Health Information Technology Schools

For those with ambitions of working in a hospital or physician’s office, but who only want to invest two years in a degree program, health information technology is a path to consider. An education at the associate degree level can provide graduates with the fundamentals in technology and healthcare that are required to jumpstart a career as a health information technician or as a healthcare data analyst, medical coding specialist or even a compliance officer.

Health information technologists do not provide care directly to patients, but instead work with those who do, like registered nurses, doctors and other trained healthcare professionals. Use of electronic medical records (EMRs) is often an important part of the job and, since the federal government is offering incentives to organizations implementing these systems, the demand for health information technologists trained in these systems is expected to grow, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2017). Because the career is technology-based, health information technicians often work at a desk, spending substantial time entering or analyzing information on a computer. In some cases, when the healthcare organization where these professionals are employed is open around the clock, they may need to work evening hours or weekends.

Health Information Technology fast facts
Projected Jobs Created27,800
Projected Job Growth23%
Low Salary$25,810
Average Salary (Median)$42,820
High Salary$64,610
Entry-Level EDU Certification
Sourced from BLS, June 2018

Degree & certification Programs

Most health information technology schools offer associate degrees, although some do offer bachelor’s degree programs. Health information technology programs can be found at community colleges, junior colleges, and some universities. The programs vary by institution, but applicants should look for an associate-degree curriculum that is based on the competencies outlined by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) so that they can be prepared to seek Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification upon graduation. Following are five schools offering health information technology degrees:

  • San Diego Mesa College: Located in San Diego, California, San Diego Mesa College offers an associate degree program in health information technology. The 30-credit program (plus at least 30 credits of general education work for 60 total credits) includes a directed clinical practicum (DCP) requirement for graduation.

  • Ivy Tech Community College: The health information technology associate of applied science (AAS) degree available through Ivy Tech Community College is offered at two different Indiana campuses: Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. The program is approximately 30 percent general education and 70 percent career specific. In all, the degree is 60 credit hours and can be completed in five semesters, but could take longer for those who lack the necessary college prep courses. The first semester includes many general education classes but also introduces students to anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. From there, students’ skills build, enabling them to learn about healthcare organizations and delivery systems, informatics fundamentals, and reimbursement systems. Finally, in their fourth and fifth semesters, they participate in one-credit externships.

  • Davenport University: The associate of applied science (AAS) degree in health information technology is available at any of Davenport University’s campuses throughout Michigan, but must be completed at its Livonia campus. The program is 69 credits in all and includes 29 credits in general education, known as the Foundations of Excellence portion, 12 credits in medical basics, known as the Foundations of Health Professions, and 28 credits in the specific major. Students complete four practicums, including two in coding that should prepare them to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) certification exam available through AHIMA. Students should be prepared to take the RHIT examination upon completion and, if they wish, to continue their education by completing the bachelor’s of science degree in health information management (HIM) available through the school.

  • Idaho State University: In Pocatello, Idaho, students can complete a two-year associate of applied science degree in health information technology at Idaho State University. The program accepts students in the fall of each year, but just 20 students are admitted each time. The 69-credit program can be completed over four semesters and includes many of the general education classes during the first year and many of the career-specific courses during the second. In all, students complete 12 different health information technology courses, including ones in coding, statistics, and reimbursement, many in their final year. In the spring semester of their first year, they also complete a two-credit practicum, and in the spring semester of their final year, complete another practicum that is four credits. All coursework from the first three semesters must be finished before enrolling in fourth-semester classes and must be completed with a C grade or better.

  • Seminole State College of Florida: Students enrolled in the 70-credit program at the Sanford, Florida-based Seminole State College can complete an associate of science in health information technology degree. The program consists of 15 credits in general education, such as English and industrial psychology, as well as 55 additional courses that are required for the degree. These include computer classes in office applications and database management, as well as health information management courses in areas like the legal aspects of health information and basic procedure coding. Two three-credit practicum experiences are also required, enabling students to demonstrate and practice their skills in a healthcare setting or to healthcare professionals.

