Health Information Technology

Health Information Management - Health Sciences A.S.

Students interested in one of Volunteer State Community College Health Sciences programs must follow the A.S. in Health Sciences curriculum.  You must contact an advisor in your preferred area of emphasis to identify appropriate general education and elective courses for admission into your selected program.  For more information about specific program deadlines and requirements, please refer to the program's information packet.

About the Program

Health information technicians are responsible for performing a variety of technical health information functions in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, insurance companies, physician groups and managed care companies. These functions include organizing, analyzing and technically evaluating health information; compiling various administrative and health statistics; and coding using ICD-10-CM and CPT.

Other duties may include maintaining and using a variety of health information indexes; special registries and storage retrieval systems; inputting and retrieving electronic health data; and controlling the use and release of health information. To fulfill these responsibilities, health information technicians must develop a broad range of clinical and technological skills.

Volunteer State Community College's program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management. Successful graduates are eligible to sit for the RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) examination. The RHIT credential is recognized nationwide as proof of proficiency in Health Information Technology. Volunteer State Community College's HIT graduates have an employer satisfaction rate of 100%.

Volunteer State Community College offers a day or evening program on the main campus in Gallatin.


The Health Information Technology program at the Gallatin campus is accredited by:

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
233 N Michigan Ave., 21st Floor
Chicago, IL  60601-5800
Phone:  312-233-1548

Program Director & Contact Information

Valerie Bowling,  (Valerie.Bowling@volstate.edu), (615) 230-3337

*This is a selective admission program. To be considered for admission to this program, please refer to admission requirements for specific application/admission information.

Application Process

  • Submit an application to Volunteer State Community College (available online or call or visit the college)
  • Submit a Letter of Intent to the Health Information Technology program – (available online or contact program director)
  • A background check is required for entry into the program, see Student Background Checks Policy.
  • Complete the Vol State medical history/immunization report.
  • Classes begin Fall semester
  • Contact Valerie Bowling, Program Director for information and advising.

Student Background Check

Effective September 1, 2005, students seeking enrollment in designated Health Sciences programs requiring participation in clinical training in area hospitals and related clinics/agencies must provide evidence of a passing score on a background check prior to official acceptance/enrollment into the respective program. Either the failure to provide the required background check results by the due date established or the receipt of anything other than a passing score on the background check will make a student ineligible for enrollment in the respective program. Background checks are performed at the student's expense. Find more detailed information about Student Background Checks.

Program Completion Rates

Four-Year History, 2013-14

2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017

# students admitted

20 22 19 14
# and % completed 20 | 100% 21 | 95% 16 | 84% *13 | 95%

*anticipated Summer, 2017

Degree Advancement Program Agreement with MTSU

MTSU and Volunteer State Community College have developed an AAS-to-BS program to allow students who earn an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology at Volunteer State Community College to transfer the majority of those credits to MTSU toward the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. This degree is offered through MTSU's University College in cooperation with the Tennessee Board of Regents.

MTSU provides a wealth of information about Degree Advancement Program on their website; including an information sheet about Health Information Technology.

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