Health Information Technology Associate in Science

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The Associate in Science Degree in Health Information Technology combines the expanding arena of health care with the cutting edge of technology. As a health information technology professional, you are the expert on patient data that physicians, nurses, and other providers rely on to perform their jobs. Health Information Technicians ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems, and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or costs control. Health Information Technologists often specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research. Students who complete the degree are eligible to sit for the CCA or CPC exam through the American Health Information Management Association -AHIMA. For more information, visit www.AHIMA.org . Health Information professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies and home care providers. All HIT, MOAA, and AHLT courses must be completed within five years of entry into the program.

Requirements

  1. Complete an application for the program.
  2. Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent.
  3. Provide an official copy of prior college transcripts if seeking transfer credit.

 

Health Information Technology Program Suspension Information
Students matriculated in the HIT Program who are withdrawn or do not achieve the required minimum grade of a “C” in all HIT, MOAA and AHLT courses will not able to continue in the program.

Health Information Technology Readmission policy
Students who withdraw or are Program Suspended may be eligible for readmission consideration. A student may be readmitted to the program one time only. Students who have failed a course because of lack of professionalism or unsafe practice involving actions or non-actions are not eligible for readmission to HIT Program. The student applying for readmission will be required to meet the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of readmission. In order to be reconsidered for admission the student must:

Submit a written, dated letter requesting readmission consideration to the Director of the Department of Health Information Technology. In this letter, briefly outline the reasons you were unable to continue in the program and identify the HIT course and level to which you are requesting readmission. Students will then be readmitted based on the Director of Health Information Technologies review of the facts. Students will then be notified of the status of the request in writing by the Admissions Department.

Health and Internship Considerations: 

  • Transportation to Internship sites is the student’s responsibility. Students should be prepared to travel up to an hour or more from campus.
  • Students are advised to decrease outside work obligations during internship placement for HIT220G, 240G.
  • Health Information Technicians are required to have a criminal background check prior to internship placement. Criminal background check fees are the responsibility of the student.
  • Participation in an internship requires the student to follow the college’s immunization policy See page 28 of the catalog as well as any additional requirements of the internship site.
  • Students are required to possess and maintain professional liability and health insurance. For unpaid internships, students must possess and maintain accident insurance. See page 15 of the catalog for purchase options available through the college.

Students in the Health Information Technology degree program must demonstrate:

  • Visual acuity sufficient to read and analyze materials contained in medical records in paper and computer generated formats.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to access and work with records stored in filing and computer systems.
  • Emotional stability sufficient to maintain record completion, to demonstrate good judgment, to deal effectively with conflict situations, and to demonstrate ethical behavior and responsibility for themselves and their actions.
  • Ability to maintain medical confidentiality standards of the profession.
  • Mobility sufficient to allow access to areas within the healthcare facility in which healthcare information is generated, stored, and analyzed.
  • Communication skills sufficient to allow for communication with fellow healthcare information staff, healthcare facility staff and professionals, clients of the facility and their families, and individuals from outside of the facility who seek information regarding clients.
  • Sufficient hearing skills to successfully interact with all team members.

 

Transfer Credit Policy
In addition to Great Bay transfer credit policies, transfer of courses in health information more than five years old will be evaluated by the program coordinator on an individual basis. In the case of English and math course transfers, it may be recommended that the student take portions of the Accuplacer Placement Test to verify the skill level required for success in subsequent classes within the program.

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
FYE101G First Year Seminar 1 0 1
Classroom 1, Lab 0, Total 1
ENGL110G College Composition I 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
AHLT110G Medical Terminology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
AHLT112G Pathophysiology for Allied Health 3 2 4
Classroom 3, Lab 2, Total 4
*Acceptable course equivalent for Pathophysiology: BIO110G or BIO120G
 
HIT120G Intro to Health Information Technology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
CIS111G Computer Technologies 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
* *Prerequisite: placement in CIS111G or successful completion of CIS110G
 
Total Credits 18

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
HIT130G Electronic Health Record 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
MOAA130G Medical Coding I 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
HIT125G Classification Systems 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
HIT215 Computer Applications in Health Care 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
HUMA150G Critical Thinking 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
BUS114G Management 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 18

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
MATH145G Topics in Applied College Mathematics 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
HIT140G Pharmacology for the HIT Professional 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
HIT210G Quality Improvement 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
MOAA210G Medical Coding II 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
MOAA212G Insurance for the Medical Office 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
Total Credits 16

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
PSYC110G Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ENGL210G Oral Communications 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
HIT220G Directed Practices I: PPE 0 6 2
Classroom 0, Lab 6, Total 2
HIT240G Directed Practice II: PPE 0 6 2
Classroom 0, Lab 6, Total 2
PHIL240G Ethics 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Classroom , Lab , Total 3
Total Credits 16

Total Overall Credits : 68

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