It may be best when considering health information technology schools to look for those that prepare students to sit for the RHIT examination. Because employers may prefer to hire graduates who have this certification, applicants may want to gauge how well schools are preparing students for the examination by asking them for information about their graduates’ annual and five-year average passing rates on it.

List of Health Information Technology Schools

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School City State Website Total grads (2013)
Technical Career Institutes New York New York 162
Central Oregon Community College Bend Oregon 134
City College of San Francisco San Francisco California 107
Schoolcraft College Livonia Michigan 105
Central Community College Grand Island Nebraska 96
Valencia College Orlando Florida 94
CCI Training Center-Arlington Arlington Texas 91
McCann School of Business & Technology Pottsville Pennsylvania 91
Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara California 74
Ferris State University Big Rapids Michigan 64
Joliet Junior College Joliet Illinois 54
Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conway South Carolina 53
Walters State Community College Morristown Tennessee 53
Tacoma Community College Tacoma Washington 52
Career College of Northern Nevada Sparks Nevada 51
Baker College of Allen Park Allen Park Michigan 50
Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City Kansas City Missouri 48
Seminole State College of Florida Sanford Florida 47
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis Indiana 46
Baker College of Clinton Township Clinton Township Michigan 43
Miller-Motte Technical College-North Charleston Charleston South Carolina 42
Western Technical College El Paso Texas 41
Miller-Motte College-Fayetteville Fayetteville North Carolina 39
Stark State College North Canton Ohio 39
DeVry University-Texas Irving Texas 38
Atlanta Technical College Atlanta Georgia 37
Delgado Community College New Orleans Louisiana http://WWW.DCC.EDU 37
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College Richmond Virginia 37
Northwest Florida State College Niceville Florida 37
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay Wisconsin 36
Fortis Institute-Nashville Nashville Tennessee 35
St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud Minnesota 35
Bryan College-Gold River Gold River California 34
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College New York New York 34
Miller-Motte Technical College-Columbus Columbus Georgia 34
SUNY College of Technology at Alfred Alfred New York 34
Daytona State College Daytona Beach Florida 33
Pensacola State College Pensacola Florida 33
Pima Community College Tucson Arizona 33
San Jacinto Community College Pasadena Texas 33
Santa Fe College Gainesville Florida 33
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Virginia 32
CBT College-Cutler Bay Cutler Bay Florida 31
Miller-Motte College-Greenville Greenville North Carolina 31
Miller-Motte Technical College-Chattanooga Chattanooga Tennessee 31
Montgomery College Rockville Maryland 31
Miller-Motte Technical College-Conway Conway South Carolina 30
Nassau Community College Garden City New York 30
Cape Coral Institute of Technology Cape Coral Florida 28
Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland Ohio 28
Cypress College Cypress California 28
McDowell Technical Community College Marion North Carolina 28
Onondaga Community College Syracuse New York 28
Raritan Valley Community College Branchburg New Jersey 28
Rose State College Midwest City Oklahoma 28
Berks Technical Institute Wyomissing Pennsylvania 27
Owens Community College Perrysburg Ohio 27
Anoka Technical College Anoka Minnesota 26
East Los Angeles College Monterey Park California 26
Jamestown Community College Jamestown New York 26
Miller-Motte Technical College-Gulfport Gulfport Mississippi 26
Tucson College Tucson Arizona 26
Edmonds Community College Lynnwood Washington 25
Fortis College-Ravenna Ravenna Ohio 25
Midlands Technical College West Columbia South Carolina 25
Oakton Community College Des Plaines Illinois 25
Phoenix College Phoenix Arizona 25
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth Texas 25
Texas State Technical College-West Texas Sweetwater Texas 25
Chemeketa Community College Salem Oregon 24
Houston Community College Houston Texas 24
National College-Nashville Nashville Tennessee 24
Saint Paul College Saint Paul Minnesota 24
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus Gallup New Mexico 24
Greenville Technical College Greenville South Carolina 23
Hocking College Nelsonville Ohio 23
Indian River State College Fort Pierce Florida 23
ITT Technical Institute-San Bernardino San Bernardino California 23
Quest College San Antonio Texas 23
San Diego Mesa College San Diego California 23
Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin Georgia 23
