Health Information Technology Enrollment Requirements | Southwestern Illinois College

Students must be eligible for ENG 101 and MATH 97 to enroll in the Health Information Technology program. To obtain information about placement testing or alternate methods of assessing reading, writing, and math skills visit Enrollment Services.

Academic Advisor

Call or visit the Enrollment Services office for more information on entrance requirements for the HIT program.

Other Requirements

Orientation & Performance:

Enrolled students must attend all required orientation sessions and be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations. Enrolled students are encouraged to contact the Disability & Access Center to discuss potential issues associated with meeting these requirements.

Health Insurance:

Health insurance is required during clinical education courses. Students are personally responsible for any costs incurred for injuries occurring during their clinical experience.

Medical Requirements:

These requirements do not have to be fulfilled until they are explained at the orientation meeting. HIT students will be required to possess current CPR certification at the Healthcare Provider level and show proof of immunizations, TB test, and completion of Physical Examination Form before beginning any clinical experience.

Background Checks and Drug Testing:

Criminal background check and drug testing are required.

  • A list of disqualifying convictions is available from the Illinois Department of Public Health website. Students with convictions must possess a waiver from the IDPH to participate in the program.
  • Drug testing will identify illegal and prescription drugs. If results are positive, the student must provide proof of prescription in his or her own name in order to pass the drug test. Medical marijuana, which is not FDA approved, is also considered a positive drug testing result.
Graduation Requirements:

Students must follow the requirements for graduation and must meet all course, degree, and sequencing requirements specified. Students are responsible for program policies as listed in each year’s HIT Student Handbook. Students who fail to meet program-specific requirements will be dropped from the program and may be required to re-apply and compete for admission in the succeeding year.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the degree.