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 (HIT) 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 Mission and Goals

HIT Program Mission
The HIT program is committed to the development of students’ knowledge, skills and abilities, crucial to the evolving HIM profession and industry demands.

Program Goals:

  1. To produce health information technology graduates who demonstrate entry level competencies (as defined by the American Health Information Management Association)
  2. To provide a comprehensive health information technology curriculum that prepares graduates to be professionally competent.
  3. To maintain a faculty of qualified members who are involved in ongoing educational and professional development activities.
  4. To provide an educational opportunity which allows Burlington County residents and employers to meet their educational and employment goals

HIT Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  1. Recognize the importance of sound data structure, content, and information governance within the context of health information management
  2. Apply information protection strategies in the access, use, disclosure, privacy, and security of health information management
  3. Apply the concepts of informatics, analytics, and data use to health information management
  4. Explain revenue cycle management within the context of health information management
  5. Incorporate health law and compliance in the application of health information management
  6. Determine effective organizational management and leadership strategies in the field of health information management
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 107 Introduction to 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

Course #

Description

Credits

Take Prior to applying to program

ENG101

College Composition I

3

MTH107

Introduction to Statistics

3

BIO110

Fund. of Anatomy and Physiology, I (lecture)

3

BIO111

Fund. of Anatomy and Physiology, I (lab)

1

Fall Year 1

HIT102

Introduction to Health Information

3

HIT103

Legal Aspects of Health Information

3

BIO114

Fund. Of Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture)

3

BIO115

Fund. of Anatomy and Physiology II (lab)

1

SPE102

Public Speaking

3

TOTAL

13

Spring Year 1

HIT106

Medical Terminology

3

HIT117

Pharmacology

3

COM200

Business & Professional Communications

3

PSY101

Psychology I (required)

3

TOTAL

12

Summer Year 1

HIT115

Pathophysiology

3

HIT118

Introduction to Coding

3

TOTAL

6

Fall Year 2

CIS161

Computer Applications

3

HIT205

HCPCS Coding (CPT-4)

3

HIT209

ICD-10-CM Coding

3

HIT 220

Management Concepts in Healthcare

3

TOTAL

12

Spring Year 2

HIT210

ICD-10-PCS Coding

3

HIT211

Reimbursement Methodologies

3

HIT212

Professional Practice Experience II

2

HIT224

Healthcare Information Systems

3

TOTAL

11

TOTAL for Program

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.

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

  • clear criminal history background check is required (details will follow with the acceptance letter) prior to professional practice experience.
  • Applicants must take ENG101 English Composition, MTH107 Introduction to Statistics and BIO110/111 Anatomy & Physiology I with lab prior to submitting an application.
  • Students GPA should be 2.77 or higher prior to submitting an application.
  • Submission of a completed Health Information Management program application.
  • Acceptance will be processed twice a year.  Application deadline for fall is June 1 with a July 1 notification date; Application deadline for spring is October 1 with a November 1 notification date.  The 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.
Student Achievement/Outcomes:

Graduation Rate:  50%* 

8 students accepted in Fall 2018. 4/8 students graduated. 

*2 students did not register after spring 2020.  Possibly due to COVID. 

Employment Rate: 77% 

There were nine graduates in May 2020.  10 months after graduation: 

4 Employed in a health-related job: Full-time
2* Employed in a health-related job: Part-time
2* Employed in a non-health related job: Full-time
_ Employed in a non-health related job: Part-time
_ Not Employed at this time
_ Attending College toward another degree
2 Unknown

*One graduate works full-time in non-health related and part-time in health related.

Certification Exam Pass Rate:

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

2019-2020 was 100%

2018-2019 was 100%

2017-2018 was 75%

Exam pass rates from 2000-2019 was 93.33% 

Retention rate for the HIT Program: 

2020-2021 (as of 2/26/21) was 57.8%*

2019-2020 was 72.22%

2018-2019 was 89.36%

*Reasons for attrition were varied, but most were COVID related or no reason given.

Accreditation

The Health Information Management accreditor of Rowan College at Burlington County is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Associate in Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2021. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

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Program Contact

Susan P. Scully, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA
Director of Health Information Management
(856) 222-9311, ext. 1257
sscully@rcbc.edu

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