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis Memphis Tennessee 23
West Georgia Technical College Waco Georgia 23
College of Southern Maryland La Plata Maryland 22
Fortis College-Houston Houston Texas 22
Lamson Institute San Antonio Texas 22
Pasco-Hernando Community College New Port Richey Florida 22
Polk State College Winter Haven Florida 22
Baker College of Flint Flint Michigan 21
D G Erwin Technical Center Tampa Florida 21
Florence-Darlington Technical College Florence South Carolina http://WWW.FDTC.EDU 21
Indiana University-Northwest Gary Indiana 21
Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills Illinois 21
Pellissippi State Community College Knoxville Tennessee 21
Trident Technical College Charleston South Carolina 21
Arkansas State University-Beebe Beebe Arkansas 20
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas Nevada 20
Flagler Technical Institute Palm Coast Florida 20
Miller-Motte College-Cary Cary North Carolina 20
Nashville State Community College Nashville Tennessee 20
Suffolk County Community College Selden New York 20
Virginia Highlands Community College Abingdon Virginia 20
Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga Tennessee 19
Clark College Vancouver Washington 19
College of Central Florida Ocala Florida 19
DeVry University-Pennsylvania Fort Washington Pennsylvania 19
Monroe Community College Rochester New York 19
Plaza College Jackson Heights New York http://WWW.PLAZACOLLEGE.EDU 19
Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis Missouri 19
Tidewater Community College Norfolk Virginia 19
Bishop State Community College Mobile Alabama 18
Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire Wisconsin 18
DeVry University-New Jersey North Brunswick New Jersey 18
Lake-Sumter State College Leesburg Florida 18
Lehigh Carbon Community College Schnecksville Pennsylvania 18
Miller-Motte Technical College-Augusta Augusta Georgia 18
New River Community College Dublin Virginia 18
Saddleback College Mission Viejo California 18
SBI Campus-An Affiliate of Sanford-Brown Melville New York 18
University of Arkansas at Monticello Monticello Arkansas 18
Allegany College of Maryland Cumberland Maryland 17
Athens Technical College Athens Georgia 17
Brookdale Community College Lincroft New Jersey 17
Broward College Fort Lauderdale Florida 17
Burlington County College Pemberton New Jersey 17
Delaware County Community College Media Pennsylvania 17
Hinds Community College Raymond Mississippi 17
Kennebec Valley Community College Fairfield Maine 17
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa California 17
Prince George's Community College Largo Maryland 17
Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Illinois 17
St Charles Community College Cottleville Missouri 17
Texas State Technical College-Harlingen Harlingen Texas 17
Trinity College of Puerto Rico Ponce Puerto Rico 17
Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee Wisconsin 17
Atlantic Technical Center Coconut Creek Florida 16
Carroll Community College Westminster Maryland 16
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn Illinois 16
Dyersburg State Community College Dyersburg Tennessee 16
International Technical College San Juan Puerto Rico 16
Lone Star College System The Woodlands Texas 16
Manatee Technical Institute Bradenton Florida 16
Palm Beach State College Lake Worth Florida 16
Southern University at Shreveport Shreveport Louisiana 16
Taylor Business Institute Chicago Illinois 16
Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove Illinois 16
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta Georgia 16
Baker College of Jackson Jackson Michigan 15
Beal College Bangor Maine 15
College of the Ouachitas Malvern Arkansas 15
Community College of Vermont Winooski Vermont 15
Davidson County Community College Thomasville North Carolina 15
ECPI University Virginia Beach Virginia 15
ITT Technical Institute-Albuquerque Albuquerque New Mexico 15
ITT Technical Institute-Sylmar Sylmar California 15
Ridge Career Center Winter Haven Florida 15
Virginia Western Community College Roanoke Virginia 15
Dakota County Technical College Rosemount Minnesota 14
Eastern Florida State College Cocoa Florida 14
Florida Career College-Miami Miami Florida 14
Fortis Institute-Erie Erie Pennsylvania 14
Hillsborough Community College Tampa Florida 14
Itawamba Community College Fulton Mississippi 14
Lane Community College Eugene Oregon 14
Macomb Community College Warren Michigan 14
Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills Massachusetts 14
McLennan Community College Waco Texas 14
Miller-Motte College-Jacksonville Jacksonville North Carolina 14
Miller-Motte Technical College-Macon Macon Georgia 14
Missouri Western State University Saint Joseph Missouri 14
South Texas College McAllen Texas 14
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Crump Crump Tennessee 14
Zane State College Zanesville Ohio 14
