Registered Health Information Technician Credential

Registered Health Information Technician Credential

Credits Available

  • Anatomy & Physiology I (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Electronic Health Records/Healthcare Technology (3 credits, upper division level)
  • Healthcare Law and Ethics (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Healthcare Statistics (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Introduction to Healthcare/Healthcare Systems (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Introduction to HIM (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Medical Coding - CPT (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Medical Coding - ICD (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Medical Terminology (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Pathophysiology (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Quality Management (3 credits, upper division level)

Dates Valid

July 2009 through July 2019

Issuing Agency

American Health Information Management Association

About the Credential

The Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential is offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). To apply for the RHIT exam, a student must have the associate level degree in Health Information Management from a CAHIIM accredited HIM program. This evaluation considered the typical courses required of the HIM associate degree and the knowledge and skills needed to be successful on the RHIT exam.

Applying for the Credit 

Submit a Credential Credit Application to apply for the credit.

  • Charter Oak students: Log into the Acorn Student Portal and look in Student Self-Service / Student Forms.
  • Non-Charter Oak students: Contact the PLA Office to request a Credential Credit Application.

Course Descriptions

Anatomy & Physiology I (3 credits, lower level)
This course teaches students the structure and functions of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems of the human body. The human body organ systems covered in the course are integumentary, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, endocrine, nervous, lymphatic, immune, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Diseases and disorders of the organ systems and their treatments are also emphasized.

Anatomy & Physiology II (3 credits, lower level)
This course is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I and focuses on the human body organ systems not covered in the first course.

Electronic Health Records/Healthcare Technology (3 credits, upper level)
This course will introduce the student to the basics of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Health Information Exchanges (HIE). Students will learn the purpose, design and function of these systems along with the legal and regulatory guidelines. Emphasis will be placed on the organizational demands and healthcare user needs. Students will learn through labs and hands-on opportunities to use real EHR software.

Healthcare Law and Ethics (3 credits, lower level)
This course will examine the issues that arise where state and/or federal law and the American health care system intersect. Privacy, security and HIPAA rules and regulations will be explored. It will include an examination of contemporary ethical issues that arise in the context of health care (including such issues as informed consent, termination of life support, research ethics, genetics and cloning, reproduction technologies, and professional ethics). The course will include an introduction to main ethical principles, codes of ethics, and ethical theories that are relevant to understanding and resolving ethical problems/issues. It will also examine current political issues, such as discussions about health care reform, end-of-life decisions, and biomedical research.

Healthcare Statistics (3 credits, lower level)
This course will introduce statistical principles, methods and formulas to the health information management (HIM) students that are essential to the professional. Students will become familiar with the definitions of various healthcare statistics; the use of data for financial, clinical, and quality management activities; recognize the importance of accuracy and validity of data and outcomes; use computerized and manual methods of computing and presenting statistical data; and examine regulatory, accreditation, and vital statistics reporting.

Introduction to Healthcare/Healthcare Systems (3 credits, lower level)
This course surveys the American health care system, while examining types of health care providers and the skill set needed to support industry change, e.g., organizational leadership, patient services management, budgeting and planning, marketing, health information technology, industry trends, public policy, ethics, and the impact of the global economy on the delivery of health care.

Introduction to HIM (3 credits, lower level)|
In this course, students will investigate the importance of the patient health record in the health care system. They will discover the profession of Health Information Management and the many different roles and credentials that are possible in this career path. Professional membership associations and codes of ethics will be explored. Topics will include: purpose, format, content, and accuracy of health records; ownership of health information; access, retention and destruction; privacy and confidentiality; indexes and registries, and legal requirements including HIPAA. Students will learn how medical coding is dependent on the quality of patient health information. An exploration of paper records vs. electronic health records will be included.

Medical Coding - CPT (3 credits, lower level)
This course will cover basic theory, practices and guidelines of the Current Procedural Terminology coding system and an overview of HCPCS. Students will code procedures from simplistic to complex, including real or simulated patient records. Students will evaluate coding software and perform a coding audit.

Medical Coding - ICD (3 credits, lower level)
This course will cover basic theory, practices and guidelines of the ICD-10-CM/PCS coding system and compare it to the legacy ICD-9-CM system. Students will code diagnoses and procedures from simplistic to complex, including real or simulated patient records. Students will be introduced to encoders and the coding compliance process.

Medical Terminology (3 credits, lower level)
This course will cover medical terminology via asynchronous online discussions, presentations and demonstrations. Emphasis will be placed on recognition, evaluation and deduction of medical word meanings by applying word-building rules. An additional focus of study will be to define and use words pertaining to the various sub-specialties of medicine.

Pathophysiology (3 credits, lower level)
This course is a basic study of the functioning of the human body organ system, their disorders and diseases including symptoms, causes, diagnostic tests, treatment and management, and invasive and non-invasive surgical techniques. The course also discusses Pharmacology and most commonly used drugs. Genetic basis of diseases and disorders and use of gene therapy in curing them will be discussed. Further, the role of nutrition as a cause and treatment of disease is highlighted.

Quality Management (3 credits, upper level)
In this course the student will explore the topics of healthcare research and quality management specifically related to health information and teamwork with other healthcare professionals. The theory, practice, and management of performance and quality improvement processes in healthcare organizations will be addressed. Students will practice using quality management tools and analyzing data and experience communication best practices related to performance improvement projects. All topics will be explored as they relate to accreditation, licensure and other quality standards. Healthcare research techniques will be discussed and practiced as they relate to health information, quality, and the advancement of the health information management profession.

About the Review

This review was funded by the Connecticut Health & Life Sciences Career Initiative (HLSCI), a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor. HLSCI is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.