Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology

Proper patient care begins with overseeing a patient's personal, medical data. Enroll in Central Piedmont's Health Information Technology (HIT) program and learn how to not only ensure the quality, integrity, and protection of patients' health information, but also how to make sure their health information is kept private and standardized for clinical, financial, and legal uses in the healthcare system. Earn a health information technology degree online from Central Piedmont and start a rewarding career as a health information technician, overseeing the secure exchange of medical information between patients and healthcare providers.

What You Will Learn

The health information technology program at Central Piedmont will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to process, analyze, abstract, compile, maintain, manage, and report health information. Health information can include lab results, such as blood tests, urine tests, X-rays and other radiology procedures, and physicians’ notes, as well as clinical information, including nursing notes, physical therapy notes, patient history, physical exams, and operative and procedure reports. At the completion of the program, you will be able to: 

  • collect, maintain, analyze, and ensure accuracy of patient health data according to regulations and standards
  • to apply diagnosis and procedure codes according to current nomenclature
  • to apply policies and procedures supporting billing and reimbursement of healthcare services
  • collect, maintain, and report data for health statistics, biomedical research, and quality management
  • apply current laws relating to accreditation, licensure, and certification standards for health information
  • to 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 principles of human and financial resource management

Upon completion of our 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, analyzing and managing health information and assisting in the maintenance of electronic health records.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Our 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 program or a 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:

  • 100% of graduate respondents reported a high level of satisfaction with the health information technology program on a 2018 survey.
  • 90% of the health information technology program graduates in 2017 passed the RHIT exam on first attempt.
  • 100% of employer respondents that have employed graduates of the health information technology program reported a high level of satisfaction on a 2018 survey.

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

  • Program Options

    Earn an Associate in Applied Science or a certificate in health information technology. The college catalog details the health information technology degrees currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer health information technology course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Health Information Technology Program Requirements and Application

    The health information technology associate degree requires the completion of 74 credit hours (general education and program-specific courses) completed full time across six semesters, starting in a fall semester. The coursework in this program is offered entirely online, with the exception of the Professional Practice Experience courses. Professional practice experience course sites must be geographically accessible to the faculty to ensure adequate supervision, so the majority of professional practice experience sites will be in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. While you will take all courses online, the program is not self-paced — you will be required to take courses in a prescribed sequence. For detailed information on health information technology course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog.

    Professional Practice Experience Courses

    The required professional practice experience courses will provide you with hands-on practice in various healthcare facilities in the Charlotte, NC area. The first course is 48 contact hours during the 2nd semester. The second course is 96 contact hours during the third semester (the hours are split into blocks of hours). The third course is 48 contact hours during the fourth semester. Experiences are scheduled during normal business hours (Monday through Friday).

    Health Information Technology Program Application

    All applicants are required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen per clinical agency and healthcare system requirements. More information on how to complete these requirements will be provided upon acceptance. If you are refused access to clinical experiences because of a positive criminal background check or drug screen, you will be unable to complete the clinical component of the course. Inability to complete the clinical requirements will result in a failure to progress in the program. Under North Carolina law some people with criminal backgrounds may be eligible for an expunction to remove charges or convictions from their record. If you would like to know whether or not you are eligible, contact Central Piedmont's Single Stop at 704.330.2722, ext. 6435 or email singlestop@cpcc.edu to schedule a legal consultation. To learn more about expunctions, explore the NC Justice Center’s guide.

    You will be notified of your admissions decision within four to six weeks after you submit your health information technology program application.

  • Locations

    • Combined (Clinical/Online)
    • Online

    The program does require three professional practice experience classes where you will practice in various healthcare facilities. Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

  • Course Delivery Methods

    • Clinical
    • Online

    While the program is delivered entirely online, courses are not self-paced. Each online course is divided into modules and you are given a schedule as to when each module ends and a test is given online; you must take courses in the prescribed sequence. Additionally, the program does require three professional practice experience classes where you will practice in various healthcare facilities. Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

  • Health Information Technician Careers

    Health information technician positions are one of fastest-growing careers in the U.S. Upon completion of our 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, such as hospitals, physician offices, medical clinics, outpatient surgery centers, academic institutions, consulting agencies, government agencies, and healthcare software companies. Various job areas are coders, reimbursement, quality, trauma registrar, tumor registrar, and electronic chart analysis. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach or the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed health information technology career requirements and opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

    Health Information Technology Program Costs

    In addition to regular tuition and fees, there are laboratory fees assigned to courses with a lab/clinical component. Additional costs include textbooks, workbooks, medical fees for a physical exam, and drug screening and immunizations.

    Total estimated costs for the associate degree (PDF)

    Health Information Technology Scholarships

    In particular, students interested in the health information technology program should consider the following scholarships. Please note that many scholarships are managed by organizations outside of Central Piedmont.

  • Attend an Information Session

    Virtual Information Session

    Not able to attend an in-person information session? You can learn about the program through a virtual information session. You'll be able to learn more about our program and get points on your application for attending once you're ready to get started with the admissions process. The virtual information session will prompt you to:

    1. Provide us with some basic contact information information about yourself so that we know you are interested in the program.
    2. Watch the video: the full video is approximately 25 minutes long and contains all of the information provided to students at the in-person information sessions.
    3. Answer three final questions about information provided in the video and select "Submit" so that we can credit you for attending once you apply.

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  • Admitted Students: Find Your Faculty Advisor

    Students at Central Piedmont have a faculty advisor for each program of study offered. Find your faculty advisor based on your last name.

    Contact Marquetta M. Massey.