Health Information Technology

Discover the potential for a career in health information technology and management. Health information management is the practice of maintenance and care of health records by traditional (paper-based) and electronic means in hospitals, physician’s office clinics, health departments, registries, health insurance companies, and other facilities that provide health care or maintenance of health records.  With the widespread computerization of health records and other information sources including hospital administration functions and health and human resources information, health informatics and health information technology are being increasingly utilized in information management practices in health care.

Health Information Management (HIM) involves the study of the principles and practices of acquiring, analyzing, and securing digital and paper-based health/medical information vital to providing quality patient care. Health Informatics, Health Information Management (HIM) and Health Information Technology (Health IT) incorporate the disciplines of medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law into one exciting and dynamic curriculum working to transform the delivery of health care. Because of this unique mixture, HIM/HIT graduates are in control and can choose from a variety of work settings across an array of healthcare environments.

What do HIM professionals do?

Health Information Management professionals plan information systems, develop health policy, and identify current and future information needs.  In addition, they may apply the science of informatics to the collection, storage, use, and transmission of information to meet the legal, professional, ethical and administrative records-keeping requirements of health care delivery. They work with clinical, epidemiological, demographic, financial, reference and coded healthcare data.

HIT Program Information

During the period of 8/2016 to 7/2017, 83% of RHIT first time candidates successfully passed the national examination  with only one student who did not pass (n=6).  The national passing rate for first time test takers is 69%.  In 2016-2017, Cypress College had 95% graduation rate (n=20/21).

Cypress College HIT student retention rate is 83.4% for the school year 8/2016 to 7/2017 with a loss rate of 16.6% (n= 7/42).

For more information download HIT Program Information Sheet to read about the Associate in Science Degree in Health Information Technology (RHIT). For assistance with application dates, please review the HIT application timeline.


Tech Ed III, Room 208

Contact Information

Patti Spitler, FABC, RHIA,  Program Director
T: (714) 484-7017


Health Science Dean

Rebecca Gomez, RHIA, MS, MA


Rebecca Gomez, RHIA, MS, MA
Jennie Larez, RHIT, CCS
Patti Spitler, FABC, RHIA


Linda Crumb
Carol Wilhelm, MPH, RHIA