Program Requirements

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The Health Information Technology program will train you to work in a field which combines healthcare and technology. You will learn to use a variety of electronic methods to track and manage peoples health and healthcare. Careers include positions such as health information technician, medical coder, medical records technician and security consultant. Many settings, including hospitals, doctors’ offices, government agencies, insurance  and health maintenance organizations, always need people with this training.

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 earn a C or better in each HIT class to progress in the program. Students have only two opportunities to pass a HIT course.
  • 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.

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.

Explore Careers

BMCC is committed to  students’ long-term success and will help you explore professional opportunities. Undecided? No problem. The college offers Career Coach for salary and employment information, job postings and a self-discovery assessment to help students find their academic and career paths. Visit Career Express to make an appointment with a career advisor, search for jobs or sign-up for professional development activities with the Center for Career Development. Students can also visit the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning to gain real world experience in preparation for a four-year degree and beyond. These opportunities are available to help BMCC students build a foundation for future success.

Explore career paths for Health Information Technology (pdf)


Required Common Core

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

Flexible Core

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

Program Requirements

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

Total Curriculum Credits
Total Program Credits


  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.


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 in Health Information Management 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

Individuals that complete the requirements for this program will earn an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Health Information Technology and be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician Certification Exam.

Student Achievement Data

Class of 2023

  • 11 graduates
  • 73% graduated in 2 years
  • 56% working in HIM within 1 year
  • 33% pursuing a bachelor’s degree
  • 100% (4/4) RHIT exam passage rate
  • 78% (7/9) strongly agreed that their academic experience met their expectations and 22% (2/9) agreed that their academic experience met their expectations

Class of 2022

  • 14 Graduates
  • 50% employed in HIM within 1 year
  • 43% of the graduates are pursuing another degree
  • 38% graduated in 2 years
  • 72% of the graduates strongly agreed that the program met their academic expectations; 21% generally agreed that the program met their academic expectations; and 7% generally disagreed that the program met their academic expectations.

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Phone: (212) 220-8335

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