General Information for the H.I.T. Program
The Health Information Technology (HIT) degree 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 patients, and to collect, maintain, and analyze clinical data in electronic health records that physicians, nurses, and other healthcare staff rely on to deliver quality healthcare. The HIT associate degree program comprises of the 49-51-unit coursework plus the general education courses needed to get the associate’s degree. Since the associate degree in HIT is a high unit degree (more than 60 units), it typically takes longer than 2 years or 4 semesters to complete. A 2-year time frame for completion would require taking a full load each semester plus summers. The program provides training through didactic instruction and directed practice. 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. Students are required to hold a valid basic life support CPR card for healthcare providers, complete a health clearance, and background check and carry professional liability insurance prior to commencing their directed practice.
• RHIT exam pass rate of 100%
• 90% retention of students in the program and 10% attrition
• 100% overall satisfaction of employers and graduates based upon responses received
To minimize transmission of COVID-19, and to maintain instructional continuity to the extent possible, faculty have been working tirelessly to convert in-person and lecture lab classes to online.
Unfortunately at this time, all non-essential personnel (students) have been prohibited from participating in clinical activities, internships, externships, preceptorships, and field work experiences at local hospitals, health care facilities and other similar course related experiences. These courses have been suspended with the goal of completing them by the end of the term or possibly into summer. Students please do not drop your classes.
The college will send out official notification regarding the status of your classes on Thursday March 19th. After the official announcement students are encouraged to contact their course faculty for further direction.
Thank you for your understanding,
Diane Pestolesi, Dean of Health Sciences & Human Services
ROADMAP AND PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Health Information Technology A.S. Degree
Medical Coding Specialist Certificate of Achievement
Healthcare Technology Optimization (HCTOS) Certificate
Health Information Technology is a multidisciplinary program, utilizing classes across multiple departments including Health Information Technology, Health Sciences, and Computer Information Management. For a current list of courses on the class schedule click on the link below:
REQUIRED STUDENT DOCUMENTS
For those applicants who do not reside in the U.S. :
To enroll in the Saddleback H I T on-line program you will need to apply to the college as a Non-Resident . Do not
check the "international student" option as that implies you would be attending classes on campus.
HIT Program Fully Online Courses in 8-Week Format now available
Accreditation and Certification
The HIT Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). As a graduate, students are eligible to apply for writing the national examination for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). For more information about the RHIT exam visit the AHIMA website.
The mission of the HIT program at Saddleback College is to provide comprehensive and high quality courses that enable students to become proficient and innovative health information professionals, and to prepare students to pursue advanced learning opportunities in the health information field and become lifelong learners.
Associate in Science Degree
Completion of the minimum of 60 units including the total units in the major, and 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.
To earn the Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree in Health Information Technology, students must complete BOTH HIT department requirements and General Education requirements. A previous Associate Degree or Bachelor's Degree does not automatically meet general education requirements. All outside transcripts must be evaluated toward Saddleback College's requirements. In order to be eligible for the RHIT credential, you must earn the A.S. degree from 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 ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.
***Don’t forget you must apply for a degree, certificate, occupational skills award, or transfer at Saddleback College. These are not automatically issued. You MUST apply for them. Please review the links provided below for further information.***
Regular Office & Telephone Hours:
Monday - Thursday
9:00am to 6:00pm
8:30am to 2:00pm
Students may be eligible for financial aid. If interested in applying, please visit Saddleback College's Student Financial Assistance & Scholarship Office https://www.saddleback.edu/fao
FACULTY AND STAFF
Safiah Mamoon, MS, RHIA, CPC
Department Chair/Program Director
Health Information Technology