The health information technology program prepares you for a career that places you right where the expanding arena of health care meets the cutting edge of technology. Health information technicians ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems. They also may use computer applications to analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs.

Registered Health Information Technicians (RHITs) often specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research. Health Information Technology is a two-year associate's degree program that integrates medical science, ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT and HCPCS Level II coding systems, computer technology, and health care management. Upon completion of the HIT Program, graduates will be eligible to write the national registration exam given by the American Health Information Management Association. Successfully completing this exam allows the graduate to earn the credential Registered Health Information Technician.

 

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What Can I Do With A Health Information Technology A.A.S. Degree?

Although most Health Information Technologists work in hospitals, you also will find them in a variety of other health care settings including office-based physician practices, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. In fact, employment opportunities exist for RHITs in any organization that uses patient data or health information, such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors. Possible employment includes: 

  • Clinical Coding Specialists
  • Physician Practice Managers
  • Long-Term Care Consultants
  • Tumor Registrars
  • Trauma Registrars
  • Privacy Officer
  • Compliance Officer
  • Health Information Department Supervisor
  • Performance Improvement Coordinators
  • Reimbursement Specialist

Job Outlook

Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Admission Requirements

The following is the admission requirements and selection criteria for the Health Information Technology (A.A.S.) degree program

Admission Requirements

  • A completed program admission application by specified deadline  and returned to Records Office (S111).
  • An official high school transcript showing date of graduation or a high school equivalency certificate.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended.
  • Academic placement results documenting required level of placement as defined by each program.
  • Proof of permanent residency or U.S. citizenship must be submitted at the time of application.
  • One year of high school biology with lab, or one semester of college biology with lab, with a grade of “C” or above.
  • One year of high school algebra. Moraine Valley course MTH-095 or above, or an equivalent a college level course at another college, with a grade of “D” or above.
  • A minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 based on a four-point system.

Background Check

In order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements, students are a required to complete a criminal background check one semester prior to their first clinical rotation via the college’s background check program 

Selection Criteria

Applicants for the program will be considered in the following order:

  1. Qualified residents of the district and residents of districts engaged in cooperative agreements who submit an HIT Admission Application and all supporting documents by March 1 of the year they plan to enroll in the program. .
    2. Qualified nonresidents who submit an HIT Admission Application by March 1. The application must be completed by March 1
    3. On a space available basis, applicants who do not meet all of the admissions requirements or the deadline may be considered after March 1

Point System
Students will be admitted to the Health Information Technology Program through a weighted score made up of three factors: college GPA, grades; and credit hours in specified course work.

Cumulative high school GPA will be considered if no college credit has been attained. 
Points for various criteria will be given according to the chart below. Students will also be required to meet the current minimum standards for admission.
Students will be required to list, on the HIT Admission Application, all colleges attended.

Ties will be broken initially based on the GPA. Secondarily, the tie breaker will the date and time stamp of the HIT application.

Weighted Factors          

Factor                          Max. Points
GPA                                 15
College Hours               10
Success Courses           63
Total                               88

GPA                            Points
2.5-2.75                         5
2.751-3.0                       7
3.01-3.25                       9
3.251-3.5                       11
3.51-3.75                       13
3.751-4.0                      15

Success Courses

(The BIO, MTH and MRT-110 must have been completed no longer than 5 years prior to the program admission deadline.)
Choose one: BIO-115 or BIO-180 (and BIO-181 with maximum credits of 5)
Choose one: MRT-110, MRT-111, IMS-115

Choose one: MTH-109 or MTH-120 or MTH-139 or higher
or 6 points for ACT* math score of 20 or higher or 6 points for SAT* math score of 520 or higher or 6 points for placement at or above MTH-139 on placement Test.

* Please note that ACT and/or SAT scores are only valid for 18 months following the test date.

Success Course Weighting
A = 3 points X Credit hours
B = 2 points X Credit hours
C = 1 points X Credit hours
All other grades = No points

Example:
• Student has BIO-115 with an A— 3 points X  5 credit hours = 15 points
• Student has MTH-109 with a B—2 points X 2 credit hours = 4 points
• Student has MRT-110 with a B— 2 points X 3 credit hours = 6 points
Total points for success courses =  15 for BIO-115 + 4 for MTH-109 + 6 for MRT-110 = 25 Points

Re-application

Applicants not selected for one starting class are individually responsible for reactivating and updating their application file for subsequent starting classes. Re-applicants must complete a new Health Information Technology Admission Application and submit it to the Records Office (S111) during the applicable period stated.

Graduation Requirements

  1.  Students must earn a grade of C or better in each required career course (theory and clinical)
  2. Any career course over 4 years old, must be repeated
  3. Students must complete program within 4 years of receiving credit in MRT 111 (formal beginning of HIT program)

Certification Exams

After graduation from the Health Information Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree Program, students are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam given by the American Health Information Management Association.

In addition, the student will be awarded a Medical Billing Certificate and a Coding Specialist Certificate. 

Accreditation

The Health Information Technology curriculum meets the basic requirements prescribed by the American Health Information Management Association. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Career Connections Program

This program qualifies for up to $8,000 in tuition assistance.

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Health Information TechnologyA.A.S.1244Health Sciences

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