Health Information Technology

The Saddleback College HIT (A.S.) Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Train to Become a Health Information Technician
The Health Information Technician (H.I.T.) program is a two-year certificate and associate degree program that prepares the student for employment as a health information professional with the knowledge and skills to accurately code diagnoses and procedures for healthcare services provided to nurses, and other healthcare staff rely on to deliver quality healthcare.  Facilities employing health information technology professionals include hospitals, ambulatory care centers, physician offices, long-term care facilities, dialysis centers, public health agencies, pharmaceutical companies, medical supply companies, rehabilitation centers, managed care organizations, behavioral and mental health facilities, law firms and insurance firms.

Course Schedule Effective Fall 2014

HSC 201 Medical Terminology 3
CIM 112 Microsoft Office 3
BIO 113 Human Anatomy & Physiology 4
HIT 200 Health Information Science 3
HSC 233 Legal & Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
HIT 203 Alternative Healthcare Delivery Systems 2
HIT 207 Information Technology (Pre-req. CIM 112 & HIT 200) 3
HIT 202 Reimbursement Methodologies 2
HSC 244 Disease Processes (Pre-req. BIO 113 & HSC 201) 3
HIT 221 ICD-10-CM (Pre-req. HSC 244) 
Includes ICD-9 and ICD-10
HIT 220 ICD-10-PCS (Pre-req. HSC 244)
Includes ICD-9 and ICD-10
HIT 212 Reporting Healthcare Data (Recom. Prep. MATH 253) 2
HIT 209 Management of Resources 3
HIT 204 Performance Improvement in Healthcare 3
HIT 215 CPT/Ambulatory Care Coding (BIO 113) 3
HIT 219 Directed Practice (Pre-req. HIT 202/203/207/209/212/220/221/HSC 233) 3

Due to the delay in the implementation of ICD-10, both ICD-9 and ICD-10 will be
covered in HIT 220 and HIT 221.

A minimum grade of "C" in all courses is required to receive the certificate.

Associate in Science Degree
Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualify the student for the Associate in Science degree.  A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degree
Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in the course catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements.  Refer to and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.

 It is highly recommended that an Associate of Science Degree be pursued. A student may not sit for the national credential exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to earn the Registered Health Information Technician (R.H.I.T.) credential without an Associate Degree.


Health Information Technology (HIT) Information Meeting



Applications are being accepted at this time. Please submit them to the Health Sciences Division Office.

Download the HIT Student Application form.


Admission Policies and Procedures for HIT Program

American Health Information Management Association

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

HIT Powerpoint Presentation

HIT Program Tuition, Fee and Program Costs

HIT Student Handbook

Important Links

Road Map of HIT Program eff. Fall 2014



Victoria Orlich View profile information for Peggy Dakin
Program Specialist
Health Information Technology
(949) 582-4581


Safiah Mamoon, BS, RHIT, CPC View profile information for Safiah Mamoon
Department Chair/Program Director
Health Information Technology
(949) 582-4974

Larry Grihalva, J.D., MICP Larry Grihalva
Program Coordinator
Health Information Technology
(949) 582-4959