An exciting career in Health Information Technology is suited for individuals who are interested in medicine, business, and the latest in computer technology. CVCC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology as well as a Certificate option. CVCC’s HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
Students who attend full time should be able to earn the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Health Information Technology in about two years. Graduates will be eligible to take the national examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician. Flexible course scheduling allows students to maintain a part-time job. For students who choose to attend part-time, the program may take longer than two years.
In addition to the general courses necessary to complete an Associate in Applied Science degree, students will take courses in human anatomy and physiology, principles of supervision, health law and ethics, medical terminology, electronic health records, and disease coding.
Please see the catalog for more information about the degree and certificate options for this curriculum. The catalog also has course descriptions and program sequences.
Students in the HIT program will travel to various locations for a clinical/professional experience during daytime hours. Clinical sites may require a criminal background check and drug screening. Students are required to use CastleBranch, a background screening and compliance management company, for these screenings. There are fees for this service. If any clinical facility refuses to allow a student access to a clinical experience, the student will be unable to complete program requirements. In addition, students will submit a Health Services Student Medical Form.
At some point in the duration of the HIT program, students will have additional expenses including, but not limited to, the following:
All above costs are estimated and subject to change.
All persons applying for admission to CVCC must complete the North Carolina Residency Questionnaire, the CVCC Application for Admission and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid found at APPLY NOW.
Following Application submission, applicants must meet with an Admissions staff member in the Student Services building for a personalized enrollment visit. No appointment is needed. At that time, applicants are provided enrollment and registration information.
Graduate surveys indicated that 89% of 2018 graduates acquired a satisfying job in healthcare within eight months of graduation.
One hundred percent of employer respondents reported a high level of satisfaction with the skills of the HIT graduates they have employed.
CVCC 2018 graduates who set for the national exams performed above the national average.
For more information about the HIT program, contact:
Debby Cook, M.Ed., RHIA
HIT Program Director
B.S. and M.Ed. - East Carolina University
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4342
Barbara L. Beatty, RHIT
AAS Health Information Technology - Catawba Valley Community College
A.A. Business Administration - Catawba Valley Community College
B.S. Health Information Management - University of Cincinnati
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4104
For questions regarding admissions requirements, contact:
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4216