Prepare for a critical role in health information technology maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. Graduates of this program work in many settings, including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies and home care provider agencies. 

Program Overview

The Health Information Technology Program prepares students to pass the written Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). 

This program is offered in an online format. However, some courses may be offered in a hybrid classroom formats.

Program Requirements
General Education Courses  
Course Description Credits
ENG 101 College Composition I 3
SPE 102 Public Speaking 3
PSY 101 Psychology I (required) 3
CIS 161 Computer Applications 3
MTH 104 Statistics 3
BIO 110 Fund. of Anatomy and Physiology I (lecture) 3
BIO 111 Fund. of Anatomy and Physiology I (lab) 1
BIO 114 Fund. Of Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture) 3
  Total 22
Program Courses  
Course Description Credits
BIO 115 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
COM 200 Business and Professional Communication 3
HIT 102 Introduction to Health Information Technology 3
HIT 103 Legal Aspects of Health Information 3
HIT 106 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 115 Pathophysiology 3
HIT 117 Pharmacology 3
HIT 118 Introduction to Coding 3
HIT 205 HCPCS (CPT-4) Coding 3
HIT 209 ICD-10-CM Coding 3
HIT 210 ICD-10-PCS Coding 3
HIT 211 Reimbursement Methodologies​ 3
HIT 212 Professional Practice Experience 2
HIT 220 Management Concepts in Healthcare 3

HIT 224

Or

HIT 225

Healthcare Information Systems

 

Mastering the Electronic Health Record

3
  Total 42
  Total Required Credits 64
Recommended Course Sequence Curriculum

Year One

Semester 1   Course Title Credits
ENG 101 College Composition I 3
MTH 107 Introduction to Statistics 3
HIT 102* Introduction to Health Information 3
HIT 103 Legal Aspects of Health Information 3
BIO 110 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology I (lecture) 3
BIO 111 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (lab) 1

 

Total

16

Semester 2 Course Title Credits
COM 200 Business & Professional Communications 3
SPE 102 Public Speaking 3
HIT 106 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 117 Pharmacology  3
BIO 114 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture) 3
BIO 115 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology II (lab) 1

 

Total

16

Semester 3 Course Title Credits
HIT 116    Pathophysiology                                                  3
HIT 118 Introduction to Coding                                                         3

 

Total

6

Year Two

Semester 4 Course Title Credits
CIS 161 Computer Applications                                                                3
HIT 220 Management Concepts 3
HIT 209 ICD-10-CM Coding 3
HIT 205           HCPCS Coding (CPT-4) 3

 

Total

12

Semester 5   Course Title                                                                                Credits
HIT 210 ICD-10-PCS  Coding                                                                        3

HIT 224

or

HIT 225

Healthcare Information Systems

 

Mastering the Electronic Health Record

3
HIT 211 Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HIT 212 Professional Practice Experience  2
PSY 101 Psychology I (required) 3

 

Total

14

 

Program Total

64

Curriculum is subject to change. The department will make every effort to keep students aware of changes as they occur. Revised 4/2020. Rowan College at Burlington County reserves the right to change course schedule information, including instructor names, at any time as may be warranted by economic considerations, insufficient enrollments, and/or circumstances requiring such administrative action.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I complete general education courses before I apply to any of the Health Information Management programs?
HIM programs have a rolling admission therefore; you can apply anytime throughout the year. Full-time students should apply prior to or soon after starting general education courses.

When is the best time of year to apply to any of the Health Information Management Programs?
All HIM programs have a rolling admission therefore; you can apply anytime throughout the year.

What career opportunities are available for health information professionals?
The AHIMA Career Map features in-depth information about the many career options for HIM professionals, and includes updated salary study results, and job data. Click here for more information.

Is a credential required to work in the healthcare industry?
Most employers are looking for individuals who hold a national credential. However, some employers will hire recent graduates and give them a timeframe (typically 1-year) to earn a national credential.

Is it true that some employers give a coding test ?
Yes, many employers require that you pass their coding test prior to meeting with the hiring manager. You should be prepared with your own codebooks ( ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT) and a medical dictionary.

What do the abbreviations RHIT, RHIA, CCA, CCS, CTR mean?
AHIMA credentials
Click here for additional information.

  • RHIT - Registered Health Information Technician (* 2-year degree)
  • RHIA - Registered Health Information Administrator (* 4-year degree)
  • CCA - Certified Coding Associate
  • CCS - Certified Coding Specialist
  • CCS-P - Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based

* Degree Program must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

National Cancer Registrars Association
Click here for additional information 
CTR – Certified  Tumor Registrar

Is the Associate Degree in Health Information Technology (AAS.HIT) at RCBC accredited?
Yes, the AAS.HIT program at RCBC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Is the Coding Certificate Program (SPC.ACO) accredited?
 No, the Coding Program is not accredited. However, graduates of the Coding Certificate Program are eligible to take the CCA, CCS or CCS-P credential exam offered through AHIMA. In addition, most of the credits earned in the Coding Certificate Program will transfer to the accredited Associates Degree in Health Information Technology (AAS.HIT).

