Health Information Technology

Program Description:

The health information technician is the professional responsible for maintaining components of health information systems in a manner consistent with the medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accreditation, and regulatory requirements of the health care delivery system. In all types of facilities, and in various locations within a facility, the technician possesses the technical knowledge and skill necessary to process, maintain, compile, and report data for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, quality assessment, and research; to abstract and code clinical data using appropriate classification systems; and to analyze health records according to standards. The health information technician may be responsible for functional supervision of the various components of the health information system. Within the 67 credit hours students must earn for the associate degree, 29 credit hours of health information technology classes are required. This includes 5 credit hours of directed practice where the students will practice their skills in a health information setting.

REQUIRED COURSES for the Academic Year 2014-2015
(Suggested Sequence)

Course Course Title Hours
AH 151 Medical Terminology1 (EDGE) 3
AH 216 Basic Pharmacology2 3
ENL 111 Written Communication3 3
IT 101 Fundamentals of Computers (EDGE) 3
  Psychology approved elective4 3
AH 204 Legal and Ehtical Issues in Healthcare1 3
AH 205 Principles of Disease5 3
COM 112
COM 125
Oral Communication1
Interersonal Communication1
HIT 201 Health Information Tech I3 3
HIT 201L Health Information Tech I Lab 1
HIT 205 ICD-10_CM Diagnostic Coding7 4
HIT 206 Healthcare Statistics8 3
HIT 210 Computer Health Info Systems 3
HIT 214 Directed Practice I9 1
HIT 202 Heath Information Tech II8 3
HIT 202L Health Information Tech II Lab 1
HIT 207 ICD-10-PCS Procedural Coding10 3
HIT 208 Qual. Improvement in Healthcare 2
HIT 209 CPT-PRocedural Coding11 3
HIT 215 Directed Practice II12 2
MA 205 Medical Office Claims Procedures 3
HIT 212 Health Information Technology13 2
HIT 218 Directed Practice III14 2

*Application Process for Health Information Technology: File a Mountwest Community & Technical College application provided by the Office of Admission. File a Health Information Technology Program application provided by the HIT Program Coordinator in the spring of the first year in the program prior to starting classes in the fall. Submit a complete HIT Observation Form verifying a minimum of 20 hours of observation.
**Academic Policy for Health Information Technology: Each HIT course must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students earning a grade of less than C in an HIT course must repeat the course. Evidence of a current satisfactory health record must be submitted prior to participation in the Directed Practice Experience. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the Directed Practice sites.

1   AH 151, and COM 112 have a prerequisite of REA 098 or placement in 100-level reading.
2    AH 216 has a prerequisite of AH 151.
3    ENL 111 has a prerequisite of ENL 095, or placement in 100-level English,
      and REA 098, or placement in 100-level reading.
4    Choose from one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 215, SS 200, SS 201, or SS 210
5    AH 205 has a prerequisite of BIOL 257, or BIOL 258, or BIOL 260.
6    HIT 201 has a co-requisite of HIT 201L.
7    HIT 205 has a prerequisite of BIOL 258.
8    HIT 206 has a prerequisite of MAT 096 or placement in 100-level Mathematics.
9    HIT 202, and HIT 214 has co-requisites of HIT 201 and HIT 201L.
10  HIT 202 has a prerequisite of HIT 201, and HIT 201L, and a co-requisite of HIT 202L.
11  Must be admitted to the Health Information Technology, or Certified Coding Specialist Program.
12  HIT 215 has a prerequisite of HIT 203, HIT 204, and HIT 214.
13  HIT 212 has a prerequisite of HIT 201, HIT 201L, HIT 202, HIT 202L,
      HIT 203, HIT 204, HIT 206, HIT 208, and HIT 210.
14  HIT 218 has a prerequisite of HIT 203 and HIT 204.

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