The Health Information Technology associate degree and certificate programs are designed for students interested in IT careers in the health care industry. The degrees combine a health care foundation with business analysis skills.

Health Information Technology Pathway

Health care IT is one of the fastest growing employment markets. The Health Informatics and Integrated Technology (HIIT) and the Certificate in Healthcare Database Management and Design (HDMD) programs are designed for students interested in IT careers in the health care industry. 

Need-Based Scholarship Opportunity

The Health Informatics and Integrated Technology degree is eligible for the financial need-based Opportunity Grant Scholarship. Visit the Opportunity Grant webpage to see if you are eligible and to download an application form. 

Adults who are moving from current jobs and/or degrees in health care or IT can have their experiences evaluated for college credit through the Prior Learning Assessment process.

Financial aid and scholarships are frequently available to students who qualify. In addition, special funding may be available for unemployed workers or low-wage working parents.

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The HIT program begins every fall quarter (September), but students may start in other quarters with the program lead or coordinator’s permission. Contact the program lead or coordinator for information.


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Students must complete college-level reading, math, and English, and CIS 121: Intro to Computer Information Systems.


Full-time students can typically complete the HIIT degree (108 credits) in two years.


A variety of Pierce College’s HIIT program credits can be applied to bachelor’s degrees in health informatics, health care management, management information systems, and IT management. Contact the HIIT program lead or coordinator for details.


Students who successfully complete the HIIT degree will be eligible to apply for entry level IT positions in the health care industry. Jobs include junior database administrator, database developer, business analyst, and application analyst.

Program Contacts

Brandy Ferber-Christensen
Program Navigator
Donna Moran
Program Coordinator - CIS/CNE/HIT