Health Information Technology (HIT)
The health information technician (HIT) is a member of the healthcare team who ensures the quality of the medical record by verifying the completeness and accuracy and ensures proper entry into electronic health record systems. This technician uses software applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care and monitoring costs. The HIT is a specialist in coding diagnoses and procedures using the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) utilized for healthcare reimbursement and research.
Most HITs work in hospitals, but they are also found in other settings including physician practices, long-term care, home health agencies, mental health facilities, public health centers and cancer registries. HITs possess many technical skills that assist in the delivery of health care services. This program provides the HIT with a working knowledge of anatomy and physiology, disease processes, informatics, legal and quality management principles, business and computer technology, and practical applications in coding, reimbursement, quality management, health statistics, release of information and data analysis, as well as the ability to utilize software applications that collect, store, process, retrieve and analyze health information.
Estimated annual salary range for Health Sciences graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.
- Benefits Coordinator
- Coding/Claims Specialist
- Insurance Claims Clerk
- Medical Biller
- Apply for admission.
- Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
- Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
In addition to the enrollment process outlined, applicants must achieve a minimum ACCUPLACER reading score of 70. ACT or ACT Compass scores are also acceptable.
The health sciences programs have additional admission requirements including background checks, health records and training requirements. Please review these requirements for program admission.
|BCA:212||Intro to Computer Business Applications||3.0|
|BIO:168||Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/Lab||4.0|
|HIT:320||Heath Records Management||2.0|
|HIT:330||Health Care Delivery Systems||2.0|
|SDV:179||The College Experience||3.0|
|BIO:173||Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab||4.0|
|HIT:120||Pharmacology for HIT||1.0|
|HIT:215||Intro to CPT||2.0|
|HIT:421||Legal Aspects of Health Information||3.0|
|HIT:540||Professional Practice Experience I||1.5|
|MAP:532||Human Body: Health and Disease||3.0|
|HIT:255||Advanced ICD-10-CM/PCS and Classification||4.0|
|HIT:352||Health Information Systems||3.0|
|HUM:108||Cultural Diversity and Identity||3.0|
|HIT:445||Quality Management of Organizational Resources||4.0|
|HIT:452||Health Data Statistics and Analysis||3.0|
|HIT:542||Professional Practice Experience II||2.5|
To graduate from this program, students must complete all required coursework with a "C-" grade or above and earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
This Associate of Applied Science degree program requires a minimum of 15 credits of transfer-level general education electives from Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science. Three of these hours can include SDV:179 The College Experience. If The College Experience course is waived or transfers in for less than three credits, an additional general education elective is required.
The HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Program graduates are eligible to write the certification examination and earn a credential as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) which is offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Ranked 21st for affordable online associate degrees in Health Informatics by AffordableColleges.com.
Program outcomes indicate the following:
- 100% graduate satisfaction rate per the 2018 gradute survey
- 100% employer satisfaction rate per the 2018 employer survey
- 83% RHIT exam passage rate from November 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018
|Total Employed in Field||15|
|Total Eligible for Employment||17|
|Graduate Placement Rate||88%|
|Graduate Satisfaction Rate||100%|
|Employer Satisfaction Rate||100%|
|Time Frame||Exam||Number of First Time Examinees||Number Of Passing Examinees||Student Pass Rate||National Pass Rate|
|11/1/2017 to 10/31/2018||RHIT||18||15||83%||75%|
HIT Program Outcomes
- Apply ethical standards of practice in the delivery and use of health data for medical, legal, and regulatory processes
- Utilize various software systems and information technology that abstract, classify, and process data for the purpose of medical coding, reimbursement, data analysis and research.
- Apply knowledge of health information management functions to support the format and content of the health record.
- Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills for a diverse workforce.
- Apply knowledge of biomedical science, disease processes, pharmacology, and medical terminology as the foundation of understanding health and disease processes.
- Evaluate the financial impact on health care systems through the inappropriate and/or fraudulent use of health care delivery and reimbursement.
- Examine documentation requirements for the health record and how they are utilized in various health care settings.
The Health Information Technology degree currently has transfer agreements in place with the institution(s) listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 800.728.7367, ext. 246
- Location: Peosta
Associate Vice President, Operations
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 800.728.2256, ext. 337
- Location: Calmar