Health Information Technology

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Jobs: The increasing need for skilled health information technology professionals in a fast paced changing workplace offers career opportunities.

Salary: Skilled workers are needed for healthcare IT infrastructure upgrades, resulting in potentially higher paying jobs. 

Cutting-Edge: Healthcare IT is revolutionizing the way patient care is delivered.


Upon graduation students receive an Associate in Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology

Health information technology (HIT) professionals are experts in collecting health data and analyzing the content of medical patient records and patient information systems.

Graduates work with health information systems, managing medical records and coding information for reimbursement and research. As the guardians of patient health information, HIT professionals safeguard confidential medical information in a variety of health care settings, including acute care facilities, extended care facilities, nursing homes, clinics, physician offices and other health care providers.

Your duties include records review to ensure completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations; retrieving patient records for physicians, technicians or other medical personnel; assigning patients to diagnosis-related groups; and processing patient admission or discharge documents.

Common job titles include clinical coder, coding manager, clinical data collection and reporting specialist, cancer registrar, data integrity specialist, and reimbursement specialist.

This program prepares you to support health information management in an electronic environment (e-HIM) and adheres to the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) Framework for HIM education.

The AAS degree in Health Information Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

Hands-on learning experiences in dedicated labs and classrooms, featuring a one-to-one equipment ratio, the optimal experience for skill development.

Classes are taught by certified instructors.

Online courses are available, as well as intensive classroom-based, hands-on skill development. With evening and online classes, this program is specially geared for students with full-time jobs.

More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region and the second largest in Missouri.

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  • Coder
  • Health Information Clerk
  • Health Information Specialist
  • Health Information Technician
  • Medical Records Analyst
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Medical Records Coordinator
  • Medical Records Director
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Registered Health Information Technician

Graduates of this program are not limited to employment in technology fields. Employment opportunities are available with a wide variety of healthcare employers.

Companies that have hired STLCC grads:

BJC Healthcare
SSM Healthcare
St. Luke’s Hospital
Area Physician Offices
Other Area Healthcare Companies

Job Resources:

  • For information on the job outlook, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
  • To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
  • STLCC Career and Employment Services (CES): On each campus CES offices provide services and resources to assist students and alumni in finding full-time or part-time, on-campus or off-campus, internship or co-op, permanent, seasonal or temporary employment. CES also assists employers who are looking for qualified applicants. Click Here

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Patricia Sherman, M.Ed., RHIA
Program Coordinator
Phone: 314-644-9917


Admission Process

  • All applicants for Health Information Technology program must first be admitted to St. Louis Community College.
  • Applications for this program are accepted on a continuing basis throughout the year.

Prior to application we recommend that you meet with an STLCC academic advisor. The advisor can help you plan your courses, clarify program requirements, and review your academic history as it relates to this program. Click Here

Program Requirements


Related Programs
Medical Billing and Coding CP


STLCC’s Information System’s Advisory Board brings together top industry professionals.

Companies that participate:
BJC Healthcare
Area Physician Offices
SSM Healthcare


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