Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology


General Information for the H.I.T. Program
The HIT associate degree program comprises of the 4-semester coursework plus the general education courses needed to get the associate's degree. Since the associate degree in HIT is a high unit degree (more than 60 units), it typically takes longer than 2 years to complete(see college catalog).  The HIT degree prepares the student for employment as a health information professional with the knowledge and skills to accurately code diagnosis and procedures for the healthcare services provided to patients, and to collect, maintain, and analyze clinical data in electronic health records that physicians, nurses, and other healthcare staff rely on to deliver quality healthcare.  The program provides training through didactic instruction and directed practice.  Facilities employing health information technology professionals include hospitals, ambulatory care centers, physician offices, long-term facilities, dialysis centers, public health agencies, pharmaceutical companies, medical supply companies, rehabilitation centers, managed care organizations, behavioral and mental health facilites, law firms, and insurance firms. Programmatic outcome results show that 90% of graduates expressed overall satisfaction of the program and entry level competencies were met.  Employers were surveyed and 100% of them stated that they would hire Saddleback College graduates if openings were available. PLEASE NOTE:  The HIT program will be a fully on-line program starting in Fall 2016. 

Accreditation and Certification

The HIT Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  As a graduate, students are eligible to apply for writing the national examination for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).  For more information about the RHIT exam visit the AHIMA website.

Mission Statement

The mission of the HIT program at Saddleback College is to provide comprehensive and high quality courses that enable students to become proficient and innovative health information professionals, and to prepare students to pursue advanced learning opportunities in the health information field and become lifelong learners.



A minimum grade of "C" in all courses is required to receive the certificate.

Associate in Science Degree
Completion of the minimum of 60 units including the total units in the major, and general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualify the student for the Associate in Science degree.  A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College. 

To earn the Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree in Health Information Technology, students must complete BOTH HIT department requirements and General Education requirements.  A previous Associate Degree or Bachelor's Degree does not automatically meet general education requirements.  All outside transcripts must be evaluated toward Saddleback College's requirements.  In order to be eligible for the RHIT credential, you must earn the A.S. degree from Saddleback College. 

General Education Requirements for Associate Degree
Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in the course catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements.  Refer to and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.  Sample HIT road map with GE requirements

Schedule of Classes


Health Information Technology (HIT) Information Meeting

TBD  No reservations necessary.


   Applications are being accepted at this time. Please submit them to the Health Sciences Division Office.

   For those applicants who do not reside in the U.S. :                                                                                                               
To enroll in the Saddleback H I T on-line program you will need to apply to the college  as a Non-Resident .  Do not  
check the "international student" option as that implies you would be attending classes on campus.

Download the HIT Student Application form.

Admission Policies and Procedures for HIT Program


American Health Information Management Association

Articulation Agreement Clarkson

Articulation Agreement Stephens

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

HIT Brochure

HIT Roadmap

HIT Powerpoint Presentation

HIT Student Handbook

HIT Tuition

Important Links



Safiah Mamoon, MS, RHIT, CPC View profile information for Safiah Mamoon
Department Chair/Program Director
Health Information Technology
(949) 582-4974

Larry Grihalva, J.D., MICP  Larry Grihalva
(949) 582-4959                                                                 


Alicia Kirk View profile information for Peggy Dakin

Program Specialist
Health Information Technology
(949) 582-4581