Program Requirements

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program is a two-year, 5-semester 67-credit course of study offered through the Allied Health Sciences department at BMCC. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Students who successfully complete the program obtain an associate of applied science (AAS) degree and are eligible for certification as a registered health information technician (RHIT) via an examination.

  • HIT courses are offered only during the day, although courses in the liberal arts and sciences may be offered in the evenings and on weekends.
  • Students are required to complete two professional practice experiences at participating health care facilities.
  • Students must attain an average of C or better in all HIT courses to maintain eligibility in the program.
  • BMCC students wishing to transfer into the HIT program must have a grade-point average of 2.0 or above and completed all remedial course requirements.

Careers

The majority of graduates from the program find jobs as coders at acute care facilities. However, graduates with this degree can find employment in nursing homes, rehab centers, doctor’s offices, insurance companies, government, education, law firms, and consulting organizations. Salary may be based on experience, passage of certification exam, type of facility, and position. Starting salary can range anywhere from $40,000 to $50,000.

Transfer Options

BMCC has articulation agreements with several four year colleges to allow you to seamlessly continue your education there without any loss of credits.

Academic Program Maps

Program Requirements

You must complete four semesters of classroom and lab-based HIT didactic courses:

Required Common Core

Introduction to Literature
General Astronomy
General Biology
Human Biology
Biology I
Biology II
Genetics
Cell Biology
Microbiology
Anatomy and Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology II
College Chemistry I
College Chemistry II
Quantitative Analysis
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Geology I
General Physics
Physics I
University Physics I
Physics II
University Physics II
The Physics of Music
Scientific Instrumentation
14
Total Required Common Core

Flexible Core

General Astronomy
Human Biology
Biology I
Biology II
Genetics
Cell Biology
Microbiology
Anatomy and Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology II
Anatomy and Physiology II
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Fundamentals of Chemistry
College Chemistry I
College Chemistry II
Quantitative Analysis
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Computer Programming II
Geology I
Logic
General Physics
Physics I
University Physics I
Physics II
University Physics II
The Physics of Music
Scientific Instrumentation
10
Total Flexible Core
24
Total Common Core

Curriculum Requirements

43
Total Curriculum Credits
67
Total Program Credits

Note:
1. Students who do not take the HIT-specific BIO 425 course may be required to take CHE 118 or CHE 121 as a prerequisite.
2. For students whose first language is not English, SPE 102 will satisfy this requirement.
3. Students enrolled in PPE courses are required to obtain a physical exam and liability insurance. Moderate rates for the insurance are available. Students are responsible for their own transportation expenses when fulfilling PPE requirements. Students receive no monetary compensation when fulfilling PPE requirements. All students are required to show proof of physical examination, per New York State Department of Health requirements for hospital personnel.

Please note, these requirements are effective the 2017-2018 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.