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Health Information Technology at a Glance

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Note: Health Information Technology is a continuing education/non-credit program.

What does a health information technician do?

  • Organizes and manages patients’ health information including medical history, examination and testing results, and other healthcare provider services
  • Ensures the quality, accuracy, security, and codifying of patients’ health information
  • Regularly communicates with physicians and other healthcare professionals to clarify information and diagnoses.

What is the career outlook?

  • Work available in offices usually within hospitals and clinics
  • One of the few health-related occupations in which there is no direct hands-on patient care
  • Usually works a typical 40-hour week and may require overtime
  • In Texas: projected growth of 26% through 2018 with median salaries of $14.74 per hour or $30,700 annually*
    Dallas County: median salaries $14.94 per hour or $31,100 annually*

Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information can be obtained at individual college information sessions for a particular health careers program.

Awards and coursework Richland Mountain View Continuing Education contact hours
Health Care Programmer X 312
Health Care Software Analyst X   308
IT Support Specialist X   288
Technical Software & Implementation Support Specialist X X 308-332
Implementation Manager X X 204
Practice Workflow & Redesign Specialist X X 188
Trainer X X 156
For more information, visit the American Information Management Association website. 

Who can help me decide which health science career is best for me?

Contact the Health Careers Resource Center.

What more to I need to know?

  • Applicants to Richland College’s health profession programs must demonstrate entry-level skills in reading, writing, math and basic computer knowledge. Candidates will also complete a signed document of understanding that a criminal background check and drug screen must be completed.
  • Prior to meeting with a program coordinator, students are encouraged to attend the Richland College information session.
  • Learn more about Health Information Technology.

*America's Career Infonet 2011 data for health information technicians