The health information technician is the professional responsible for maintaining components of health information systems consistent with the medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accreditation and regulatory requirements. In all types of facilities, the health information technician possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to process, maintain, compile and report health information data for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment and research; to abstract and code clinical data; and to analyze health records. The health information technician may be responsible for functional supervision.
The Health Information Management Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Successful completion of this program allows graduates to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) examination. The curriculum includes laboratory and clinical practices which provide a transition from theory to practice. Additional expenses are associated with clinical practice courses. Verification of workplace competencies will be provided by successful completion of HITT 2261, Clinical-Health Information / Medical Records Technology / Technician III.
Students must complete special admissions requirements prior to enrollment in specialized courses. Deadlines for application are January 1 for programs starting in Summer or Fall Semesters; September 1 for programs started in Spring Semesters. Before enrolling in the first clinical course, students must provide proof of CPR certification at the professional level (American Heart Association Professional Level or American Red Cross Basic Life Support Level.) Current CPR certification must be maintained throughout enrollment in clinical courses within the program. Students enrolled in clinical education courses must provide evidence of a current physical examination, tuberculin test, and specified immunizations. Additional information on this requirement is provided at the program orientation.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to off-campus clinical learning sites. Advanced placement through transfer or challenge is available for individuals with previous related coursework. Articulated credit from many area high schools is available for graduates with high school health occupations courses. In order to complete the requirements for progression and graduation, students enrolled in this program must have a grade of “C” or better in all specialized courses. The term “specialized courses” refers to all courses carrying the prefix of the program in which the student is majoring or the prefix of another health-related discipline. Following completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree, a multi-disciplinary enhanced skills certificate in Border Health issues is available.
This program prepares graduates to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to meet the unique health care needs of the U.S./ Mexico border community.
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