The field of health information management is rapidly growing with a predicted growth rate above average over the next ten years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The health information management professional ensures completeness and accuracy of the patient record in all health care settings. Development of specialized skills needed to perform as a health information technician is the focus of the health information technology (HIT) program. The HIT degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Students who successfully complete the degree requirements for the HIT degree program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician.
HIT107 or HIT 1010 Medical Terminology, HIT 102 Fundamentals of Health Information Management, and one additional general education course, are prerequisites for the degree program. Students must also obtain a grade of C or better in each required science course, as well as, each HIT course to be accepted and remain in either the DPC or HIT program.
Part time and full time academic plans are available for the HIT degree student.
|BIOL||2010, 2020||Anatomy and Physiology I, II1, 3||4, 4|
|HIT||102||Fundamentals of Health Information
|HIT||103||Diagnosis Coding & Classification Systems||3|
|HIT||104||Procedure Coding & Classification Systems||2|
|HIT||112||Coding Professional Practice Experience||1|
|HIT||140||Medical Office Procedures||2|
|TOTAL HOURS FOR DPC CERTIFICATE||25|
|CISP or INFS 1010||Computer Science Elective3||3|
|Total Summer Hours||6|
|HIT||106||Health Data Systems||3|
|HIT||113||Legal Aspects of Health Information3||2|
|HIT||217||Principles of Healthcare Administration||3|
|HIT||221||Advanced Health Info Procedures||3|
|HIT||222||Pathology & Clinical Interpretations||4|
|HIT||231, 232||Professional Practice Experience I, II||3, 2|
|HIT||242||Automated Health Information Systems||3|
|HIT||251||Coding for Reimbursement||4|
|HIT||260||Seminar in Health Information Mgmt||2|
|Social Science Elective3||3|
|Total Second Year||35|
|TOTAL HOURS FOR A.A.S.||66|
1Recommended to be completed prior to acceptance.
2An open course that may be taken by any student and is required to be completed prior to acceptance.
3May be taken prior to being accepted into the program.
Program Application Deadline: (A.A.S. Degree)–May 15 (Fall Semester); October 31 (ROCC)
Only HIT courses which were completed within three years prior to applying for admission or readmission will be considered for credit toward graduation. This does not apply to open enrollment HIT courses.
This program is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation. Students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate program are advised that they should check with their academic advisor and the four-year institution regarding specific transfer of courses.
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