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2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Information Technology, A.S.

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Health information technology (HIT) professionals take part in the planning, implementation, and management of the electronic health record (EHR).  With today’s evolving reliance on computer-based records, this profession has become one of the fastest growing in the nation. HIT professionals are educated in the leadership and management of health information and take pride being the custodians of health information. Your primary function in this career will be to make sure all the medical information collected about an individual is complete, accurate, and protected, while, at the same time, readily available for health care professionals when it is needed.

Our program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM is a Chicago-based organization that accredits higher education programs in health informatics and health information management. It is the globally recognized and trusted accreditation organization for health informatics and health information management education programs to ensure the development of a workforce that meets the challenge of an information-intensive environment and its impact on global health.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the United States healthcare system, to include all healthcare disciplines across the continuum of care and transformation of healthcare from a paper-based environment to an electronic-based environment.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the American Health Information Management Association’s Code of Ethics for compliance with professional and ethical requirements of Registered Health Information Technicians.
  3. Recognize entry-level knowledge of administration, management, and legal aspects of the patient healthcare record.
  4. Utilize electronic systems for data collection and analysis at entry-level of competency to assure the healthcare system can deliver excellence in care, enabling confidence of healthcare consumers, clinicians, researchers and secondary users of health information data.
  5. Apply critical thinking to correctly classify, code, and index diagnoses and procedures; analyze and report information for cost control, quality management, project management, and strategic planning; design and maintain databases; monitor regulatory standards; facilitate research; and implement system controls to provide patient information privacy and security.
  6. Identify the importance of commitment to professional and ethical behavior, leadership and lifelong learning in the profession of health information management.
  7. Distinguish the value of diversity with clear, appropriate and culturally sensitive boundaries.

Required Courses

Preparatory Core 1

Total Credits Required: 60

** Students may test out by placement exam. Credits do not count toward degree.

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