The students in the Health Information Technology Program are members of our HIT Club. The club primarily is a social club, which promotes interaction between the Senior and Freshmen students.
During Health Information Technology week the club promotes our profession by designing a new bulletin board display and organizing activities to promote an awareness of Health Information Management. Each year the club decides on a community service project to aid those in our community.
Upon successful completion of the HIT Associate Degree Program, students are eligible to sit for the REGISTERED HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNICIAN (RHIT) Exam.
RHITs are health information technicians who ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems. They may also use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs. RHITs specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research. RHITs serve as cancer registrars, compiling and maintaining data on cancer patients. With experience, the RHIT credential holds solid potential for advancement to management positions, especially if it is combine bachelor’s degree.
RHIT applicants must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:
- Successfully complete the academic requirements, at an associate’s degree level, of an HIM program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
- OR…Graduate from an HIM program approved by a foreign association with which AHIMA has a reciprocity agreement The academic qualifications of each candidate will be verified before a candidate is deemed eligible to take the examination. All first-time applicants must submit an official transcript from their college or university.
Students in CAHIIM-accredited programs for RHIT or RHIA, enrolled in their final term of study, are eligible to apply for and take their respective certification exam early. Eligible students include the following:
- Students currently enrolled and in their last term of study
- Students who have completed their course work but have not yet graduated
- Graduates that are currently waiting for their official transcripts
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is a professional association that represents more than 103,000 specially educated health information management professionals who work throughout the healthcare industry.