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Bakersfield College

Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology (HIT) Program Mission

The mission of the Bakersfield College Health Information Technology (HIT) Program is alignment with the College mission by providing students from diverse economic, cultural, and educational backgrounds the lower division course requirements needed for students to obtain an Associate of Science degree in Health Information Technology; and, upon program accreditation, to become eligible candidates for the national Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam: and, to competently practice Health Information Technology at the entry level.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

· Apply the knowledge and skills needed to perform Health Information Technology Associate Degree entry-level competencies as defined by the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) Council for Excellence in Education (CEE).

· Apply the knowledge and skills needed to successfully pass the national Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam. (Pending program accreditation)

· Compete in the job market in the field of health information technology or enroll in an advanced degree program.

· Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as an individual and collaboratively in a group to resolve health information challenges in a changing healthcare environment.

Program Outcomes Measurements

· RHIT Exam Pass Rate

· Student Retention Rate

· Graduate Satisfaction Rate

· Employer Satisfaction Rate

Program Overview

The Health Information Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Bakersfield College is a two-year %100 ONLINE program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career in medical records – now known as Health Information Management.

Health information professionals play a critical role in health care—even though they rarely interact with patients. Every time you hear a health statistic on the news, read a doctor’s diagnosis in your medical record or use your health insurance card, you can be sure a Health information technician has played a part. Health information technicians are specialists in preparing, analyzing and managing medical records. They play a key role in coding and reimbursement and are considered experts in assuring the privacy and security of health data. In Bakersfield College’s HIT program, students learn how to collect, analyze, monitor and report health data, using the latest technology. As more doctors and hospitals move toward electronic health records, trained technicians in this field will become more in demand than ever.

Health Information Technology graduates are employed in hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, ambulatory care facilities, long term care facilities, home health agencies, consulting firms, and any organization that uses patient data or health information, such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors. Upon program accreditation, graduates will be eligible to apply for writing the national examination for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

Explore the possibilities of a career in Health Information Technology.


The Associate Degree Health Information Management Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

In September of 2018, we formally submitted our application for candidacy and we are currently in the accreditation process.

For more information on CAHIIM accreditation, please visit the CAHIIM website.

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