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.