Health Information Technology

hit cahiim accredited program seal        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. 

  • RHIT exam pass rate of 100%
  • 83% of AY 2019-2020 graduates were employed in the healthcare field within 1 year of graduation
  • 100% of first-time students who graduated in AY 2019-2020 completed the program within 150% time typically required to complete

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

 

The Health Information Technology program accreditor of Saddleback College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Associates degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2025-2026. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

As graduates, students are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam. The EPC designated to Saddleback College for the RHIT exam is 813.

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. The degree includes both of AHIMA’s specialty tracks: revenue management (RM) and data management (DM). 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. In order to be eligible for the RHIT credential, you must earn the A.S. degree from Saddleback College. 

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

 

 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 2021 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:

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

HIT Program Fully Online Courses in 8-Week Format now available

 

IMPORTANT LINKS


American Academy of Professional Coders

American Health Information Management Association

California Health Information Association

Health Information and Management Systems Society

HI Career Map

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: 

 

    Location: SSC 102
    Phone: (949) 582-4555  or
    Email us

    Regular Office & Telephone Hours:
    Monday - Thursday
    9:00am to 6:00pm

    Friday
    8:30am to 2:00pm

 

FINANCIAL AID 

 

Students may be eligible for financial aid. If interested in applying, please visit Saddleback College's Student Financial Assistance & Scholarship Office 

 

FACULTY AND STAFF

 

Faculty:

Safiah Mamoon, MS, RHIA, CPC
Department Chair/Program Director
Health Information Technology
(949) 582-4974                                                        


Staff:

Lori Hefter
Program Specialist of HIT
(949) 582-4731