Get the knowledge and skills to enter the health information management profession. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level jobs in a variety of health care settings as well as non-traditional settings such as law firms, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. Jobs include coder, electronic health record specialist, decision support specialist, regulatory/compliance specialist and release of information specialist. Graduates completing this program are prepared to pursue a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree in health information management.
The Health Information Technology Associate Degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
A variety of entry-level positions in acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, physician practices, rehabilitation centers, clinics, private consulting firms and veterinary medicine facilities.
Here are some of the classes you can take for this degree:
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see a complete list of classes for this degree
degree in health information technology prepares students to enter the health
information management profession. This is a two-year program and includes both
liberal arts and health information technology courses. However, a student may
choose to complete liberal arts courses prior to admission to the program.The program includes two professional practice externships. One will be
virtual and one will be on-site in a health care setting.Employment opportunities Upon successful completion of
the program, graduates will be prepared for employment in entry-level positions
in a variety of health care settings, including acute care hospitals, skilled
nursing facilities, physician practices, rehabilitation centers, clinics,
private consulting firms and veterinary clinics.Employment
opportunities in this field also exist with law firms, insurance companies and
pharmaceutical companies. Graduates may be employed in a variety of roles,
including coder, electronic health record specialist, decision support
specialist, regulatory/compliance specialist and release of information
specialist.Job availability and wagesHealth
information technology is a rapidly growing field, with the number of jobs
expected to increase 12% in Michigan through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics. Health information technologists earn an average of $17.02 per
completing this program also are prepared to pursue a bachelor's, master's or
doctorate degree in health information management. Students interested in
this path should inform their academic advisor. There may be additional
classes the student may wish to add to their schedule.
SC4 has an articulation agreement in place with Ferris Statue University for Health Information Management. Click here for more information.
If you previously have
attended college, you already may have a head start toward your degree. See
an SC4 advisor for additional information.Pre-application
Biology classes (160, 171, 172), HE-102 and CIS-115 must be
completed within five academic years of admission to the program.
(Students who completed BIO-172 within the last five academic years, but
completed BIO-171 earlier than the last five academic years, will be
considered as having met pre-application requirements. These students will
not be required to repeat BIO-171.) BIO 271, HE 102 and CIS 115 must be
completed within five academic years of admission to the program. See the
table below for details:
Pre-application requirements must be completed and
application to health information technology program must be received
This is not a competitive admission program,
but space is limited.Thirty seats will be available each fall
semester and 60 seats will be available each winter semester. Seats will be
filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Therefore, fulfillment of these
requirements doesn't guarantee immediate admission to the program. Students
may be waitlisted for the following semester.
Click here to see the cost of the program.
check:As all students will be required to complete at least
one on-site professional practice externship with a facility, students will
be required to undergo a criminal background check and fingerprinting, for
which the student will incur the costs. This is a requirement of the Joint
Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. If you have a
criminal felony record, contact the program director, as this could affect
completion of the program.Students also will be required to
undergo a physical, which may include drug screening, TB testing and
vaccination verification. These expenses are the student's
Once admitted to the program:
Credit for Work Experience - Students may request credit for work
experience for PPEs only. Students are required to submit the following six
weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which they will be
completing the PPE:
required documents have been reviewed, credit may or may not be granted.
In the event credit is granted, students will be required to pay tuition
for the PPE. If a student possesses a current CCS credential and is
working in the inpatient coding arena, this will be accepted in lieu of
any coding aspects of PPEs. Proof of credentials is required.Credit for CCS and CCA - Credit for HIT courses may be received by
students having the following credentials:
credentials is required. If proof of credentials is received, St. Clair
County Community College will give credit for the following courses:
NOTE: Students will be expected to pay tuition
for these courses in order to receive credit.
Attend any of the following upcoming sessions to get information
about careers in health information technology, program prerequisites, degree
requirements and application process.
All information sessions are
in Room 205, SC4 Welcome Center,
corner of Erie Street and Glenwood Avenue, Port Huron.
Program Effectiveness Data –
Students graduating May 2014 (surveys sent 12 months following
Registered Health Information Technician
(RHIT) exam pass ratesSC4 is currently in candidacy status with
the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management
education, and therefore students are unable to sit for the RHIT exam at this
time. Once accreditation is confirmed, students will be eligible and pass rates
will be posted.
Employer satisfaction rate 100% of
responding employers of SC4 health information technology program would hire
graduates in the future.
Graduate satisfaction rate 100% of responding SC4 health information technology program graduates who are
working in the health information management/technology field agreed that their
overall academic experience in the SC4 health information technology program
prepared them for the workplace in the health information management/technology
Job placement rate 83.33% of
responding SC4 health information technology program graduates are currently
working in the health information management/technology profession in various