Allied Health programs have special admissions processes with limited enrollment capacities
and high student demand. The Health Information Technology program admits up to 64
students. Program applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis,
for those who successfully submit completed applications. Complete applications will
be stamped according to the date and time they are received. Please be sure all supportive
documentation is included within the following steps to apply for enrollment into
the Health Information Technology program.
Next application period: TBD
Steps to Apply
Apply for Admission to Mesa College
Not a current Mesa College student? Before you submit an application to any of the
Allied Health programs, you will need to apply for admission to Mesa College. Becoming
a student is free and easy.
Apply to Mesa
Attend a Program Information Session
Learn more about what it takes to apply and succeed as a student in the Health Information
Attending an information session is recommended but NOT required to apply to the program.
Information sessions coming soon!
Three prerequisites are required to apply for the Health Information Technology program:
- MEDA 110 - Medical Terminology
- MEDA 115 - Pathophysiology.
- MEDA 055 - Human Anatomy and Physiology * or BIOL 160 for students intending to apply
to the bachelor’s program.
You must pass all prerequisites with a minimum grade of “C” or higher within the last
5 years prior to applying to the program. If you are enrolled in a prerequisite course
at the time you submit your application, you must show proof of current enrollment
when submitting your application. Admission into the Health Information Technology
program will be pending until each prerequisite is completed. When taking prerequisite
courses at another institution, please verify with counseling, before enrollment,
that they transfer to Mesa College.
Complete the Online Program Application
Submit an online application for the Health Information Technology program within
the application time period from TBD.Your application should include specified personal information, unofficial transcripts
showing proof of prerequisites, and other program specific information.
Access the Online Application
Submit Your Official Transcripts
Please submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have
attended. Official transcript submission is required for the application process however,
evaluation of the official transcripts is not required to be considered a qualified
candidate. For more information about transcripts, visit the Transcripts webpage.
Transcripts should be submitted to:
San Diego Mesa College Special Admissions, I4-102
7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, CA 92111
For questions contact special admissions:
Note: If you have completed your prerequisites at City, Mesa, or Miramar College,
you do not need to submit an official transcript. Your transcript will be obtained
directly from the SDCCD records office on your behalf.
Update Your Contact Information
You are responsible for maintaining a current email address with Special Admissions
and responding to requests for confirmation of your continued interest in admission
into the program sent during the year. Be sure to return each such notice by the stipulated
date to maintain the admission status.
What to Expect After You Apply
If you have already applied to the HEIT program using the online application system,
you can expect an email with one of the following conditions during mid-April.
- You have been accepted (completed all 3 of your prerequisites and are one of the first
64 students to apply).
- You have conditional acceptance (In progress with one of 3 prerequisites but were
one of the first 64 students to apply and if you pass the courses, you will be accepted).
- You have not been accepted (you have not completed or have not passed one or more
of the 3 prerequisite courses).
You will not receive a confirmation of your application from admissions other than
the automatic application code you receive when you submit your application online.
Withdraw Your Application
Any candidate wishing to withdraw or cancel their application or postpone admission
must provide immediate written communication to the college’s Special Admissions Clerk.
Additionally, if you cannot be reached or fail to respond to admissions emails expressing
your interest in the program, your name will be withdrawn from consideration.
Get Ready for Your AHIMA RHIT Exam
Upon successful completion of the HEIT program, you are eligible to take the RHIT
exam. You will want to begin this process in your last semester of study.
- Read the RHIT Candidate Guide.
- Apply for the exam. The cost of the exam is $229 for members and $299 for non-members.
You can either apply online or by sending in a paper application. For Eligibility requirement you will choose the first check box “Graduate of HIA-CAHIIM-accredited
program.” Our EPC code is 477. Review the application checklist.
- Submit all necessary paperwork.
- Watch for the receipt of authorization to test (ATT) to come in the mail to your home
or your email and read it completely. This receipt will have the authorization number
in it - which you will need in order to schedule your test. This receipt will also
give you your eligibility window (the time in which you must take your test - a six
- Schedule the exam with Pearson Vue. Pearson Vue will send an ATT letter to you once
all the application materials are complete and eligibility has been confirmed. It
will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks for processing from the time you submit your
completed application to the time you receive your ATT which will allow you to make
an appointment to schedule the exam. The exam is offered multiple times a year - actually
probably even multiple times a month depending on what area you are in.
- Verify the time and date of exam.
- Take your exam! You will most likely receive your results immediately afterward. Of
course these are not "official" until you get your certificate in the mail.
Take your RHIT Exam Early
Students in CAHIIM-accredited programs for RHIT® or RHIA®, enrolled in their final
term of study, are eligible to apply for and take their respective certification exam
early. This means you can take your RHIT exam during your last semester in the program.
Eligible students include the following:
- Students currently enrolled and in their last term of study
- Students who have completed their course work but have not yet graduated
- Graduates that are currently waiting for their official transcripts
To participate in early testing you have to send in two documents:
- The Regular Application
- The Application for Early Testing
To apply as an early tester, purchase the exam through the AHIMA webstore. When completing
the online exam application, select the early testing options and upload the completed
application for early testing. Please be sure to only submit your exam application
with the completed application for early testing otherwise your application will not
Candidates who apply for early testing and successfully pass their exam will have
their credential granted once official transcripts (must include graduation date)
are received and verified and will be subject to the recertification requirements
as required by CAHIIM. The exam date will be used as the official date the credential
is granted. You will note that the program director must sign this form. Please complete
the top portion, scan and email to email@example.com