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Health Information Technology Degree

Offered at: Westminster

A.A.S. in Health Information Technology

64 credits
(4 semesters)

With an A.A.S. degree in Health Information Technology (HIT), you can work as a health data analyst, insurance claims analyst, records technician specialist, release of information specialist, coder, patient information coordinator, or supervisor. You could work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, home-health-care services, public health departments, or insurance firms.

In this program, you will learn how to acquire, analyze, and protect digital and traditional medical information. You will learn the science of health information management plus the background you'll need to navigate legal, ethical, medical, and financial areas. Download the HIT Information Packet.

Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). As a graduate of the HIT program, you will be eligible to take the national Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam and receive the RHIT credential.

Health Information Technology degree: See required courses and descriptions.

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Medical Coding

29 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate teaches you medical coding skills using the ICD classification system for hospitals, long-term care facilities, and physician practices. It prepares you to work in health information management converting diagnoses and procedures from patient health records into the correct medical codes to ensure accurate billing and reimbursement.

Medical Coding certificate: See required courses and descriptions.


Complete this Program at No Cost to You!
This program is now available at zero cost thanks to Care Forward Colorado.



Information Session

Each student must attend the mandatory information session before starting the program. Please contact the HIT program director for specific dates and times.

Required Immunization

  • COVID-19 vaccine series
    Students must meet current FRCC COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements to participate in the program and/or in certain class activities. This may include providing documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 PCR test results.
    View Current Requirements

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the various health care organizations and describe their systems of health care delivery, including licensure and accreditation requirements.
  2. Describe the categories of the health workforce and address education, licensing, certification requirements, and areas of expertise.
  3. Identify and describe Health Information Management (HIM) department functions and services as well as the roles and the responsibilities of the HIM professional in various health care settings.
  4. Describe the development of a Health Information Management (HIM) professional, including education, certification, areas of expertise, and the AHIMA Code of Ethics.
  5. Describe the consequences of a breach of healthcare ethics.
  6. Develop documentation requirements for acute care, ambulatory care, long-term care, hospice care, mental health, and home health care.
  7. Identify the use and users of patient data and describe the sources of data and how it may be collected and disseminated, including secondary data sources.
  8. Describe computer networks, document imaging, data security, and voice recognition technology as they relate to the electronic health record.
  9. Describe a plan for active and inactive record storage that is in compliance with regulations and accreditation standards and monitor any changes of retention requirements.
  10. Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of various providers and disciplines, to support documentation requirements throughout the continuum of healthcare.
  11. Understand the interrelationships of different types of organizations, services, and personnel across the health care delivery system.

Proven Program Success

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  • 85% of our program graduates who pass the RHIT exam work in a healthcare-related position.
  • 84% of our program graduates pass the RHIT national exam on their first attempt. (National Pass Rate is 70%.)

  • 77% of our students complete the program and graduate.

Annual Salary

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Health Information Technologist $36,914
Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment (2021)

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