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Welcome to the Health Information Technology Department Home Page. The purpose of this and other linked pages is to furnish information about our programs, courses, and staff.

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Announcements Updated 8/30/2018

  1. Application period for Fall 2019:
    August 1, 2018 January 31, 2019
  2. 2019 Application Information  

Note: If you have attended City, Mesa, or Miramar Colleges, you do not have to submit an official transcript. Your transcript will be obtained directly from the records office on your behalf.


Program Mission Statement

The Mission of the Health Information Technology (HEIT) Program is to prepare students for employment as successful Health Information Technicians.

CAHIIM seal of accreditation

The HEIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), therefore, graduates are qualified to sit for the national board examination to become Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT's). The curriculum is designed to meet the increasing need for professionally trained Health Information Technicians in acute-care hospitals, outpatient clinics, long term care facilities and governmental and private agencies.

The two-year program provides emphasis in the areas of storage and retrieval of records, quantitative analysis of medical records, coding and indexing the medical records, legal aspects of medical records, supervision of medical records, department personnel, calculation of healthcare statistics, performance of healthcare quality improvement studies, implementation of the electronic health record and an introduction to health care delivery systems.

Program applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Information Sessions for Fall 2018:

Monday, September 17 4:00 pm S-100 building (S-201)

Wednesday, October 17 5:00 pm S-100 building (S-206)

Wednesday, November 28 5:00 pm S-100 building (S-206)

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PROGRAM STATISTICS:

1) 92% of RHIT candidates who took the exam within 6 months of graduation successfully passed the national examination and became Registered Health Information Technicians (n=13).

2) 92% overall success rate for all courses in the HEIT program.

3) 80% of graduates are employed (76% in the field) with an average salary of $51,000 per year.

Scripps Mercy HIM Director Lorraine Wilson with DCP students - Health Information Management/Technology


AHIMA RHIT Exam Information

AHIMAUpon successful completion of the HEIT Associate of Science degree program you are eligible to take the RHIT exam. You will want to begin this process in your last semester of study.

  1. Read the RHIT Candidate Guide
  2. Apply for the exam.The cost of the exam is $229. You can either apply online or by sending in a paper application. For Eligibility requirement you will choose 002 - HIT-CAHIIM-accredited program. Our EPC code is 477. Review the application checklist.
  3. Submit all necessary paperwork. At the end of your graduating quarter, a list is sent from me to the Transcript Evaluator and your transcript is then whisked off to AHIMA. This happens automatically and you do not need to do anything to instigate it.
  4. Watch for the receipt of authorization to test (ATT) to come in the mail to your home or your email and read it completely. This receipt will have the authorization number in it - which you will need in order to schedule your test. This receipt will also give you your eligibility window (the time in which you must take your test - a six month window).
  5. Schedule the exam with Pearson Vue. Pearson Vue will send an ATT letter to you once all the application materials are complete and eligibility has been confirmed. It will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks for processing from the time you submit your completed application to the time you receive your ATT which will allow you to make an appointment to schedule the exam. The exam is offered multiple times a year - actually probably even multiple times a month depending on what area you are in.
  6. Verify the time and date of exam.
  7. Take your exam! You will most likely receive your results immediately afterward. Of course these are not "official" until you get your certificate in the mail.

You can take your RHIT exam before your last semester is over!

Students in CAHIIM-accredited programs for RHIT or RHIA, enrolled in their final term of study, are eligible to apply for and take their respective certification exam early. Eligible students include the following:

  • Students currently enrolled and in their last term of study
  • Students who have completed their course work but have not yet graduated
  • Graduates that are currently waiting for their official transcripts

What is early testing? Click here to read more.

To participate in early testing you have to send in two documents:

  1. The regular application
  2. The Application for early testing. You will note that the program director must sign this form. Please complete the top portion, scan and email to crenda@sdccd.edu