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 Health Information Technology

DeShawna Hill-Burns, MPA, RHIA, HIT Pro CP
Medical Director


This evolving field combines disciplines of medicine, computer technology, and information management. Working in the HIT field offers meaningful work environment and the opportunity of continuous learning and advancement. Our stackable degree path allows students to apply all credits earned in the Medical Billing-Basic Certificate (BC) program, to the Medical Coding-Advanced Certificate (AC) program. Upon successful completion of the Medical Coding-Advanced Certificate, students can then pursue a degree towards an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology.          


Pr​ogram Accreditation  

The Health Information Management accreditor of Malcolm X College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2028 - 2029.  Accreditation Cycle. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at          


Mission Statement                   

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program at Malcolm X College, a City College of Chicago, offers an introductory career-focused educational path into the healthcare industry. This program is designed for students who aspire to become healthcare professionals in the Health Information Technology (HIT) career field, this includes professional opportunities for Medical Coders and Billers. The program is designed to prepare students to successfully attain professional coding certifications, such as the Certified Coding Assistant, (CCA), through the American Health Information Management Association and the Certified Coding Professional, Apprentice (CPC-A) through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Upon completion of the Health Information Technology (HIT) Associate’s Degree Program, students will be prepared for job opportunities within the healthcare industry.                               


Health Information Technology (HIT) Careers                                     

Graduates of the Health Information Technology (HIT) Associate’s Program may consider, but are not limited the following career options:                                             

  • Medical coder/biller 
  • Revenue cycle specialist 
  • Medical documentation analyst 
  • Health Information Technician 
  • Release of Information 
  • Data Analyst 
  • Patient care coordinator 
  • Insurance claims clerk 
  • Benefits Coordinator    


Admission Requirements       

  • Completion of MXC Medical Billing [BC] courses with a grade of C or higher in all courses OR currently enrolled in Medical Billing.
  • "C" or higher in all courses.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Currently enrolled in Malcolm X College Medical Billing program are eligible to apply. 
  • Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended outside of City Colleges of Chicago to the Malcolm X College Office of Registrar Services. 
  • On-campus, in-person interview. 
  • Submit one Letter of Recommendation at the time of interview. 
  • Once accepted to the program and prior to registration; students must complete the following: 
    • Background check 
    • Drug screen 
    • Provide proof of health insurance 
    • Provide current immunization records
  • Students need to have transportation to and from their clinical sites

Submitting Application within Student Portal ( )

  • Under “My Academic Plan” 
  • Within “Academic Planning” 
  • Click “Selective Application” screen shot​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Health Information Technology - Health Science Open House at Malcolm X College ​ 

  • Session One: February 22, 2022 (10:00 am  &  3:00 pm)                  
  • Session Two: March 22, 2022  (10:00 am &  3:00 pm)          
  • Session Three: April 26, 2022  (10:00 am & 3:00 pm)    
Zoom Video Access Link:                      

Meeting ID: 853 9372 2968                       
Passcode: 798603​                       
+13126266799,,85393722968# US (Chicago)                       
+13017158592,,85393722968# US (Washington DC)                            

Note: Prior to enrolling in coursework, please contact your college advisor and/or Director of the Health Information Technology (HIT), Medical Coding, and Medical Billing Programs, DeShawna Hill-Burns,​.




Health Information Technology

Faculty & Staff

Name Phone Email Room
Deborah Balentine
Full-time Faculty  
Christine Rys
Adjunct Instructor  
Shahista Salam
Full-time Faculty
Cecelia Harrison
Adjunct instructor  
Arletrice Watkins
Adjunct Instructor  
Rayna Scott
Adjunct Instructor   
Angelia Hamilton
Adjunct Instructor​
Peggy Thompson
Adjunct instructor  

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