Degrees & Certificates
Professionals in this rapidly growing field help ensure that patient health information and records are complete, accurate, and protected.
A health information technician is an essential player in acquiring, analyzing, and protecting health information essential to providing quality patient care. This career combines knowledge and skills from medicine, information management, business applications and computer technology.
Our Health Information Technology program is an excellent choice for immediate post-high school education, re-entry into the workforce, or a career change alternative. Our graduates work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician offices, home health agencies, insurance companies, and government agencies.
Studying Health Information Technology at Waubonsee
As a Waubonsee Health Information Technology student, you will have the opportunity for practical experience in a real clinical setting, and you’ll take classes in Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Legal and Ethical Aspects in Healthcare, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, software applications, health care data analytics, and more.
Take classes in person or online. This nationally-accredited program is offered in the Flexible Delivery and Online formats. Choose classes that fit your schedule and gain real-world clinical experience through practicum-based learning.
If you are looking for a challenging career in the fast-paced health care field, look into the Health Information Technology degree. Upon graduating from the HIT program, you are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician certification examination (RHIT).
Our Accreditation Can Lead to Your Credentials
The Health Information Technology program accreditor of Waubonsee Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for an associate degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2023.
All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Students are encouraged to investigate the many professional organizations found in the HIT field.
Important details about program requirements and progression can be reviewed in the HIT Program Student Handbook (2023 PDF coming soon!).
Working in Health Information Technology
A health information technician is responsible for acquiring, analyzing and protecting medical information in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, physician offices, clinics, nursing homes and surgical centers.
While working in health care settings, these professionals have very little direct contact with patients. Instead they care for patients by caring for their health records, ensuring the records are complete, accurate and protected, using their knowledge of business, science and technology.
Thanks to the increasing digitization of medical records, the field is expected to grow well into the future. And salaries are healthy too, averaging around $40,000 per year.