Brunswick Community College Bolivia North Carolina 13
College of Lake County Grayslake Illinois http://WWW.CLCILLINOIS.EDU 13
Florida Gateway College Lake City Florida 13
Fortis College-Winter Park Winter Park Florida 13
Fortis Institute-Birmingham Birmingham Alabama 13
Gordon Cooper Technology Center Shawnee Oklahoma 13
ITT Technical Institute-San Dimas San Dimas California 13
Laurel Technical Institute Sharon Pennsylvania 13
Mercy College of Ohio Toledo Ohio 13
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Columbus Columbus Ohio 13
Saint Peter's University Jersey City New Jersey 13
SUNY Broome Community College Binghamton New York http://WWW.SUNYBROOME.EDU 13
Tulsa Community College Tulsa Oklahoma 13
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green Kentucky 13
Western Technical College La Crosse Wisconsin 13
Winter Park Tech Winter Park Florida 13
Beckfield College-Tri-County Springdale Ohio 12
Central Virginia Community College Lynchburg Virginia 12
Fort Myers Institute of Technology Fort Myers Florida 12
Fountainhead College of Technology Knoxville Tennessee 12
Frontier Community College Fairfield Illinois 12
Gateway Technical College Kenosha Wisconsin 12
Idaho State University Pocatello Idaho 12
Intellitec College-Grand Junction Grand Junction Colorado 12
ITT Technical Institute-Orange Orange California 12
North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton North Dakota 12
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas Helena Arkansas 12
Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon Washington 12
Anne Arundel Community College Arnold Maryland 11
Cosumnes River College Sacramento California 11
Craven Community College New Bern North Carolina 11
Erie Community College Buffalo New York 11
ITT Technical Institute-Indianapolis Indianapolis Indiana 11
Lee College Baytown Texas 11
M-DCPS The English Center Miami Florida 11
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Dayton Dayton Ohio 11
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Independence Independence Ohio 11
National College-Lexington Lexington Kentucky 11
National College-Youngstown Youngstown Ohio 11
Southwestern Michigan College Dowagiac Michigan 11
Triton College River Grove Illinois 11
Aiken Technical College Graniteville South Carolina 10
Amarillo College Amarillo Texas 10
College of the Mainland Texas City Texas 10
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome Georgia 10
Holyoke Community College Holyoke Massachusetts 10
ITT Technical Institute-Miami Miami Florida 10
Kaplan College-San Diego San Diego California 10
Lakeland Community College Kirtland Ohio 10
Louisiana Tech University Ruston Louisiana 10
National College-Columbus Columbus Ohio 10
Santa Barbara Business College-Bakersfield Bakersfield California 10
South Arkansas Community College El Dorado Arkansas 10
Vernon College Vernon Texas 10
Wharton County Junior College Wharton Texas 10
Bidwell Training Center Inc Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 9
Blue Ridge Community College Weyers Cave Virginia 9
Front Range Community College Westminster Colorado 9
Lawrence Technological University Southfield Michigan 9
National College-Dayton Kettering Ohio 9
Pierpont Community and Technical College Fairmont West Virginia 9
Saint Johns River State College Palatka Florida 9
South Hills School of Business & Technology State College Pennsylvania 9
Terra State Community College Fremont Ohio 9
Tulsa Technology Center-Peoria Campus Tulsa Oklahoma 9
Turtle Mountain Community College Belcourt North Dakota 9
Vantage Career Center Van Wert Ohio 9
Washington-Holmes Technical Center Chipley Florida 9
American Career College-Anaheim Anaheim California 8
Catawba Valley Community College Hickory North Carolina 8
Danville Community College Danville Virginia 8
East Central College Union Missouri 8
Fresno City College Fresno California 8
Grays Harbor College Aberdeen Washington 8
Great Lakes Institute of Technology Erie Pennsylvania 8
National College-Willoughby Hills Willoughby Hills Ohio 8
Warren County Career Center Lebanon Ohio 8
West Virginia Northern Community College Wheeling West Virginia 8
Wytheville Community College Wytheville Virginia 8
Albany Technical College Albany Georgia 7
Career Quest Learning Centers-Jackson Jackson Michigan 7
Clovis Community College Clovis New Mexico 7
Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 7
Franklin Technology-MSSU Joplin Missouri http:// 7
Highland Community College Freeport Illinois 7
Kaplan University-Hagerstown Campus Hagerstown Maryland 7
Piedmont Virginia Community College Charlottesville Virginia 7
Southwestern Community College Creston Iowa 7
Baltimore City Community College Baltimore Maryland 6
Del Mar College Corpus Christi Texas 6
Huertas College Caguas Puerto Rico 6
ITT Technical Institute-Tampa Tampa Florida 6
Management Resources Institute Miami Florida http:// 6
Miller-Motte Technical College-Lynchburg Lynchburg Virginia 6
