Health Information Technology


Program Description
The purpose of the Health Information Technology Program is to prepare individuals for employment as health information technicians. Graduates of this program will be prepared for positions in the health information/medical record departments of health care institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes, health maintenance organizations, physician offices, insurance companies and a variety of other health care institutions. Graduates will be prepared in organizing, analyzing and technically evaluating health data/information according to established standards. Compilation of statistics, medical coding of information, abstracting health information data and legal aspects of health information will be covered.

The academic content will include a core of liberal arts chosen from the areas of anatomy and physiology, social sciences, humanities, computer science, and English. The remainder of the curriculum is designed to build technical and computer skills necessary for the Health Information Technician. Computer laboratories and web based activities will also be used for medical coding, statistical analysis, clinical database management, maintenance and retrieval of patient health data and the emerging electronic health record (EHR). During the course of study, students will participate in a professional practice experience which will provide training and experience in a health care setting.

Program Details

Campus: North

Computer skills, Math II

Pre-Admission Recommendations:
HS Average of 80%
Math II

  • Applicants must have at least a high school diploma or HSE (High School Equivalency).
  • Applicants should have high school biology and two units of mathematics. Computer and keyboarding skills are highly recommended.
  • Applicants should have at least 80 percent high school average.
  • Individuals who have not had biology in high school must take Survey of Anatomy BI 147 prior to taking the Anatomy and Physiology I & II  BI 150/151 BI 152/153.
  • Anatomy courses (BI 15, 151, 152,and 153) taken at ECC or another college must have been taken within the last five years of starting the HIT program.
  • The SUNY Erie English pretests must be passed, college English transferred from another college or developmental courses successfully completed before matriculation into the Health Information Technology Program.
  • Individuals must complete MT 006 or pass the college placement test prior to matriculation into the Health Information Technology curriculum.
  • Students must maintain a "C" or better in all required Health Information Technology courses, Anatomy & Physiology I and II lecture and lab and Medical Terminology I & II.  A C- is not a passing grade for these courses. A second failure in a repeated course (a grade below a "C" in any MR, BI or MA  required courses) or a second withdrawal (W) from these courses will result in dismissal from the Health Information Technology program.
  • A physical examination and current immunization report is required prior to the start of the PPE.
  • Students must meet all departmental and college requirements for graduation.
  • Individuals must complete keyboarding (OF 101, OF 102 or OF 112) or pass a proficiency examination to meet the requirement.
  • Students are required to complete Computer Literacy (CS 101)  or transfer it in from another accredited college or university.
  • Medical Terminology II (MA 125) is a program prerequisite, which must be taken before the start of the spring semester second year.

SUNY Erie Community College Health Information Technology meets the educational requirements by the Board of Regents in New York State to award an Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) with a major in Health Information Technology.  Graduates are eligible to sit for the national Licensure examination (RHIT) through the American Health Information Management Association.

CAHIIM LogoThe Health Information Technology accreditor of ERIE COMMUNITY COLLEGE is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through  2029-2030. 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

SUNY Erie  Health Information Technology program academic year 2019-2020, program outcomes are as follows:

  • The program’s graduation rate is 25%
    (first time, first-year students only)
  • The program’s job placement rate is 82%
    (9 of 11 graduates were employed within a year of graduation)
  • Program passing rate for the national certification examination 2020 (RHIT) 100%
    (national average pass rate in 2020 for first time test takers was 73%)


For more information:
Gail Lauritsen, North Campus
Room B503B
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 270-5293