Health Information Technology (HIT)

Health Information Technology Instructor Michele Grant stands above a Health Information Technology student and assists her while she works at a computer.

Health Information Technology (HIT)

Subject Area: Health Sciences

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 68

Location: Calmar, Peosta, Online

Entry: Fall

Contact email: grantm@nicc.edu

Description

The health information technician (HIT, also known as medical records technical coder), 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 computer 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 (medical record technicians) 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.

The Northeast Iowa Community College 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).

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACCUPLACER® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.

In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, current physical and immunization records are required prior to the start of professional practice experience. You will also be required to complete a criminal background and abuse registry check. All students enrolled in the HIT program may be required to complete a drug screen prior to placement in a Professional Practice Experience (PPE) with a PPE affiliated site. Random drug screens may also be conducted on students while enrolled in the program.

Note: A positive report on the criminal, dependent adult abuse, child abuse background screening or drug screen may prevent you from being accepted for PPE and completion of the program. All screening costs are the responsibility of the student.

Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
CourseTitleCredits
BIO:165 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3.0
HIT:140 Medical Terminology 4.0
HIT:320 Heath Records Management 2.0
HIT:330 Health Care Delivery Systems 2.0
MTR:109 Introduction to Medical Transcription 2.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0

 

Term 2
CourseTitleCredits
BIO:170 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3.0
HIT:120 Pharmacology for HIT 1.0
HIT:165 Principles of Diseases 4.0
HIT:215 Intro to CPT 2.0
HIT:233 ICD-10 Coding 4.0
HIT:421 Legal Aspects of Health Information 3.0
HIT:540 Professional Practice Experience I 1.5

 

Term 3
CourseTitleCredits
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
ENG:105 Composition I OR 3.0
COM:723 Workplace Communications 3.0

 

Term 4
CourseTitleCredits
HIT:255 Advanced ICD-10-CM/PCS and Classification 4.0
HIT:280 CPT-4 Coding 3.0
HIT:292 Reimbursement Methodologies 2.0
HIT:352 Health Information Systems 3.0
* Social Science Elective 3.0

 

Term 5
CourseTitleCredits
HIT:340 Comparative Records 2.0
HIT:445 Quality Management of Organizational Resources 4.0
HIT:450 Health Statistics 2.0
HIT:542 Professional Practice Experience II 2.5
HIT:946 Seminar 2.0

*Electives

Social Science Electives: PSY:111, PSY:112, SOC:110

Note: Students enrolled in health occupations programs must pass all required course work with a minimum of a C- grade. However, a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (C grade average) is required to graduate from the program and the College.

 

Employment Information

With an average annual income of $22,963 - $44,865 and a projected growth of 13.5%, the career outlook for Health Information Technology (HIT) graduates is growing.

Source: Institutional Effectiveness

Employers of NICC Alumni

Buchanan County Health Center, Independence, IA
Central Community Hospital, Elkader, IA
Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo, IA
Covenant Medical, Waterloo, IA
Cresco Clinic, Cresco, IA
Crescent Community Health Center, Dubuque, IA
Good Samaritan Society, West Union, IA
Gunderson Health, Decorah, IA
Logistics Health Inc., La Crosse, WI
Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames, IA
Medical Associates, Dubuque, IA
Medline Industries, Dubuque, IA
McKesson, Dubuque, IA
Medical Associates, Dubuque, IA
Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA
Mercy Medical Center/Cardiology Clinic, Cedar Rapids, IA
Midwest Group Benefits, Decorah, IA
Midwest Medical Center, Galena IL
Mt. Vista Women's Center, Eaglewood, CO
Palmar Lutheran Health Care, West Union, IA
Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital, Prairie du Chien, WI
Regional Medical Center, Manchester, IA
Sanford Health, Fargo, ND
Sedgwick CMS, Dubuque, IA
SKIFF Medical Center, Newton, IA
St. Francis Medical Center, La Crosse, WI
Sunflower Child Development Center, Deocrah, IA
Unity Point Health Systems, Dubuque, IA
Waverly Healthcare, Waverly, IA
Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah, IA

Sample Job Titles

Benefits Coordinator
Clinical Data Analyst
Coder
Coding/Claims Specialist
Collections Clerk
Content Analyst
Customer Service Representative: Medical Billing
Documentation and Coding
EHR Implementation Specialist
Family Medical Leave Claims
Health Information Technician
Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk
HIM Revenue Cycle Auditor
Inpatient Coder
Insurance Claims Clerk
Medical Biller
Medical Coder Specialist
Medical Office Administrator
Patient Care Coordinator
Patient Registrar
Quality Improvement Analyst
Transcriptionist

Additional Information

Program Metrics

2013-2014 HIT Program Metrics
Graduate Placement Rate 94.4%
Graduate Satisfaction Rate 100%
Employer Satisfcation Rate 100%

 

NICC RHIT Exam Pass Rate
April 1, 2014 - June 30, 2014 100%

 

National RHIT Exam Pass Rate
First Time Testers 10/1/2013 - 9/30/2014 83%
Repeat Testers 10/1/2013 - 9/30/2014 67%

Accreditation

CAHIIM LogoThe program at NICC is an accredited program by CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for health informatics and Information Management Education). The program is offered in the classroom or online at the Peosta and Calmar campuses. Students completing the program will receive an associate of applied science degree and are able to write for their national certification examination. Students in the program join the Iowa Health Information Management Association which is affiliated with American Health Information Management Association.

HIT Handbook 2014-2015

Contacts

Todd Ecklund
Dean of Business and Computer Science
800.728.7367, ext. 208
ecklundt@nicc.edu

Michele Grant, RHIT
Assistant Program Director
Health Information Technology Instructor
800.728.7367, ext. 246
grantm@nicc.edu

Jennifer Olson, RHIT
Health Information Technology Instructor
800.728.7367, ext. 278
olsonje@nicc.edu

Amanda Stortz, RHIT
Health Information Technology Instructor
800.728.2256, ext. 345
stortza@nicc.edu

Rhonda Seibert, MS, RHIA
Calmar Campus Provost
HIT Program Director
800.728.2256, ext. 337
seibertr@nicc.edu