Health Information Technology

DEGREE LEVELS


Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
The Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality and Business

Health Information Technology (HIT) is a combination of health care and information technology. The Health Information Technology Program prepares students in the methods of collecting, organizing, analyzing and protecting traditional and electronic medical information essential to providing quality patient care.  Health Information Technicians compile statistics for health information indices, disease registries, and research studies, review clinical documentation to assign codes to diseases and procedures, use storage and retrieval systems to manage the release of patient health information and retrieve health data. In addition, students will obtain the necessary technological skills required to perform the daily activities in the management of health information.

Potential Work Sites

With their training and knowledge of information management, the electronic health record (EHR) and healthcare delivery systems, health information management professionals are able to work in a variety of healthcare settings, which include:

  • Hospitals, physician offices, nursing homes, home health agencies, and ambulatory care clinics, etc.
  • Insurance companies and HMOs
  • Research and government agencies
  • Accounting, legal and consulting firms

There are numerous job titles and career paths available in this field, which affords the health information management professional with many options and opportunities for growth.  For more information about careers in health information, please visit  www.ahima.org and www.hicareers.com


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Student Learning Outcomes



Professional Practice Experiences (Internships)

Students build competencies in two Professional Practice Experiences offered during their course of study. Through these practice internships, students will obtain “hands-on” experience in actual health care settings. These non-paid, internships are completed during regular business hours. Transportation to and from the practice site is the responsibility of the student.


Accreditation

cahiim-accredited-programThe Associate degree, Health Information Technology Program at Trocaire College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

CAHIIM
233 N. Michigan Avenue
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60601-5800


Certification

Graduates may apply to write the national certification examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Upon passing this exam, the individual earns the credential of Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Students may also apply to write coding certification exams offered by AHIMA’s and the American Academy of Professional Coders.


 

PROGRAM STATISTICS

15%

In the next ten years, the health information technician field is projected to grow 15 percent.

 

$43,680

The average wage in New York for health information technicians is $43,680.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

  1. High School diploma (minimum 80% average) or GED diploma with a minimum score of 2625
  2. High School or College Biology with a lab – minimum grade of “C” (75%)
  3. 2.0 semester average with minimum grades of “C” in laboratory sciences for current and transfer students

Minimum Degree Requirements:

  1. A total of at least 74 semester hours with a Quality Point Average of 2.0
  2. General Education Requirements:
    • Humanities (Literature Elective: 3 credits)
    • Basic Communication (EN101)
    • Mathematics (MA111)*
    • Natural Science* (BIO130/130L, BIO131/131L, BIO140, BIO233)*
    • Philosophy (PH103, PH205)
    • Social Science (6 credits)
    • College Seminar (GS100) or College Success (GS102)*
  3. Program Requirements:*

HIT101, HIT103, HIT104, HIT200, HIT202, HIT204, HIT208, HIT209, HIT216, HIT220, HIT222, HIT225

  1. Other Requirements:*

BU132, MB119, MB265

* A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required.

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
    3
  • Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
    1
  • College Seminar*
    1
    OR
    College Success*
    3
  • Introduction to Health Information Systems
    4
  • Medical Terminology
    3
  • Information Technology I
    3
  • English Composition
    3

Semester 1

18 /20

  • Anatomy and Physiology II
    3
  • Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
    1
  • Health Statistics
    3
  • Legal Aspects of Health Information
    3
  • College Algebra and Statistics with Business Applications
    3
  • Introduction to Philosophy
    3
  • Social Science Elective
    3

Semester 2

19

  • Introduction to Pharmacology
    3
  • Health Information Systems
    3
  • Inpatient Coding Systems
    4
  • Quality Assurance and Improvement
    2
  • Clinical Practicum I
    2
  • Insurance & Reimbursement Processing
    2
  • English Literature
    3

Semester 3

19

  • Pathophysiology
    3
  • Clinical Practicum II
    2
  • Ambulatory Care Coding
    3
  • Management Principles for Health Information
    2
  • Survey of Healthcare Delivery
    1
  • Health Information Seminar
    1
  • Ethics in Health Care
    3
  • Social Science Elective
    3

Semester 4

18