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).


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.

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 the 2019-2020 academic year, the HIT program had a 100% graduation rate.
  • 100% of 2019-2020 HIT graduates became employed in the field.
  • For the 2019-2020 academic year, 100% of students who attempted the RHIT exam passed.
  • All 10 employer members attending the 2020 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.

Curriculum Guide

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

Career Options & Salaries
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians:           $40,350
Medical and Health Service Managers:           $99,730
2018 median pay. Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Evening and Online Classes

The HIT program is located on the Niles Campus and features evening and online-hybrid courses so that you can balance life, work and school more easily.

The Only Accredited HIT Program In the Area

You must graduate from an accredited school to become a RHIT. The Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology program at Southwestern Michigan College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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