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Health Information Technology

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Health Information Technology

 

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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.

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).

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!

General Information

  • Health Information Technology is a 2 year program leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree
  • During the graduation semester, the student is eligible to take the national accreditation exam for Health Information Technicians
  • The RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) credential is awarded to those who pass the exam.
  • The HIT program is offered as an online program with some courses having a face-to-face or hybrid option.
  • 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. 

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Admission Requirements

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College.
  2. Application for Selection to the Health Information Technology Program.
  3. 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.)
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College.
  5. ACT composite score of 18 (If taken before October 1989 - 15).
  6. 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.
  7. Keyboarding courses from high school or college or demonstrate keyboarding proficiency.
  8. All required courses taken prior to admission must be completed with a “C” or above.
  9. Science courses taken prior to admission must have been completed within five years of entering the first HIT class.
  10. Computer courses taken prior to admission must have been completed within five years of entering the first HIT class.

Process for Selection

  1. Preference will be given to applicants who complete the application procedure by April 1st for fall admission.
  2. 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.
  3. Applicants selected into the program are required to attend a scheduled orientation session.
  4. Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Health Information Technology Program.
  5. 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:

  1. Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (BIO 2511, BIO 2513) (Not older than 5 years from 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.

First Friday - Information Session

Information sessions are held at the Nursing/Allied Health Center on the first Friday of each month at 1 p.m., except holidays. These sessions will provide you with an opportunity to talk with faculty, counselors, and financial aid representatives and to tour school labs.

Additional Information

HIT Program Outcomes

  • 2017 RHIT Exam Pass Rate: 85% of the 2017 graduates passed the RHIT Exam on the first attempt as compared to the National Mean pass rate of 70%.
  • 2017 Employer Satisfaction Rate: 100%
  • 2017 Graduate Satisfaction Rate: 100%

For additional information, use this link for the most recent 3 years of program outcomes data:
HIT Program Effectiveness Outcomes (previous 3 years)

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