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Health Information Technology

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Degree Type
64-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code

Time to Degree
2 years

Start Date
August / January

How You'll Learn

  • Hybrid

Health information technicians contribute to the quality of care by collecting, analyzing and reporting healthcare data while protecting the integrity and security of patient health information. In this program, gain knowledge of disease processes and treatments, data and information standards, regulatory and ethical issues, and application of organizational management skills.

Please note: To be eligible for testing and/or licensing in the state of Wisconsin, you may be required to obtain a social security number.

How To Apply

  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your reading and writing skills:
    • High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through the 11th grade.*
    • ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
    • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
    • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.

*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an enrollment counselor.

Program Details

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Contact Us

Questions? We'd love to help! Connect with our Enrollment team by filling out our online form or by email at

Potential Careers

If you have an interest in working in healthcare settings but not with direct patient care, consider a more technical side of health care, such as health information technology. Those working in this field have strong computer, communication, management and critical thinking skills.

  • Coder/Abstractor
  • Revenue Cycle Analyst
  • Release of Information Specialist
  • Discharge Analyst
  • Health Record Analyst
  • Release of Information Specialist
  • Master Patient Index Coordinator
Technical Standards

The students enrolled in the Health Information Technology program should be able to meet the established technical standards identified below with or without reasonable accommodation. The technical standards for the Health Information Technology program are representative of those found in the Health Information Technology profession.

Review the Health Information Technology Technical Standards.

High School Eligibility

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

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Career Salaries

$43,700 – $77,700 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Financial Aid

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

Background Check Information

Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) is compliant with the Wisconsin Statutes Caregiver Law, as interpreted under Administrative Rules chapter DHS 12. Agreements with cooperating facilities obligate WCTC to obtain Caregiver Criminal Background Check documents for students in all programs requiring that information and to notify the respective agency of the findings.

WCTC requires a Caregiver Background Check for all health students. All students must be thorough in their responses to all items on the Background Information Disclosure (BID) form. If the student indicates "no" and there are pending or convicted crimes on the background check results, admission to a clinical or field placement may be denied or delayed. The student is responsible for accuracy. It is in your best interest to reveal everything; any discrepancies between your responses and the background check results will likely affect your clinical or field placement.

The following are examples, but not limited to, convictions that may prevent you from obtaining a clinical site:

  • Felony
  • Battery
  • Theft
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Harassment
  • Habitual criminal record

WCTC will not deny admission to any School of Health program based on the result of the criminal background check. Denial of placement is at the sole discretion of the clinical or field placement site. Should the clinical site deny placement, the student may be unable to complete all course requirements necessary for graduation.

Clinical Site Compliance

Please note that some clinical sites require compliance with various COVID-19 safety protocols and measures as a condition to placement. Required protocols and measures may include, but are not limited to, receipt of COVID-19 vaccination and/or testing for COVID-19. Students may individually address clinical placement requirements with Jenny Clausen, Clinical Placement Specialist.

Reasonable accommodations may be available for students with documented disabilities and/or sincerely held religious beliefs. Students seeking accommodation due to documented disability should contact the Student Accessibility Office. Students seeking accommodation due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact Jonathan Pedraza in the Student Life Office.

What Makes This Program Unique

  1. WCTC's pass rate and scores for the national Registered Health Information Technology exam are consistently above the national average. The 2021‐2022 RHIT exam pass rate was 100% (5 test‐takers) compared to the national average of 68%.
  2. For the 2023 reporting period:
  • The 2021-2022 HIT graduation rate was 56.2% (based on fall start cohort completion within 150% time or 3 years).
  • The 2021-2022 HIT employment rate was 83% (5 of 6 employed, with 3 in a related field, 2 in an unrelated field, 1 seeking employment and 0 unavailable for employment).
  • The 2021-2022 fall-to-fall retention rate was 33.3%.
  1. Graduates can can become eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).


The Health Information Management accreditor of Waukesha County Technical College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College's accreditation for associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2022-2023.

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


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