Health Information Technology/Medical Records

Data-driven health care is here, and health information technicians lead the way.

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that demand for health information technicians will increase 21% by 2020, making it one of our nation’s fastest growing professions.

You can play a key role in this growth with a health information technology/medical records associate degree from Monroe Community College. Develop your interests in health care and information technology so you’ll be hired for positions like these:

  • Clinical documentation specialist
  • Electronic health record specialist
  • Health information technician
  • Data integrity specialist
  • Clinical health data analyst
  • Medical coder

Learn Essential H.I.T. Skills and Earn Health Information Technician Certification

Today’s health information professionals are pioneers in health data collection, analysis, monitoring, and reporting. MCC’s health information technology A.A.S. program will prepare you to excel in this interesting and challenging field. You’ll study:

  • Ways that health information technologists help health care professionals and administrators make good decisions
  • How to maintain documentation compliance required by law and insurers
  • Principles of confidentiality and security in today’s e-health environment

In addition, you’ll take essential health care courses such as human anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and clinical coding.

As a graduate, you’ll be eligible to take the certification exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). The door will open wide to many organizations that value health information professionals, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Health clinics
  • Long term care facilities
  • Government agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Financial auditing firms

You’ll also be qualified to pursue advanced health information degrees through the PhD level.

To find out more about the health information technology associate degree from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at admissions@monroecc.edu or (585) 292-2200.


HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY/MEDICAL RECORDS

A.A.S. Degree - Career Program

Department:Health Professions

School(s): Health Sciences & Physical Wellness

CIP Code: 51.0707
MCC Program Code: HI01
NYSED Code (BRI): 01235

Description
The individual holding an associate degree in health information technology is the technical expert in health data collection, analysis, monitoring, maintenance, and reporting activities in accordance with established data quality principles, legal and regulatory standards, and professional best practice guidelines. These functions encompass, among other areas, processing and using health data for coding, billing, compliance, and surveillance purposes. In an e-health environment, this individual performs these functions through the use of various electronic systems.

Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT) are employed in managerial or technical capacities in health information departments of hospitals, health clinics, long term care facilities, and other health care facilities. Opportunities are available in quality improvement programs, hospital associations, industries, governmental agencies, health information systems, insurance companies, financial auditing firms, and consulting.

Admission and continuation in the HIT program is conditional upon completion of the following requirements:

A. A grade of C or better in High School Biology.
B. All college placement test recommendations must be completed prior to full admission to the program.
C. Completion of medical requirements, clearance of existing health problem(s), and ability to meet essential functions (physical and mental demands) of the program.
D. A grade of C or better is required in all BIO and HIM courses, as well as MTH 150 and CRC 120 in order to meet degree requirements.
1. A grade of C or better is required, first time, in HIM 100 and HIM 103 for continued matriculation in the program.
2. A student who fails to achieve a grade of C or better in BIO, other HIM courses, as well as MTH 150 and CRC 120, will be given the opportunity to repeat the course once. This option may be elected for a maximum of two courses. No HIM course may be taken more than twice.
3. Successful completion of each Professional Practice internship is required in order to remain in the program.
Readmission to the program is not automatic. Students seeking readmission to the program should contact the Program Director for Health Information Technology for information. Readmission, if approved, is always on a space available basis.
The program of study must be completed within five years of matriculation.
The student is responsible for arranging transportation to and from the College and local professional practice sites when required.

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the certification examination for the designation of Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), offered by the American Health Information Management Association (233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150, Chicago, IL 60601-5800; phone 312-233-1100; fax 312-233-1090; web site ahima.org.

The Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Informatics and Information Management Education.
The Health Information Technology Program Student Outcome Data comes from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) Annual Program Assessment Report 2015-2016. Monroe Community College student Certification Exam pass Rate for first time test takers taking the examination during the reporting period was 85%. The AHIMA National Mean Pass Rate for first time test takers taking the examination during the same reporting period was 67%.
(Housed in the Health Professions Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Manage healthcare data appropriately in accordance with its intended use.
2) Apply sound principles of confidentiality and security to health information as prescribed by law.
3) Utilize strategies in health information technologies to enable decision making by healthcare professionals.
4) Apply healthcare reimbursement principles in accordance with established requirements in a healthcare environment.
5) Assist healthcare professionals in maintaining documented compliance with health information regulations and standards.
6) Demonstrate leadership skills at strategic, tactical or operational levels.
7) Identify and discuss key medical terms and associated concepts underpinning the health information technology profession.
8) Apply critical thinking skills within the context of the health information profession.
9) Practice behaviors consistent with strong personal branding standards.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
A grade of "C" or better in High School Biology. Program applicants should be proficient using personal computers, internet browsers, and word processing programs. Admission to this program is September only.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 18 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
BIO 134 Human Anatomy and Physiology I3
HIM 100 Introduction to Health Information 3
HIM 103 Health Care Documentation 3
HIM 104 Medical Terminology 3
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics or higher* 3
Total18
SECOND SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
BIO 135 Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
HIM 110 ICD-10 Diagnostic and Procedural Classifications 4
HIM 111 CPT Procedural Coding System 2
HIM 115 Medical Office Pharmacology 1
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
CRC 120 Introduction to Medical Information Processing 3
Total16
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
BIO 235 Pathophysiology3
HIM 204 Health Records in Alternate Care3
HIM 205 Professional Practice Experience I**4
HIM 208 Total Quality Management, Legal and Compliance Issues for the Health
Information Management Practitioner
5
Total15
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
HIM 206 Professional Practice Experience II**4
HIM 209 Management, Supervision & Personal Development in Health Care2
HIM 211 Health Care Reimbursement3
HIM 213 Health Information Systems3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE *** 3
Total15
TOTAL CREDITS64

*For transfer, MTH 160 is recommended.
** Enrollment in HIM 205 and HIM 206 is conditional upon satisfactory completion of the medical requirements and clearance from any existing health problem(s).
*** SPC recommended.
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