West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Health Information Technology, A.A.S.

Health Information Technology
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Program Director: Korene Silvestri
Academic Advisor(s): WH-Silvestri; WT-Silvestri/Soly; NM-Silvestri/Slie

This program is designed for the student who desires a career in a health related field with little or no patient contact. The curriculum provides a solid background in various aspects of health record management. Key topic areas include: records management, collection and dissemination of health data, fraud and abuse, confidentiality and privacy, medical coding, and statistical outcomes to name a few.

• Demonstrate understanding of the purpose of various disease/procedure indexes
and registries
• Demonstrate knowledge of basic management principles
• Demonstrate knowledge of the legal system in relation to health care records.
The graduate of this program will be eligible to take the National Credentialing Examination to become credentialed as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

The graduate of this program will enjoy employment opportunities in a variety of positions such as: supervisor/management, coders, consultants, vendors, educators, and data analysts, disease registrars, and EHR specialists.

The graduate may choose to seek employment in government agencies, health care facilities, medical offices, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, education, vendors (health care related, as well as, software/hardware), and consulting.

Employment of Health Information Technicians is expected to increase by 18 percent through 2016—faster than the average for all occupations. This growth will be attributed to the rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures which are being increasingly scrutinized by health insurance companies, regulators, courts, and consumers. Health Information Technicians are instrumental in the management of health information as providers strive to comply with Federal legislation mandating the use of electronic medical records. Health Information Technicians are a critical component of the health care team.

Students unable to complete the program on a full-time basis should consult the
program director.

This program has specific entrance requirements, application, and standards of
progress requirements. See the Admissions/Registration and Policies sections for additional information.

Important information: If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for any reason, State or National credentialing boards, licensing board and agencies which require criminal background checks on potential employees and students may deny you employment or placement in certain settings, even if you have completed all academic requirements. If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, please contact the appropriate Health Science Program Director.

First Year – Fall Semester

Course                                                                     Cr. Hours
AHS 103 Medical Terminology        1
BIO 114 Anatomy and Physiology I        3
CIT 117 Microsoft Applications        3
ENG 101 College Composition I
or
ENG 115 Technical Writing**
       3
HIT 100 Health Data Management Systems        3
HIT 230 Medicolegal Aspects        3

First Year – Spring Semester

Course                                                              Cr. Hours
AHS 108 Disease Process Applications         3
BIO 115 Anatomy and Physiology II         3
HIT 110 Alternative Care Records         1
HIT 125 Medical Coding I         3
HIT 145 HIT Professional Practice Experience I         2
MATH Math Core**         2

Second Year – Fall Semester

Course   Cr. Hours
HIT 225 Health Information Systems         2
HIT 235 Medical Coding II         3
HIT 240 Quality Mgmt. & Perf. Improvement         3
HIT 251 Health Care Statistics         3
MGT 250 Principles of Management         3
SS Social Science Core         3

Second Year – Spring Semester

Course                                                            Cr. Hours
HIT 257 Indexes/Registries        3
HIT 260 Medical Coding III        2
HIT 263 HIT Seminar        1
HIT 265 HIT Professional Practice Experience II        4
SPCH 101 Interpersonal Communications**
or
SPCH 105 Fund. of Speech Communications
       3

 Total Hours in Program – 60

 

Refer to Core Requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Program in the beginning of this section.

 

**Students who plan to transfer to a four year institution should take ENG 101, Math 108 or 210, and SPCH 105.

A minimum grade of a “C” is required in all courses to remain in the program and graduate.

 
 
 

 

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