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 assurance programs, hospital associations, industries, governmental agencies, health information systems, insurance companies, financial auditing firms, and consulting.
Program applicants should be comfortable using personal computers and word processing programs.
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, 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, 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 internship 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 (as reported in CAHIM Annual Program Assessment Report 2009-2010), Monroe Community College student Certification Exam Pass Rate for all students taking the examination during their reporting period was 100%. The AHIMA Nation Mean Pass Rate for the same reporting period was 79%.
(Housed in the Health Professions Department)
|Distribution Requirements||Credit Hours|
|FIRST SEMESTER: 18 Credit Hours|
|ENG 101 College Composition OR |
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
|BIO 134 Human Anatomy and Physiology I||3|
|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|
|SECOND SEMESTER: 18 Credit Hours|
|BIO 135 Human Anatomy and Physiology II||3|
|HIM 105 Medical Transcription||3|
|HIM 110 ICD-10 Diagnostic and Procedural Classifications||4|
|HIM 111 CPT Procedural Coding System||2|
|HIM 115 Medial Office Pharmacology||1|
|CRC 120 Introduction to Medical Information Processing||3|
|THIRD SEMESTER: 18 Credit Hours|
|BIO 235 Introduction to Human Disease||3|
|HIM 204 Health Records in Alternate Care||3|
|HIM 205 Professional Practice Experience I**||4|
| HIM 208 Total Quality Management, Legal and Compliance Issues for the Health |
Information Management Practitioner
|FOURTH SEMESTER: 18 Credit Hours|
|HIM 206 Professional Practice Experience II**||4|
|HIM 209 Management Supervision & Personal Development in Health Care||2|
|HIM 211 Health Care Reimbursement||3|
|HIM 213 Health Information Systems||3|
|HUMANITIES ELECTIVE (recommend SPT)||3|
|SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE||3|