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A.A.S. Degree FAQ

What does a health information technician do and where are they employed?

The field of health information provides a wide range of professional opportunities in the health care industry. Health information is a unique profession that incorporates clinical knowledge, information technology and management skills, giving graduates the background to work in a variety of health care settings. Graduates of CLC’s Health Information Technology Program include coding professionals, health information department managers, cancer registrars, nursing home consultants, clinical documentation specialists, medical billers, and medical office managers, among others. Work settings include hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics, insurance companies, professional associations, nursing homes, and medical billing services.  See the American Health Information Management Association website at www.ahima.org for additional information on the profession.

What salary can I expect to earn?

Salaries vary by job function, however, recent graduates working as a credentialed coders in Lake County hospitals, for example, typically earn approximately $22.00 per hour as a starting salary.

How do I get started?

This is a limited enrollment program. Learn more about screening requirements and getting started in the A.A.S. program.

I have previous college courses, will they count in the program?

If evaluated by Admissions and Recruitment as equivalent to courses in the program they will be transferable and streamline your course load. Complete a Request for Evaluation of Prior College Transcripts and return the form to the Welcome and One Stop Center.

When are classes offered?

Prior to being accepted into the program, a number of classes can be completed face-to-face both day and evening, online, or in a blended format. Once accepted into the program, however, courses are offered on a day/evening rotating schedule and the Professional Practice Experience (clinical) courses (HIT212 and HIT213) and the Seminar course (HIT218) are only offered during the day in the final two semesters in the program.

How long will it take to complete the program?

HIT courses are scheduled over a period of two academic years. You will not be able to complete the program in less than two years. The sequence of courses can be located in the college catalog.

Is there a required certification exam upon completion of this program?

Although no exam is required, it is highly recommended and often a requirement of employment. The Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to write for the certification examination of the American Health Information Management Association for the designation RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician).