Health Information Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Health Information Technology student

About this program

Health information professionals play an important role in protecting the privacy and security of confidential health information and in assuring that patient health information is accurate, complete, and readily accessible to those who need it. They play a vital role in assuring integrity and accuracy of data used for medical coding and reimbursement, compliance and quality of healthcare.

Flexibility to Work from Home or the Office


Expected Growth in Employment Opportunities through 2028

Prepares Students to Take RHIT Exam


  • Inpatient or outpatient coder
  • Registry specialist
  • Clinical documentation improvement specialist
  • Quality improvement analyst
  • Data analyst

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Health Record Content and Documentation (HIT111)
  • Introduction to Information Technology in Health Care (HIT121)
  • Introduction to ICD-10 Coding (HIT125)
  • Compliance and Legal Issues in Health Information (HIT145)
  • Principles of Pharmacology for Health Information (HIT128)
  • Health Care Statistical Data (HIT211)
  • Health Care Analytics and Performance Improvement (HIT221)
  • Introduction to CPT Coding (HIT227)
  • Health Information Internship I (HIT243)
  • Data and Information Governance (HIT223)
  • Advanced Coding and Reimbursement (HIT233)
  • Health Information Internship II (HIT244)
  • Health Information Management (HIT251)
  • Certification Exam Prep (HIT255)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Math Elective (MTH113 or Higher) (MHI)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP) or
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP) or
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP) or
  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Survey (BIO103)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Basics of Medical Terminology (MTR104)
  • Pathology and Disease I (HTH115)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • Pathology and Disease II (HTH125)

Extensive Computer Labs

Explore industry-standard software and learn how to use tools and techniques for collecting, storing, and retrieving healthcare data. Throughout the program you’ll be introduced to various health information related software applications.

Student Experience

"I really enjoyed the hands-on learning and that the professors are by your side the entire way, even when you are struggling. There are more jobs for our major than I ever realized were possible."

Rachael Baker

Health Information Technology

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Health Information Association (HIA)

The Health Information Association is an active organization made up of students in enrolled in one of Penn College’s Health Information programs (Certified Coding Specialist, Health Information Technology, or Health Information Management). The club hosts social and educational events, such as visitng the Bodies Exhibit.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Your knowledge in practice

Two supervised field experiences are folded into this program. Apply your know-how in the real world and learn about the industry first-hand.

Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Committed and connected

At Penn College, there are lots of ways to learn beyond the classroom. Health information student Kathleen Baumer serves as the president of the college’s Health Information Association student club and was recently selected as a liaison to the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association.

Meet Kathleen

More Information

Students must maintain a 'C' or greater in all HIT courses. This major uses an A, B, C, and F grading scale in all HIT courses. Failure to achieve a grade of 'C' or above after the maximum attempts allowed by College policy results in withdrawal from the major. Students should work closely with their advisers and with the program faculty to ensure that they are meeting all criteria for satisfactory progress in the program.

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.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Upon completion of the program, 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.

Academic Year Number of Graduates Employed
and/or Continuing their Education
Number of Graduates Placement Rate
2015-2016 14 14 100%

Note: Data is based on most recent data reported for the Annual Program Assessment Report to the program’s accrediting agency, CAHIIM.

  • 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, '07, 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

Admissions Counselor

Lorenzo Marefka

SASC, Rm. 1088
800.367.9222 ext. 7111