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Health Information Technology

Health Information Management workerIncreasing demand for skills in Health Information Technology (HIT) has created a need for highly trained workers in this field. TCC's HIT program provides a combination of medical knowledge and business applications to prepare graduates for administrative employment in hospitals, ambulatory health care facilities, physician practices, skilled nursing facilities and state or federal health agencies.

The TCC HIT program is an online program which offers several training options varying in duration and scope, depending on student circumstances and interests.

  • The Medical Scribe Professional (MSP) Certificate prepares students to work with medical practitioners during patient visits and support work flow for documentation and medical record coding. Successful completion of the Medical Scribe Certificate enables candidates to sit for the Certified Medical Scribe Apprentice (CMSA) credential through the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists. The I-BEST Medical Scribe program allows students to begin their pathway towards a medical career before they are at college level, and offers a low student-teacher ratio with wrap around support services.
  • The Medical Billing Specialist Certificate (PDF) prepares students for employment as medical billers, patient account representatives, medical claims reviews, and a variety of other medical support positions. This 1-year certificate admits in the Winter term yearly on a space available basis and has no formal application process.
  • The 2 year HIT program leads to an Associate of Applied Sciences Degree (PDF) and a certificate of completion. Program graduates are eligible to test for the national certification exam sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Upon passing this exam, graduates will receive the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Credential. The HIT Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). This degree admits in the Fall term yearly on a space available basis and has no formal application process.
  • For students with an active RHIT credential, an Associates in Applied Science degree in HIT or Health Information Management (HIM) would also serve as the first 2 years of an undergraduate degree. TCC is pleased to offer the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Health Information Management (PDF) effective Fall 2016. Completion of the BAS would enable graduates to test for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential.
  • The RHIT credential may be accepted by Health Information Administration programs at other universities. It is important to check with the prospective university for confirmation of transferability of credit toward a baccalaureate degree.

HIT AST Degree Planning

The HIT AST degree program entry occurs yearly in the Fall on a space available basis. Effective Fall 2016, entry will be in Fall quarter only. There is no formal application process. Students may register for courses in either the HIT Certificate or Degree program upon completion of the program prerequisite courses.

Associates Degree Program Prerequisites

BIOL& 175Human Biology w/lab5 credits
ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits
MATH& 146 or MATH 93/136Statistics OR Inferential Statistics5 credits
HIT 105Comprehensive Medical Terminology5 credits

All of the prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and within 2 attempts before HIT Associates Degree core courses can be started. There is a 10-year time limit for all math and science courses. Effective Fall 2016, the prerequisite math course will change from BUS 110 to MATH& 146 (Statistics) or MATH 093/136.

The degree and certificate programs are offered in a full online learning format. Students are required to have frequent internet access with reliable computer hardware and software. For those new to online learning or are feeling unsure about your online expertise, we suggest taking the 2-credit TCC course OLL 101 (Online Learning 101).

If all of your prerequisite courses are complete and you are looking for courses to take while you wait to get into the HIT program, we suggest taking CU 103 and CU 110. We also have an eHIM certificate that partners with TCC's Networking and Cyber Security program. You are welcome to take any of those courses if that is something that interests you.

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If you have reviewed the information above and your questions were not addressed, or if you have specific questions related to transfer of credits, please contact the appropriate HIT faculty advisor (by last name):

Health Sciences Program Overview

There are a variety of ways to work in the health care industry. TCC is fortunate to offer a number of educational programs in Health Sciences that might be of interest. In order to assist prospective students in fully understanding their training options, we encourage attendance at the Health Sciences Program Overview Information Session.

Bring your questions with you! Click here to access information session dates/locations.

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