Health Information Technology
Prospective Students Frequently Asked Questions

Are there job opportunities for health information technicians?

There are over 40,000 health information management professionals using their education to serve the healthcare industry.  Employment can be found in any organization or agency that uses health information, including government agencies, home health care providers, behavioral health facilities, hospice facilities, dental and chiropractic clinics, veterinarian clinics, managed care organizations, and pharmaceutical companies in addition to physician clinics, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.  For more information check the “Members in the Workplace” at AHIMA’s site:

What is the salary range for health information technicians?

It is probably no surprise that education is the key factor in salary level.  Forty-seven percent of AHIMA’s members have earned a baccalaureate degree or higher.  More than 1/3 of all members reported salaries of $40,000 or higher.  Because salaries vary from one region to another, refer to AHIMA’s site for graphs showing salary by region.

Can I receive the degree online?

Since Fall Semester 2003, RCTC’s HIT program has been offered completely online. The exceptions are the two internships, which are completed at a healthcare facility site near you.

Are there career paths that can lead to the HIT degree or enhance it?



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I work during the day. Is it possible to complete the degree evenings, weekends, or online?

Yes! Our program is nontraditional in delivery. See “Online Schedules” for suggested course schedules for Full-time and Part-time Online learning.

I already have general education and other college credits.  Will these credits transfer in?

Our Admissions and Records Department will review accredited college credits from an official transcript and determine transfer value.  Most general education credits taken at an accredited college (especially MnTC general education) will transfer.  However, there are some general education requirements that are specific to this program—English, psychology, speech, and anatomy & physiology.  Please check our online catalog for detailed information.  See the Admissions transfer process.

What is RCTC's RHIT Nation Exam Pass Rate?

Exam Period

RCTC Program Pass Rate

AHIMA National Mean Pass Rate 

10/1/2015 - 9/30/16 84% 67%

10/1/2014/ - 9/30/2015



10/1/2013 - 9/30/2014



10/1/2012 - 9/30/2013



10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012



1/1/2011 – 9/30/2011   *






*Reported testing period changed due to change in testing vendor by AHIMA.

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