Paris Junior College Paris Texas 6
Ridgewater College Willmar Minnesota 6
Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee Florida 6
Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville Tennessee 6
Trocaire College Buffalo New York 6
Black Hawk College Moline Illinois 5
Columbia Area Career Center Columbia Missouri 5
Fox Valley Technical College Appleton Wisconsin 5
Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley Pennsylvania 5
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Indianapolis Indiana 5
Lorain County Joint Vocational School District Oberlin Ohio 5
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Sharonville Sharonville Ohio 5
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Springboro Springboro Ohio 5
Morton College Cicero Illinois 5
Neosho County Community College Chanute Kansas 5
Pinnacle Career Institute-Lawrence Lawrence Kansas 5
Southwest Mississippi Community College Summit Mississippi 5
Spartanburg Community College Spartanburg South Carolina 5
Spoon River College Canton Illinois 5
Tunxis Community College Farmington Connecticut 5
University of Utah Salt Lake City Utah 5
Austin Community College District Austin Texas 4
Bellevue College Bellevue Washington 4
Bristol Community College Fall River Massachusetts 4
Brown College-Mendota Heights Mendota Heights Minnesota 4
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science Los Angeles California 4
College of Business and Technology-Hialeah Hialeah Florida 4
D A Dorsey Educational Center Miami Florida 4
Danville Area Community College Danville Illinois 4
Douglas Education Center Monessen Pennsylvania 4
Durham Technical Community College Durham North Carolina 4
El Paso Community College El Paso Texas 4
Fortis Institute-Forty Fort Forty Fort Pennsylvania 4
John A Logan College Carterville Illinois 4
Kaplan College-Riverside Riverside California 4
Lancaster County Career and Technology Center Willow Street Pennsylvania 4
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Troy Troy Ohio 4
Miller-Motte Technical College-Roanoke Roanoke Virginia 4
National College-Stow Stow Ohio 4
North Arkansas College Harrison Arkansas 4
Richmond Community College Hamlet North Carolina 4
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City Utah 4
Sanford-Brown College-Boston Boston Massachusetts 4
St Catherine University Saint Paul Minnesota 4
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus Roswell New Mexico 3
Eastern Shore Community College Melfa Virginia 3
Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center Altoona Pennsylvania 3
Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville Georgia 3
ITT Technical Institute-Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale Florida 3
ITT Technical Institute-Lake Mary Lake Mary Florida 3
Laboure College Milton Massachusetts 3
Montcalm Community College Sidney Michigan 3
Oconee Fall Line Technical College Sandersville Georgia 3
Panola College Carthage Texas 3
Rend Lake College Ina Illinois 3
Southwest Virginia Community College Richlands Virginia 3
St John's University-New York Queens New York 3
The Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore Maryland 3
Career Quest Learning Center-Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Michigan 2
Chattanooga College Medical Dental and Technical Careers Chattanooga Tennessee 2
Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Iowa 2
El Centro College Dallas Texas 2
Enterprise State Community College Enterprise Alabama 2
Howard College Big Spring Texas 2
Humacao Community College Humacao Puerto Rico 2
Indiana University-Kokomo Kokomo Indiana 2
Lord Fairfax Community College Middletown Virginia 2
National College-Cincinnati Cincinnati Ohio 2
O C Collins Career Center Chesapeake Ohio 2
Santa Barbara Business College-Santa Maria Santa Maria California 2
Shawnee Community College Ullin Illinois 2
Southern Maine Community College South Portland Maine 2
Academy College Minneapolis Minnesota 1
Aims Community College Greeley Colorado 1
American National University Salem Virginia 1
Boise State University Boise Idaho 1
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque New Mexico 1
Community College of Denver Denver Colorado 1
DeVry University-North Carolina Charlotte North Carolina 1
Madison Media Institute - Rockford Career College Rockford Illinois 1
Mott Community College Flint Michigan 1
Mountain View College Dallas Texas 1 Indianapolis Indiana 1
North Idaho College Coeur d'Alene Idaho 1
Rappahannock Community College Glenns Virginia 1
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood Colorado 1
Resurrection University Chicago Illinois 1
Wes Watkins Technology Center Wetumka Oklahoma 1
Western Nevada College Carson City Nevada 1
York County School of Technology-Adult & Continuing Education York Pennsylvania 1
2013 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in January, 2015)

