Health Information Technology Degree

 

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).

 

Flex Forward

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?

About HIT

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.

  • The HIT program has a 100% graduation rate and 100% of grads are employed in the field.
  • SMC students have an 83% success rate—much better than the 71% national average.
  • 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!

Read more about FlexForward programs.

See It Yourself!

Click here for images of the Niles Campus, home of the Health Information Technology program.

 


This is the only accredited HIT program in the area!

 

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.

Careers and Salaries
Medical Records and Health
Information Technicians:
          $34,160
Medical and Health Service
Managers:
          $88,580

 

Curriculum Guide

View the course plan for the Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology degree at Southwestern Michigan College.