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Health Information Technology AAS

Total Credit Hours: 64

Health Information Technology (HIT) is the profession that focuses on healthcare data, validity, and the management of healthcare information in a variety of different healthcare settings. The Health Information Technology (HIT) program prepares students to enter the profession as health information technicians who are responsible for maintaining accessibility, accuracy, and quality of health information and use knowledge and skills from disciplines such as medicine, information management, and computer technology. Upon completion of this CAHIIM-accredited HIT program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national accreditation examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Students who pass the AHIMA exam receive the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential.
Goals & Outcomes
The health information management (HIM) profession includes managers, technicians, and special experts in HIM systems and processes. The goals of the HIT Program are categorized into five areas, with programmatic outcomes associated with each, as follows: Data Content, Structure, and Standards: Use classification systems, ensure accuracy of health record content and documentation, conduct data governance, manage data, and maintain secondary data sources. Information Protection–Access, Disclosure, Archive, Privacy, and Security: Comply with health law, maintain data privacy, confidentiality and security; appropriately release patient health information. Information, Analytics, and Data Use: Appropriately utilize health information technologies, manage health information strategic planning, implement analytics and decision support, describe common research methods, explain the purpose of consumer informatics, describe health information exchange, and maintain information integrity and data quality. Revenue Cycle Management: Apply policies and procedures for the use of data in healthcare reimbursement, and evaluate the revenue cycle management process. Compliance: Analyze and implement health care regulations, assign codes to diagnoses and procedures, determine the accuracy of computer-assisted coding (CAC) assignment and recommend corrective action, identify areas of potential fraud and abuse, and conduct clinical documentation improvement (including an effective physician query process). Leadership: Apply fundamentals of team leadership, organize and facilitate meetings, recognize the impact of change management on people, processes, and systems management, implement effective work design and process improvement techniques, manage human resources, implement training and development, implement effective strategic and organization management systems, and maintain ethical standards of practice.
First Semester
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1
This course covers the structure and function of the human organism and the regulatory processes that operate within a living system. It introduces general anatomical, physiological, and chemical organization, and includes the integumentary (skin), skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Laboratories involve vertebrate dissection, the use of prosected human cadavers and human skeletal materials, microscope work, non-invasive human experimentation, and possibly animal experimentation. Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry or equivalent preparation, or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences. High School Biology or its equivalent recommended. Students enrolled in Life and Health Sciences Center programs are recommended to complete this course before beginning their specialized program coursework. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1: Composition
EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3 This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. Student Learning Outcomes: 1) Demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas in a clear and concise manner through informative, argumentative, formal and informal writing at a level suitable for successful college students. 2) Develop a practical and fundamental understanding of the relationship and interaction between the writer and the reader while exploring human knowledge, values, ethics, language, and social institutions. 3) Broaden the student’s intellectual autonomy and their ability to use language for the purposes of reading, writing, learning, communicating, and critical thinking. 4) Gain a practical understanding of primary and secondary sources and how to properly utilize and cite these sources. 5) Discuss the history and methodology of rhetoric and composition. 6) Exhibit clear concise writing skills in both professional and academic writing. 7) Achieve a level of writing fluency satisfactory for success in college courses. 8) Display a clear understanding of proper documentation procedures to avoid plagiarism. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
IS101 Computers and Society
This course provides knowledge of relevant computer skills and a solid foundation in the terminology and concepts of computer technology. Experience is provided with a variety of microcomputer software applications, including word processing, electronic spreadsheets, graphics, file management, and integrated software. Concepts and terms focus on preparing for a technologically oriented society and using the computer as a tool for productivity, research, and communication. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MR101 Hlth Inform Intro Concepts
This course introduces the health information technology arena, covering the profession including its functions and origins. It includes technical functions such as abstracting, discharge analysis, microfilming, storage, and retention of health information. The responsibilities of other healthcare providers, including the medical staff, are reviewed. (Fall semester) See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MR103 Medical Terminology
