General Information for the H.I.T. Program
The Health Information Technology (HIT) degree prepares the student for employment as a professional with the knowledge and skills to manage health information, use healthcare technology, accurately code diagnoses and procedures for services provided, collect, maintain, and analyze clinical data that physicians, nurses, other healthcare staff, healthcare organizations, and other agencies rely on to deliver quality healthcare.
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. The interactive AHIMA HI Career Map provides job descriptions at various levels.
Health Information Technology (HIT) Mission Statement
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.
ACCREDITATION & CERTIFICATION
EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2022
Saddleback College is withdrawing the HIT program from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) accreditation. The college will continue to offer accredited HIT classes until the end of the Spring 2024 semester. Beginning Fall 2024 all HIT classes at Saddleback College will no longer be accredited. Student may choose to transfer to a CAHIIM accredited college to complete their degree.
If you are a brand-new student or entering the HIT program under the 2022-2023 catalog i.e. Fall 22 or Spring 23, you must finish the program at Saddleback College by the end of Spring 24 to be eligible for the RHIT exam.
**It is strongly advised that all current and future HIT students meet Elizabeth Weiss in the Counseling Office to discuss educational goals and options.**
REQUIREMENTS FOR ASSOCIATES DEGREE
Completion of a 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. 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.
The HIT associate degree program comprises of the 52.5-54.5 unit coursework plus the general education courses needed to get the associate 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. Without any credit for prior learning, full-time students typically complete in 2.5 years, and part-time students complete in 3.5 years.
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.
INFORMATION ON PROGRAMS OFFERED
Health Information Technology A.S. Degree
Medical Coding Specialist Certificate of Achievement
Healthcare Technology Optimization (HCTOS) Certificate
Pathways to Additional Certificate:
STARTING THE PROGRAM
Please read the above document 'Initial Steps to Start the HIT Program' for the HIT AS degree and/or certificates in Medical Coding Specialist or Healthcare Technology Optimization Specialist (HCTOS).
Please use the Submittable HIT Application link Saddleback College Submission Manager (submittable.com) to set up an account. Choose 'HIT Student Application'. You do not have to complete or submit the application form in one sitting. You can start the process and continue with the application at any time before you submit as you may need to upload outside transcripts. Once submitted, you will be notified about your application in 2 weeks.
You will receive most of the program-related communications from the Saddleback Submittable account so please check emails daily even if you are not enrolled in courses.
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.
FALL 2022 CLASS SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION LINKS
Health Information Technology is a multidisciplinary program (See HIT Road Map) utilizing classes across multiple departments including Health Information Technology, Health Sciences, Computer Information Management, and Math or Psychology. For a current list of courses on the class schedule click on the links below:
HIT Program Fully Online Courses in 8-Week Format now available
APPLY FOR DEGREE OR CERTIFCATE
Apply for degree, certificate, or transfer from Saddleback College since they are not automatically issued. Use the links below and apply for each degree or certificate(s) separately by repeating the process:
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Students may be eligible for financial aid. If interested in applying, please visit Saddleback College's Student Financial Assistance & Scholarship Office
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