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Health Information Technology

College of Lake County
4 semesters
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
23 August 2021

Program description

Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology (HIT) is a unique profession that combines facets of medicine, data management, and information technology, giving graduates the background to work in a range of health care settings.

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program of the College of Lake County is dedicated to the primary mission of meeting the educational needs of the diverse community we serve who desire to enter the Health Information Management profession delivering high quality, accessible learning opportunities to advance student success. In addition, the program is dedicated to meeting the needs and expectations of the healthcare community of Lake County for well-trained, competent Health Information Technicians.

Admission requirements

High school graduate or equivalent or high school senior in last term B. College Reading and Writing Readiness and Basic Algebra Readiness C. CLC Cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above D. NLN PAX with minimum composite RN percentile rank of 50 (within 3 years prior to the screening deadline) E. Attendance at a Health Information Technology Information Session (within two years of the screening deadline)

To qualify for unconditional admission to these programs, students must provide evidence that they have attained a certain level of knowledge in the arts and sciences through previous learning.

Evidence may be provided by observing the following procedures:

  1. Successfully complete the admission requirements.
  2. Submit either a high school transcript or a student profile report from the American College Testing (ACT) Program

International Students test scores required for placement in college level classes:

For the College’s academic college-level programs, students must verify their language proficiency by:

  • a minimum score of 153 on the Language Skills section of the College of Lake County Academic Proficiency Test
  • a minimum TOEFL score of 527 on the Paper Based Test, 197 on the Computer Based Test, 71 on the Internet Based Test
  • ELI Accuplacer score of 320 or higher
  • 6.0 – Academic Format – on the IELTS
  • ELS Language Centers, Completing Level 112

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the website.

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Program content

Summer Session

  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacology

First Semester

  • Fundamentals of HIT
  • Basic ICD-10-CM Coding
  • Medical Science
  • Human Form and Function
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • General Education Statistics or
  • Business Statistics

Second Semester

  • Ethical/Legal Aspect of Medical Records
  • Basic CPT Coding
  • Leadership and Management in Health Information Management
  • Quality Management and Healthcare Statistics
  • Automated Office Technologies
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Introduction to Office Software
  • English Composition I
  • Technical Composition

Third Semester

  • Basic ICD-10-PCS Coding
  • Insurance Procedures for the Medical Office
  • Professional Practice Experience in Health Information
  • Communication Skills
  • Fundamentals of Speech
  • Business and Professional Speaking
  • Dynamics of Small Group Discussion
  • Interviewing Practices
  • Social Science Elective

Fourth Semester

  • Professional Practice Experience in Health Information II
  • Health Information Systems and Data Literacy
  • Seminar in Health Information
  • Humanities or Fine Arts elective
  • Advanced Coding
  • Reimbursement Systems in Healthcare
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees for Spring 2021 (per credit hour):

  • In-district: $125.00
  • Out-of-district: $322.00
  • Out-of-state and international residents: $436.00

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the website.


The Health Information Technology Department at CLC offers one associate degree program and one certificate option.

Career opportunities

  • Medical Coder
  • Billing Specialist
  • Cancer Registrar
  • Patient Registrar
  • Coding Compliance Specialist
  • DRG Analyst/Auditor
  • Clinical Documentation
  • Improvement Specialist
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Nursing Home Consultant
  • Revenue Cycle Auditor
  • Release of Information Specialist
  • Charge Entry Specialist

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About this institute

College of Lake County

The College of Lake County (CLC) is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves. CLC is located in Grayslake, Illinois, 45 minutes northwest of Chicago, Illinois. There...

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College of Lake County

19351 West Washington Street
60030 Grayslake Illinois
United States of America (USA)

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