The Health Information Technology major will prepare students to identify and use a variety of informational resources and technologies to effectively perform entry-level skills in health information positions. The major will provide students basic training in human sciences, computers, health information content and management, quality improvement, coding and reimbursement, and legal aspects of health information. Students are eligible to sit for a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam that is offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Students who pass the RHIT exam will distinguish themselves from non-credentialed individuals and will improve their employment prospects.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Students are eligible to sit for a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam that is offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), allowing students to distinguish themselves from non-credentialed individuals and improve their employment prospects.
Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, health information related positions in hospitals, nursing homes, physician offices, correctional facilities, health care agencies, rehabilitation centers and agencies, behavioral healthcare centers, statewide cancer registry and trauma registry organizations, health information outsourcing companies, and other organizations that maintain or use patient health information. Graduates are eligible for a variety of jobs including entry-level coder, health information technician, abstractor, utilization management assistant, quality Page 5 improvement assistant, data analyst, and supervisor. Many of these jobs will require or prefer the RHIT certification.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $39,180 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $64,610.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||68,740||$21.91||$45,580|
|Offices of Physicians||38,530||$17.59||$36,580|
|Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)||11,480||$18.88||$39,270|
|Outpatient Care Centers||8,260||$19.41||$40,380|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises||8,200||$23.48||$48,850|
Statistics reported in May 2017
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Note: Data is based on most recent data reported for the Annual Program Assessment Report to the program’s accrediting agency, CAHIIM.
Graduates with certification can request evaluation for entry into the B.S. in Health Information Management (BHI).This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean. Graduates from this major can transfer into Penn College's Applied Management B.S. major.
International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to Health Sciences majors.
Clubs & Activities
Health Information Association
Health Information Technology Advisory Committee
- Ms. Kathy Arner, LPN, RHIT, CCS, CPC, MCS, Program Integrity Investigator, Geisinger Health System
- Ms. Lori Biacchi, Consultant, Compliance Concepts, Inc.
- Mr. James L Bifano, Director, Health Information Services/Privacy Officer, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
- Ms. Erica D Donovan, MS, RHIA, Instructor, York College of Pennsylvania
- Ms. Diane Drajem, MHA, RHIA, CCS, VP Professional Services, Jersey Shore Hospital
- Ms. Linda Mignot, Administrative Director, Health Records, Susquehanna Health
- Ms. Dena Nyman, Director, Health Information, Geisinger Jersey Shore
- Ms. Amanda L Orzolek, Specialty Coder & Physician Trainer, Susquehanna Valley Medical Specialties
- Ms. Laura J Rizzo, MHA, RHIA, Director, Health Information Management, Lancaster General Hospital
- Ms. Carol Yacko, RHIA, Director of Health Records, UMPC Susquehanna
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.