HIT Essential Job Functions

A student in the Health Information Technology associate degree program must have the abilities and skills necessary for use of the HIT process. The following is a representative list of the essential skills, with or without accommodation, expected of students enrolled in the HIT program:

  1. Demonstrate discretion and assurance of patient right to privacy and confidentiality at all times.
  2. Demonstrate assertiveness while maintaining professionalism when encountering tense situations.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to diffuse emotions while solving problems.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to be detailed oriented.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to stay focused in stressful situations.
  6. Demonstrate basic understanding of medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology.
  7. Demonstrate logic and the ability to analyze information.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to adapt to new technologies and software applications.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently in English, both written and verbally.
  10. Demonstrate respect of self and others.
  • HIT students are required to participate in a Professional Practice Experience (PPE) as part of their program. This PPE allows students to gain inside knowledge and professional experience in preparation for entering the Health Information Technology field. Students will have 14 weeks to complete the uncompensated-hour requirement. While there may be flexibility in the days and hours worked, it should be understood that many sites operate during normal business hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. There are no weekend or evening hours available at PPE sites. Travel outside the Utica/Rome area may also be a requirement to complete the PPE.
  • In addition to the above mentioned, students will be required to complete CPR certification, complete a health physical form with vaccination documentation, including flu vaccination, and lab results dated within three months of their PPE start date.
  • For additional resources regarding available credentials and pathways, please visit www.ahima.org.

The essential skills and relevant activities are listed for your review so that potential students can decide whether or not they may be able to complete the requirements for the Health Information Technology program.

MVCC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for an applicant with a disability who is otherwise qualified. Applicants who are unsure if they can meet these essential skills or know they will need help in meeting them should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at 315-792-5644 to discuss accommodations and/or auxiliary aids.