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Health Information Technology

Certificates and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree

NEW-- Lower entry requirements!

  • ENGL&101, English Composition I
  • HIT 105, Comprehensive Medical Terminology
       OR HIT 130, Medical Terminology I
  • CU 103, Excel I
      OR CU 105, Word I/Excel I

Program Description

The HIT certificates and degree program focus on the business operations of healthcare.  Employment opportunities range from entry-level clerical roles to more advanced roles within the revenue cycle and medical information management.


HIT Certificates + Associate of Applied Science Degree

The first-year certificates can be taken as stand-alone options or applied to a degree. Each certificate builds on the one before. 

1. Health Records Certificate

(26 credits)

This 26-credit certificate can be taken as a stand-alone option, or it can be applied to the HIT Associates in Applied Sciences degree. Prepares students for employment in entry-level healthcare clerical roles such as: Customer service representative, call center representative, patient service representative, medical records clerk, medical receptionist, and more.

Entry requirements (11 credits)
  • ENGL&101, English Composition
  • HIT 130 or HIT 105
  • CU 103, Excel I (or CU 105, Word/Excel I)
Core requirements (15 credits) 
  • HIT 120, Information Protection
  • HIT 125, Record Content & Standards I
  • HIT 126, Health Info Technologies
  • LS 101, Introduction to Research

2. Health Information Associate (HIA) Certificate

(26 credits Health Records Certificate + 28 additional credits = 54 credits)

This 54-credit certificate can be taken as a stand-alone option, or it can be applied to the HIT Associates in Applied Sciences degree. Prepares students for employment in entry-level health information roles such as: health information technician, medical records specialist, patient access representative, scheduling coordinator, or release of information clerk.

Entry requirements (26 credits)
  • Health Records Certificate
Core requirements (28 credits) 
  • MATH&146, Introduction to Statistics
  • CU 203, Excel II
  • HIT 145, Healthcare Statistics
  • HIT 195, Health Law
  • HIT 173, Data Analytics
  • HIT 175, Healthcare Quality & PI
  • HIT 225, Record Content & Standards II

3. Health Information Technology (HIT) Associates in Applied Sciences Degree

(54 credits HIA certificate + 52 additional credits = 106 credits)

The HIT AAS degree builds upon HIT certificates to prepare graduates to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credentialing exam. This degree prepares students for employment in a wide variety of roles related to the quality of health records, the assignment of medical codes, analysis of patient data, and/or the release health information.

Entry requirements (54 credits)
  • Health Information Associate (HIA) Certificate
Core requirements (52 credits) 
  • BIOL&175, Human Biology w/ Lab
  • HIT 131, Medical Terminology II (if took HIT 130)
  • HIT 161, Pathopharmacology
  • HIT 141, Intro to ICD-10-CM coding
  • HIT 221, Intro to ICD-10-PCS coding
  • HIT 230, Revenue Cycle
  • HIT 170, Coding for Professional Services
  • HIT 245, Coding & legal Compliance
  • HIT 242, Leadership/Management
  • HIT 251, Advanced Coding Practice
  • HIT 254, Capstone
  • HIT 255, PPE/Internship

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Program Pathway

TCC’s HIT AAS degree prepares students for a variety of careers in health information technology. The two-year Associates in Applied Sciences (AAS) degree can also lead to the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Health Information Management offered at TCC.

Our Faculty

Dona AubreyDona Aubrey, BS, RHIT
woman with short gray hair with flower backgroundAdrienne Commerre, RHIA, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP
headshot of corinne jarvisCorinne Jarvis, M.Ed., RHIA, CHDA

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