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Health Information Technology

Labouré ’s Associate in Science degree in Health Information Technology (HIT) will prepare you to enter a growing field with limitless career possibilities. Graduates of this approved HIT program are prepared for examination by AHIMA to earn the designation Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). There are two academic paths in this division: the associate in science degree and the coding certificate program.

Registered Health Information Technicians:

  • Ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems.
  • Use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs.
  • Often specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research. 
  • Can work as cancer registrars - compiling and maintaining data on cancer patients.

“My decision to attend Labouré College was an easy one. Once I researched HIM programs on the AHIMA website and saw Labouré was listed, I applied. The Labouré name is so well known in the Boston health care world that I didn’t even think about it twice! I was hired as the HIM director’s administrative assistant as a student at Labouré and still hold that position. I obtained my RHIT credential and plan on taking the CCS exam early next year.” 

- Sherisse Monteiro, RHIT, Class of 2011, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Endless Career Possibilities 

Although most RHITs work in hospitals, they are also found in other health care settings including office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. In fact, RHITs may be employed in any organization that uses patient data or health information, such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors. –

“We are constantly hiring. Health Information Technology is such a strong field in this economic climate. There are tremendous paths for growth and the field will continue to grow. You can work for small teaching hospitals, large city hospitals, private vendors - the possibilities are endless. We will not hire anyone who is not credentialed; good technicians are in demand. This is a great space to be in.” 

- Charlie Saponaro, President & CEO, MRA Health Information Services


The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) accredits the program in cooperation with the Council on Accreditation of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The commission may be contacted at:

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
233 N. Michigan Avenue 21st Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601-5800



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