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Health Information Technology

Join HIT - where healthcare meets technology.

The CRC Health Information Technology (HIT) Program invites you to explore the world of healthcare, technology, medical coding, healthcare law, and leadership. A career in HIT can lead to careers such as health information management, medical coding, patient health record management in private offices and hospitals, and others. The possibilities are as unique and diverse as the professionals who drive the HIT profession.

What is the HIT Program?

About HIT

Download and read the HIT Handbook.

HIT Program Requirements

HIT Program Requirements

See the program requirement for the HIT degree and certificate.

Program Requirements

Meet the HIT Team

Meet the HIT Team

Meet the HIT team of faculty, success coaches, and counselors.

Meet the Team

Health Information Technology Accreditation

Health Information Technology Accreditation

Accreditation information for the HIT program.

HIT Accreditation

Student Testimonials

We are honored to highlight and showcase our students and their experience with our Health Information Technology Program. If you are a current HIT student or alumni and would like to share your experience with potential students, please Share Your Story.

Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs will be continuously updated. Check back for more information.

I’m interested in medical billing and coding - is HIT the degree that I am looking for?

Possibly. The HIT program focuses on medical coding and while revenue cycle is a part of it, we do not specifically touch on medical billing.

CRC offers Medical Assisting - a medical insurance billing certificate program for those who are interested in medical billing.

If I have taken prerequisite courses outside of CRC or the Los Rios Community College District, do I need to repeat them?

Not necessarily. We will need to review your past courses and determine if they meet our requirements. If so, we can complete a course waiver/substitution form. To get this started you will need to make an appointment with counseling. Please bring your transcripts, course descriptions, and be ready to work with our HIT counselor to start your HIT educational plan.

I missed the deadline for the application! Can I apply late?

The HIT program has two applications per year, one in the spring and one in the fall. If you miss an application deadline, we do not reopen the application. However, if you have not completed the program prerequisites, this will be a great time to do so. These courses help students in preparation for the HIT program. We also encourage students to take general education courses toward their AS degree (if that is their plan) while waiting to apply to the program.

I’ve applied to the HIT program, now what?

Once you have applied to the HIT program, we will start the process for review. We attempt to get back to students within two weeks from the HIT coordinator. However, to ensure that communication is open and timely, be sure to provide your correct contact email address and phone number.

What email address should I use on the HIT application?

Please use an email address you check regularly. The HIT coordinator will contact you with the email address that you provide on the HIT application. Please make sure you check your email after you have submitted your HIT application.

I have a medical degree from outside the U.S. can I apply for the program?

Any transcript from outside the U.S. will have to be evaluated and submitted to Admissions and Records. This can be a long process depending on embassy timeframes and how quickly requests can be fulfilled from the foreign educational institution and evaluator. Once this is done, our dedicated and knowledgeable HIT counselors will work with the students to identify any additional courses that may be required.

I work in the Health Information Management (HIM) field, can I use this work experience toward my education?

We are working on a process to help students navigate this request. Currently, this process is not established, but we are doing our best to tackle these requests on a case-by-case basis.

I see the catalog was updated and some of the courses I took previously have been changed or new courses have been added. What should I do? Do I have to retake courses to graduate with my degree?

HIT faculty and staff have been working hard over the last several years to update and modify the HIT program to meet or exceed the curriculum requirements set up by our accrediting body and industry partners’ needs.

If you have taken courses like CISC 302 and see that it was replaced with CISC 310 please contact the HIT counselors or coordinator to assist you in completing a course substitution waiver for this course.

CISA 315 was replaced by CISA 321 and will also require students to contact the HIT counselor or coordinator to complete a course substitution waiver.

Why do I have to take STAT 300?

Our accreditation requirement is that HIT degree students must be knowledgeable in descriptive and inferential statistics, therefore, our STAT 300 course is required and fulfills those needs. If you have taken a course outside of the Los Rios Community College District that covers those areas, we suggest making an appointment with Counseling to have it evaluated. 

In addition, STAT 300 meets the math competency required for graduation with an associate degree and GE Area IIb Communication and Analytical Thinking.

What is the difference between the AS Degree and the Coding Specialist Certificate?

The AS Degree allows students to sit for the national exam offered through AHIMA, called the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). The RHIT opens doors beyond the coding specialist certificate.

The Coding Specialist Certificate is for those looking to sit for the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam. These credentials allow students to become experts in coding.

The RHIT will allow students the opportunity to code if they decide to go that route, but also other positions within the health information management field as well.