Health Information Technology (HIT)

Have a Rewarding Career in a Growing Field!

Are you ready to combine your desire to help people and work in the health care field with your computer skills and technical prowess to find a fulfilling career in Health Information Technology? With the booming growth of technology in the health fields, Health Information Technology expertise is in high demand. ACC’s Health Information Technology program will enable you to develop the technical skills necessary for managing health information in the healthcare delivery system and put you ahead of the curve in this growing health care field.

Get your Degree and Registered Health Information Technical Credentials

CAHIIM accredited logoArapahoe Community College offers a Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) accredited program for an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology (HIT). Our Associate of Applied Science degree provides you the technical skills needed to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). You can complete your training in two years or have a plan designed to meet your needs. ACC has the only accredited online HIT program in Colorado.

As a graduate of the Health Information Technology program, you will be eligible to take the national Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam and receive the RHIT credential.

ACC HIT Program Outcomes:

  • Mock RHIT Certification Exam (required; final semester) - pass rate is 95% (2017)
  • National RHIT Certification Examination - pass rate (first attempt) is 80% (2017)
  • Graduate survey: employed in HIM-related job within one year after graduation - 80% (2017)
  • Graduate survey: Feel prepared to enter / advance in a HIM career  - 98% agree / strongly agree (2017)

This program is entirely online with the exception of the two practicum courses. The HIT188 and HIT289 practicum experiences, although conducted in off-campus healthcare settings, are administered as online courses.

Health Information Technology (HIT) Career Options

By getting your degree or certificate in Health Information Technology (HIT), you can find a career in settings such as:

  • Hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices
  • Health Departments
  • Insurance companies
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Private industry

Let us help you navigate the Health Information Technology industry. We've created a guide to help you understand the industry, job titles, duties, requirement, salaries and more. Read our Career Pathways Guide.

State and National Trends for HIT Employment

United States
Field Employment 2014 Employment 2024 Percent Change Projected Annual Job Openings
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 188,600 217,600 +15% 7,120
Field Employment 2014 Employment 2024 Percent Change Projected Annual Job Openings
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 2,340 3,090 +32% 140

*Statistics from O*Net Online.

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Collecting, analyzing and interpreting health data
  • Managing health documents and databases
  • Protecting confidentiality of health-related data

For more information about this profession, visit the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the national association of health information management (HIM) professionals.