Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology

(1.5 to 2 Years)

One Intermediate Technical Certificate, one Associate of Applied Science Degree, one Bachelor of Applied Science Degree, and one Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree are available.  

Objectives

This program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Maintain components of health information systems consistent with the medical, legal, accreditation and regulatory requirements of the health care delivery system.
  2. Maintain, compile and report health information data for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment and research; abstract and code clinical data using appropriate classification systems.
  3. Analyze health records according to federal, state, and accrediting body standards.

The HIT graduate may be employed in any organization that uses patient data or health information. 

Career Opportunities:

  • Hospitals
  • Office-based physician practices
  • Same Day Surgery Centers
  • Health Information Software vendors
  • Law and Insurance Firms
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health agencies
  • Mental health facilities
  • Public health agencies

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in conjunction with the American Health Information Management Association’s Council on Accreditation. Graduates of the programs are eligible to write the national certification exam for the Registered Health Information ­Technician (RHIT). 

                                                                                     

This program is a Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society( HIMSS) Academic Organizational Affiliate  

                                                                       

Program Detail

  • AAS degree accepts students in August for full cohort group and by exception in January.
  • ITC Medical Coding accepts students in January for full cohort group and by exception in August.
  • Practicum/externship placements may require working outside of the local area during completion of 180 practicum hours during the last semester for AAS.
  • Practicum/externship placements for Medical Coding Certificate require completion of practicum hours during last semester of coding certificate.
  • AAS and Medical Coding Certificate students must pass background check.

General Education requirements must be completed with a “C” or higher.  All other courses in the program must be completed with a ‘C’ or higher. If a student fails to meet the grade requirements, they will be dismissed from the HIT program or Medical Coding Certificate Program. Students who are dismissed may petition to return the following year, however, re-entry is not guaranteed but dependent on the approval of the petition and availability of a seat in that year's cohort of students.

For a Program Information Packet showing descriptions of each option, course descriptions, lists of course sequences, and the cost of books, tools, uniforms, fees, and other expenses, go online to http://www2.isu.edu/ctech/healthinfo/.

This program requires students to achieve certain grades in order to advance each semester. Specific information is available in the program’s student handbook.

http://www2.isu.edu/ctech/handbooks/Health-Information.pdf

Intermediate Technical Certificate: Medical Coding

(1.5 Years)

Required Courses:

HO 0106Medical Terminology2
HO 0107Medical Law and Ethics3
HO 0111Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology4
HO 0208Introduction to Pathology3
HO 0209Principles of Drugs and Their Uses3
HIT 0202Health Information I4
HIT 0205ICD 10 CM Coding3
HIT 0206ICD 10 PCS Coding3
HIT 0209CPT Coding3
HIT 0213Advanced Coding and Reimbursement4
HIT 0215Introduction to Reimbursement2
HIT 0240Medical Coding Practicum4
Total Hours38

Associate of Applied Science Degree: Health Information Technology

(2 Years)

Required Courses:

All required courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

HO 0106Medical Terminology2
HO 0107Medical Law and Ethics3
HO 0111Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology4
OR
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
and Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
HO 0208Introduction to Pathology3
or BIOL 3305 Introduction to Pathobiology
HO 0209Principles of Drugs and Their Uses3
HIT 0201Supervised Professional Practice I2
HIT 0202Health Information I4
HIT 0203Health Statistics and Quality Improvement3
HIT 0204Health Information II4
HIT 0205ICD 10 CM Coding3
HIT 0206ICD 10 PCS Coding3
HIT 0207Supervised Professional Practice II4
HIT 0209CPT Coding3
HIT 0213Advanced Coding and Reimbursement4
HIT 0215Introduction to Reimbursement2
HIT 0220Informatics Technology I3
HIT 0224Informatics Technology II3
General Education courses 1
ENGL 1101English Composition 23
or ENGL 1101P English Composition Plus
MATH 1123Mathematics in Modern Society 23
or MATH 1153 Introduction to Statistics
BIOL 1101
1101L
Biology I
and Biology I Lab 2
4
PSYC 1101Introduction to General Psychology 23
Additional General Education courses3
Total Hours69
1

See General Education Requirements (minimum 15 credits) for A.A.S. Degree at the start of the College of Technology section of the catalog.

2

Contributes to a General Education requirement.

Intermediate Technical Certificate in Medical Coding

Required Coursework:

SpringHours
HO 01062
HO 01073
HO 01114
HO 02093
HIT 02152
 14
Total Hours: 14
FallHours
HO 02083
HIT 02053
HIT 02063
HIT 02093
 12
Total Hours: 12
SpringHours
HIT 02024
HIT 02134
HIT 02404
 12
Total Hours: 12

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Courses

HIT 0201 Supervised Professional Practice I: 2 semester hours.

