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.

HIT News at ACC

ACC has been selected to receive a $2,394,110 workforce training grant from the US Department of Labor. The funding, part of the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, has been awarded to support innovation in curriculum design and career pathways for jobs in the Health Information Technology (HIT) industry.

This grant will allow us to create more partnerships with HIT employers and enhance the practicum experience for students, ensuring that you get the best education to help you in your future HIT career. Read more about how ACC will implement this grant.

Get your Degree and Registered Health Information Technical Credentials

Arapahoe 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. Program outcome is 92% for RHIT certification exam pass rate.

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.

You will succeed if you:

  • Have an interest in medicine and information
  • Have good organizational skills
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Are a problem solver and a team player
  • Are computer savvy

You can work for:

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

What you’ll get from ACC:

  • Accessible faculty who want to help you succeed.
  • Curriculum based on the needs of the industry
  • Challenging courses that will help you master your future career
  • Support services to help you on your way, including: Financial Aid, Advising, Library & Learning Commons, Tutoring and more.

You’ll be responsible for:

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

Minimum Requirements to Apply

  • High school graduate or GED equivalent
  • Acceptance into Arapahoe Community College
  • College Placement Test required scores are:
    • English:
      • 96 or higher in Reading and a 5 on the Essay or
      • 80 in Reading and a 6 on the Essay
    • Mathematics:
      • Student completed MAT0505 with a "C" or better or
      • Scored 80 or higher on the AL Pre-Algebra Diagnostic Math Test or
      • Scored a 59 or higher on the QL Pre-Algebra Diagnostic Math Test
    • Students with equivalent ACT / SAT scores or appropriate college-level coursework do not need to complete the placement tests.
  • Criminal Background Check (prior to the first practicum, HIT188)
  • Interview with HIT program chair

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