Health Information Technology
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), the Blinn College District Health Information Technology (HIT) Program offers a variety of degree, certificate, and occupational skills award plans to fit your needs.
- Health Information Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree - (Face-to-Face or Online)
- Medical Billing and Coding Specialist - Level 2 certificate
- Medical Office Assistant - Level 1 certificate (dual credit)
- OSA in Health Information
The HIT AAS degree, Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Certificate, and the OSA in Health Information are completed entirely online. All program plans will require students to complete a clinical during their last semester at a healthcare facility. Clinical site city location can be determined by the student; however, the College needs to know the city location that the student is planning to do clinicals at least one (1) year in advance so contracts can be drawn up. Clinicals require the student to complete 200 hours during normal workday hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Blinn HIT Program prepares graduates to perform technical duties that are essential to health information departments in any type of healthcare facility. HIT professionals organize, prepare, analyze, and maintain patient’s health records. Students who complete the Blinn HIT Program can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and master’s degrees in health information management and health informatics.
Nationally Recognized Credentials
Graduates who successfully complete their HIT AAS degree are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam credential offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Graduates who successfully earn their Medical Billing and Coding Specialist certificate can sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Health Information Technology Careers
Students who complete Blinn’s HIT Program are prepared for careers as HIM technicians, coders, documentation specialists, credentialing specialists, birth certificate specialists, inpatient or outpatient coders, billers, patient advocates, chargemaster specialists, DRG auditors, patient access associates, insurance specialists, and revenue cycle specialists.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health information technicians will increase 11% between 2018 and 2028, generating an additional 23,100 jobs. Health information technicians earn a median salary of $40,350.
Online Health Information Technology Courses
Blinn’s HIT AAS degree and Medical Billing and Coding Specialist - Level 2 certificate are available entirely online.
|Outcome 1: RHIT Exam Pass Rate¹||Outcome 2: Attrition Rate²||Outcome 3: Job Placement Rate³|
|Aug. 2017-July 2018||75% (3 out of 4 students)||12%||60%|
|Aug. 2016-July 2017||64% (7 out of 11 students)||16%||50%|
|Aug. 2015-July 2016||N/A, not accredited by CAHIIM||16%||45%|
|Aug. 2014-July 2015||N/A, not accredited by CAHIIM||14%||33%|
¹Students will have the knowledge and skills to pass the Registered Health Information Technician Exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association.
²Students (full- and part-time) who do not continue with the Health Information Technology Program each semester (reasons vary greatly).
³Graduates will have a positive placement by working in the health information technology or related field. Some students choose to continue their education or not seek employment.