Health Information Technology



Rebecca Higginbotham 
Program Coordinator

This degree will prepare you for an exciting and diverse career in the healthcare field.  Some areas of employment are diagnostic and procedural coding for all healthcare facilities, performance improvement, medical staff credentialing, cancer registries, health information management, electronic health records, and documentation improvement programs.

The HIM field is rapidly growing.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment in this field to grow much faster than the average.  With the new technology approaching regarding electronic health records and the implementation of ICD-10 the job market is expected to explode over the next 5 years creating a 20% increase in employment.

The HIT field is ideal for individuals who would like a career in the healthcare arena, but are not interested in hands on patient care.  There are also opportunities for travel jobs in the field along with the option to work from home.  The medical world depends on credentialed Health Information Technicians to collect, interpret, analyze, protect, and organize medical information so that is may be used for continuity of care, reimbursement, and quality improvement.  We are a vital part of the healthcare world. 

Program Information
The Health Information Technology program consists of courses in health  record systems and related technology courses as well as general education courses. Practical experience in the health information management departments of local health care facilities is an integral part of the program.

The Health Information Technology (Associate Degree) program at Meridian Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Program Statistics

The Health Information Technology program gives students the knowledge and skills to help ensure quality of health care through quality information without direct patient contact. The medical world depends on health information specialists to collect data, interpret it, protect it and determine how it can be used.

As a Health Information Technician, a graduate is prepared to assume duties in the field including ICD-9-CM and CPT coding; reimbursement methodologies; quality assessment, utilization and risk management; medical staff credentialing; cancer program maintenance; legal, accreditation, and licensure issues, and electronic health record systems. The Health Information Technology Program at MCC is one of only three programs in the state of Mississippi that specifically offer the education required to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).  On average, the starting salary for graduates is $31,200 per year.