Program Requirements

Interim Program Director: Prof. Carlson, lcarlson@bmcc.cuny.edu

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.

For more information about the Health Information Technology Program, contact Professor Lynda Carlson at lcarlson@bmcc.cuny.edu.

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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.

These suggested careers may require bachelor's or higher degrees.

Make an appointment at the Academic Advisement and Transfer Center.

Related Communities

Health Professions


Required Common Core

6
English Composition
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning
4
MAT 150
Introduction to Statistics
Life and Physical Sciences
4
BIO 425
Anatomy and Physiology I 1
14
Total Required Common Core

Flexible Core

Creative Expression
3
SPE 100
Fundamentals of Speech 2
Scientific World
4
BIO 426
Anatomy and Physiology II
3
PSY 100
General Psychology
10
Total Flexible Core
24
Total Common Core

Program Requirements

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

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.


Accreditation

Individuals that complete the requirements for this program will earn an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Health Information Technology and be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician Certification Exam (formerly known as the ART).

The Health Information Technology program accreditor of the Borough of Manhattan Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Associate Degree of Applied Science has been reaffirmed through 2026-2027. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.
Individuals that complete the requirements for this program will earn an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Health Information Technology and be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician Certification Exam.

Student Achievement Data

Class of 2020

  •     21 graduates
  •     81% of the students that took the exam passed on their 1st attempt
  •     43% graduated in 2 years
  •     29% graduated in 3 years
  •     28% graduated in 5 years

Retention Fall 2019 to spring 2020

  •     HIT 300 – HIT 400 courses: 99% (1 student transferred to a 4 year college)
  •     HIT 100 – HIT 200 courses: 89% (4 students transferred to another BMCC program)

Class of 2019

  •     32 Graduates
  •     54% graduated within 3 years
  •     36% graduated within 5 years
  •     Fall 2018 to spring 2019 (HIT 100 to HIT 200 classes)
  •     Retention: 77% Attrition: 23%
  •     70% of the students passed the RHIT exam on their first attempt

Allied Health Sciences Department

199 Chambers Street, Room N-799B
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8335

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday:
9 a.m.-5 p.m