Health Information Technology Program


Health Information Technology Program consists of the first two years of the program and results in an Associate of Science degree in Health Information Technology and prepares the graduate to apply, upon CAHIIM Program Accreditation, for national certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
Professionals who work in health information technology focus on the technical side (digital formats) of managing health information.  They work with software and hardware that stores patient data.  These professionals provide support for electronic health records and other systems that Health Information Management professionals use to secure information. While many health information technicians will work in hospitals, they are also employed in other healthcare settings that include office-based physician practices, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, mental health facilities and public health agencies.
Professionals that have RHIT certification provide the following healthcare services:
  • Ensure the quality of medical records by verifying completeness, accuracy and proper entry into the appropriate computer systems.
  • Assemble and analyze patient data to improve patient care and control costs.
  • Specialize in coding diagnosis and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research.

To learn more about the Health Information profession go to the American Health Information Management Association’s website at
As part of the development of the Health Information Technology and Health Information Management Programs, Shasta College is in candidacy status for accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Health Information and Informatics Management (CAHIIM).  Upon accreditation, students who graduate from Shasta College's Health Information Technology and Health Information Management programs will be eligible to apply for certification.​

Health Information Technology Program: CAHIIM Accreditation Update
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).

HIT Program Interest List
If you would like to be added to an interest list for the Associate in Science Health Information Technology program, please complete the following form and we will notify you via e-mail when additional program information becomes available. Please note, this is NOT a wait list for the program(s), only a list for individuals interested in career training for the selected program(s), and who would like additional information as it becomes available. This list will in NO way determine your position in this program, nor will it give you priority registration.