program overview

health information technology

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* this program is financial aid eligible.
* most courses can be completed online.
the health information technology curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, abstract, compile, maintain, manage, and report health information.

students will supervise departmental functions; classify, code, and index diagnoses and procedures; coordinate information for cost control, quality management, statistics, marketing, and planning; monitor governmental and non-governmental standards; facilitate research; and design system controls to monitor patient information security.

graduates of this program may be eligible to write the national certification examination to become a registered health information technician (rhit). employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, health insurance organizations, outpatient clinics, physicians' offices, hospice, and mental health facilities.

CAHIM Accredited program the health information technology associate degree program is accredited by the commission on accreditation for health informatics and information management education(cahiim). graduates from the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for registered health information technicians (rhit). this exam is administered by the american health information management association (ahima).

program outcome statistics:

  • in 2019, 100 percent of our graduates passed the rhit exam on their first attempt.

  • in 2018, 89 percent of our graduates passed the rhit exam on their first attempt.

  • based on survey information, 100 percent of graduate employers indicated that the overall quality of the graduate meets their expectations.


students must attend an information session before applying to the program. see the dates listed below. view the admissions checklist and the essential skills form.

please email jessica vaughan if you have questions.

fall application deadline is jul 15

Estimated Tuition & Fees


degree type

associate in applied science (aas)


main campus, online

credit hours


program stats

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average salary $37,850

outline of person

average class size


estimated completion time

18-19 months
archery target

licensure pass rate


current and upcoming course offerings

course number title credit hours
aca-122 college transfer success 1
bio-168 anatomy and physiology i 4
bio-169 anatomy and physiology ii 4
cis-110 introduction to computers 3
eng-111 writing and inquiry 3
eng-112 writing and research in the disciplines 3
hit-114 health data systems and standards 3
hit-122 professional practice experience i 1
hit-124 professional practice experience ii 1
hit-214 cpt/other coding systems 2
hit-215 reimbursement methodology 2
hit-218 management principles in hit 3
hit-220 Health Informatics & EHRs 2
hit-222 prof practice exp iii 2
hit-225 healthcare informatics 4
hit-280 professional issues 2
mat-110 mathematical measurement and literacy 3
med-121 medical terminology i 3
med-122 medical terminology ii 3
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“the health information technology program at durham tech has everything to offer and more. i really enjoy the comradery with my classmates and support from faculty. i feel like i’m a part of something important.”

—janet jackson