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Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology

Have a desire to help people, but know nursing isn’t for you? Consider a career as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

As a graduate of the only accredited HIT program in the region, you’ll stand out as the candidate with the credentials that prove your ability to succeed on the job.

  • About the HIT Degree

    The Health Information Technology degree at Southwestern Michigan College will teach you everything you need to know to become a RHIT. You will learn about medical terminology, basic diseases, medical coding, health information management, insurance claims processing, health care law, and quality assurance.

    You’ll also take basic business classes for a comprehensive understanding of office practices and a professionalism workshop to gain the professional polish needed to excel in the workplace. You’ll round out your education with an internship to gain the confidence that you can apply your classroom knowledge to real-world scenarios. After graduating, you’ll be eager to apply your skills and demonstrate your confidence as a HIT pro.

    After completing the associate degree program, you can take the national certifying exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

    For the 2019-20 academic year, 33% of students who were enrolled in HIMS 101 graduated from the program, 100% who attempted the RHIT exam passed, and 100% of graduates gained employment in the field. The student satisfaction rate was also 100%.

    The program is rated highly by other HIT professionals. All 10 employer members attending the 2017 Spring Advisory Board meetings scored the HIT program 4 or higher out of 5.

    It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) and is the only accredited program in the region. You must graduate from an accredited school to become a RHIT.

    This is a two-year degree that can be used to gain employment as a health information technologist. It also transfers well to four-year schools for advanced studies that can lead to management positions. 

    The program is offered on the Niles Campus.

  • What You’ll Learn

    View the full curriculum guide for the Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology.

  • What Can I Do With a Health Information Technology Degree?

    Health information technology (HIT) is the coding, filing, securing and sharing of health care information. HIT is a solid career you can begin with only an associate degree.

    HITs work in hospitals and health care offices managing patients’ records. They are often paid well and have good benefits.

    Careers and Salaries
    Career Option Salary
    Medical Records Specialists and Health Technicians: $46,660
    Medical and Health Service Managers: $101,340

    2021 median pay. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Student Achievement and Satisfaction Data

    Data for the 2019-20 academic year

    Graduation Rate*Employment RateCertification Exam Pass RateStudent Satisfaction Rate
    33% 100% 100% 100%

    *Students who were enrolled in HIMS 101

The Only Accredited HIT Program in the Area

The Health Information Management accreditor of Southwestern Michigan 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 2022-2023. 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


Evening Program Format

The HIT program is offered in the evenings in a hybrid format with courses that fit your lifestyle. The program is designed to help individuals advance into a career as an RHIT without interferring with current work schedules.

Many healthcare employers offer tuition assistance for this program.


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