Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology

Health information technicians are the professionals responsible for maintaining components of health information systems in a manner consistent with the medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accreditation and regulatory requirements of the health care delivery system. The health information technician may be responsible for functional supervision of the various components of the health information system.

Mission

The Health Information Technology Program implemented an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology whose graduates will successfully pass the national RHIT (Registered Health Information Technology) accreditation exam. The Health Information Technology Program prepares its students for a career in health information technology in entry-level positions, in all types of health care environments

What You’ll Learn
In all types of facilities, and in various locations within a facility, the technician possesses the technical knowledge and skills necessary to process, maintain, compile and report data for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, quality assessment, and research; to abstract and code clinical data using appropriate classification systems; and to analyze health records according to standards. See the current advising sheet for more details. 

Credits Required:  62 hours

Credential Earned:  Associate of Applied Science

Career Settings
Health information technicians work in a wide variety of settings including acute, ambulatory, and long-term care facilities, state and local health departments, insurance companies, rehabilitation centers, and physician’s offices.

Potential Employers

  • Cabell-Huntington Hospital
  • King's Daughters' Medical Center
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center

Program Outcomes*

  • 85% of students admitted to the program graduated
  • 80% of graduates are employed in the field or pursuing further degrees

*Outcomes based on 2015-2016 academic year.

-The program must provide a plan for faculty that establishes or assesses the knowledge, skills, qualifications, and experience pertinent to the professional curriculum content that they are required to teach.
-The HIM curriculum will include the required knowledge clusters with content and experiences to enable students to meet current entry-level competencies

-The program must provide assurance that the educational needs of students are met and that graduates demonstrate at least the AHIMA entry-level curriculum competencies.
-The HIM program will demonstrate responsiveness to the needs of communities of interest by providing CE opportunities for HIM professionals.
-The HIM program advisory committee will meet at least semi-annually.The committee responsibilities include assisting program faculty and MCTC personnel with the development and revision of program goals and curriculum, monitoring program needs and expectations and ensuring program responsiveness to change.