Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology

About

Our Health Information Technology program is a two-year technical program leading to an Associate Degree, which prepares you to work in hospitals and other health care settings managing health information in paper and electronic format. Health Information Technology combines a profession in health care with information technology. Health Information Technicians maintain, collect, and analyze data crucial to the delivery of quality patient care.

Projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to be one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the United States, Health Information Technology (HIT) is an excellent career choice for the person who is seeking a healthcare profession that combines interest in computer science, business, management, legal procedures and healthcare research. The medical world depends on health information specialists to collect data, interpret it, protect it and to determine how it can be used. The future for health information technicians looks bright. Employment opportunities include hospitals, physician offices, insurance companies, law firms, state and federal health agencies, long term care facilities, hospice agencies, teaching institutions and consulting firms.

Is This Career Right for You?

Are you interested in coding, medical reimbursement and billing, computers, information technology or business administration? Would you like to be part of the world of medicine without providing direct patient care? Would you like the opportunity to work from home? Do you enjoy diversity? Are you well organized and detail oriented? Would you like to make a contribution to the welfare of others? If you answered “yes” to two or more of the above questions, a career in Health Information Technology could be just right for you!

National Certification Exam

During the graduation semester, the student is eligible to take the national certification exam for Health Information Technicians. The RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) credential is awarded to those who pass the exam.

Those interested in HIT may attend an information session with program instructors the first Friday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Nursing/Allied Health Center, unless the date falls on a holiday.

Courses Are Offered At These Locations

Nursing & Allied Health Center

Online
Courses for this program are also offered online

Curriculum

For a complete list of courses, please see our college catalog.

Admission Requirements

  • Application for admission to Hinds Community College.
  • Application for Selection to the Health Information Technology Program.
  • Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, TASC™, or Mississippi Competency-Based High School Equivalency). (For currently enrolled high school students, an updated transcript, validating high school graduation, will be required prior to beginning the program.)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College.
  • ACT composite score of 18 (If taken before October 1989 – 15).
  • Applicant must be eligible to take Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1233 or MAT 1234) and English Composition I (ENG 1113) as determined by the Hinds Community College mandatory Testing and Placement procedure.
  • Keyboarding courses from high school or college or demonstrate keyboarding proficiency.
  • All required courses taken prior to admission must be completed with a “C” or above.
  • Science courses taken prior to admission must have been completed within five years of entering the first HIT class.
  • Computer courses taken prior to admission must have been completed within five years of entering the first HIT class.

Selection Process

  • Preference will be given to applicants who complete the application procedure by April 1st for fall admission.
  • Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes: ACT composite with sub-scores, GPA on HIT program prerequisite courses, and previous military service/certificates/degrees.
  • Applicants selected into the program are required to attend a scheduled orientation session.
  • Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Health Information Technology Program.
  • Admission Selection Score Sheet

Prerequisites to the first Health Information Technology Course:

Completion of the following college courses with a grade of “C” or above:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (BIO 2511, BIO 2513) (Not older than 5 years from the start of HIT program)

The HIT program is a fully online program with the following courses being offered face-to-face or hybrid:

  • Health Record Systems
  • Introduction to Coding
  • Intermediate Coding
  • Advanced Coding
  • Health Statistics

Professional Practice Experience I and II will require students to attend clinical one day per week at scheduled times during the second year of the program.

Program Accreditation

The Associate Degree, Health Information Management Program at Hinds Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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Program Outcomes

2017-2018 Graduates

Program Satisfaction – 100%
Graduation Rate – 88%
Job Placement – 78%

Contact

Michelle McGuffee
RHIA, Chairperson
MLMcGuffee@hindscc.edu
P: 601-376-4823

Marilyn Hughes
RHIA, CCS
MMHughes@hindscc.edu
P: 601-376-4846

Alice Thornton
RHIT, CCS
Alice.Thornton@hindscc.edu
P: 601-376-4844

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