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Average Length of Program:

   103 credits, 6 quarters
NOTE: For students entering the program fall 2012, the curriculum has been revised. The following courses and requirements have been added:
Prerequisites: Keyboarding at 30 WPM or BT 101
Program Courses: BIOL& 160 has been added to the curriculum instead of remaining a prerequisite, BIOL& 241 will replace HED 108, BIOL& 242 will replace HED 109


Completion Award:

   A.A.S. degree

Health information has gone high tech! Using skills from science-based courses like anatomy, physiology, disease process and computer applications, the health information technologist (HIT) assists in the documentation of patient care, and provides clinical information for research as a basis for planning and continuity of care. Health information professionals work in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, group practice clinics, mental health facilities and health insurance agencies.

CAHIIM ACCREDITED PROGRAM

The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (www.cahiim.org). Upon graduation with a degree, the student is eligible to apply to write the national qualifying examination of the American Health Information Management Association (www.ahima.org) for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Learn more about the Health Information profession at www.hicareers.com.

Placement and Test Scores

Career Preparation

"Most employers prefer to hire Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT), who must pass a written examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). To take the examination, a person must graduate from a 2-year associate degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Technicians trained in non-CAHIIM-accredited programs or trained on the job are not eligible to take the examination. In 2007, there were about 245 CAHIIM accredited programs in Health Informatics and Information Management Education." - Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2008)

2010-2011 Academic Year

  • Graduate job placement rate: 80%
  • RHIT exam pass rate (national average): 75%
  • RHIT exam pass rate (SCC average): 75%

Program Goals

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Abstract and process data from patient records using a variety of computer programs.
  2. Collect, tabulate, compute and prepare statistical reports for use by the medical staff, administration, governing board and authorized agencies.
  3. Code clinical data for research and other reporting purposes.
  4. Perform review of health information for patient care evaluation, quality improvement, and utilization management.
  5. Apply legal principles, policies, regulations and standards for the control, release and use for health information.
  6. Utilize computers to compile data, process information for prospective payment systems and perform various other data analysis projects.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for graduates of approved health information technology programs are excellent. Changing standards and governmental regulations cause the volume and complexity of the health record system to be dynamic and challenging. Types of facilities utilizing health information technology professionals include those providing inpatient care, ambulatory care, long-term care, psychiatric care, cancer registry and medical insurance providers.

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Potential Positions

Release of information technician, health information technician, coder, assistant manager of health information services of large hospitals, manager of health information services of small hospitals or skilled nursing facilities, utilization manager, quality improvement coordinator, compliance officer, privacy officer, health information analyst, clinical documentation specialist, auditor

Other Employment Opportunities Available

Mental health facilities, skilled nursing facilities, health maintenance organizations, health insurance agencies, ambulatory care facilities, large physician group practice facilities, consulting

Special Requirements

  • Physical examination
  • Appropriate scores in one of the following: ASSET, SAT or ACT
  • Recommended courses prior to entry: MATH 96 and CHEM 161

Persons with Disabilities
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student will be required to register with the Disability Support Services office and provide documentation of disability. Once the student is qualified by the DSS Manager as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be considered according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the nature of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable. A student denied accommodation may request an individualized determination to assure that the denial is not a result of disability discrimination by contacting the Manager of Disability Support Services and Testing at 533-7498. Contact the SCC Disability Support Services office to obtain a copy of the procedures for appeal of an accommodation denial. Other than accommodation issues, procedures for student grievances including academic dismissal are outlined in the following SCC website: www.scc.spokane.edu/?concerns.

For additional information, please contact Disability Support Services.

 

Consult the official program outline
for prerequisites and more information
about this program.
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For more information....Additional Information
 
If you have general questions regarding the Health Information Technology program, its entry requirements, or the admissions process, please contact the SCC Admissions Office via email (AdmissionsInfo@scc.spokane.edu) or phone (509-533-8020 or 1-800-248-5644, ext. 8020), and one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff members will assist you.
 
If you have more specific questions regarding this program, please contact Amy Bledsoe, RHIA. Her contact information is as follows:
Email:ABledsoe@scc.spokane.edu
Phone:(509) 533-7497 or 1-800-248-5644 ext. 7497
 
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