The Health InformationTechnology program is a sequence of courses designed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to process, maintain, analyze, and report health information data according to legal, accreditation, licensure and certification standards for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment and research; program graduates will develop leadership skills necessary to serve in a functional supervisory role in various components of the health information system.
Nature of the Work
Health information technicians assemble patients’ health information including medical history, symptoms, examination results, diagnostic tests, treatment methods, and all other healthcare provider services. Technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security.They regularly communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to clarify diagnoses or to obtain additional information.
Health information technicians held about 172,500 jobs in 2008. About 39 percent of jobs were in hospitals. Health information technicians work at a number of healthcare providers such as offices of physicians, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, and home healthcare services.Technicians also may be employed outside of healthcare facilities, such as in Federal Government agencies.
Employment of health information technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. Employment growth will result from the increase in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed.As the population continues to age, the occurrence of health-related problems will increase. Cancer registrars should experience job growth as the incidence of cancer increases from an aging population.
The median annual wage of health information technicians was $30,610 in May 2008.The middle 50 percent earned between $24,290 and $39,490.The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,440, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $50,060.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos103.htm.
The program, established in 2010, has applied for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800, (312) 233-1100.The program adheres to the standards established by the CAHIIM, available in the Accreditation Handbook on the CAHIIM website at http://www.cahiim.org/index.html.The HIT associate degree program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
|Area I Language Arts/Communications|
|ENGL 1101||Composition and Rhetoric|
|Area II Social/Behavior Sciences|
|PSYC 1101||Introductory Psychology|
|Area III Natural Sciences/Mathematics|
|MATH 1111||College Algebra|
|Area IV Humanities/Fine Arts|
|HUMN 1101||Introduction to Humanities|
|SPCH 1101||Public Speaking|
|See your advisor for a tracking sheet with course selections for each area.|
|ALHS 1090||MedTerm/Allied Health Sciences|
|BIOL 2113||Anatomy and Physiology I|
|BIOL 2113L||Anatomy & Physiology I Lab|
|BIOL 2114||Anatomy and Physiology II|
|BIOL 2114L||Anatomy & Physiology II Lab|
|COMP 1000||Introduction to Computers|
|HIMT 1100||Intro to Health Info. Tech|
|HIMT 1250||Health Record Content and Structure|
|HIMT 1150||Computer Apps in Healthcare|
|HIMT 2200||Performance Improvement|
|HIMT 1200||Legal Aspects of Healthcare|
|MAST 1120||Human Path Cond in Med Office|
|HIMT 1400||Coding and Classification 1 - ICD Coding|
|HIMT 2300||Healthcare Management|
|HIMT 2150||Healthcare Statistics|
|HIMT 1410||Coding and Classification 11 - ICD Advanced Coding|
|HIMT 2400||Coding and Classification 111 - CPT/ HCPCS Coding|
|HIMT 2410||Revenue Cycle Management|
|HIMT 2460||HealthInformTechPracticum II|
*All program information subject to change without notice.