The Health Information Technology Program at CRC offers two Programs:
The Health Information Technology A.S. Degree Program
The Health Information Coding Specialist Certificate Program.
Health Information Technology A.S. Degree Program:
The Health Information Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. The Associate of Science in Health Information Technology prepares students for a career in a variety of health care settings across an array of health care environments. Health Information Technician graduates are employed in hospitals, as well as in other health care settings, including public health agencies, mental health facilities, nursing homes, physician practices, and home health agencies. Health Information Technicians verify health information data for completeness and accuracy, use computer applications to integrate and assess patient data, compile and report health information data for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment, and research. HIT professionals code and abstract clinical data using the appropriate classification systems. Graduates of the HIT A.S. degree program at CRC are eligible to take the national AHIMA certifying exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
The Health Information Technology A.S. Degree Program at CRC is accredited by the Commissions on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Educations.
Health Information Coding Specialist Certificate:
The Health Information Coding Specialist Certificate prepares the student to apply medical coding classifications to health care encounters using industry standards through both theory and practical (internship) applications for the purpose of meeting health care industry needs; preparing students for appropriate certification exams, and providing career ladder opportunities for health care workers. The Health Information Coding Specialist Certificate program is not accredited by the Commissions on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Educations.
About the Programs:
The HIT program courses at Cosumnes River College are offered as ONLINE courses. Students must have access to high speed Internet to enroll in these programs. Core elements of each online lecture course include successful completion of the course objectives using the Internet, textbooks, study materials and computer applications. There are no required meetings on-campus at this time, however on-campus final exams, or off-campus-proctored final exams could become a requirement in the future.
The Directed Practice courses, (Internship Courses HIT 170 and 172), are conducted as non-paid laboratory experiences at approved health care facilities. Students completing the Directed/Supervised Practice courses in the HIT technology program may be required to undergo a criminal background check and/or drug screen prior to placement at the facility. In addition, the facility may require students to undergo a physical examination prior to beginning the professional practice experience. Students may be required to incur costs associated with the criminal background check and/or physical examination.
A student cannot automatically enroll in a Directed Practice class. You must obtain a “permission” number from the instructor which will allow you to enroll in the class on-line. These “permission” numbers are not provided to the instructor until the first week of class by the registration office. Permission numbers can only be assigned after the student has submitted all required documents and they have been approved by the instructor to enroll.
If you have not taken a course at Cosumnes River College before you will need to register as a student.
A completed pre-enrollment application form is required from all students who wish to officially apply to the HIT A.S. degree program, or the Coding Specialist Certificate program. To be eligible for enrollment in either program, the student must have completed AH 110, AH 124, and Biology 100 or Biology 102 with grades of “C” or better. Students need to complete the program pre-requisites before they can officially be considered for admittance to either program.
Complete the Pre-Enrollment application form AFTER you have completed AH 110. AH 124, and Biology 100 or 102 with grades of "C" or better.
The Pre-Enrollment application form for both programs is available at:
Students may enroll in any of the HIT courses in which they have met the pre-requisites noted in the individual class descriptions. Most HIT courses are offered only once per year, so planning ahead is important. HIT 100, Introduction to Health Information Technology: Hospital Settings, and HIT 120: Basic ICD-CM Coding courses are offered in the fall, and both tend to fill up very quickly with a long wait list, so early registration is recommended.
The HIT program counselors, Teresa Aldredge or Alex Kagan, can help you determine if previous college coursework is transferable. You can make an appointment with Teresa or Alex by calling the counseling office at 916-691-7132 and let them know you're an HIT student. Please take a copy of your transcripts to your counseling appointment.
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