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Health Information Technology
According to the US Department of Labor, employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures. This will also mean more claims for reimbursement from private and public insurance. Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records by all types of healthcare providers, should lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.

The Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education in cooperation with the Council on Education of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

In this program, students will develop skills to collect, assemble, organize and manage health information for completeness and accuracy, ensuring quality, accessibility and security utilizing both paper and electronic systems. Students will use computer programs to chart and analyze health information data for patient care improvement, budget planning, and documentation for use in legal actions and/or for use in research studies. They will also use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for reimbursement purposes, databases, registries, and to maintain medical and treatment histories.

Numerous opportunities await the HIT graduate in a variety of medical facilities. Experienced, credentialed technicians may also advance to management and supervisory positions, overseeing the work of various departments within the medical facility.

The student must maintain a numerical average of 78 or better in each required technical course to receive the AAS degree.

During the final directed practice course, students will take the National Certification Examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Upon graduation of the six-semester program, graduates are awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree.
Admissions Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements listed under "Admissions Information", the student must have maintained a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in high school or previous post-secondary studies, or have a score of 45 on the GED. An interview with the Department Chair is also required, as well as completion of the THEA/ACCUPLACER and completion of a program orientation prior to registration of classes.

Practicum Entry Requirements: Before enrolling in practicum courses, a student must have on file with the department the following materials:

• The ability to satisfy the industry standards for the program.
• Proof of required immunizations.
• Proof of liability insurance of at least $1 million (available through TSTC).
• Proof of health and accident insurance (available through TSTC).
• Proof of auto liability.
• Proof of current driver’s license.
• Passage of a criminal background check (available through TSTC).
• Passage of a drug and alcohol screening (required by various medical facilities).
Associate of Applied Science Degree - 2013LecLabContCredit
Semester 1
BIOL2301  Anatomy & Physiology I30483
BIOL2101  Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory I03481
HITT 1204  IT for Health Professions13642
HITT1305  Medical Terminology I23803
Total Hours692409
Semester 2
BIOL2302  Anatomy & Physiology II30483
BIOL2102  Anatomy & Physiology II Lab03481
HITT1301  Health Data Content & Structure22643
HITT1253  Legal & Ethical Aspects of Health Information12482
HITT1345  Health Care Delivery Systems24963
HITT1255  Health Care Statistics13642
Total Hours91436814
Semester 3
HITT1311  Health Information Systems24963
MDCA1402  Human Disease/Pathophysiology33964
HPRS2300  Pharmacology for Health Professions30483
HITT1341  Coding & Classification Systems24963
Total Hours101133613
Semester 4
HITT2166  Practicum: Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician081281
HITT2239  Health Information Organization & Supervision12482
HITT2343  Quality Assessment & Performance Improvement24963
MDCA1321  Administrative Procedures23803
HITT1342  Ambulatory Coding24963
Total Hours72144812
Semester 5
HITT2149  RHIT Competency Review03481
HITT2335  Coding & Reimbursement Methodologies24963
HITT2266  Practicum: Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician ° 0162562
  Speech Elective † 30483
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective † 30483
Total Hours82349612
Semester 6
PSYC2301  General Psychology30483
ENGL1301  Composition I30483
  Math/Natural Sciences Elective30483
Total Hours901449
Grand Totals4978203269
º This course has been designated as the capstone course
† Courses articulated with high schools
‡ Course with external learning experience
*BIOL 2401 may be taken for BIOL 2301 and BIOL 2101,
BIOL 2402 may be taken for BIOL 2302 and BIOL 2102.


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