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Health Information Technology

Program Overview

Information is the lifeblood of the healthcare system — and healthcare facilities and practices need personnel who can help manage sensitive patient information in records and documents while observing government-mandated privacy rules and regulations.

If you’re a responsible individual who respects privacy, works and communicates well with others, and has strong analytical and technical skills, consider our Health Information Technology program. It can provide you with a pathway to a rewarding career in the healthcare system by preparing you for a number of possible careers. Possible roles include health information technician, medical coder, informatics analyst, and healthcare information manager.

Take the first step toward a rewarding career and make it happen with the Health Information Technology program.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why Phoenix College?

Cahiim Accredited Program logo

Phoenix College's Health Information Technology (HIT) program offers classes covering everything from the legal and ethical aspects of health information management to health care statistics and data analytics.

PC’s health sciences students taking HIT courses may then choose from two tracks — management in health data or revenue cycle.

Health Information Technicians are experts in acquiring, analyzing, and protecting health information. They ensure health records and information is complete, accurate, and protected.

Responsibilities of a health information technician may include:

  • Analyzes health data and records for completeness, accuracy, and compliance
  • Protects the security of health information to ensure confidentiality and proper release of information
  • Utilizes health information applications and systems for compiling, analyzing, researching, and reporting health data
  • Codes and abstracts clinical information for billing, reimbursement, reporting, and compliance purposes

The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM) accredits the Health Information Technology program offered by Phoenix College.

Phoenix College HIT program graduates are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam. This exam is offered through the American Health Information Management Association and is highly recommended for broader employment opportunities.


Instructional Modalities

The program provides theoretical and practical laboratory instruction in the classroom and professional practice experience in various health care environments. The program is offered in a combination of evening, hybrid, and online classes, and acute and alternative care health care settings.

The HIT program at Phoenix College cannot be completed fully online.


Program Accreditation

Health Information Technology AAS Degree

The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM) accredits the Health Information Technology program offered by Phoenix College.

Phoenix College HIT program graduates are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam. This exam is offered through the American Health Information Management Association and is highly recommended for broader employment opportunities.


Program Outcome

Spring 2020

ENROLLMENT DISTRIBUTION

 

Full-time

Part-time

Total

Students

16

5 21

Graduates

7 3 10

Attrition

6 1 7

Progression

3 1 4

RHIT EXAM PASS RATE OVER LAST THREE (3) YEARS

Year

PC First  Time Testers

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PC First Time Testers

 Pass Rate

National First Time Testers

Pass Rate

8/1/18-7/31/19

7/9

78%

75%

8/1/17 - 7/31/18

15/18

83%

73%

10/1/16 - 9/30/17

12/13

92%

70%

Next Steps

Discuss your course load with an academic advisor inside the Hannelly Enrollment Center (HC) at our historic, centrally located campus. Future students may contact the program director, Dr. Terinicka-Brogan, for more information.