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 management 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. HITs 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 CCS 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 AH 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Students matriculated in the HIT Program who are withdrawn or do not achieve the required minimum grade of a “C” in all HIT, MOAA and AH courses will not able to continue in the program.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 HIT 220, 240.
  • 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 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 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
FYE101 First Year Seminar 1 0 1
Classroom 1, Lab 0, Total 1
ENGL110 College Composition I 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
AH110 Medical Terminology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
AH112 Pathophysiology for Allied Health 3 2 4
Classroom 3, Lab 2, Total 4
*Acceptable course equivalent for Pathophysiology: BIO110 or BIO120
 
HIT120 Intro to Health Information Technology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
CIS111 Computer Technologies 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
*Prerequisite: placement in CIS111 or successful completion of CIS110
 
Total Credits 18

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
HIT130 Electronic Health Record 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
MOAA130 Medical Coding I 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
HIT125 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
HUMA150 Critical Thinking 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
BUS114 Management 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 18

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
MATH145 Topics in Applied College Mathematics 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
HIT140 Pharmacology for the HIT Professional 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
HIT210 Quality Improvement 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
MOAA210 Medical Coding II 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
MOAA212 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
PSYC110 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ENGL210 Oral Communications 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
HIT220 Directed Practices I: PPE 0 6 2
Classroom 0, Lab 6, Total 2
HIT240 Directed Practice II: PPE 0 6 2
Classroom 0, Lab 6, Total 2
PHIL240 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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