How much does it cost to attend RCBC?
Tuition & fees are based on many factors including in-county, out-of-county, out-of-state and program type.  For details, click here 

Note:  any course that has a prefix of HIT or MCR, refer to the Health Science Tuition and Fees.

Are challenge exams available?
Yes, challenge exams are available for some HIM and MCR courses. The cost to challenge a course for credit is $25 per credit. Arrangements must be coordinated through the HIM Department. Rates are subject to change without notice.

If I completed courses at another school where do I send my transcript(s)?
“Official” transcripts should be mailed or dropped off to:

Office of the Registrar
Rowan College at Burlington County
900 College Circle
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Important note:  To be considered official, transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope from the college or university. A transcript is required from the school that you earned the letter grade. Therefore, if you attended multiple schools, an “official” transcript is required from every school that you earned a grade of “C” or higher that you would like evaluated for possible credit.

How do I register for a credential exam?
If you plan to take an AHIMA credential exam (RHIT, CCA, CCS, or CCS-P) visit the AHIMA website at for details.  The website includes information about exam registration, eligibility, specifications, allowable books, review guide recommendations and more.

If you plan to take the Cancer Tumor Registry (CTR) exam, click here for additional details.

What books are required to take a credential exam?
See - How do I register for a credential exam?

Can I earn Continuing Education (CE) credit for taking relevant HIM courses?
Download AHIMA’s Recertification Guide here, refer to the section titled Qualifying Continue Education Activities and Calculation of CEU’s.

Will you accept a recent background check from another employer?
At this time, background checks required for the HIT Associates Degree and the Cancer Registry Management Degree MUST be completed through Adam Safeguard.

How do I locate more information about national healthcare organizations?
See Useful Links here.

Applying to the Program

Most programs in the Health Information Management (HIM) department apply selective admission standards. Therefore, admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a program.

Applicants must be admitted to RCBC and must also qualify for admission to their selected HIM program based on the following standards:

  • Graduation from high school, or attainment of a GED, with successful completion (C grade or better) of high school level algebra and biology, or equivalent college course work.
  • Successful completion of all required developmental courses as determined by the results of the College Assessment of reading, writing, and math skills.
  • Successful completion (C+ grade or better) of all courses that include the prefix HIT, HIM or MCR, as required within the HIM degree/certificate curriculum.
  • Complete an RCBC Admission Application online.
  • Achievement of an RCBC cumulative grade point average of 2.77 or greater at the time of admission.
  • Submit all previous college transcripts to the RCBC Admissions Department for evaluation. Any HIM courses on transcripts will be referred to the HIM program director for evaluation. The HIM program will not evaluate transcripts for students who have not applied to the college/ program.

Program Specific Requirements

  • Submission of a completed Health Information Management program application.
  • clear criminal history background check is required (details will follow with the acceptance letter) prior to professional practice experience.
  • Acceptance is on a rolling schedule. Program begins in the Fall semester. However, some courses can be taken in the spring or summer term.
  • Students who plan to attend the HIT program full-time should not complete general education courses prior to applying to the HIT Program. Course offerings require students to take general education and HIT program courses simultaneously to meet a full-time schedule.
Program Outcomes

The Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Exam pass rates for the RCBC HIT program (first time test takers) - 

  • 2017-2018 was 75%
  • 2018-2019 was 100%
  • Exam pass rates from 2000-2019 was 93.07%
  • 2018 – 2019, the retention rate for the HIT program was 89.36%
  • Of the nine graduates from the HIT program in 2019, four were employed in healthcare positions within 1 year of graduation. Two pursued further education. 
Program Staff and Faculty

Photo of Susan ScullyDirector of Health Information Management
Susan P. Scully, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA

Susan P. Scully, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA is the Director of Rowan College at Burlington County’s Health Information Management (HIM) program. Ms. Scully joined RCBC full-time in 2000. She has a degree in Medical Office Assisting from RCBC and has been in the healthcare field since 1980. After working in patient care for several years, her interests turned to medical records. She earned her associate’s degree in Health Information Technology (HIT) through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Independent Study program and RCBC, and in 2005, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Administration from Stephens College and attained the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential. She completed her Master's degree in Health Information Management (HIM) with a certificate in Healthcare Informatics in July 2013 at the College of St. Scholastica. 

Ms. Scully has specialized in coding since 1988 and earned her Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credential in 1992 and the Certified Coding Specialist-Professional (CCS-P) certification in 1998. She began her career in the HIM department at Deborah Heart and Lung Center as a microfilm clerk and worked her way up to become the Coding Supervisor in 1987. 

