Health Information Technology - Southwestern Illinois College

Applications for Fall 2024 are accepted Sept. 1, 2023 through April 1, 2024.

Students must apply and be formally accepted into the Health Information Technology program prior to enrolling in any HIT courses.

Requirements to apply:

– Online application is available in your eSTORM Student Center

 – Online Application Procedures

  1. Log in to eSTORM
  2. Click the tile that says “Program Applications”
  3. From the drop-down bar, select the program you wish to apply for. Active and upcoming applications will be listed after clicking the appropriate program.
  4. Select “Apply Now” for the cohort you wish to apply for.
  5. Complete the application by following the steps as indicated
  6. Click “Submit”

 – Steps to Apply

 – Download the HIT Application Planning for Application Requirements

Health Information Technology At A Glance

  • Average annual salary: $55,676
  • Level of patient contact: Low
  • Length of program: Two-year, Associated in Applied Science degree
  • Program location: Online
  • Program start time: Fall semester


View the HIT Mission Statement.

Program Capacity

Belleville Campus

The Health Information Technology accepts approximately 28 students each fall semester.

Program Location

The Health Information Technology program consists of general education courses, HIT pre-fix courses and assigned clinical experiences. Specific locations depend on the course type.

General Education Courses

The required general education courses can be taken at the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City or Red Bud campuses or online.

Health Information Technology Courses

The HIT courses are offered online.

Clinical Education Experiences

Clinical experiences are completed at hospital/clinical facilities throughout the district and in the St. Louis region. Students may be required to travel outside the college district for clinical experience courses. Background check and drug testing may be required prior to clinical experiences. Specific clinical placement cannot be guaranteed.

Program Cost

Health Information Technology Degree Program

For details, see the HIT Degree cost sheet

Financial assistance is available!

SWIC Financial Aid Office

Financial aid is available subject to financial need and satisfactory academic progress requirements set by the college.

The student work program does not require financial aid eligibility.

SWIC Foundation

The SWIC Foundation offers more than 200 scholarships based on residency, enrollment and GPA criteria.

Time Commitment

HIT courses are only offered online. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and attendance at any of the classes and clinicals assigned by the program.

Program Accreditation

The Health Information Technology accreditor of Southwestern Illinois College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Health Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  The College’s accreditation for Associate Degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2027. 

All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail, phone or email to CAHIIM

200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100
Chicago IL, 60601
(312) 235-3255

Verification of accreditation can be viewed at the CAHIIM website.

The program’s curriculum is guided by the standards developed by the commission. Our accreditation status means SWIC has met the standards required and helps to assure the public that our curriculum will graduate competent clinicians. It allows the college’s HIT graduates to be eligible to sit for the licensure examination.

Registry Requirements

Upon successful completion of the HIT curriculum, graduates are awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology and are eligible to take the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Registered Health Information Technology examination. These examinations are offered throughout the year at various sites in the state and country.

Program Effectiveness Outcomes

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Graduation Rate – 100%  8/8

Employment Rate – 80%  4/5 

Certification Exam Rate – 88%  7/8

Student Satisfaction Rate – 100%  5/5

Employer Satisfaction Rate – 100%  6/6

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Bettye Brock