Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Cunningham, Amy

Coordinator of Health Information Technology
Professor of Health Information Technology
304-367-4764
116K Advanced Technology Center
500 Galliher Drive, Fairmont
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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
Academic Year Retention Rate(Students in program beginning second year of study) AHIMA Certification Rates Graduates working in field or continuing education within 6 months
2019-20 82% 50% 80%

 

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).
 

During a Graduate Survey in 2016: 100% of graduates were employed in the field.
 

Program Specific Admission Requirements: 

Admission into the Health Information Technology, A.A.S. program is based upon the following criteria:

 
1. Apply to Pierpont Community and Technical College for the term you want to begin the program and meet the general admission requirements or be a current student

       a.First-time students should select "Health Sciences: Health Information Technology" as their educational goal on their application.

       b.Current students will need to complete a Change of Major form and select "Health Information Technology (AAS)" as their requested major.
 
Qualified students are accepted until capacity is met.
 
*Students can begin the program in the fall semester.

Support Coursework:

ENGL 1104, 1108

OFAD 1150

MTH 1210

HLCA 1170

HLCA 1171

HLCA 1100

If you are a new student, please select Health Information Technology when applying to the College.  If you are a current student, please speak with your advisor about changing your major.

Career Information

Working as a Health Information Technician

Professionals holding the RHIT credential are health information technicians who:

  • Ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems.
  • Use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs.
  • Often specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research.
  • An additional role for RHITs is cancer registrars – compiling and maintaining data on cancer patients.

 A Variety of Settings

 Although most RHITs work in hospitals, they also are found in other healthcare settings including office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. In fact, RHITs may be employed in any organization that uses patient data or health information, such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors.

Additional Resources

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Clinical Requirements

Required by Clinical Agencies

Health and background requirements are controlled by clinical agencies. Applants must be cleared by clinical agencies several weeks prior to attending clinical. Therefore, most of these requirements must be completed prior to the third semester. Others must be renewed after program admission. Clinical agencies may require that background and drug screening be repeated at any time after program admission. Clinical facilities may require criminal background checks, drug screenings, credit checks, and/or proof of US citizenship prior to or during participation in the clinical portion of a program. Any expenses associated with these requirements are the responsibility of the student. Pending the outcome, clinical facilities may deny a student the opportunity to complete the clinical portion of a program. A student who is unable to complete the clinical portion of a program will not be able to graduate.

  • Immunizations
    • TdaP or Td
    • MMR x 2
    • Hepatitis B vaccine series (3) or positive titer
    • Varicella vaccine series (2) or positive titer
    • Influenza vaccine
  • Other
    • History of 2-step PPD skin test, annual PPDs or current 2-step PPD, Chest x-ray if:
      • Positive PPD
      • Positive Hepatitis B titer with history of vaccine series if dates of shots are unavailable
      • Positive varicella titer with history of chicken pox
      • Positive Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) titer
  • Drug Screen and Background Screen
  • Physical Examination form

 

HIT Policies

Progression Policy

  • Students may have to have a criminal background clearance check, meet health and immunization requirements, and drug testing.
  • Students must be able to meet the essential functions of the program and classes, with or without accommodations.
  • Students will need to provide their own transportation to assigned clinical sites.
     
Students must complete each course in the Health Information Technology model schedule with a grade of "C" or higher and maintain an overall 2.0 GPA to remain in the program.  Students who receive a "D" or "F" in a course must repeat the course before continuing in the program's course sequence.  If students receive two such grades in the same course, they will be removed from the program.   

 

Essential Functions

Program Costs

HIT Prior Learning Experience Portfolio

Credit For Creditentials 

 

Articulation Agreements

In an effort to encourage more students to get their four-year degrees, Pierpont’s Health Information Technology program has articulation agreements with several four-year institutions.  The goal of the agreements is to make the transition from community colleges to four-year colleges easier and smoother.  These agreements promote and formalize an articulation in which students from Pierpont’s HIT Program can earn their Associate of Applied Science (AAS), and then move on and transition into an online Baccalaureate Degree.

Currently, we have five (5) four-year institution agreements:

IUPUI

St. Joseph's College of Maine

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

University of Chicago

University of Cincinnati

Program Specific Accreditation: 

The Health Information Technology Program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

The Health Information Technology accreditor of Pierpont Community & Technical College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College's accreditation for Associate Degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2028-2029. All inquiries about the program's accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

 200 East Randolph Street,
Suite 5100
Chicago, IL  60601.

(312) 233-1100
www.cahiim.org

Notice to Students: 

To remain in and graduate from the HIT program, a student must earn a “C” grade or above in every required class in the HIT curriculum and maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0. Any classes accepted as substitutes for curricular classes also require a grade of “C” or above. Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in dismissal from the program. Students who have been dismissed may reapply to the program and their credentials will be reevaluated.

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

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

MTH 1210

Statistics
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1171

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
1
CH(s)

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s):  18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing  Skills Set  of ASSET; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.
ENGL 1108 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
44 CHs

HLCA 1100

Medical Terminology
3
CH(s)

BIOY 1115

Pathophysiology of Diseases
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1100

Fundamentals of Health Information
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1105

Computers in Health Care
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1109

Health Care Statistics
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1110

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

HLIN 2202

Reimbursement Systems
2
CH(s)

HLIN 2203

Quality Assessment/Utilization Review
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2204

Pharmacology
2
CH(s)

HLIN 2205

Classification Systems I - ICD
5
CH(s)

HLIN 2206

Clinical Practicum I
2
CH(s)

HLIN 2207

Health Information Supervision
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2208

Clinical Practicum II
2
CH(s)

HLIN 2209

Classification Systems II - CPT
5
CH(s)

HLIN 2995

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

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

HLCA 1100

Medical Terminology
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1100

Fundamentals of Health Information
3
CH(s)

MTH 1210

Statistics
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

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

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s):  18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing  Skills Set  of ASSET; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.

Spring Semester

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1171

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
1
CH(s)

HLIN 1105

Computers in Health Care
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1109

Health Care Statistics
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1110

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

ENGL 1108 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104

Fall Semester

BIOY 1115

Pathophysiology of Diseases
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2203

Quality Assessment/Utilization Review
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2204

Pharmacology
2
CH(s)

HLIN 2205

Classification Systems I - ICD
5
CH(s)

HLIN 2206

Clinical Practicum I
2
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Spring Semester

HLIN 2202

Reimbursement Systems
2
CH(s)

HLIN 2207

Health Information Supervision
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2208

Clinical Practicum II
2
CH(s)

HLIN 2209

Classification Systems II - CPT
5
CH(s)

HLIN 2995

Health Information Technology Capstone
2
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
14 CHs
Program Documents: 

If needed, a paper version of the application is available by request.  To request a paper application please call or email Student Services at 304-333-3684 or StudentServices@pierpont.edu

HIT Student Handbook

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