Health Information Technology

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in the field of health information management technology. Entry-level Health Information Technicians may be employed in a variety of health care settings. These include hospitals, physician’s offices, long-term care facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, home health agencies, public health departments, insurance companies and software vendors. Enrollment has grown steadily since 2003; increasing by 100% since 2008. The availability of part-time and online enrollment has allowed students to remain in the program while working full-time and/or caring for families. As of 2018: Student satisfaction rate: 100% Retention Rate: 99% Success in obtaining HIM credential: 71% Apply & Register Program Details

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in the field of health information management technology. Entry-level Health Information Technicians may be employed in a variety of health care settings. These include hospitals, physician’s offices, long-term care facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, home health agencies, public health departments, insurance companies and software vendors.

Enrollment has grown steadily since 2003; increasing by 100% since 2008. The availability of part-time and online enrollment has allowed students to remain in the program while working full-time and/or caring for families.

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As of 2018:
Student satisfaction rate: 100%
Retention Rate: 99%
Success in obtaining HIM credential: 71%


Area of Interest:
Health and Wellness
Degree/Certificate:
Associate in Applied Science

This curriculum is currently in the process of being updated. For the up-to-date curriculum, please view our 2020 Academic Program Guide.

Code Course Credits
First Year / First Semester
ENG-101 English Composition I1 3
BIO-117 Basic Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CIS-105 Computer Literacy 3
HIT-101 Introduction to Health Information 3
HIT-120 Medical Terminology 3
    16
Second Semester
ENG-102 English Composition II2 3
BIO-118 Basic Anatomy and Physiology II3 4
HIT-132 Basic Pharmacology4 3
HIT-205 Legal and Ethical Issues in HIT5 2
MTH-111 Introduction to Statistics I 3
...-... Diversity - Social Science General Education Elective or  
...-... Diversity - Humanities General Education Elective 3
    18
Code Course Credits
Second Year / First Semester
HIT-110 Health Informatics6 4
HIT-130 Introduction to Ambultory Coding7 3
HIT-115 Healthcare Reimbursement8 3
HIT-134 Basic Pathophysiology9 3
HIT-140 Diagnostic and Procedural Coding I10 3
HIT-150 Technical Practice11 1
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Second Semester
HIT-202 Statistical Methods for Health Information12 3
HIT-215 Advanced Ambulatory Coding13 3
HIT-235 Organizational Resources, QI and PI14 4
HIT-240 Diagnostic and Procedural Coding II15 4
HIT-220 Professional Practice Experience16 2
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  Total Minimum Credits 67
NOTE: Clinical placements are a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation. Clinical placements may require a criminal background check, health clearance and/or drug testing before participation is allowed. Clinical sites may deny a student’s participation in the event of a positive finding. Individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing body.

1 Must test into ENG-101 or complete all appropriate prerequisites.
2 Prerequisites: ENG-101
3 Prerequisites: BIO-117
4 Prerequisites: HIT-120 and BIO-103 or BIO-117 or BIO-211
5 Prerequisites: HIT-101
6 Prerequisites: ENG-101, HIT-101, and CIS-101 or CSC-101 or CIS-105; or NOL-110 and NOL-120
7 Prerequisites: HIT-101, HIT-120, and BIO-103, or BIO-117 and BIO-118 or BIO-211 and BIO-212
8 Prerequisites: HIT-101, HIT-120, BIO-103, BIO-117 or BIO-211
9 Prerequisites: HIT-120, BIO-103, BIO-117 or BIO-211
10 Prerequisites: HIT-101, HIT-120, and BIO-103, or BIO-117 and BIO-118 or BIO-211 and BIO-212
11 Prerequisites: BIO-117 or BIO-211, ENG-102, HIT-115, HIT-205 and CIS-101 or CSC-101 or CSC-105; Permission of Program Director required prior to registering for this course.
12 Prerequisites: HIT- 110 and MTH-111. This course is only offered in the Spring semester
13 Prerequisites: HIT-130, HIT-132 and HIT-134
14 Prerequisites: HIT-110 and HIT-115. This course is only offered in the Spring semester
15 Prerequisites: HIT-132, HIT-134, and HIT-140
16 Prerequisites: HIT-132, HIT-150, HIT-110, HIT-130, HIT-134 and HIT-140. Permission of Program Director required prior to registering for this course.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Compute, interpret and analyze healthcare statistics.
  2. Gather, interpret, analyze and monitor data used for quality management and performance improvement programs that relate to Health Information Technology and Health Information Management.
  3. Analyze and validate coding and coding data for accuracy and compliance with federal and coding guidelines.

Program Information

This program can be completed online

 

National Certification

Students who have graduated from this accredited program are eligible and encouraged to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam. Students can receive further information on this exam and its requirements from the director or at the national organizational website (www.ahima.org).

Employment Opportunities

HIT professionals enjoy a broad selection of job opportunities and options for professional growth. Based on skills, education and interests, some of the positions available are:

  • Health data analyst
  • Electronic health record specialist
  • Insurance claims analyst
  • Records technician specialist
  • Clinical coding specialist
  • Physician practice manager
  • Patient information coordinator

Contact Person

Linda Mesko, MS, RHIA, Director
(856) 968-1331
email: lmesko@camdencc.edu

Accreditation and Approval

The Health Information Technology Program at Camden County College is accredited by the American Health Information Management Association and the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM can be reached at www.cahiim.org, or at 233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150, Chicago, IL 60601-5800, 312-233-1100.

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Additional information

CIP Code

51.0706

Program Code

HIT.AAS