HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - MEDICAL RECORDS / A.A.S. DEGREE

Grant
Hegis Code: 5213

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: HEIT-AAS
 
     This program will educate persons for employment in the health information/medical records field. The Health Information Management associate degree level program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply to take the national qualifying examination for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician.

     Health information specialists set up systems and processes using electronic systems that ensure the availability of health information which facilitates health care delivery and aids all health care providers with health-related decision making. Health information specialists find employment opportunities in health care settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, group and individual medical practices, managed care organizations and correctional facilities, as well as in other settings such as attorneys’ offices, pharmaceutical and medical research firms, public agencies, insurers monitoring care provided to their clients, consulting firms, health data organizations and information systems vendors.

     The curriculum combines general and technical education with career development and clinical experience. In addition to courses in liberal arts and sciences, the program provides one semester of fieldwork. Students will gain an understanding of the electronic health record and how this knowledge will prepare them for crucial leadership roles in health informatics and health information resources management. Students will be prepared for roles such as data integrity specialist, clinical coder, reimbursement specialist, compliance auditor, medical vocabulary specialist and supervision.

     Health information management is the body of knowledge and practice that assures the availability of health information to facilitate real-time healthcare delivery and critical health related decision making for multiple purposes across diverse organizations, settings, and disciplines. (AHIMA, 2003).

     Students must achieve a minimum passing grade of C in each Health Information Technology course in order to continue on to the next course in the sequence and to qualify for graduation with a Health Information Technology major. Students will be permitted to repeat a Health Information Technology course only once.

Admission Procedures and Requirements

     Entering students must be eligible for Freshman Composition (ENG101), college level math, and have successfully completed high school biology with a lab or BIO101 and have a high school average of 80 or better. Students already enrolled in college may be provisionally accepted, pending successful completion of MAT007 or its equivalent.
Please note: Health Information Technology (HIT) courses are currently offered in the evening only. It is recommended that students apply by January 1.

PART-TIME EVENING SEQUENCE (See Admissions Note)
FIRST SEMESTER(FALL): 10 Credits
Credits
ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition    3  
CST111: Introduction to Information Technology    4  
MED111: Medical Technology    3  
       
SECOND SEMESTER(SPRING): 7 Credits Credits
BIO138: Fundamentals of Human Structure and Function    4  
MAT103: Statistics    3  
       
SUMMER SEMESTER: 6 Credits Credits
English Elective    3  
PSY101: Introduction to Psychology    3  
       
THIRD SEMESTER(FALL): 7 Credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum HIT114: Introduction to Health Information    3  
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum HIT117: Electronic Health Record    4  
       
FOURTH SEMESTER(SPRING): 10 Credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum HIT119: Privacy and Security of the Electronic Health Record    3  
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum HIT226: Regulatory Issues with Electronic Health Record    3  
CST171: Relational Database Applications and Concepts    4  
       
SUMMER SEMESTER: 6 Credits Credits
Humanities Elective    3  
Social Science Elective    3  
       
FIFTH SEMESTER(FALL): 6 Credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum HIT220: Study of Disease    3  
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum HIT235: Coding and Classification Systems    3  
       
SIXTH SEMESTER(SPRING): 10 Credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum HIT236: Advanced Coding/CPT4 and Reimbursement Methodologies    3  
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum HIT238: Directed Clinical Practice    3  
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum HIT240: Management Issues in the EHR Environment    4  
       
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED  62

 Courses that constitute the major in this
curriculum These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.

REQUIRED CREDIT DISTRIBUTION
Health Information Technology 29 credits
English 6 credits
Humanities 3 credits
Mathematics/Science 7 credits
Social Science 6 credits
Computer Science 8 credits
Health Careers 3 credits



FULL-TIME DAY SEQUENCE (See Admissions Note)
FIRST SEMESTER: 17 Credits
Credits
CST111: Introduction to Information Technology    4  
ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition    3  
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum HIT114: Introduction to Health Information    3  
HIT117: Electronic Health Record    4  
MED111: Medical Technology    3  
       
SECOND SEMESTER: 15.5 Credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum BIO138: Fundamentals of Human Structure and Function    4  
COL101: Freshman Seminar    1.5  
CST171: Relational Database Applications and Concepts    4  
HIT226: Regulatory Issues with Electronic Health Record    3  
MAT103: Statistics    3  
       
SUMMER SESSION: 6 Credits Credits
HIT220: Study of Disease    3  
HIT235: Coding and Classification Systems    3  
       
THIRD SEMESTER: 14 Credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum HIT119: Privacy and Security of the Electronic Health Record    3  
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum HIT236: Advanced Coding/CPT4 and Reimbursement Methodologies    3  
HIT238: Directed Clinical Practice    3  
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum HIT240: Management Issues in the EHR Environment    4  
Physical Education    1  
       
FOURTH SEMESTER: 13 Credits Credits
English Elective    3  
Humanities Elective    3  
Physical Education    1  
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum PSY101: Introduction to Psychology    3  
Social Science Elective    3  
       
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED  65.5

 Courses that constitute the major in this
curriculum These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.

REQUIRED CREDIT DISTRIBUTION
Health Information Technology 29 credits
English 6 credits
Humanities 3 credits
Mathematics/Science 7 credits
Social Science 6 credits
Computer Science 8 credits
Health Careers 3 credits
Physical Education 2 credits
Freshman Seminar 1.5 credits