This course concentrates on spelling, pronunciation, and the meaning of medical word components, common terms used in selected body systems, and medical abbreviations. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
4.0
BI217 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2
This course, which is a continuation of BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, involves the study of structure, function, and regulation in the human organism. Topics include blood, peripheral nerves, the cardiovascular system, lymphatics, the respiratory system, the excretory system, the endocrine system, the reproductive systems, the digestive system, and metabolism. Laboratories involve vertebrate dissection, the use of prosected human cadavers and human skeletal materials, microscope work, non-invasive human experimentation, and possibly animal experimentation. Prerequisite: BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences.. Students enrolled in Life and Health Sciences Center programs are recommended to complete this course before beginning their specialized program coursework. Students with transfer credit for BI216 Anatomy and Physiology 1 must complete a three-hour orientation to the use of prosected human cadavers before participating in the BI217 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 laboratory. Transfer students must meet with the Dean of Life and Health Sciences thirty days before beginning this course. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MA110 Elementary Statistics
This course introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or equivalent. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MR115 Law in Health Care
This course introduces the legal aspects of health information, with emphasis placed on civil law and how healthcare settings are affected by law and by non-governmental rulemaking bodies. Topics include a review of the history of common law, the primary sources of law, tort law, the court system, corporate liability, medical staff issues, and consent to treatment, confidentiality, reporting obligations, and patient rights. It discusses the principles guiding the control, security, and usage of health information. (Spring semester) See when this course is offered ...
1.0
MR200 Hlth Info Sys Non-Acute Care
This course covers non-acute care settings such as mental health facilities, home care, ambulatory care, and long-term care. Emphasis is placed on the documentation requirements, differences in reimbursement systems, utilization management, and quality management. Prerequisites: MR101 Health Information Introductory Concepts, MR104 CPT Procedural Coding, and MR105 International Classification Systems. (Fall semester) See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MR225 Electronic Health Rec Mgmnt
Third Semester
3.0
BI209 Basc Pathophysiol
This course examines the physiological consequences of various disease states. Diseases are treated as threats to homeostasis. The effects of pathology on normal bodily processes are discussed at various organizational levels, including biochemical, cellular, histological, and organ systems. This course is designed for allied health students. Prerequisites: BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences. Corequisite: BI217 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2. See when this course is offered ...
2.0
MR104 CPT Procedural Coding
This course introduces indexing conditions and procedures using the Current Procedural Terminology. It covers how to code from actual medical records and introduces the current prospective payment system(s). (Spring semester) Prerequisite: MR103 Medical Terminology. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
MR105 Internatl Classificatn Sys
This course introduces indexing diseases and operations using the International Classification of Disease. It covers how to code from actual medical records and introduces DRGs and the Prospective Payment System. (Spring semester) Prerequisite: MR103 Medical Terminology. See when this course is offered ...
2.0
MR204 Qual Review in Hlth Care
This course covers quality improvement and the evaluation of quality medical care including the quality review, utilization management, and risk management components. It includes basic hospital and vital statistics, and their applications. Prerequisites: MR101 Health Information Introductory Concepts. (Fall Semester only) See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MR230 Emerging Tech & Hlth Infrmtics
Fourth Semester
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MR202 Mgmnt&Sprvsn in Hlth Care
This course covers management and supervisory topics such as motivation, planning, actuating, controlling, organizing, span of control, unity of command, and inter and intradepartmental relationships. Prerequisites: MR200 Allied Health and MR204 Quality Review in Health Care (Health Information Technology majors only). Corequisites: MR203 Information Systems in Health Care (Health Information Technology majors only) (Spring semester) See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MR207 Reimbursement Methodologies
The course introduces the student to medical insurance billing, credit and collection procedures. The student gains a basic understanding of the various insurance options and the laws governing the payors/insurers. Additional topics include: preparing and reviewing claims forms, the significance of coding, electronic and computerized billing, and fraud and abuse, as well as other pertinent topics. Prerequisites: HC110 Introduction to Health Care, MR103 Medical Terminology, IS101 Introduction to Personal Computers, BI103 Human Life Science 1. Corequisites: MR104 CPT Procedural Coding, MR105 International Classification Systems. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
MR220 Professional Practice Exper


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