Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology

This joint program with Edgecombe Community College will train you to become a registered health information technician (RHIT).

What You Will Learn

The health information technology (HIT) program at Central Piedmont is offered in collaboration with Edgecombe Community College. The program offers fully online HIT courses and the opportunity to take your general education courses here at Central Piedmont in an online or in-person format. The program's clinical component offers opportunities to complete those hours at our local Mecklenburg community health partners.

When you finish the program, you will be able to:

  • collect, maintain, analyze, and ensure accuracy of patient health data according to regulations and standards
  • apply diagnosis and procedure codes according to current nomenclature
  • apply healthcare services billing and reimbursement policies and procedures
  • collect, maintain, and report data for health statistics, biomedical research, and quality management
  • apply current accreditation, licensure, and certification standards for health information laws
  • adhere to healthcare privacy, confidentiality, legal, and ethical standards
  • use information and communication technologies, apply knowledge of data, information and file structures, use appropriate electronic data storage and retrieval technology
  • apply confidentiality and security policies for data security
  • apply human and financial resource management principles

When you finish this program, you will be prepared and eligible to take the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). This credential is recognized throughout the United States. Registered health information technicians work in supervisory and technical positions in a wide variety of industries. They analyze and manage health information and help maintain electronic health records.

Why Choose Central Piedmont

The health information technology degree is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Only students who have completed a CAHIIM-accredited health information technology or health information management program approved by a foreign association with a reciprocity agreement with AHIMA are eligible to sit for the RHIT exam.

Program outcomes.

In addition, our health information technology program is offered 100 percent online, giving you the flexibility to learn anytime, anywhere. You'll also gain real-world experience via three professional practice experience classes, where you will practice in various healthcare facilities. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you to enter the competitive field of health information technology. Our instructors will equip you the problem solving and decision-making skills needed to excel in this field. In fact, in a 2018 survey, 100 percent of our graduates reported a high level of satisfaction with our program and its content.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

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The Details

Apply to the Program

You will need to enroll at both Edgecombe Community College and Central Piedmont. Edgecombe admits students in the HIT program twice a year: June 1 to start in the fall, and October 1 to start in the spring.

Edgecombe Community College will determine if you need to take placement tests once they evaluate your official college transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, or official CPT scores from another college. If you are required to take placement tests, you can take them through the Central Piedmont testing center. However, you will need to request that an official copy of your placement test results be sent to Edgecombe Community College; your placement test requirement is not fulfilled until Edgecombe receives your official placement test documentation.

Meet with a program admissions specialist if you have any questions.