INA, Ill. (Feb. 12, 2014) – Rend Lake College will be offering the Health Information Technology (HIT) program starting this fall in both the classroom and online, with registration beginning May 5.
RLC previously offered the HIT program through a partnership with Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market (SICCM) in Herrin. The program will be offered solely through RLC’s Allied Health Division, and will include some face-to-face classes and some completely online classes, giving local students the option to stay on campus or at their home.
The program is designed to provide students with administrative and technical skills necessary to maintain components of health record systems. Job functions include analyzing and evaluating health records according to standards; compiling various types of administrative and health statistics; coding symptoms, diseases, operations, procedures, and other therapies; developing and maintaining electronic health records; and releasing health information.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently 186,300 jobs for Health Information Technicians, mostly in the hospital setting or physician’s office. By 2022, the field is expected to increase by 22 percent, adding approximately 41,100 jobs to the market. The demand is expected to increase further as the population ages.