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Health Information Technology Degree and Certificate

Los Rios Colleges Online offers you the opportunity to get a 100% online associate degree or certificate in Health Information Technology.

The Cosumnes River College (CRC) Health Information Technology program is designed to train health information professionals in the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, disseminate, and maintain health care information. A career as a health information professional offers a unique opportunity to combine an interest in health information, business, and computer information science.

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Application Deadline
Start Term Application Deadline
Spring 2022 Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Fall 2022 Monday, August 1, 2022

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for entry into the 100% online Health Information Technology program with an on-site practicum, students must:

  1. Commit to taking specific courses and sections identified in the degree requirements
  2. Complete the following courses: AH 120, AH 124, AH 311, and BIOL 100 or 102 with a grade of "C" or better
  3. Live in California

Course Map

The Health Information Technology associate degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in collaboration with the American Health Information Management Association. The degree may be obtained by completing the required program courses, plus general education requirements and sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. The Health Information Coding Specialist Certificate is 27-unit option. Both require a non-paid, on-site clinical experience at an affiliated health-related agency. Students may pursue a part-time or full-time schedule.

Major Requirements

Semester 1

Degree total units: 15
Certificate total units: 13
Course Code Course Title Session Degree Units Certificate Units
HIT 100 Introduction to Health Information Technology: Part 1 First 8 weeks 3 3
CISA 320 Introduction to Database Management First 8 weeks 1 N/A
HIT 102 Introduction to Health Information Technology: Part 2 Second 8 weeks 3 3
CISA 321 Intermediate Database Management Second 8 weeks 1 N/A
STAT 300 Introduction to Probability and Statistics Full term 4 4
HIT 120 Basic ICD-CM Coding Full term 3 3

Semester 2

Degree total units: 16
Certificate total units: 13
Course Code Course Title Session Degree Units Certificate Units
CISC 310 Introduction to Computer Information Science First 8 weeks 3 3
HIT 123 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding First 8 weeks 1 1
HIT 140 Computerized Health Information Systems Second 8 weeks 3 N/A
HIT 150 Continuous Quality Improvement Second 8 weeks 3 3
HIT 110 Medical Legal Aspects of Health Information Full term 3 3
HIT 122 Advanced ICD Coding Full term 3 3

Semester 3

Degree total units: 16
Certificate total units: 1
Course Code Course Title Session Degree Units Certificate Units
HIT 170 Health Information Technology Directed Practice First 8 weeks 1 1
BUS 330 Managing Diversity in the Workplace First 8 weeks 3 N/A
HIT 176 Health Information Technology Review Second 8 weeks 2 N/A
FITNS To be determined Second 8 weeks 1 N/A
ENGWR 301 College Composition and Literature Full term 3 N/A
HIST 310 History of the United States (To 1877) Full term 3 N/A
HIT 160 Supervision for the Allied Health Professional Full term 3 N/A

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Career Options

Health information technology is a growing field. Over the next five years, there will be over 35,000 job openings for qualified candidates across California.

Graduates work in areas such as ambulatory care long-term care/rehabilitation, state and federal health agencies, professional review organizations, insurance companies, educational settings, consulting firms, mental health/chemical dependency, and acute care. Some career options may require experience in addition to two years of college study.

Career Five-Year Growth Median Annual Salary*
Health Information Technologists 15% $55,464
Medical Records Specialists 21% $47,494
Health Informatics Specialists** 18% $107,243
  • * Data source for five-year growth and median annual salary: Emsi, 2021. Median salary includes base earnings, commissions, incentive pay, and bonuses.
  • ** This career tends to require a bachelor's degree for entry-level work.