An advocate for education in health information and patient access to health information, she is actively involved in the New Jersey Health Information Management Association (NJHIMA) serving as a committee member, secretary, director/delegate, and president (2008-2009). Ms. Scully was named the Distinguished Member of NJHIMA in 2010.

In 2014, Ms. Scully was awarded an AHIMA Triumph Award for Mentoring.  The Mentor Award honors individuals or “teams,” with long records of encouraging students or colleagues to realize their full potential, or have helped them find ways to achieve their best.  Also, in 2014, Ms. Scully was inducted into Burlington County College, Alumni Hall of Fame.

In 2015, Ms. Scully had the great honor of earning Fellowship in the AHIMA.  Fellowship recognizes significant and sustained contribution to advancement of the Health Information Management (HIM) discipline through meritorious service, excellence in professional practice, excellence in HIM education, and advancement of the profession through innovation and knowledge sharing.

 

Photo of Fran DiLorenzoAssistant Director of Health Information Management
Fran DiLorenzo, RHIA

Fran DiLorenzo, RHIA is the Assistant Director of Health Information Management at Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC).  She earned her Coding Program Certificate from Camden County College, an AAS.HIT Degree from RCBC, a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from the City University of NY and is currently working toward a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology at Stockton University.

Ms. DiLorenzo was hired by Rowan College at Burlington County in 2004 to assist with the planning and execution of numerous educational grants. In 2009, she joined the Health Information Technology Department as the Outcomes Manager for Project CODE, a Community-Based Job Training Grant. In 2012, she was promoted to the Coding Program Manager. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of Continuing Education Seminars for students as well as incumbent workers. In February 2018, she was promoted to the Assistant Director of Health Information Management. She currently teaches Quality and Performance Improvement as well as Healthcare Management and Personnel.

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) selected Ms. DiLorenzo as the 2013 Rising Star, Triumph Award winner. The award is based on a new professional who has enthusiastically shown great promise for continued contribution to the future of the health information management profession. Ms. DiLorenzo is a member of the AHIMA and serves as a committee member, delegate and president (2018-2019) for the New Jersey Health Information Management Association (NJHIMA).  She is also a member the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

 

Assistant Professor - Health Information Management
Lisa Parker MSN-Ed, RN

Lisa Parker MSN-Ed, RN, is the first full-time Assistant Professor in the Health Information Management Department at Rowan College at Burlington County, and the Program Coordinator for the department.  Parker is a Registered Nurse, with a background in emergency room nursing and critical care, who became a full-time faculty member after working as an adjunct at the college for ten years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Lock Haven University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Walden University and is currently working toward a PhD in Education with a specialization in Instructional Design for Online Learning.

Parker has been a guest speaker at continuing education seminars, educational symposia and has written for publication about methods of student engagement and learning styles. She was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Educator of the Year Award by Lincoln Educational Services for her innovative teaching style and for bringing technology into the classroom. Since 2015, she has been a guest speaker at the New Jersey Health Information Management Association Annual Conference. She has been involved in the redesign and development of several courses at RCBC and participates actively in text reviews for publishers. Currently, she teaches several courses in the Health Information Management program including: Medical Terminology, Pharmacology, and Pathophysiology, along with Anatomy and Physiology courses for the STEM department. In addition to teaching, she is responsible for coordinating the course loads and curricula for the HIM adjunct faculty.

Adjunct Faculty

Jovanna Alexander, MSN, RN, CNOR
Marlynn Belsito, RN, MSN
Kathleen Boyd, RHIT, CTR
Fran DiLorenzo, RHIA
Lynn Glenn, RN, MSN, MBA, OCN, CBCN, NE-BC, CTR
Kathleen Gould-Mitchell, RHIA, CTR
Carole Liebner, RHIT, CCS, CDIP*
Carolyn Magnotta, RHIA, CPHQ*
Joyce Matheson, RHIT, CCS, CHSP*
Mara McAuley, RHIA, CHDA, CHTS-IS
Gina McNellis, MA, RHIA, CTR, CHP
Vivian Owusu-Mensah, DNP
Michael Papale 
Linda Penston, CPC, COC, CPMA, CHC
Alison Raposa 
Susan P. Scully, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA*
Jeanette Thomas-Jones, BA, MAS, CPC, CPMA

*AHIMA Academy for ICD-10 Trainer

Accreditation

The Health Information Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree Program at Rowan College of Burlington County is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM can be reached at www.cahiim.org, or at 233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150, Chicago, IL 60601-5800, 312-233-1100.

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Program Contacts

Susan P. Scully, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA
Director of Health Information Management
(856) 222-9311, ext. 1711
sscully@rcbc.edu

Fran Dilorenzo, BS, RHIA
Assistant Director, Health Information Management
(856) 222-9311, ext. 1668
fdilorenzo@rcbc.edu

Lisa Parker, MSN-Ed, RN
Full Time Faculty and HIM Adjunct Coordinator
(856) 242-5265
lparker@rcbc.edu