Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology

The Health Information Technician is a profession with a diverse blend of clinical knowledge and information management skills. HIT is a two year associate of applied science degree program.

Medical Coding Technician Certificate

A coding technician reviews and analyzes health records to identify relevant diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement purposes, in the assessment of clinical care, and for support of medical research activity.

Health Information Technology programs incorporate the disciplines of medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law into one curriculum. Because of this unique mixture, HIT graduates can choose from a variety of work settings across an array of health care environments.


Building on the mission and vision of Panola College, the Health Information Technology program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce as an entry-level HIT professional. Ethics, professionalism, and communication are part of the comprehensive HIT curriculum designed to meet the needs of the community and the students alike.

CAHIIM Program Outcomes

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Program Accreditation and Licensure Exam Eligibility

The Associate of Applied Science Degree, Health Information Technician Program at Panola College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  

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 HIT graduates are eligible to take the following certifications:

Associate of Applied Science in HIT Graduates:
RHIT-Registered Health Information Technicians- from American Health Information Association (AHIMA)
More AHIMA certification information.
 Coding Certificate Graduates:

CCA- Certified Coding Associate- from American Health Information Association (AHIMA)

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CPC- Certified Professional Coder- from American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)

More CPC certification information.

 **Issuance of the HIT AAS and/or Medical Coding Certificate is not contingent upon students passing external certification exams.