Directed clinical practice in various health information sites under the preceptorship of a practicing professional for 8 hours per week for eight weeks. F, S

HIT 0202 Health Information I: 4 semester hours.

Introduction to the roles and responsibilities of the health information field. Study of the origin, use, content, format, record retention, numbering and filing systems of health information records. Study of computer applications found in health information. Accreditation and licensing standards along with state and federal laws pertaining to health information. F, S

HIT 0203 Health Statistics and Quality Improvement: 3 semester hours.

The collection, calculation and presentation of routine health data in conjunction with the assessment, monitoring, evaluation and improvement of health care. PREREQ: MATH 1123, HIT 0201, and HIT 0202. F, S

HIT 0204 Health Information II: 4 semester hours.

Theory, practice and skills in managing health information and personnel. F, S

HIT 0205 ICD 10 CM Coding: 3 semester hours.

Principles and application of diagnosis coding for statistical and reimbursement purposes utilizing International Classification of Disease-Clinically Modified. PREREQ: HO 0106, BIOL 1101, BIOL 1101L; and HO 0111 or BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3302. F, S

HIT 0206 ICD 10 PCS Coding: 3 semester hours.

Principles and application of procedural coding for statistical and reimbursement purposes utilizing International Classification of Disease Procedure Classification System. PREREQ: HO 0106, BIOL 1101, BIOL 1101L; and HO 0111 or BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3302. F, S

HIT 0207 Supervised Professional Practice II: 4 semester hours.

Directed clinical practice in a health information department under the preceptorship of a practicing professional for 24 hours per week for eight weeks. COREQ: HIT 0203, HIT 0204, and HIT 0213. PREREQ: HIT 0201, HIT 0202, HIT 0205, HIT 0206 and HIT 0209. F, S

HIT 0209 CPT Coding: 3 semester hours.

Principles and application of coding for statistical and reimbursement purposes utilizing Physicians' Current Procedural Terminology in conjunction with documentation standards. PREREQ: HO 0106, BIOL 1101, BIOL 1101L; and HO 0111 or BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3302. F, S

HIT 0213 Advanced Coding and Reimbursement: 4 semester hours.

Practical application of ICD and CPT coding utilizing software and actual patient records. Application of coded data in payment and reimbursement systems, including the basic instructions for filing various types of health care claims and accounts receivable. Students will use medical software to perform competency-based simulations. PREREQ: HIT 0205, HIT 0206, and HIT 0209. F, S

HIT 0214 Coding Practicum: 4 semester hours.

Directed clinical coding practice in a clinical coding environment under the preceptorship of a practicing professional. PREREQ: HIT 0205, HIT 0206, HIT 0213. F, S

HIT 0215 Introduction to Reimbursement: 2 semester hours.

Introduction to processing health insurance claims through medical insurance, payer requirements, state and federal regulations, abstracting of source documents, accurate completion of claims, and coding of diagnoses and procedures/services. Utilizes national diagnosis and procedure coding systems and claims processing software. PREREQ: HIT 0202. F, S

HIT 0220 Informatics Technology I: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to information systems and their importance in the health care industry. Emphasis on information technology, information system characteristics and use. The study of processes supported in health informatics and information to include the electronic health record and the management of information and information systems in the inpatient and outpatient health care settings. F, S

HIT 0224 Informatics Technology II: 3 semester hours.

Data analysis and decision support for health informatics. Database concepts, project management, network concepts, system analysis and design. Content of health records, health informatics and information standards as per regulatory agencies and accreditation. PREREQ: HIT 0220. F, S

HIT 0240 Medical Coding Practicum: 4 semester hours.

Directed clinical coding and reimbursement practice under the preceptorship of a practicing professional for 40 hours a week for four weeks; also includes the successful completion of HIT/HIM projects as assigned. PREREQ: HO 0106, HO 0107, HO 0208, HO 0209, HO 0111, HIT 0202, HIT 0205, HIT 0206, HIT 0209, HIT 0215. PRE-OR-COREQ: HIT 0213. F, S

HIT 0296 Independent Study: 1-8 semester hours.

Addresses specific learning needs of individuals for the enhancement of knowledge and skills within the program area under the guidance of an instructor. May be repeated. Graded S/U, or may be letter-graded. PREREQ: Permission of the instructor. D

HIT 0298 Special Topics: 1-8 semester hours.

Addresses the specific needs of industry, enabling students to upgrade technical skills that are not included in the current program curriculum. May be repeated. Graded S/U, or may be letter-graded. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D

HIT 0299 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times with the same title and content.

Faculty

Program Coordinator/Master Instructor

G. Young

Clinical Coordinator/Advanced Instructor

Lowry

Instructor

Doan

R. Ward

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