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Health Information Technology - Online

Award: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Length: Four semesters and One Summer Term (Certificate Option Available)
Fall semester entry for full-time students
Part-time students may enter any term; however course prerequisites and corequisites must be followed.


If you wish to combine your organizational and analytical skills with your interest in healthcare, a career in Health Information Technology could be for you! As a Health Information Technician, you play a vital role in making our healthcare system work. You perform data collection and analysis needed by doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

As a student in the HIT program, you will learn the necessary skills to become a valued member of the healthcare team. These skills include:

  • Maintaining healthcare records consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal,
  • and regulatory requirements
  • Collecting, validating, and analyzing healthcare data
  • Assigning code numbers to diagnoses for indexing health data and processing bills
  • Answering legal, governmental, and insurance company inquiries
  • Supervising human resources for effective and efficient health record processing

The Health Information Management (HIM) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). As a graduate, you will be eligible to take the national certification examination leading to the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential. The Certification Exam Pass Rate for all first-time test-takers was 100% during the last Annual Program Assessment Report cycle completed 5/28/13.

To graduate from this program, you must receive a “C” or better in all courses with the “HIT”, “HSC”, or “MAP” course prefix.

Where will I get a job?

HIT graduates could be a supervisor of a Health Information Management department, Quality Assurance Coordinator, a clinical coder/abstractor, or a medical transcriptionist. Excellent opportunities also exist in research firms, government agencies, pharmaceutical firms, insurance companies, consulting businesses, and telecommuting from your home.

How much $ will I make?
Graduates of the HIT program report earnings of $20,000–$30,000.
Salary increases with experience.

What kind of classes will I take?
Classes are a combination of lab, interactive group work, and some lecture. Online classes allow you to complete your degree in Health Information Technology from nearly any location.

What’s unique about this program?
This program can be completed online. NCC focuses on the sciences and communication skills. Students have internships and are well prepared to take the Registered Health Information Technician test after completion of the program (NCC grads have almost a 100% pass rate).

Student Profile
• Detail orientated
• Compliant to laws concerning confidentiality
• Have good reading and English skills
• Have an interest in science, medicine and/or technology

FIRST YEAR
____________________________

Fall Semester 


15

Course #               Title
Credits
BIO165-A Human Anatomy and Physiology I
3
BIO167-A Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
1
CSC110-A Introduction to Computers
3
HIT250-E Coding I
3
HIT370-C  Health Records in Acute Care
3
HSC113-E
Medical Terminology 
2


Spring Semester 


17

     
BIO170-A Human Anatomy and Physiology II
3
BIO172-A Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
1
BIO198-E Introduction to Pathology 3
HIT251-E
Coding II
3
HIT252-E Coding III 
3
HIT380-C Health Records in Alternative Care Settings
3
HIT594-C HIT Practicum A            
1

Summer 


9




Elective Math*
3
Elective Humanities/Social Science**
3
Elective General Education (suggest Public Speaking)
3

NOTE: Satisfactory assessment scores and/or prerequisites are required for some courses.

SECOND YEAR
____________________________

Fall Semester 


13

Course #               Title
Credits
HIT312-E Health Information & Information Systems
3
COM712-E Business Communications
3
or


ENG105-A Composition I
3
HIT120-C  Pharmacology for HIT 1
HIT-420C
Legal Aspects of Health Information 2
HIT-451-C
Allied Health Statistics
3
HIT 595-C
HIT Practicum B
1


Spring Semester

 

15


     
HIT290-C Reimbursement Methods
3
HIT315-C Electronic Applications for Health Care Data
2
HIT440-E Quality Management
3
HIT541-C
Professional Practice Experience II
3
HIT946-C Seminar 
1
MGT130-A Principles of Supervision
3


Program Elective


3

              

HIT602-C
Medical Transcription (optional)
3

*You must complete MAT106-E Elementary Algebra or any math course with A suffix.
**You may select any humanities/social sciences course with an A suffix.


You may also obtain a Health Records Certificate by completing four courses.

Health Records Certificate


11




HIT370-C
Health Records in Acute Care
3
HIT380-C
Health Records in Alternative Care Settings
3
HSC113-E
Medical Terminology
2
CSC110-A
Introduction to Computers
3


 
MariBeth Schneider, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA
Instructor at NCC since: 1998
Email me at mlane@nwicc.edu







Text 712-301-2573 or 712-301-1401
Call 800-352-4907
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For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at nwicc.edu/compliance