Do you have a desire to help people, but know nursing isn’t for you? Consider a career as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
Now featuring 100% online-hybrid or evening classes so you can earn your degree while continuing to work your current job.
What is Health Information Technology?
Health Information Technology (HIT) is the coding, filing, securing and sharing of healthcare information.
While nurses are busy on the floor taking care of people’s physical needs, Registered Health Information Technicians are behind the scenes taking care of a patient’s documentation needs.
RHITs insure a patient’s information is properly documented, stored and secured; that the patient’s insurance company and related organizations receive the correct information; and that legal issues are covered so that bills are paid, everything is legally compliant and the patient can continue to receive care.
HIT is not a dead-end job. Many advancement opportunities are available for those with experience or advanced degrees.
HIT is a solid career you can begin with only an associate degree. Read on to learn how you can become a RHIT with an associate degree in Health Information Technology from Southwestern Michigan College.
About the Health Information Technology Degree
About the Program
The Health Information Technology degree at Southwestern Michigan College will teach you everything you need to know to become a RHIT.
Students in the Health Information Technology program will learn about medical terminology, basic diseases, medical coding, health information management, insurance claims processing, health care law and quality assurance. They will 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. All students round out their education with an internship.
After completing the associate degree program, students can take the national certifying exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician.
- In 2017, the HIT program had a 100% graduation rate.
- 100% of 2017 HIT graduates became employed in the field.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of students who attempted the RHIT exam passed.
- All 10 employer members attending the 2017 Spring Advisory Board meetings scored the HIT program 4 or higher out of 5.
- The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
- A 25-30% job growth is expected for HIT in the coming years.
- For those who wish to pursue management positions, the HIT degree will transfer to most four-year institutions.
The Health Information Technology program is offered on the Niles campuses.
About the HIT FlexForward Program
The HIT FlexForward program was designed to help those currently employed in HIT gain the skills and credentials needed to become a RHIT and advance in their careers without interfering with their current work schedule.
All classes in the HIT FlexForward program are in the evening on the Niles Campus or online-hybrid. Online-hybrid courses combine the best of in-class and online instruction. They meet on-campus only one night a week and the rest of the coursework is completed online. This means you get both the benefits of interacting with instructors and classmates face-to-face and the convenience of completing coursework from home on your own schedule.
+ Many healthcare employers will reimburse tuition costs!
View the course plan for the Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology at Southwestern Michigan College.
Career Options and Salaries
|Medical Records and Health Information Technicians:||$39,180|
|Medical and Health Service Managers:||$98,350|
|2017 median pay. Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics.|
The Only Accredited HIT Program In the Area
You must graduate from an accredited school to become a RHIT. Our Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Now On the Niles Campus!
The HIT program is moving to the Niles Campus and will feature more evening and hybrid courses so that you can balance life and school more easily.