HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY/TECHNICIAN (HITT)
The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) (www.cahiim.org). As a Health Information Technician, you will work in a healthcare facility reviewing records for completeness, abstracting data, and classifying diagnoses and treatments. You will work with hospital statistics, quality control and resource management, and health information databases. The program offerings include plans leading to an Associate of Applied Science and three Certificate of Completion options.
Graduates who obtain an Associate Degree will be able to write the national accreditation examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA - www.ahima.org). Upon successful completion of this exam, you will be a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). If you choose to continue your education, you may become a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). Your Associate’s degree may count as part of a four year degree program at a senior institution.
Graduates who obtain a Certificate of Completion as a Documentation Coding Specialist will be eligible to write the national certifying examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA - www.ahima.org).
Students pursuing a major in Health Information Technology must submit a formal application prior to enrollment in any major course. This application is separate from the application prior to enrollment in any major course. This application is separate from the application for admission to the College. All applicants must have a 12th grade reading and writing level for admission into the certificate of completion programs. All applicants must have a 12th grade reading, writing and math level for admission into the Associate’s degree program.
All students will be required to have a criminal background check and drug screening before final acceptance into any HIS program. Both MUST be completed prior to enrollment into the first semester of the program or prior to beginning first clinical rotation. Random drug screening can be requested at anytime deemed necessary by a clinical site, clinical instructor, or faculty member of a program. All students must understand that a clinical site may require drug screening prior to the start of each new semester. The individual cost for drug screens and criminal background check are the responsibility of the student. The appropriate forms needed to obtain the required drug screen and criminal background check will be provided by the program director.
All students are required to have up to date immunization on file with the program. Proof of immunizations must be submitted by the end of the first semester in the program or prior to beginning the first clinical. Immunizations must include:
MMR Hepatitis A
Chicken Pox Hepatitis B
A student transferring from another college must submit an official transcript. Courses taken ten(10) or more years prior to a student’s last enrollment at the College will not count as semester credit hours towards the degree or certificate of completion.
Graduation, registration and certification are separate mechanisms and are the responsibility of the student. Students graduating with an AAS in HITT must complete at least fifteen (15) semester credit hours of HITT designated courses. Students graduating with an AAS in HITT must complete 25% of the coursework in residence.
All courses within each HIS program must be taken in sequence. Non-major courses can be taken any semester. All courses within the program curricula must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. All major courses (HITT and HPRS) are offered only as an online option.