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Associate of Science Degree

Health Information Technology

Objectives

The program in Health Information Technology teaches how to collect, analyze, monitor, maintain and report health data in accordance with established data quality principles, legal and information security standards and professional best practice guidelines. These functions encompass, among other duties, processing requests for the release of personal health information, the coding of clinical information, processing and using health data for clinical quality management, billing/reimbursement and compliance with patient privacy regulations.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program* may pursue careers as health information technicians in a variety of health care settings. Entry-level positions may include medical records technician, health information technician, patient information coordinator and reimbursement specialist.

*Many employers of health information technicians either limit their hiring, or give hiring preference, to candidates who are Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). In order for a student to become an RHIT upon graduation, the student must pass a certification examination for RHIT administered by the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (the Certification Exam). In order for a student to be allowed to take the Certification Exam to become an RHIT, the student must: (a) graduate from a program of study in health information technology that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM); and (b) pay an examination fee, for which the student is solely responsible. The program in Health Information Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Certification Exam to become an RHIT. A graduate of this program is unlikely to qualify for any employment opportunities involving the management of health information, unless and until he or she is able to pass the Certification Exam.

Admission Requirements

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

School Equipment

Students will have the opportunity to use the following school equipment as required throughout the program: computer systems, network hubs, patch panels, printers and other common computer peripherals. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Class Size

Classes generally range in size from 15 to 30 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

Course Number Course Credit Hours
GE117
Composition I+

This course covers phases of the writing process, with special emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for writing clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4
GE127
College Mathematics I+

This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and triangles and trigonometric functions. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GE184 Problem Solving or TB184 Problem Solving or GE150 Survey of the Sciences or equivalent; Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4
GE150
Survey of the Sciences+

This survey course is designed to familiarize the student with the methods of rational inquiry and problem solving in the physical sciences. Students will explore a selection of topics in the scientific fields including physics, chemistry, biology and earth science to develop basic scientific literacy and the ability to critically analyze issues of science.

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4
GE217
Composition II+

This course focuses on appropriate rhetoric structures and styles for analytical and argumentative writing. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, reading skills and elements of research in the information age. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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4
GE258
Human Anatomy and Physiology I+

This course provides a systems focused study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics build from a foundation in structural organization, basic chemistry, and the study of cells and tissues to system structure and function. These systems include integumentary system, bones and skeletal tissues, joints, muscles, nervous system, special senses, and the endocrine system. The course includes a wet laboratory component.

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4
GE259
Human Anatomy and Physiology II+

This course is a continuation of the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Building on the foundation of structural organization, basic chemistry, and the study of cells and tissues, and study of integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, sense, and endocrine systems, this course focuses on the maintenance of the body via the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems, as well as metabolism, acid-base balance, fluid and electrolyte balance, and nutrition. This course includes a wet laboratory component. Prerequisite or Corequisite: GE258 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

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4
GE347
Group Dynamics+

In this course, students examine elements of successful teams and small decision-making groups. Emphasis is on communication, critical thinking and group process techniques. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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4
GE375
Psychology+

This course introduces psychological theories from behavioristic, humanistic and biological viewpoints. Primary focus is on exploring how selected principles of psychology apply to students' personal lives and social behavior. Students apply the skills of critical thinking, observation, and information gathering and analysis as they practice social science and scientific methodology. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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Subtotal 32.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
HT100
Medical Terminology+

This course covers word roots, prefixes, suffixes and combining forms, with emphasis on medical term building and analyzing, spelling, definition and pronunciation.

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4
HT102
Introduction to the Health Care Record+

This course is an introduction to the health care record: its purpose, content, structure, uses and users. The course identifies documentation standards and health care record standardization resources (laws, regulations, and accreditation agencies). The form and functionality of paper-based and electronic health care records are examined and compared. This course requires a laboratory component.

