Health Information Technology (HIT)


Program Requirements

Admission to the Health Information Technology Program is by special application and the only entry is in the fall of each year. The Health Information Technology Program Director may be consulted prior to planning a course of study.

Listed below are courses which may be taken before entering the Health Information Technology Program. If the general education and basic science courses have been previously completed, the Health Information Technology program will still require two years for completion of the professional courses in their required sequence. 

General Education & Support/Related Courses



Medical Terminology



Anatomy and Physiology



Human Pathology



Microcomputer Application



English Composition I



English Composition II



U.S. History to 1877 OR



U.S. History from 1877



American Federal Government



Introduction to Psychology


Application Information

The application period is February 1 through April 15. An application is available from the link below. Specific instructions are provided in the application packet. Completed applications and all requested documents must be submitted to the Health Sciences Division Office, HSC 100A, by April 15.  Applications received after April 15 may be considered depending on space availability and the applicant's qualifications.

All applicants are usually notified of their conditional admission status by June 15.

College Transcripts

True copies of official college transcripts must be provided. If official transcripts are on file in the RSC Office of Admissions, the applicant should obtain copies from them to attach to their HIT Program application.


The COMPASS Assessment Tests for Writing Skills, Reading Skills, and the COMPASS Pre-Algebra/Numerical Skills MUST be taken prior to application to the HIT Program.  The COMPASS Assessments are given in the Enrollment and Specialized Testing Center, Student Services Building, Room 204. Contact the Testing Center at (405) 733-7320 for information. There are no costs for the tests. Applicants can only take the COMPASS Assessments twice during one enrollment period. A photo I.D. is required. Tests results are available immediately and are entered into your student file in the College database.

Criteria for Selection

Applicants are ranked based on college transcripts, COMPASS test scores for writing skills, reading skills, and pre-algebra/numerical skills, experience, communication skills, and interview/information session with the Program Director and faculty.

Drug Testing

Conditionally-accepted applicants are required to pass a multi-panel urine drug test before final acceptance into the Program will be granted. The applicant is responsible for the costs of the test.

Criminal Background Check

Clinical affiliates require a Federal Background Check for students who are conditionally accepted into the Program. The applicant will be responsible for the cost of the check. The check will include a seven-year criminal history, sex offender registry search, and Social Security Number verification. A criminal conviction history does not necessarily disqualify an individual from admission to the Program. The clinical affiliate will determine the acceptance or denial of acceptance to the particular affiliation site of applicants who have prior convictions.

Health Documentation Requirements

Prior to enrollment in HSHI 1222 Professional Practice Experience I (first year, spring semester), the student must have submitted to the Program Director the following:

  • Proof of mumps, rubella, and rubeola immunity either by two MMR vaccinations or by laboratory testing showing immunity.
  • Proof of varicella immunity either by vaccination or laboratory testing showing immunity.
  • Proof of Hepatitis B vaccination or laboratory testing showing immunity OR signed declination form.
  • Documentation of two negative TB skin tests (read in mm) within the twelve months prior to HSHI 1222 OR if a past skin test has been positive, at least one negative chest film since conversion.  NOTE:  two skin tests are required if testing has not been current.
  • Proof of hospitalization insurance OR signed waiver assuming financial responsibility for cost of any emergency care necessary while performing duties as a student in the clinical site. 

Physical and Mental Requirements

In order to be successful in the Health Information Technology Program and in future careers, students must possess the following general qualities:  interest, motivation, critical thinking skills, sound judgment, integrity, emotional stability and maturity, interpersonal skills, and the ability to learn and function in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings.

In order for an applicant to be considered for admission and progression through the program, the applicant must have:

  1. Ability to acquire and apply information from classroom instruction, laboratory, and professional practice experience, independent learning, and team projects.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively in English in an oral and written form with faculty, colleagues, healthcare professionals, patients, and the general public.
  3. Ability to use computers and complete computer-based assignments in a timely manner (NOTE: Applicants who are not proficient on computer keyboards and basic computer software applications should take a keyboarding class and/or a microcomputer applications course before applying to the Program).
  4. Ability to read and comprehend technical and professional materials in print and on computer monitors, computer forms and views, and small print in diagnostic and procedural code manuals.
  5. Ability to function (consult, negotiate, share) as part of a team.
  6. Ability to think critically and use problem-solving skills.
  7. Ability to resolve conflicts appropriately and function effectively in stressful situations and adapt to ever-changing healthcare systems and regulations.
  8. Ability to perform work often requiring prolonged sitting and computer usage.
  9. Ability to hear verbal instructions within the academic and professional settings.

Rose State College will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disability in order for students to have access to educational programs and services. Students with disabilities requiring accommodations should make the initial request for accommodations to the Disability Services Office, LRC 125, or call (405) 733-7407.  View the current Student Handbook for further information (PDF).

Program Costs

First-Year Estimated Program Costs

Tuition and Fees  (16 credit hours)


Parking and Student ID Card


Textbooks (estimate)


 Semester Total (estimate)




Tuition and Fees  (17 credit hours)


Parking and Student ID Card


Textbooks (estimate)


Liability Insurance


Semester Total (estimate)



First year approximate cost:   $4,354.50 

Second-Year Estimated Program Costs

Tuition and Fees (16 credit hours)


Parking and Student ID card


Textbooks (estimate)


Semester Total (approximate)



Tuition and Fees (16 credit hours)


Parking and student ID card


Textbooks (estimate)


Liability Insurance


Semester Total (approximate)



Second year estimated costs$5,019.00

Total estimated costs of program$9,373.50

NOTE:  The tuition and other fees are subject to change by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education without notice.

There is an application fee of $15.00 for all new RSC students assessed at initial enrollment.

The costs for background check, drug testing, TB tests, vaccinations, and titers are not included in the above information.

Students are expected to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.  The student may be required to travel outside the Oklahoma City metro area.

Graduating students must also pay the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to take the RHIT exam.