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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 07/31/2019

  1. The application period for Fall 2020 will open on August 1, 2019. It is a first, come, first served application process.  The deadline to apply is February 7, 2020. The application is fully online.
  2. For the health information technology (HEIT) program, the 3 prerequisites are MEDA 110, medical terminology, MEDA 115, pathophysiology and either MEDA 055 Anatomy and Physiology or BIOL 160 (for students intending to apply to the Bachelor’s program).

Note: If you have attended City, Mesa, or Miramar Colleges, you do not have to submit an official transcript.

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.

Fall 2019 Information sessions:

Wednesday, September 18 at 5pm
Monday, October 21 at 5pm
Tuesday, November 19 at 5pm

Location S-100 allied health building, room number TBA

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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 for members and $299 for non-members. You can either apply online or by sending in a paper application. For Eligibility requirement you will choose the first check box “Graduate of HIA-CAHIIM-accredited program.” Our EPC code is 181. Review the application checklist.
  3. Submit all necessary paperwork.
  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:

AHIMA early testing process:

  • 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

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

  1. The regular application
  2. The Application for early testing.

    To apply as an early tester, purchase the exam through the AHIMA webstore. When completing the online exam application, select the early testing options and upload the completed application for early testing. Please be sure to only submit your exam application with the completed application for early testing otherwise your application will not be approved.

    Candidates who apply for early testing and successfully pass their exam will have their credential granted once official transcripts (must include graduation date)

    are received and verified and will be subject to the recertification requirements as required by CAHIIM. The exam date will be used as the official date the credential is granted.

    You will note that the program director must sign this form. Please complete the top portion, scan and email to