Health Information Management Program

Health Information Management / Healthcare Informatics / Coding Specialist / Cancer Registry Management

Career/Program Overview

Health Information Technicians analyze, secure, and maintain patient health information. Other duties include coding diagnoses, processing reimbursements, managing release of information, and protecting patient data privacy. Upon successfully completing RCTC’s online Health Information Technology (HIT) program, you are eligible to take the national exam sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and earn the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential.

Coding Specialists are specifically trained in the coding of medical/health records. By assigning the proper codes to diagnoses and procedures, accurate financial reimbursement may be made by insurance companies and government agencies. Upon successfully completing RCTC’s online Coding Specialist program, you are eligible to take the national examination sponsored by AAPC and earn the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential.

Healthcare Informatics is a multidisciplinary field which involves information technology and the management of health data and information. These professionals assist in the building and enhancement of electronic health record systems for use by healthcare providers and healthcare organizations to improve access to, and utilization of, health information.

Cancer Registrars are data information specialists who capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the US. The data provide essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, and conduct research. Upon successfully completing RCTC’s online Cancer Registry Management (CRM) program, you are eligible to apply to take the National Cancer Registrar’s Association (NCRA) exam to become a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR).


Some of the core courses required to complete the Health Information Technician degree include the following:  Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, Coding, Reimbursement, Supervision of Health Information, Computerized Health Information, Legal Aspects, Quality Management, and Healthcare Data Analysis.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers a Cancer Registry Management Certificate, Coding Specialist Diploma, a Healthcare Informatics Diploma, and the Health Information Technology Associate in Applied Science degree. The Cancer Registry Management offers AAS degree and Certificate, the Coding Specialist diploma, and the HIT AAS degree can all be completed entirely online

Career Opportunities/Information

Health Information Technology graduates may find work in quality, computer information services, or release of medical information. Some technicians are responsible for coding diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement while other technicians concentrate inpatient data privacy rights.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

The RCTC HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in association with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The RCTC CRM program is accredited by the NCRA.


What is RCTC’s RHIT Nation Exam Pass Rate?

Exam PeriodAHIMA National Mean Pass RateRCTC Program Pass Rate
10/01/2016 - 09/30/201770%69%
10/01/2015 - 09/30/201667%84%
10/01/2014 - 09/30/201571%77%
10/01/2013 - 09/30/201471%81%

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

2018 Average Class Size for Health Information Technology Program: 23 students

2018 Health Information Technology, AAS Graduates: 37 individuals

2017 Average Class Size for Health Information Technology Program: 22 students

2017 Health Information Technology, AAS Graduates: 48 individuals

2017 Health Information Technology Job Placement Rate: 82%

2017 Health Information Technology Graduates Continuing Education: 12 individuals

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Gainful Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.  The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at:

Program Award Credits Gainful
Coding Specialist Dipl 41 Healthcare Informatics Dipl 32 Overview content updated: 2017-04-18