements for professional licensure and certification.

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