Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology

  • Evening classes
  • Internship opportunities
  • Certification
  • Accredited by the CAHIIM
  • A.A.S degree program
  • State-of-the-art Labs

Health Information Technology (HIT) is a combination of health care and information technology. The Health Information Technology Program prepares students in the methods of collecting, organizing, analyzing and protecting traditional and electronic medical information essential to providing quality patient care.  Health Information Technicians compile statistics for health information indices, disease registries, and research studies, review clinical documentation to assign codes to diseases and procedures, use storage and retrieval systems to manage the release of patient health information and retrieve health data. In addition, students will obtain the necessary technological skills required to perform the daily activities in the management of health information.  

Potential Work Sites:

With their training and knowledge of information management, the electronic health record (EHR) and healthcare delivery systems, health information management professionals are able to work in a variety of healthcare settings, which include:

  • Hospitals, physician offices, nursing homes, home health agencies, and ambulatory care clinics, etc.
  • Insurance companies and HMOs
  • Research and government agencies
  • Accounting, legal and consulting firms

There are numerous job titles and career paths available in this field, which affords the health information management professional with many options and opportunities for growth.  For more information about careers in health information, please visit and

Professional Practice Experiences (Internships):

Students build competencies in two Professional Practice Experiences offered during their course of study. Through these practice internships, students will obtain “hands-on” experience in actual health care settings. These non-paid, internships are completed during regular business hours. Transportation to and from the practice site is the responsibility of the student.

Course Schedule:

All Health Information Technology courses are offered in the evening, thus supporting the working professional in their quest to enhance their career options. Since Health Information Management departments are generally only open during regular business hours, students will be required to complete their Professional Practice experiences one or more days of the normal work week. Every effort is made to accommodate students' work schedules so they will be able to complete the required hours. While intended to prepare individuals for immediate employment, this program is also appropriate for transfer to a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management. 


The Associate degree, Health Information Technology Program at Trocaire College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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Graduates may apply to write the national certification examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Upon passing this exam, the individual earns the credential of Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Students may also apply to write coding certification exams offered by AHIMA's and the American Academy of Professional Coders.

Program Outcome Measure(s):

The following HIT program outcome measure is for academic year 2012 to 2013:

  • Graduate Placement Rate – 83%

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Admission Requirements:

  1. High School diploma (minimum 80% average) or GED diploma with a minimum score of 2625
  2. High School or College Biology with a lab - minimum grade of "C" (75%)
  3. Keyboarding experience
  4. 2.0 semester average with minimum grades of "C" in laboratory sciences for current and transfer students


Minimum Degree Requirements:

  1. A total of at least 74 semester hours with a Quality Point Average of 2.0

  2. General Education Requirements:
    Humanities (Literature Elective: 3 credits)                                                               
    Basic Communication (EN101)                                                                                  
    Mathematics (MA111)*
    Natural Science* (BIO130/130L, BIO131/131L, BIO140, BIO233)*
    Philosophy (PH103, PH205)
    Social Science (6 credits)
    College Seminar (GS100) or College Success (GS102)*

  3. Program Requirements:*
    HIT101, HIT103, HIT104, HIT200, HIT202, HIT204, HIT208, HIT209, HIT216, HIT220, HIT222, HIT225

  4. Other Requirements:*
    BU132, MB119, MB265

* A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) is required.


Semester 1

18.0 / 20.0 Credits
BIO130/130L Anatomy & Physiology I\Lab 4
GS100 or GS102 College Seminar or College Success 1 / 3
HIT101 Intro Health Information Systems 4
MB119 Medical Terminology 3
BU132 Information Technology I 3
EN101 English Composition 3

Semester 2

19.0 Credits
BIO131/131L Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 4
HIT202 Health Statistics 3
HIT104 Legal Aspects of Health Information Technology 3
MA111 College Algebra and Statistics with Business Applications 3
PH103 Introduction to Philosophy 3
Social Science Elective 3

Semester 3

19.0 Credits
BIO140 Pharmacology 3
HIT103 Health Information Systems 3
HIT204 Inpatient Coding Systems 4
HIT208 Quality Assurance & Improvement 2
HIT200 Clinical Practicum I 2
MB265 Insurance & Reimbursement Processing 2
English Literature Elective 3

Semester 4

18.0 Credits
BIO333 Pathophysiology 3
HIT209 Clinical Practicum II 2
HIT216 Ambulatory Care Coding 3
HIT220 Management Principles for Health Information 2
HIT222 Survey of Healthcare Delivery 1
HIT225 Health Information Seminar 1
PH205 Ethics in Health Care 3
Social Science Elective 3


Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
(HEGIS Code Number 5213)
Director, Health Information Technology Program
716. 827.2560
Office: Room 422