The Health Information Technology (HIT) program at Central Oregon Community College prepares students for local or national
employment opportunities in the medical field, information management and computer
technology. It includes more than 40 work settings and more than 125 job titles. Salaries
are continually increasing due to the high demand for HIT professionals.
Students entering the HIT program are required to have a criminal history check prior
to being accepted in HIT 103. After students have registered for fall enrollment in
HIT 103, they will be notified by the director with information on how to begin the
Criminal Background Check procedure. A student may be prevented from entering the
program if there is a felony conviction on their record. Click on the following document
for details: Criminal Background Check for HIT Program
HIT Program Objectives
Professional Behavior and Ethics
Upon completion of the HIT program, our graduates will demonstrate behavior consistent
with the AHIMA Code of Ethics.
Upon completion of the HIT program, our graduates will be able to demonstrate the
use of data and analytics in the quality improvement process in order to meet the
needs of the changing health care environment.
Upon completion of the HIT program, our graduates will be able to apply principals
of anatomy, physiology, diagnosis/procedural coding, and billing and reimbursement
within an electronic environment.
Upon completion of the HIT program, our graduates will be able to utilize leadership
skills to facilitate change, build teams, mentor and engage stakeholders in the healthcare
Upon completion of the HIT program, our graduates will be able to apply professional
writing skills to create documents relative to health information management.
Upon completion of the HIT program, our graduates will be able to communicate with
others in a collaborative and professional manner in order to foster a mutually supportive
Insurance, Medical Office Specialist, Medical Billing Specialist, Coding... The future
of health technology is at your fingertips.
COCC's HIT graduates rank as some of the top in the country. Offering certificate
and two-year degree options, COCC's HIT program trains students in medical coding,
data management, medical billing, etc. preparing them for careers in ambulatory and
hospital facilities as well as nursing homes and medical consulting firms.
CAREER PATHWAYS Career pathways is a system developed to help guide students toward specific professional
goals by providing a defined list of courses offering expert training. The various
courses help lead students to completion certificates and/or degrees that identify
the student as being qualified to work in a particular field.
WHO CAN USE CAREER PATHWAYS? Career pathways can be used by students recently graduated from high school OR by
adults who have been out of school for quite some time. In either case, career pathway
students need to have the desire to help themselves and the desire to explore the
possibilities of a new profession.