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4
HT104
Release of Personal Health Information+

This course is an introduction to the basic workings of the American legal system and the medical (health) record as evidence. The course examines federal and state privacy laws and regulations as well as organizational policies that define authorized access to patient health information. The course also focuses on organizational procedures for handling all types of authorized release of patient health information (ROI), including the use of specialized software applications to effectively manage that function. This course requires a laboratory component. Prerequisites: HT102 Introduction to the Health Care Record or equivalent, HT105 Alternative Health Records or equivalent

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4
HT105
Alternative Health Records+

This course examines the application of health record and information management principles, best practices, standards, and regulations and processes in non-acute health care organizations. This course requires a laboratory component. Prerequisite: HT102 Introduction to the Health Care Record or equivalent, Prerequisite or Corequisite: GE117 Composition I

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4
HT112
Human Diseases with Pharmacology+

This course covers common disease processes by body system, including signs, symptoms, diagnostic tests and standard treatment. This course also includes a study of a wide spectrum of drugs, their classifications, chemical and physical attributes and contraindications. Prerequisites: GE258 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or HS210 Anatomy and Physiology I or equivalent, GE259 Human Anatomy and Physiology II or HS220 Anatomy and Physiology II or equivalent, HT100 Medical Terminology or equivalent

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4
HT113
Computers in Health Care+

This course covers the electronic health record including hardware and software applications for health information systems, imaging technology, information security and integrity, and database architecture. This course requires a laboratory component. Prerequisites: HT102 Introduction to Health Care Record or equivalent, HT105 Alternative Health Records or equivalent, TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4
HT200
Professional Practicum**

This course examines current workplace expectations of health information technicians, including behavioral, ethical and practice competencies. The course provides guided workplace experiences designed to help students prepare for entry into the professional workforce. The workplace experiences provide opportunities for students to actively engage in activities and tasks commonly associated with health information technician practice to build their competence and confidence. Prerequisites: HT102 Introduction to the Health Care Record or equivalent, HT104 Release of Personal Health Information or equivalent, HT105 Alternative Health Records or equivalent, HT113 Computers in Health Care or equivalent, HT201 Health Care Statistics or equivalent

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HT201
Health Care Statistics+

This course is an introduction to basic descriptive statistics as well as quantitative measures commonly used to describe patient volume and quality of care in health care organizations such as census data, length of stay, bed occupancy rates, death rates, autopsy rates, and infection rates. Emphasis is placed on creating effective graphic displays of statistical data. Prerequisites: GE127 College Mathematics I or equivalent, HT102 Introduction to the Health Care Record or equivalent, HT105 Alternative Health Records or equivalent

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HT203
Health Care Data Sets and Specialized Registries+

This course identifies and examines common health care data sets, such as the UHDDS, UACDS, MDS, HEDIS, OASIS, DEEDS, EMEDS, and ORYX Core Measures. The course focuses on the content and standards associated with secondary health data sources, including disease registries. Prerequisites: HT100 Medical Terminology or equivalent, HT102 Introduction to the Health Care Record or equivalent, HT105 Alternative Health Records or equivalent, HT207 Coding I or equivalent, GE258 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or HS210 Anatomy and Physiology I or equivalent, GE259 Human Anatomy and Physiology II or HS220 Anatomy and Physiology II or equivalent

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HT204
CPT Coding+

This course is an introduction to the basic structure of the CPT classification system. The course emphasizes standard coding guidelines and the application of the CPT classification system to medical procedures, including the use of encoding software to enhance coding consistency, efficiency and quality. This course requires a laboratory component. Prerequisite: HT100 Medical Terminology or equivalent, HT102 Introduction the Health Care Record or equivalent, HT105 Alternative Health records or equivalent, HT112 Human Diseases with Pharmacology or equivalent, HT207 Coding I or equivalent, GE258 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or HS210 Anatomy and Physiology I or equivalent, GE259 Human Anatomy and Physiology II or HS220 Anatomy and Physiology II or equivalent

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HT205
Health Care Reimbursement Systems+

This course is an introduction to the types of reimbursement systems found in the health care industry. The course identifies the major types of third party health insurance providers and examines reimbursement methodologies such as fee for service, capitation, global payment, and prospective payment systems. Emphasis is placed on best practices for maintaining an accurate charge master, completing standard medical claims forms, and assuring coding compliance with established national and organizational coding guidelines. This course requires a laboratory component. Prerequisite: HT100 Medical Terminology or equivalent, HT102 Introduction to the Health Care Record or equivalent, HT105 Alternative Health Records or equivalent, HT204 CPT Coding or equivalent, HT207 Coding I or equivalent, GE258 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or HS210 Anatomy and Physiology I or equivalent, GE259 Human Anatomy and Physiology II or HS220 Anatomy and Physiology II or equivalent

