Are you interested in a career in healthcare but not necessarily in direct patient care? Health information is a fast growing sector of the industry that may be for you. Students learn the skills to assemble and organize patient medical information into electronic health records. Extensive hands-on application of technology tools, as well as ethical and professional behaviors are learned in the classroom and re-enforced in externships.
Entry-level positions for graduates of this program are available in health care settings as well as non-traditional settings such as law firms, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. Many students also continue on for a bachelor’s 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).
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Program Effectiveness Data
Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam pass rates
|Life of the program||83%||66%|
Employer satisfaction rate
100% of responding employers of St. Clair County Community College health information technology program would hire graduates in the future.
Graduate satisfaction rate
100% of responding 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 profession.
Job placement rate
83.33% of responding health information technology program graduates are currently working in the health information management/technology profession in various healthcare settings, or have chosen to continue their education.
If you previously have attended college, you already may have a head start toward your degree. See an SC4 advisor for additional information.
- Take Accuplacer assessment testing or provide SAT or ACT testing results. If indicated by test scores, students will be required to take developmental courses, including, but not limited to ENG-050, ENG-075, RD-050 and RD-075. These developmental courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
- Attain appropriate placement by Accuplacer assessment testing or ACT score into MTH-104 Foundations of Math. If testing at this level is not attained, students will be required to take MTH-081. MTH-081 must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
- Complete BIO-271 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or BIO 272 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with a grade of “C” or better.
- Complete CIS 114 Computer Applications for Healthcare Professions or CIS-115 Microcomputer Applications with a grade of “C” or better.
- Complete HE-102 Medical Terminology with a grade of “C” or better.
- NOTE: If you previously have taken OA-280 Medical Terminology and Transcription or OA-280A Medical Terminology, they may be accepted in the place of HE-102. See program director for details.
- Complete ENG101 English Compsition I with a grade of “C” or better.
Biology classes (160, 271, 272), HE-102 and CIS 114 or CIS-115 must be completed within five academic years of admission to the program. (Students who completed BIO-272 within the last five academic years, but completed BIO-271 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-271.)
Pre-application requirements must be completed and an Allied Health application to health information technology program must be received by August 16. for admission to the program in the fall semester.
This is not a competitive admission program, however space is limited. Thirty seats will be available each fall semester. Seats will be filled on a first-qualified, first-serve basis. Therefore, fulfillment of these requirements does not guarantee immediate admission to the program. Students may be waitlisted for the next available program start.
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, 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 includes drug screening, TB testing and vaccination verification. These expenses are the student’s responsibility.
Once admitted to the program:
- Students are required to attend an orientation session.
- Students are required to maintain an 80% pass rate in all health information technology core courses and a satisfactory grade in the required professional practice externship. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the student’s dismissal from the program.
- Students are required to take courses in the order described in the model schedule provided in the catalog.
- Students are permitted to repeat any health information technology course once. If program expectations are still not met, the student may be dismissed from the program.
- Students are responsible for transportation to and from the professional practice externship site. Students also will be required to dress in appropriate business attire, as mandated by the externship site.
Program specific information
Attending a informational session is your first step toward attaining a health information technology associate degree.
|Monday, Nov. 18||6 to 7 p.m.||Health Sciences Building, Room 106|
|Tuesday, Dec. 3||Noon to 1 p.m.||College Center, Room 100A|
Evening appointments are available by appointment by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credit for Work Experience – Students may request credit for work experience for PPEs only. Students are required to submit the following six weeks before the beginning of the semester in which they will be completing the PPE:
- Letter of request
- Current and past job descriptions and detail of all duties
- Notarized letter on facility letterhead from their employer validating the resume, job description and detail of duties
Once the 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 (credential received after October 1, 2015):
- CCA – Certified Coding Associate
- CCS – Certified Coding Specialist
- CCS-P – Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based
Proof of credentials is required. If proof of credentials is received, St. Clair County Community College will give credit for the following courses:
- HIT 208 ICD-10-CM Coding I
- HIT 209 ICD-10-CM Coding II
- HIT 105 CPT Coding
- HIT 107 ICD-10-PCS Coding
NOTE: Students will be expected to pay tuition for these courses in order to receive credit.
Handbooks and resources
Frequently asked questions
Continuing beyond SC4
SC4’s Health Information Technology program prepares you to launch your career in entry-level positions across a rapidly growing field. If you want to expand your knowledge, open up new career opportunities and continue to grow in this field, our transfer partnership with Ferris State University makes it easier and more affordable to earn your bachelor’s in health information management. With your AASHI and RHIT credential, you can continue your education at FSU.
SC4 to FSU: Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
- Transfer more than 100 affordable credits from SC4.
- Only 40 credits required to complete your degree at FSU.
- Courses offered online and in person at FSU.
- Become eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam.
View the full articulation agreement.
For more information, contact advising at 810-989-5520 or send an email to email@example.com.
“It’s a necessity in the health care field, and we need more people in it. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to go into the health care field, but doesn’t want to be on the clinical side. It’s a very rewarding program.”Tammy Hall, Care Management Analyst, McLaren Port Huron