Health Information Technology - HIT

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. Health Information Technology is among the top 10 fastest growing careers in the country. 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 a password 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.

Health Informatics

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.

Applied Skills

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 (AHIMA Domains)

  1. Information Governance
  2. Information Protection
  3. Revenue Management
  4. Healthcare Compliance


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 environment.

Technical Writing

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 environment.

*** Graduates of the COCC HIT Program are eligible to take the national credential exam for Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)

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. The COCC program has had a 100% pass rate on the RHIT national credentialing exam for seven years. Offering one- 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. "Thanks to COCC, I had the confidence to pursue my current position and now, the possibilities are endless", says graduate Debbie Severy of her experience with COCC's HIT program.

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.

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.

Click to view the COCC HIT Career Pathways Roadmap.

Health Information Technology Program at COCC

Click to view HIT Career Pathways Roadmap

CAHIIM Accreditation

The COCC Health Information Technology program is accredited by the national accrediting organization for health information management educational programs. For more information go to:

COCC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

The Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on
Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education ( CAHIIM).

For more information, contact the Health Information Technology office at

(541) 383-7736/7732