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HT206
Advanced Coding with Practicum**
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HT207
Coding I+

This course examines the basic structure of the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS classification system. The course emphasizes standard coding guidelines and the application of the classification system to medical encounters, including the use of encoding software to enhance coding consistency, efficiency and quality. This course requires a laboratory component. Prerequisites: HT100 Medical Terminology or equivalent, HT102 Introduction to the Health Care Record or equivalent, HT105 Alternative Health Records or equivalent, HT112 Human Diseases with Pharmacology or equivalent; GE258 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or HS210 Anatomy and Physiology I or equivalent, GE259 Human Anatomy and Physiology II or HS220 Anatomy and Physiology II or equivalent

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HT208
Coding II with Practicum**+

This course examines the application of ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT/HCPCS in the clinical setting. The course focuses on enhancing coding skill and confidence beyond the basics. Prerequisites: Completion of all other courses in the program of study except HT211 Utilization, Risk and Compliance Management or equivalent and HT212 Supervision and Personnel Management in Health Care or equivalent; Prerequisites or Corequisites: HT211 Utilization, Risk and Compliance Management or equivalent, HT212 Supervision and Personnel Management in Health Care or equivalent

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HT211
Utilization, Risk and Compliance Management+

This course is an introduction to utilization and quality management programs in health care. The course focuses on common quality and outcomes measurement, and management tools such as ORYX, SQC, benchmarking best practices and customer surveys. The course provides an overview of the structure and common practices associated with effective health care risk management and compliance management programs. This course requires a laboratory component. Prerequisites: HT100 Medical Terminology or equivalent, HT102 Introduction to the Health Care Record or equivalent, HT104 Release of Personal Health Information or equivalent, HT105 Alternative Health Records or equivalent, HT112 Human Diseases with Pharmacology or equivalent, HT201 Health Care Statistics or equivalent, HT203 Health Care Data Sets and Specialized Registries or equivalent, HT204 CPT Coding or equivalent, HT205 Health Care Reimbursement Systems or equivalent, HT207 Coding I or equivalent, GE258 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or HS210 Anatomy and Physiology I or equivalent, GE259 Human Anatomy and Physiology II or HS220 Anatomy and Physiology II or equivalent

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HT212
Supervision and Personnel Management in Health Care+

This course introduces basic concepts and principles of organization and supervision. The course focuses on the functions of frontline management with emphasis on the tools and skills required to effectively supervise individuals and work teams within a health care organization. Prerequisites: HT100 Medical Terminology or equivalent, HT102 Introduction to the Health Care Record or equivalent, HT104 Release of Personal Health Information or equivalent, HT105 Alternative Health Records or equivalent, HT112 Human Diseases with Pharmacology or equivalent, HT201 Health care Statistics or equivalent, HT203 Health Care Data Sets and Specialized Registries or equivalent, HT204 CPT Coding or equivalent, HT205 Health Care Reimbursement Systems or equivalent, HT207 Coding I or equivalent, GE347 Group Dynamics or equivalent

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Subtotal 64.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
TB133
Strategies for the Technical Professional+

The course reviews characteristics and trends of the global information society including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professional and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

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Subtotal 4.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Program Total
96
Subtotal 96.0

Notes

+In this program, this course may be taught either completely in residence at the school, completely online over the Internet as a distance education course or partially in residence and partially online, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to the courses that the school decides to teach all or partially online over the Internet. In order to help students become familiar with fundamentals of taking courses online over the Internet, the school may determine that a portion of the first online course that a student takes in this program must be taken online at the school in a supervised setting.

**This course includes a practicum component that must be successfully completed by the student at one or more medical care facilities that are assigned to the student by the school.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog . The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.

Program Outcome Measure

To view the percent of total graduates represented by Employed Graduates listed on the Graduate Employment Information disclosure form, please click here.

Employed Graduates are those graduates who obtained employment by April 30 of the year following their graduation in a position that requires the direct or indirect use of the skills taught in the Health Information Technology program, including graduates who obtained this employment prior to enrolling in the Health Information Technology program, while enrolled in the Health Information Technology program or after graduating from the Health Information Technology program.