Health Information Technology


Our Health Information Technology program is a two-year technical program leading to an Associate Degree. The program will prepare you to work in hospitals and other health care settings, managing health information in paper and electronic formats. Health Information Technology combines a profession in health care with information technology. Health Information Technicians maintain, collect, and analyze data crucial to the delivery of quality patient care.

Projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to be one of the 20 fastest-growing occupations in the United States, health information technology (HIT) is an excellent career choice for the person who is seeking a healthcare profession that combines interests in computer science, business, management, legal procedures, and health care research. The medical world depends on health information specialists to collect data and interpret it, protect it, and determine how it can be used. The future for health information technicians looks bright. Employment opportunities include hospitals, physician offices, insurance companies, law firms, state and federal health agencies, long-term care facilities, hospice agencies, teaching institutions, and consulting firms.

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Is This Career Right for You?

Are you interested in coding, medical reimbursement and billing, computers, information technology, or business administration? Would you like to be part of the world of medicine without providing direct patient care? Would you like the opportunity to work from home? Do you enjoy diversity? Are you well organized and detail-oriented? Would you like to make a contribution to the welfare of others? If this sounds like you, a career in Health Information Technology could be just right for you!

National Certification Exam

During the graduation semester, the student is eligible to take the national certification exam for Health Information Technicians. The RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) credential is awarded to those who pass the exam.

Important Program Information

  • Associate of Applied Science
Sample Curriculum
Course Hours
Anatomy and Physiology I, Lecture & Lab 4
Anatomy and Physiology II, Lecture & Lab 4
Total Hours 8
Course Hours
Health Record Systems 4
Medical Terminology 3
Health Care Law and Ethics 3
Pathopharmacology I 3
Computer Applications I 3
Total Hours 16
Course Hours
Pathopharmacology II 3
Introduction to Coding 4
Health IT Systems 4
English Composition I 3
Public Speaking I or Interpersonal Communication 3
Total Hours 17

Summer Session

Course Hours
Professional Practice Experience I 2
General Psychology 3
Total Hours 5
Course Hours
Health Statistics 3
Quality Management & Compliance 3
Intermediate Coding 3
Fine Arts or Humanities Elective 3
Total Hours 12
Course Hours
Professional Practice Experience II 2
Advanced Coding Systems 3
Certification Fundamentals for HIT 1
Revenue Cycle Management 3
Health Care Management 3
Total Hours 12
Total Hours for Associate of Applied Science: 72

Admission Requirements

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College
  2. Application to the Health Information Technology Program.
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, TASC™, or Mississippi Competency-Based High School Equivalency). (For currently enrolled high school students, an updated transcript, validating high school graduation, will be required prior to beginning the program.)
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College.
  5. ACT composite score of 18 (15 if taken before October 1989) OR 2.5 cumulative GPA on at least 12 hours with one of the below scores:
    • ACT composite score of 17 or
    • Accuplacer scores of 88 or higher in English; 46 or higher in Math; 76 or higher in Reading or
    • Next-Generation Accuplacer scores of 245 or higher in English; 237 or higher in Math; 246 or higher in Reading


Completion of the following college courses with a grade of “C” or above:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (BIO 2511, BIO 2513) and Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (BIO 2521, BIO 2523)

Selection Process

  • The application will be available from March 1st thru July 31st.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who complete the application procedure by April 15th for fall admission.
  • Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes but is not limited to: ACT composite with sub-scores, GPA on HIT program prerequisite letter grades, and highest previous certificate or degree, and military experience. service/certificates/degrees.
  • Applicants selected into the program are required to attend a scheduled orientation session.
  • Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Health Information Technology Program.

The HIT program is a fully online program with the following courses being offered face-to-face or hybrid:

  • Health Record Systems
  • Introduction to Coding
  • Intermediate Coding
  • Advanced Coding
  • Health Statistics

Professional Practice Experience I and II will require students to attend clinical one day per week at scheduled times during the second year of the program.

Program Outcomes

2021–2022 Academic Year

Graduation Rate – 38%
Employment Rate – 86%
Student Satisfaction Rate – 87%
RHIT Exam Pass Rate: 100%

2020–2021 Academic Year

Graduation Rate – 64%
Employment Rate – 71%
Student Satisfaction Rate – 100%

2019–2020 Academic Year

Graduation Rate – 77%
Employment Rate – 80%
Student Satisfaction Rate – 100%

Program Accreditation

The Health Information Management accreditor of Hinds Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2027. 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



Michelle McGuffee
RHIA, Chairperson
Amber McCullough, RHIT
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