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HIT Online Option
HIT Online Option

Health Information Technology Online Option at Roane State Community College

Roane State Community College is one of five TBR schools who have collaborated on the Health Information Technology (HIT) on the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP). This initiative allows students to complete the coursework required to obtain an AAS degree in Health Information Technology in an online format. The Professional Practice Experiences do require visits to assigned healthcare facilities. After successful completion coursework, students are eligible to sit for the RHIT exam given by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The Health Information Technology program at Roane State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) www.cahiim.org. Courses are taught by faculty from five community colleges participating in this collaborative as listed below:      

  • Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga
  • Dyersburg State Community College in Dyersburg
  • Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin
  • Walters State Community College in Morristown

Admission, Retention, and Graduation Requirements

Additional admission requirements for the Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology Regents Online Degree Program include:  

  1. The applicant must complete the following requirements:
    • Grade of “C” or better in the following prerequiste courses:
      • INFS1010 Computer Applications
      • HIT1010 Medical Terminology
      • HIT1011 Introduction to Health Information Technology
      • BIOL2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • Overall GPA of 2.0 or higher
    • Successful completion of all required developmental courses prior to admission deadline.
  2. The applicant must complete an online Allied Health Sciences application in RaiderNet after being admitted to Roane State Community College.
  3. Final selection of students will be made by the Allied Health Sciences Admissions Committee.
  4. Admission to the program is required prior to enrolling in most HIT courses.

All students meeting minimum criteria will be considered competitively, based on ACT score or GPA in required general education courses completes in some Allied Health Sciences programs. Completing math and science courses required in some programs with a grade of A or B could enhance your chance of being accepted. It will be to your benefit to complete as many general education courses as possible by application deadline. MEETING MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCEPTANCE. Students that do not meet minimum requirements will only be considered under special circumstances and on a space available basis. Preference will be given to Tennessee residents.

Progression Criteria

  1. A grade of "C" or better in all required HIT classes – Students failing to earn a grade of “C” or better on any HIT course after three attempts will be dismissed from the program.  A grade of C is also required in A&P I and A&P II.
  2. Complete designated pre- and co-requisites
  3. Academic misconduct and/or violations of the professional conduct policy as outlined in the student handbook are subject to reprimand, up to and including, dismissal from the Health Information Technology program.
  4. After admission to the program HIT courses must be completed within four calendar years.  Time limits applicable to other courses (A&P, etc) are determined by home school policy.

Students admitted to the program must comply with specific enrollment and retention requirements to continue in the program.  Enrollment and retention criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • satisfactory drug/alcohol screen
  • satisfactory criminal background check
  • satisfactory documentation of health
  • liability insurance coverage
  • immunization against specified communicable diseases
  • satisfactory performance (pass) in professional practice experiences
  • achievement of core performance standards

Criminal background checks and drug/alcohol screens are a requirement at affiliated clinical sites.  Based on the result of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine not to allow a student at their facility.  This could result in the student’s inability to successfully complete the requirements of this program.  Additionally, a criminal background may preclude licensure or employment. 

Professional practice experiences are required. These experiences may be simulated as well as ‘hands on’ in assigned clinical agencies.  Professional practice courses require face-to-face interaction with faculty and/or clinical site supervisors. 

Curriculum

You will notice the curriculum for the HIT on RODP option is slightly different than the traditional HIT curriculum at Roane State Community College however the topics covered are the same. All competencies required by the accrediting body are covered in both curriculums.

You can see the projected sequence of courses for the HIT on RODP option below. Note this sequence is designed to begin after one has completed developmental study courses, if required. Please contact the HIT Program Director at feltnerkh@roanestate.edu for any questions regarding the curriculum.

HIT on RODP - Degree Plan

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