Health Information Technology

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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…

and now the classes are offered online.

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 reinforced in externships.

Three Health Information Technology students working

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).

This link will take you to the current working catalog, the Health Information Technology program has changed and the current catalog does not reflect those changes. On the catalog page, you may also select other available catalog years from the drop-down menu located in the upper right.

Program cost

Suggested course sequence for students starting Fall 2020.

Program Effectiveness Data

Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam pass rates

YearSC4National Average
2017-1890%73%
2016-1788%69%
2015-1688%68%
Life of the program83%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.

Information sessions and panel discussions

Attending an information session is your first step toward attaining a health information technology associate degree.

Evening appointments are available by appointment by contacting klwilson@sc4.edu.

Admission criteria

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 requirements:

  • If you have previously attended college, you may already have a head start toward your degree. See an SC4 advisor for additional information.
  • ENG 050 or ENG 075 or appropriate placement by college assessment.
  • MTH 081 or MTH 082 or higher or appropriate placement by college assessment score.
  • BIO 160, or BIO 271 and BIO 272, HE 102, HE 110, and CIS 115 must be completed within five academic years of admission to the Health Information Technology program, or by approval of the Program Director.

An Allied Health application to the Health Information Technology program must be received by June 30 for admission to the program in fall semester.

This is not a competitive admission program, however, space is limited. Twenty-three seats will be available each fall semester. Seats will be filled on a first-qualified, first-served basis. Therefore, fulfillment of these requirements does not guarantee immediate admission to the program. Students may be waitlisted for the next available program start.

Background check:

The Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations requires that all facilities verify information on background for all persons working in the facility. This requirement ‘applies to staff, students and volunteers.’ As all students will be required to complete at least one on-site PPE with a facility, students will be required to undergo a background check, for which the student will incur the costs. If a student has a criminal felony record, they should contact the Health Information Technology program director, as this could affect completion of the program.

Additionally, students will be required to undergo a physical, which will include drug screening, TB testing and vaccination verification. These expenses are the student’s responsibility.

Program expectations

Once admitted to the Health Information Technology program, the following expectations are to be met:

  • Students are expected to regularly attend all classes.
  • Students are expected to demonstrate professional behaviors as outlined in the Health Information Technology program policies. Failure to demonstrate these behaviors may result in a failing grade for a course, regardless of the degree of progress in other areas.
  • Students are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in all program courses and a satisfactory grade in the required PPE. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the student’s dismissal from the program.
  • Students are required to take HIT courses in the order described in the model schedule provided in the catalog.
  • Students are permitted to repeat any Health Information Technology courses one time. If program expectations are still not met, the student may be dismissed from the program.

Program specific information

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
  • Resume
  • 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

Yes. All perspective candidates must have a background check before their professional practice externship.

Please note: Conviction or charges will not preclude eligibility to take the American Health Information Management Association Registered Health Information Technician. However, it may make placement for the professional practice externship difficult, but not impossible.

If you haven’t already done so, complete an the college’s application (this will assign you a student ID number). This can be done online or on campus in Enrollment Services.

A secondary Allied Health Program Application, indicating Health Information Technology – Associate Degree as the intended program of study must be completed and sent to Enrollment Services by the July 24 deadline. (St. Clair County Community College Enrollment Services, 323 Erie St., P.O. Box 5015, Port Huron, MI 48061-5015.)
Note: The program prerequisites must be completed the semester prior to starting the program.

The program is a full-time, four semester program. The rule of thumb for study time is for every credit hour you are in class per week you should expect to spend at least two to three hours outside of class preparing and/or studying. If you choose to complete the program on a part-time basis, it will extend the length of time to complete the program, however will lessen your weekly workload.

Standard St. Clair County Community College placement testing procedures are followed. See an academic advisor for details.

No, the Health Information Technology program is a training program. The professional practice externship portion of the program is an opportunity for student learning. Students are required to meet entry level competencies, the accomplishment of which will be determined by professional practice externship site coordinators and assignments.

The Health Information Technology program doesn’t carry a waiting list. Students must reapply each application year by the application deadline. Currently admission to the program is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Yes. The Health Information Technology program qualifies for financial aid, including, Michigan Works. More information can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov or you contact an SC4 financial aid officer at 810-989-5530.

Yes, a $25 fee is required.

Continuing beyond SC4

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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 advising@sc4.edu.

Tammy Hall

“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