Health Information Technology

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2013 - 2014 Academic Catalog

Health Information Technology

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Cunningham, Amy

Coordinator of Health Information Technology
Assistant Professor of Health Information Technology
RHIA, CTR, CPC
304-367-4764
127 Colebank Hall
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
Program Purpose: 

The A.A.S. Health Information Technology Degree provides training in the skills needed to be effective in maintaining health information. Such documentation assists in ensuring the continuity of care and protects the financial and legal interests of the patient, the health care facility, and the responsible practitioner caring for the patient.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the AAS degree in Health Information Technology, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Collect, maintain, and analyze health data structure and content and be familiar with healthcare data standards and requirements
  • Apply and validate clinical classification systems and support reimbursement methodologies
  • Collect, organize and present healthcare statistics
  • Participate and comply in quality assessment and performance issues, and healthcare delivery systems
  • Implement, maintain and demonstrate healthcare compliance, confidentiality, ethical, legal and privacy issues
  • Utilize and protect health information and communication technologies
  • Design, maintain, and utilize health data, storage, security, and retrieval
  • Develop, apply, and participate in human resource management, and financial and physical resources
  • Demonstrate professional behavior through attendance, promptness, and ability to assume appropriate responsibility
Opportunities: 

Graduates with the Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology are qualified for entry level positions as Health Information Technicians. After graduation from the program, the graduate is qualified to take the National Accreditation Examination for Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).  After graduation, credit hours taken in this Associate degree program may be applied to the Allied Health Administration at Fairmont State University.

Program Specific Admission Requirements: 

Admission to the HIT Program at Pierpont Community and Technical College is selective and students are admitted each year prior to the opening of the Fall semester. The number of students admitted to the program is based upon available space in the clinical affiliates.

To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • Meet the general admission requirements at Pierpont Community and Technical College.
  • Have a high school GPA and, if applicable, a college GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • You must have a minimum ACT Math score of 19, or a COMPASS Algebra score of 36 or successful completion of MATH 0081-0086 series and an ACT English score of 18, or a COMPASS English score of 71 or English 0097.
Program Specific Accreditation: 

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
233 N. Michigan Avenue
21st Floor
Chicago, IL  60601-5119
www.cahiim.org

Program Total Credit Hours: 
60 CHs
Support Coursework: 
9 CHs

INFO 1100

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s):  Minimum Verbal/Reading/Writing ACT score of 19, or COMPASS score of 71, or ENGL 0097.
ENGL 1108 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
51 CHs

HLIN 1100

Fundamentals of Health Information
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1101

Fundamentals of Health Information Lab
1
CH(s)

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1110

Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1102

Pathophysiology of Diseases
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2200

Interpretation of Diagnostic Data
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2203

Quality Assessment/Utilization Review
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2205

Classification Systems I - ICD
5
CH(s)

HLIN 2207

Health Information Supervision
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2209

Classification Systems II - CPT
5
CH(s)

HLIN 2995

Health Information Technology Capstone
2
CH(s)
Model Schedule
Fall Semester

HLIN 1100

Fundamentals of Health Information
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1101

Fundamentals of Health Information Lab
1
CH(s)

INFO 1100

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
13 CHs

ENGL 1104 Prerequisites:  Minimum Verbal/Reading/Writing ACT score of 19, or COMPASS score of 71, or ENGL 0097.

Spring Semester

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1110

Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1108 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104

Fall Semester

HLCA 1102

Pathophysiology of Diseases
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2200

Interpretation of Diagnostic Data
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2203

Quality Assessment/Utilization Review
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2205

Classification Systems I - ICD
5
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
17 CHs
Spring Semester

HLIN 2207

Health Information Supervision
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2209

Classification Systems II - CPT
5
CH(s)

HLIN 2995

Health Information Technology Capstone
2
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
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