Why Health Information Technology?
Students enrolled in the Health IT program are prepared for careers in emerging fields of informatics for healthcare: Data analytics, insurance reimbursement, compliance, Electronic Health Record (EHR) development and maintenance, as well as medical coding and use of clinical classification systems.
Graduates are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT) credential through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
The mission of the Health Information Technology program is to foster excellence in technical achievement, nurturing professionals to become adept in healthcare informatics. We commit to providing a dynamic and inclusive environment that empowers students to acquire pivotal knowledge and skills. Emphasizing innovation and ethics, our program prepares students to use the latest healthcare software systems and information technology platforms that are essential in abstracting, classifying, and processing data for medical coding, reimbursement, and data analytics.
Middle States Accreditation
CCAC's Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Last Reaffirmation: 2018
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
The Health Information Technology/Health Informatics accreditor of Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Associate degree in Health Information Technology/Health Informatics has been reaffirmed through 2028-2029.
All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to:
Health Information Technology, A.S. (550.5)
This program provides education in Health Information Technology: Development, protection and use of patient health information, medical coding, clinical quality improvement, health law and compliance, informatics, analytics, data structure, content and information governance, organizational management and leadership and insurance reimbursement. Students may select courses in the fourth semester to focus on either Revenue Cycle Management or Healthcare Data Analytics.
Students will be eligible to sit for the RHIT certification.
Take the Next Step
The Health Information Technology program at the Allegheny Campus of the Community College of Allegheny County is a limited enrollment program.
The following pre-program requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better before final acceptance into the Health Information Technology program:
- All developmental coursework as indicated by the results of the College Placement Tests. [ENG-089, ENG-100, MAT-080, and the DVS (Developmental Studies) Series]
- Introduction to Biological Science (BIO-110)
- Credit cumulative quality point average of 2.50 or better
CCAC utilizes community Advisory Committees in all of its health career programs. The HIT program Advisory Committee is comprised of health information practitioners, faculty and college administrators who provide advice regarding curriculum revisions, marketing and recruiting, changing employment opportunities and clinical education. Advisory Committee members serve as the liaison between the health care community and the college.
Clinical experiences are provided in area health care facilities as well as the campus HIT skills laboratory.
All HIT students are required to have a physical examination, updated immunizations including the influenza vaccine, child abuse clearance, a criminal background check and FBI fingerprints prior to their first professional practice clinical placement. In addition, some facilities may require additional laboratory tests. Students are responsible for any fees incurred as a result of completing these requirements.
CCAC Health IT uses the latest technologies in our virtual classrooms, including Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Tableau, Python and R programming.
Health IT Graduate Spotlight
Susan Pitell, A.S., CPC, CPB
Current position: Coder Educator for the University of Southern Florida and Tampa General Physician Group
Q: How did CCAC's Health IT program help you reach your goals?
A: CCAC prepared me for my role in educating physicians by properly using ICD-10, CPT, and HCPCS codes
Artificial Intelligence Algorithm developer at BlueSpine
Program Outcome Statistics
- 2021-2022 Employment rate: 100%
- 2021-2022 Graduation rate: 100%
- 2021-2022 Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT) passing rate: 75%