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Health Information Technology

Earn your associate degree in Health Information Technology (HIT) from Catawba Valley Community College , and you can be prepared to join a fast growing occupation.


Deciding what you want to do with your future is tough. Here at CVCC we want to do all we can to make that decision easier for you – and to help you make sure you’ve made the right decision. Let’s talk about some of the more important questions people ask us when they’re thinking about a future in Health Information Technology.

Health Information Technology provides the skill set to:

  • Code clinical data in any healthcare setting
  • Maintain information systems for planning and evaluating patient care
  • Collect, process and analyze  health information required for reimbursement, facility planning, risk management, utilization management, quality management, & research
  • Provide accessibility of health care data to legitimate users while protecting patient privacy

Why choose Health Information Technology?

  • The US. Bureau of Labor Statistics has targeted HIT as one of the top professions for projected growth potential.
  • The health care field is one of the most secure job markets today, and HIT graduates are employed in hospitals, physicians’ offices, skilled nursing facilities, home health, rehabilitation facilities, consulting firms, & other organizations where  health information is maintained.

Will I enjoy this field?

One of the biggest advantages of a career in Health Information Technology is the variety of career paths it offers – which means you have the chance to choose the path that suits you best.  Program graduates accept positions that range from very technical, such as coding and tumor registry, to very people oriented, such as supervision and management. Almost all positions involve working in an office environment.

How long will it take?

If you can attend full-time, you should be able to earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Health Information Technology in about two years. When you graduate, you will be eligible to take the national examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician. Flexible scheduling makes it possible for you to work your classes around a  part-time job. However, if you attend classes part-time, you will need longer than two years to complete the program.

How do I get started?

All persons applying for admission to CVCC must complete an application (online or hard copy), submit required admissions materials and visit with an admissions counselor in the Student Services Office.  Priority application review is given to applicants who meet the March 1st deadline. During the admissions visit, an applicant will receive important information regarding advising, registration, financial aid and placement testing.  Acceptance to the College does not guarantee admission to the HIT program, which is a limited-admissions program. For information on how to apply to the HIT program, click on the link to the Health Information Technology Admission Packet found on the right side of this page. 

What will I study?

In addition to the general courses necessary to complete an associate’s degree, some of the subjects you will study include human anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, microcomputer operations, legal aspects of health records, and disease coding.

What else do I need to know?

CVCC’s HIT program is  accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

» Suggested Program Sequence (PDF)

If you are interested in medicine, business, and the latest in computer technology, then a career in Health Information Technology may be just right for you.   

» 2017 Health Information Technology Admission Packet (PDF)

» 2017 Health Information Technology MARS Student Checklist (PDF)

» Student Medical Form (PDF) 


Debby Cook, M.Ed., RHIA
HIT Program Director
BS. and M.Ed. - East Carolina University
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4342 

Barbara L. Beatty, RHIT
AAS. Health Information Technology - Catawba Valley Community College
AA. Business Administration  - Catawba Valley Community College
BS. Health Information Management - University of Cincinnati
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4104


The national exam pass rate for CVCC HIT graduates during 2014-2015 was 100% (18/18)!

Over one-half of the HIT graduates from the class of 2015 secured jobs in the field of Health Information Management within 2 months of graduation.

100% of HIT students from the 2014 and 2015 graduating classes reported a high degree of satisfaction with the HIT program at CVCC!