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2024-2025 Catalog 
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Health Information Technology AAS Degree

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Schoolcraft program code # AAS.0P153/AAS.00153

The health information technology program will prepare the student to be a health information technician. The technician is responsible for performing tasks related to the use, analysis, validation, presentation, abstracting, coding, storage, security, retrieval, quality measurement, and control of healthcare data in paper-based, hybrid, and/or electronic health record systems.

The program coordinates classroom, laboratory, and off-campus experiences in a variety of healthcare facilities, such as acute care hospitals, ambulatory care centers, mental health facilities, and other health-related facilities. The off-campus activities include supervised professional practice assignments. The student gains experience in applying knowledge to technical procedures in health information systems. The health information technician is detail-oriented and recognizes the business aspects of healthcare. The technician will have a strong interest in activities, such as assisting medical staff in evaluating the quality of healthcare, protecting the privacy and confidentiality of patient information, and utilizing healthcare data. Health information technology courses should be taken in accordance with prerequisites; a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course is required. Graduates are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) examination. The program is designed for full-time or part-time students.

There are two ways to complete the Health Information Technology AAS Degree:

  1. The traditional route of completing all courses.
  2. Individuals who have successfully completed training, such as through the Medical Education & Training Campus, may be able to apply 19-45 credits toward the completion of a Health Information Technology AAS. Contact the appropriate instructional administrator for further details.

Students who satisfactorily complete all college and program requirements qualify for an associate of applied science degree.

This program requires students to complete a specific list of requirements before being officially admitted into the program.  Students are listed in a pre-program code while the application requirements are being met.  The full program start date and implementation of the program code may be dependent on space availability.  Review the application requirements online at https://www.schoolcraft.edu/admissions/apply-to-sc/students-with-selective-admissions/ or the Health Information Technology Program Application Information  catalog page. Contact the Admissions and Welcome Center at 734-462-4426/ or admissions@schoolcraft.edu or the Advising Departments at 734-462-4429 (option 4)/eadvise@schoolcraft.edu to complete an application.

The Associate Degree Program in Health Information Technology at Schoolcraft College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). For additional information contact:

233 N. Michigan Ave. 21st Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60611-5800
info@cahiim.org | www.cahiim.org | 312-233-1100

Not all courses are offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with an academic advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.

Sample Schedule of Courses

Admission Prerequisites

These courses must be completed prior to admission to the Health Information Technology AAS program. Students must achieve a 2.0 or higher in CIS 120 , BIOL 236 **, HIT 104  for acceptance.

First Year

Second Year


Select one:
Humanities - Credits: 1-4

Select General Education Humanities  course.

Total Credits: 15-18

Total Credits: 13

Social Science - Credits: 3-4

Select General Education Social Science  course.

Total Credits: 5-6

Program Total: 66-70 Credits

* Courses that must be taken prior to acceptance in the HIT program

** BIOL 237  & BIOL 238  are accepted to replace BIOL 236 . Students planning to transfer should consult with their academic advisor about these options. Please review all course prerequisites.

*** Any student desiring transfer credit should take ENG 102 . Please review all course prerequisites.

Elective (Optional)

NOTE: Federal Financial Aid may not be available for these courses. Please contact the Financial Aid office for other potential sources of aid.

Programs Requiring Licensure

Federal regulations require Schoolcraft College to publicly disclose, for each educational program designed to meet the educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification required for employment in an occupation (or advertised as meeting a requirement for employment), information about whether program completion would meet those requirements in a state. These public disclosure requirements apply to all programs, regardless of their modality (i.e., on-ground, online, and hybrid programs).

Please see the disclosure related to the educational requirements for professional licensure and certification.

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