Student working on computer for health information technology

Program information

If your interest in healthcare lies in data management, MVCC’s Health Information Technology (HIT) will give you the skills you need to get your start as a health information technician in a variety of healthcare settings. Though the program is available completely online, you will also gain experience through a 120-hour Professional Practice Experience, an on-site learning opportunity that will give you a real-world look at what your post-graduate career could be.

The program provides students with a strong background in health information management as well as general education courses, including anatomy and physiology, computer concepts and applications, medical terminology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and math statistics, all of which are necessary to begin a health information management career. Graduates are eligible for entry-level positions in data structure and content management, and information governance; information protection, which includes access, use, disclosure, privacy, and security; information, analytics, and data use; revenue cycle management; health law and compliance; and organizational management and leadership.

Retention and Graduation

Retention and graduation results are based on the IPEDS Right-to-Know (RTK) cohort, students that are:

  • Enrolled in college for the first time
  • Enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours)
  • Matriculated into a program, in this case Health Information Technology

Student Achievement/Program Outcomes

Reporting Period: Aug. 1, 2019-July 31, 2020

  • Graduation Rate (first-time, full-time students): data available end of 2021 academic year*
  • Retention Rate (first-time, full-time students): data available end of 2021 academic year*
  • Employment Rate: 100% employed six months after graduation
  • Transfer to a Four-Year Undergraduate Program: 67%  
  • Program Satisfaction on Student Survey: 100%
  • RHIT Certification Exam Pass Rates: 100%

*MVCC was not accepting students into HIT between 2007 and 2017. There were no first-time enrollees in HIT in Fall 2017.

Accreditation Statement

cahiim logoThe Health Information Technology accreditor of Mohawk Valley Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Associates degree in Health Information Technology  has been reaffirmed through 2028-2029. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at

Mohawk Valley Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215-662-5606,

CAHIIM Certificate of Accreditation

See semester-by-semester roadmap, as well as end-of-program student learning outcomes.


All applicants must meet or be working toward the completion of the following prerequisites at the time of application:


High school diploma complete, in progress, or its equivalent and the most recent of the following:

  • A current overall college GPA of 2.0 (minimum of 12 credits)
  • High school average of 75
  • An SAT math score of 530 or higher, OR
  • An ACT math score of 19 or higher, OR
  • An appropriate MVCC Mathematics Placement test result, OR
  • A minimum grade of C or better in a college-level mathematics course taken within the last seven years


  • High school chemistry with a lab or a college-level chemistry course completed within the last seven years is recommended but not required.
  • High school biology with a lab or a college-level biology course completed within the last seven years is recommended but not required.
  • Keyboarding and Microsoft Office Professional are recommended but not required.

Prerequisites can be taken at other colleges. Please consult the Advisement Office to determine if those classes meet the minimum criteria. Credit-bearing prerequisite courses will require a minimum grade of C or better.

Transfer options

Graduates have succesfully transferred to:

  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Career opportunities

  • Medical coder
  • Electronic health record training specialist 
  • Clinical documentation specialist 
  • Health information manager 
  • Health information technician 
  • Practice workflow implementation specialist 
  • Project manager 
  • Reimbursement specialist/medical biller 
  • Privacy/security officer

Program Mission Statement

The online Health Information Technology program provides high quality education in health information management that is responsive to the needs of the communities of interest and meets the diverse learning and scheduling needs of students. The program curriculum offers opportunities for students to demonstrate the knowledge and skill-based competencies required for successful completion of national certification exams and for employment as health information technicians in a variety of healthcare settings.

Contact Us

Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor Karen Getman, MS RHIA
Office: Payne Hall 369, Utica Campus
Phone: 315-792-5378
Fax: 315-731-5855