Hybrid & online programs

Grand Canyon University
BS - Health Information Management
University of Cincinnati Online
AAS - Health Information Systems
Rasmussen College - Online
Health Information Technician (Associate's)

Students may be able to find to health information technology schools offering associate or bachelor’s degree partially or entirely online. These options can provide students with even more choices for working at their own pace and being able to complete much of their coursework at home from their computer. Three online programs in health information technology are available through:

  • University of Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin offers a 60-credit program that leads to a bachelor’s of science degree in health information management and technology (HIMT) that can be completed entirely online. However, this is a completion degree, meaning that students must already have an associate degree (or a bachelor’s degree) and will complete the last two years of a four-year degree online for a bachelor’s degree. Courses follow the traditional academic schedule, and are 15 weeks long in the fall and spring and 10 weeks long in the summer. Students can take as many or as few classes at a time as they wish. The program includes 16 core courses and then four follow-up courses in the specific track chosen, either HIM or HIT.

  • Capella University: A 180-quarter credit degree is available entirely online, leading to a bachelor’s of science in information technology with a specialization in health information technology (HIT). Students take 54-quarter credits in core courses, including introduction to programming and introduction to network technology. This is followed by 42-quarter credits in the area of specialization courses, such as healthcare organization and management, and statistical analysis for healthcare. Also included in the degree are 33-quarter credits in electives and 6-quarter credits in a capstone project. Most students take one to two courses at a time, and may even be able to transfer credits in.

  • DeVry University: DeVry University offers an online associate degree program in health information technology. The 67-credit hour program can be completed in four semesters and includes 12 career-focused classes, including a practicum, a research practicum, and a class to prepare students to seek RHIT certification through AHIMA. 

Interested students will be able to find many other HIT programs offered in hybrid or online learning formats. Some schools may have ground-based components that require students to be at the school to do labs or to be at healthcare sites to complete externships. Applicants should be sure to talk to an enrollment counselor to be clear on these expectations before enrolling.

