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Health Information Technology, AAS


Online Program (with the exception of two Practicum courses)

CIP 510707 (HIT1)

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Health Information Technology is designed to develop the technical skills necessary for managing health information within the healthcare delivery system. The AAS degree program in Health Information Technology emphasizes the technical component of health information services and is designed to prepare entry-level graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to use, analyze, abstract, code, present, and retrieve data in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, long term care, ambulatory care, mental health care and other healthcare facilities as well as private industry. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to write the national certification examination and upon successful passing of this examination, receive the RHIT (Registered Health Information Technology) credentials. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the association of health information management (HIM) professionals. AHIMA Web site:

Admission Requirements

The following are the basic requirements for admission to the Health Information Technology (HIT) program:

  • Completion of High school or GED equivalence
  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • Submission of the HIT application
  • Interview with HIT Program Chair, Allied Health Programs Success Coordinator or Designate
  • Criminal Background Check (prior to first practicum)
  • Vaccination documentation (prior to first practicum)
  • Prerequisite:
  • English: ENG 090 and REA 090 OR CCR 092/CCR 093/CCR 094 with a grade of "C" or better, OR Placement sentence skills score of 95+ OR assessment to be at college-level in English (see Student Resources and Services - Assessment in this Catalog)
  • Math: MAT 050 or assessment to be at college-level in Math (see Student Resources and Services - Assessment in this Catalog)

Students must contact HITProgram [at] arapahoe [dot] edu for counseling and program planning prior to enrolling in any courses that are part of the HIT curriculum.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (15 credit hours)
3 Credits OR any other higher level Communications course
3 Credits OR any other higher level Composition/Writing course
  • Select 3 Credits from either MAT 135 Introduction to Statistics: GT-MA1 OR CIS 155 PC Spreadsheet Concepts: Excel.
Total: 64 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

  • All major education and other courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to meet graduation requirements.
  • Apply for graduation online at
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.