The purpose of the Health Information Technology (HIT) program at BSCC is to prepare students for certification and practice as Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). Health Information Technology is an evolving profession which takes the responsibility to educate and develop a skilled workforce to support the needs of the healthcare industry. A HIT professional is qualified to support the adoption and implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), information exchange across healthcare providers and public health authorities, and the redesign of workflows within healthcare settings to maximize quality and efficiency. In addition, HIT professionals are specialists in managing medical records and coding information for reimbursement and research. The Health Information Technology Program consists of general education, health information courses, and concurrent and clinical affiliations which enhance the relation of theory to practice for the student. Clinical experience is provided in a variety of settings, including hospitals, ambulatory care, and long-term care facilities.
Upon successfully completing the program, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Health Information Technology and will then be eligible to take the national certification examination. Given by the American Health Information Management Association, a student will become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) upon passing this exam.
Graduates of this program have employment opportunities in a variety of healthcare settings including, but not limited to: hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, government agencies, public health, home health agencies, long-term care facilities, and dental offices.
The Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the American Health Information Management Association’s Council on Accreditation.
Admission to the professional year of the Health Information Technology Program begins fall semester of each year. Minimum requirements for consideration are as follows:
- Application to the College.
- Application to the HIT program. (Upon Request)
- A 2.5 grade point average or better in general education courses completed.
- Transcript of all previous college work.
- Two letters of recommendation may be required.
- Personal interview with a committee may be required.
Student applications (Upon Request) for the professional year must be submitted by July of each year. Any applications received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis.
Note: These courses may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. Courses may be offered in the daytime, evening or online.