School City State Website Total grads (2013)
University of Phoenix-Online Campus Phoenix Arizona 2057
DeVry University-Illinois Chicago Illinois 497
Rasmussen College-Minnesota St. Cloud Minnesota 189
Kaplan University-Davenport Campus Davenport Iowa 151
St Petersburg College Clearwater Florida 104
Metropolitan Community College Area Omaha Nebraska 101
DeVry University-Georgia Decatur Georgia 100
Miami Dade College Miami Florida 93
Davenport University Grand Rapids Michigan 90
Miller-Motte College-Wilmington Wilmington North Carolina 80
Arapahoe Community College Littleton Colorado 68
Rasmussen College-Illinois Rockford Illinois 62
Bryan University Los Angeles California 60
DeVry University-California Pomona California 59
Edgecombe Community College Tarboro North Carolina 53
DeVry University-Ohio Columbus Ohio 52
Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson Kansas 51
Rasmussen College-Florida Ocala Florida 51
Pinnacle Career Institute-South Kansas City Kansas City Missouri http://PCITRAINING.EDU 50
Volunteer State Community College Gallatin Tennessee 50
Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester Minnesota 48
Charter College-Anchorage Anchorage Alaska 45
Berkeley College-New York New York New York 43
George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville Hanceville Alabama 43
Rasmussen College-Wisconsin Green Bay Wisconsin 42
Hodges University Naples Florida 41
Sheridan Technical Center Hollywood Florida 40
Camden County College Blackwood New Jersey 39
Eastern Iowa Community College District Davenport Iowa 39
Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville Kentucky 38
Sinclair Community College Dayton Ohio 38
Anthem College-Phoenix Phoenix Arizona 36
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville Florida 35
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls Minnesota 35
Collin County Community College District McKinney Texas 34
Shoreline Community College Shoreline Washington 34
Northwestern College-Southwestern Campus Bridgeview Illinois 33
Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield Missouri 32
Ultimate Medical Academy-Tampa Tampa Florida 29
Portland Community College Portland Oregon 28
Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte North Carolina 27
Washburn University Topeka Kansas 27
Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar Calmar Iowa 25
Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids Iowa 23
Pitt Community College Winterville North Carolina 23
Lamar Institute of Technology Beaumont Texas 22
Southwestern Community College Sylva North Carolina 22
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock Arkansas 22
Duluth Business University Dultuh Minnesota 19
Fisher College Boston Massachusetts 19
Berkeley College-Woodland Park Woodland Park New Jersey 18
Midland College Midland Texas 18
Roane State Community College Harriman Tennessee 17
Santa Barbara Business College-Ventura Ventura California 17
Vincennes University Vincennes Indiana 17
St Philip's College San Antonio Texas 16
Beckfield College-Florence Florence Kentucky 15
Darton State College Albany Georgia 15
Lincoln College of New England-Southington Southington Connecticut 15
Northwestern College-Chicago Campus Chicago Illinois 15
Spokane Community College Spokane Washington 15
Central Carolina Technical College Sumter South Carolina 14
Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac Wisconsin 14
Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon Iowa 14
Rasmussen College-North Dakota Fargo North Dakota 14
Dakota State University Madison South Dakota 13
Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa Iowa 13
Ozarka College Melbourne Arkansas 13
State Fair Community College Sedalia Missouri 13
Hazard Community and Technical College Hazard Kentucky 12
Weber State University Ogden Utah 12
Meridian Community College Meridian Mississippi 11
Mountwest Community and Technical College Huntington West Virginia 11
Pinellas Technical Education Center-St Petersburg Saint Petersburg Florida 11
Midstate College Peoria Illinois 10
National American University-Rapid City Rapid City South Dakota 10
North Central Missouri College Trenton Missouri 10
San Juan College Farmington New Mexico 10
National American University-Sioux Falls Sioux Falls South Dakota 9
American Business and Technology University St Joseph Missouri 7
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati Ohio 7
National American University-Bloomington Bloomington Minnesota 7
Pinnacle Career Institute-North Kansas City Kansas City Missouri 7
Southern Polytechnic State University Marietta Georgia 7
Franklin University Columbus Ohio 6
United Tribes Technical College Bismarck North Dakota 6
Western Nebraska Community College Scottsbluff Nebraska 6
Crowder College Neosho Missouri 5
Florida Technical College Orlando Florida 5
National American University-Independence Independence Missouri 5
National American University-Overland Park Overland Park Kansas 5
National American University-Albuquerque Albuquerque New Mexico 3
National American University-Albuquerque West Albuquerque New Mexico 3
National American University-Austin Austin Texas 3
National American University-Brooklyn Center Brooklyn Center Minnesota 3
National American University-Centennial Centennial Colorado 3
National American University-Wichita Wichita Kansas 3
Ogeechee Technical College Statesboro Georgia 3
Peirce College Philadelphia Pennsylvania 3
Tyler Junior College Tyler Texas http://WWW.TJC.EDU 3
National American University-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado 2
Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Liberal Kansas 2
Great Falls College Montana State University Great Falls Montana 1
National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension Ellsworth Air Force Base South Dakota 1
National American University-Lee's Summit Lee's Summit Missouri 1
National American University-Zona Rosa Kansas City Missouri 1
University of Alaska Southeast Juneau Alaska 1
Williston State College Williston North Dakota 1
2013 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in January, 2015)

