Why choose JCC's Health Information Technology certificate program?

A health information technology education provides you with the skills employers in healthcare facilities demand. The medical profession is exciting but complex. The typical physician does not have the time to perform the administrative responsibilities of the office. Administrative tasks are those procedures used to keep a medical practice office running efficiently, including front desk procedures, scheduling, records management, billing, insurance, coding, and medical transcription.

Today’s health information specialist must possess technical skills along with personal skills. The assistant must have excellent communication, computer, and organizational skills. Computers are used in every kind of healthcare setting for many different tasks. Computer programs handle word processing, financial spreadsheets, and databases. With these programs, office personnel can handle billing, scheduling, account updating, insurance processing, and medical transcription. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential, as the specialist is usually the patient’s first contact with a busy office.

At JCC, you can complete either a certificate or an associate degree program in health information technology. After completing the courses in the certificate program, you will be ready for entry level employment in many sites. If you choose the degree program, you will have a specialized medical background in medical transcription, medical coding, and medical insurance.

You’ll be able to apply the credits you earn in the certificate program toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in health information technology. Those who complete the degree program will be able to transfer credits to a four-year institution.

Program is available online.

Not quite what you were looking for? Check out our associate's degree in health information technology.

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Print course requirements

Minimum program credit hours: 31

Program Codes
Degree Option
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
9 credit hours
BIO 1510: Health Science3
Core Requirements
16 credit hours
HIT 1410: Medical Terminology3
HIT 1420: Health Data Procedures3
HIT 1460: Electronic Health Record Management3
BUS 1360: Keyboarding/Word Processing3
CSC 1560: Microcomputer Applications I4
Electives 6 credit hours
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Show the ability to perform basic administrative medical assisting functions.
  2. Recognize and respond effectively to verbal, nonverbal, and written communications.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to use medical terminology appropriately.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in computer usage and word processing skills.

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. Learn More
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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Jeanne Johnston, Director, Health Information Technology/Office Technology
Jeanne JohnstonDirector, Health Information Technology/Office Technology217 TECH, Cattaraugus County Campus716.376.7584Contact | Full Profile ▸