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.

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 RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician).

 

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Pass rate for first-time test takers, 2017

What Can I Do With This Certificate?

Although most RHITs 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 and Requirements

The following is the admission requirements and selection criteria for the Health Information Technology (A.A.S.) degree program, which integrates medical science, diagnosis and procedure coding systems, computer technology, and health care management.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed program admission application by specified deadline (an application to the specific health program of your choice is available in Academic Advising and must be returned in the Admissions Office).
  • A complete 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 course at another college, with a grade of “C” or above.
  • Keyboarding proficiency of 30 words per minute.
  • 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 asked to complete a criminal background check. Application forms for criminal background checks may be obtained through the Career Programs Subdivision Office, B150, and fees paid to the Cashier’s Office. For information on criminal background application procedures, contact the Career Programs Subdivision Office at (708) 974-5708. Deadline dates for completion of criminal background checks will be announced by Program Coordinators.

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 by March 1 of the year they plan to enroll in the program. The applicant's file must be completed by March 15.
2. Qualified nonresidents who submit an HIT Admission Application by March 1. The application must be completed by March 15.
3. On a space available basis, applicants who do not meet all of the admissions requirements or the deadline may be considered after March 15.

Point System
Students will be admitted to the Health Information Technology Program through a weighted score made up of three factors: cumulative high school or college GPA; number of college credit hours completed; and grades and credit hours in specified course work.
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. Students will select one of the following options on the application form for calculating their college GPA for admission.

Option One
Students may use only their Moraine Valley hours as the college GPA for admission. If students choose this option, they cannot use their other college credit toward the degree requirements or for points towards admission.

Option Two
Students may use their college credit toward the degree requirements and points towards admission. When the GPA is calculated all college credit will be used. These hours may then be used as regular transfer credit.
Ties will be broken based on the total number of college credit hours completed. Current minimum prerequisites and file completion requirements would still be in effect

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

Number of              Points
College Hours  
1-15                               2
16-29                            4
30-45                           6
46-60                           8
60+                              10

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)
Choose one: MTH-109 or MTH-120 or MTH-135 or MTH-139 or higher
or 6 points for ACT math score of 20 or higher
or 6 points for placement at or above MTH-139 on placement Test
Choose: MRT-110, MRT-111, IMS-115

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 4 credit hours = 12 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 = 12 for BIO-115 + 4 for MTH-109 + 6 for MRT-110 = 22 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 Admissions and Records Office during the applicable period stated.

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.

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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