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Health Information Technology 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.

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Student Achievement Data

Class of 2018

33 Graduates
52% graduated within 3 years
33% graduated within 5 years Fall 2017 to spring 2018 HIT 100 to HIT 200 classes)
Retention: 92% Attrition: 8%

Class of 2017

19 Graduates
74% graduated within 3 years
10% graduated within 5 years
Fall 2016 to spring 2017 (HIT 300 to HIT 400 classes)
Retention: 73% Attrition: 27%
Transferring into Bachelor Degree Programs: 32%

Class of 2016

29 graduates
66% graduated within 3 years
6% graduated within 5 years
Fall 2016 to spring 2017 (HIT 100 to HIT 200 classes)
Retention: 73% Attrition: 27%

Academic year 2014-2015:

National RHIT average score 70%, BMCC average score 79.18%

Academic year 2013-2014:

National RHIT average score 71%, BMCC average score 76.86%


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 associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).



Health Information Technology Program 2 Year Plan (2018-2019)

Health Information Technology Program 3 Year Plan (2018-2019)


Program Requirements

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

Common Core

Required Common Core

Total Required Common Core

Flexible Core

Total Flexible Core
Total Common Core

Curriculum Requirements


HIT 110 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 111 Introduction to Health Information Management 3
HIT 112 Principles of Healthcare Reimbursement 3


HIT 206 Pathology and Pharmacology 3
HIT 209 ICD-CM/PCS Coding 4
HIT 215 HIM Medical/Legal Applications 3
CIS 100 Introduction to Computer Applications 3

Summer I Session

HIT 210 Professional Practice Experience I3 3


CIS 207 Healthcare Information Technologies and Management Systems 4
HIT 332 Performance Improvement and Data Analysis 3
HIT 334 CPT/HCPCS Coding 4


HIT 423 Management in the HIM Department  3
HIT 430 Professional Practice Experience II3 4
Total Curriculum Credits 43
Total Program Credits 67

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.

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