Train to Become a Health Information Technician
The Health Information Technician (H.I.T.) program is a two-year certificate and associate degree program that prepares the student for employment as a health information professional with the knowledge and skills to accurately code diagnoses and procedures for 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 curriculum is designed to facilitate articulation from the Medical Assistant program and provides training through didactic instruction and directed practice externships.
Facilities employing health information technology professionals include hospitals, ambulatory care centers, physician offices, long-term care facilities, dialysis centers, public health agencies, pharmaceutical companies, medical supply companies, rehabilitation centers, managed care organizations, behavioral and mental health facilities, law firms, and insurance firms.
Students are required to hold a valid basic life support CPR card for healthcare providers and carry professional liability insurance prior to commencing their directed practice.
It is highly recommended that an Associate of Science Degree be pursued. A student may not sit for the national credential exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to earn the Registered Health Information Technician (R.H.I.T.) credential without an Associate Degree.
The Saddleback College HIT (A.S.) Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Applications are being accepted at this time. Please submit them to the Health Sciences Division Office.
Download the HIT Student Application form.
Articulation from MA to HIT- Twenty-four of the 31.5 units in the Administrative Medical Assistant Program articulate into the Health Information Technician Program. Students who take only the Clinical Medical Assistant Program can articulate 12 of the 29 units from that program.
FACULTY AND STAFF
HSHS Program Specialist
Health Information Technology
Safiah Mamoon, BS, RHIT, CPC
Health Information Technology Program,
Larry Grihalva, J.D., MICP
Health Information Technology Program