Health Information Management

Graduates of health information management associate degree programs are known as health information technicians or Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT).

Registered Health Information Technicians:

  • Manage medical records and health information systems
  • Enhance the quality and uses of data within the healthcare industry
  • Instruction in ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS
  • Summarize data into useful information
  • Comply with standards and regulations regarding health information
  • Protect the privacy and security of patient health information
  • Ensure health information is complete and available to legitimate users
  • Code health information for reimbursement and research

The health information management program at Stark State College is a four-semester course of study leading to an associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree. A new group of students begins each year in the fall semester.

Prospective students in the health information management program must meet specific criteria as outlined in program preapplication requirements. Fulfilling the criteria does not guarantee admission to the program. You must apply and be accepted into the program to take HIT courses.

Graduates of the health information management program will be eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association. Individuals who pass the examination are entitled to use the designation of registered health information technician (RHIT).

Graduates of the program may pursue a bachelor’s degree in health information management (HIM) via distance learning at the University of Toledo or pursue other HIM or related bachelor degree options.

Your pathway to a degree

You can start with a medical billing specialist certificate and a medical coding certificate, taking classes that directly apply to the associate degree in health information


Associate Degree

The health information management program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

According to various sections of the Ohio Law and Regulations for Certification and Licensure Boards, persons convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor may not be accepted into a health program at Stark State College; may not be able to take the licensure or certification examinations; may be refused acceptance of placement by the clinical/practicum sites; or may have restrictions placed on their ability to practice. For more information, contact the dean of student services and the applicable licensure/certification board.

  1. 2018 Graduation Rate 94%
  2. 2016-2017 RHIT first time pass rate 96%

National average RHIT first time pass rate 69%

  1. 2016-2017 Average score first time test takers 68%

National average score 1st time test takers 64%