Degrees & Certificates

Healthcare Coding

Certificate of Achievement

Medical Office

Certificate of Achievement

Overview

You can combine your computer skills and your passion for people into a dynamic and in-demand career.

A health information technician is an essential player in numerous health care settings, responsible for acquiring, analyzing and protecting medical information in a variety of settings. The field is growing quickly, with job openings increasing each year.

Whether you're seeking an associate degree or one of our certificates, Waubonsee's HIT Programs will prepare you to to meet your career goals — on a convenient evening and online-only schedule.

60 sem hrs
to earn HIT AAS degree
$8,160
in-district tuition total for degree
$40,000
average annual salary for the industry

Studying Health Information Technology at Waubonsee

Thanks to input from local health information directors and professionals, our curriculum is guaranteed to be up to date and in line with industry trends.

In addition to being current, the curriculum is comprehensive, providing you a solid foundation in clinical classification systems, health care law, data management, reimbursement systems, data statistics and analysis, and health care information systems.

Our Accreditation Can Lead to Your Credentials

Because our degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), our graduates are eligible to take the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and other credentialing exams. Such credentials often lead to greater professional recognition and opportunities.

Pass Rates

Time Period 2016-2017 Number of Examinees 2015-2016 Number of Examinees 2014-2015 Number of Examinees
AHIMA National Mean Pass Rate 70% 3,457 67% 3,642 70% 6126
First time test taker Passed 69% 1,969 68% 2,475 71% 3126
Repeat test taker - Passed 43% 597 36% 769 33% 608
 
WCC HIT Program Pass Rate 66% 11 79% 13 90% 8
First time test take - Passed 70% 10 85% 11 88% 7
Repeat test takers - Passed 0% 1 0% 1 100% 1
 
WCC Graduate Survey Satisfaction Rate 100%   N/A   N/A  
# responses 11   N/A   N/A  
 
Job placement 66%   N/A   N/A  
# responses 12   N/A   N/A  

** For years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 students taking the RHIT exam in their last semester have a 100% pass rate

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. 

Accreditation
Health Information Technology CAHIIM Accredited Logo

The Health information Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates of a CAHIIM-accredited program are eligible to take the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and other credentialing exams.

Resources
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Students are encouraged to investigate the many professional organizations found in the HIT field. 

HIT Handbook
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The HIT Student Handbook (pdf) includes valuable details about the program. 

Meet Your Faculty

Orientation

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Costs and Payments

Payment

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Gainful Employment

View information on costs, financing options and program length in weeks for our Health Care Coding and Medical Office Certificate.