Core & Elective Courses

In health information technology schools, students learn many specifics to the field before getting into the career-focused essentials. They may start with general education classes to help them improve their math and writing skills, and even explore the social sciences. Following this, they should start exploring the foundational skills for their career through classes in human anatomy, medical terminology, data analysis and spreadsheets, and even statistics. These help students improve their analytical, communication and reasoning skills and become better at problem solving.

Although the names of career-specific courses may vary, classes should be similar in focus particularly since many programs have the objective of helping students prepare for RHIM certification. Students may find some of the following courses, or similar ones, offered as part of a health information technology degree:

  • Healthcare data literacy and statistics

  • Health records

  • International classification of disease coding

  • Legal and regulatory issues in health management

  • Health insurance and reimbursement

  • Release of personal health information

  • Utilization, risk and compliance management

Practicums, externships or lab experiences can also be a part of a health information technology degree and give students experiences practicing their new skills in a healthcare setting or on campus. Again, these requirements vary by institution, so apllicants may want to look at the entire curriculum for a program before enrolling.


Students should look for health information technology schools accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). This agency has a mission of identifying quality programs in health information and health information management. Graduating from a CAHIM-accredited programs means that students should have the skills and knowledge necessary to work in an electronic health records setting.

Completing a CAHIIM-accredited program is also necessary to be able to take the AHIMA certification to become a Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT). Students not attending an accredited school may be ineligible for entry-level certification testing done through AHIMA. A program directory on the CAHIIM website gives students the option to search for programs by state, program level and delivery method.

To earn accreditation from CAHIIM, programs must submit an application, complete a self-study, and open their program up to a site visit from experts identifed by CAHIIM. Programs are reviewed based on the Health Information Management (HIM) Accreditation Standards.

In addition to programmatic accreditation through CAHIIM, potential applicants should look to a school's institutional accreditation. Following many of the same processes, schools can have their institution as a whole accredited by an organization such as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) or the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Career Outlook

Job growth for health information technologists and technicians is expected to be 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the BLS (2017). This is faster than average than for all occupations for the same time period (just 7 percent) and could lead to 27,800 new positions becoming available. There are many reasons for this high demand, including:

  • An aging Baby Boomer population in need of more tests and care

  • More medical claims and reimbursements as a result

  • Growing use of electronic medical records (EMRs)

As of 2016, there were 206,300 people employed as medical records and health information technicians. If BLS predictions hold true, this number could grow to 234,100 by 2026. Job prospects could be best for those with RHIT or CTR certifications, according to the BLS. And, as use of EMRs is increasingly adopted, so should the need for skilled health information technicians.

Career Facts Health Information Technology
Related CareersMedical and Health Services Manager
Common Job TitlesHealth Information Technologist, Health Information Technician, Electronic Medical Record Specialists
Sourced from BLS, June 2018

Licensing & Certification

There are no legal licensure or certification requirements to work in health information technology. However, certifiation is available for those that choose to pursue official recognition of their skillset. To seek certification as a Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT) through AHIMA, students need to graduate from a CAHIIM-accredited program or a foreign association that AHIMA holds a reciprocity agreement with. They also need to pay an exam fee, which as of 2018 is $229 for members and $299 for non-members. Students may also be eligible to take the exam in the last semester of their program, but need to meet certain eligibility requirements.

Exams can be scheduled at PearsonVUE Test Centers available across the U.S. The exam is 3.5 hours long, and includes 130 multiple-choice questions and 20 pretest questions. AHIMA reports that certification can increase earning potential and opportunities for advancement as well as strengthen the competence of staff. After obtaining certification, renewals are needed every two years and are obtained by meeting continuing education requirements. Graduating from a CAHIIM-accredited program is not necessary to seek Certified Coding Associate (CCA) certification through AHIMA, although it is recommended.