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Health Information Technology (HI)

(Effective Fall 2013)

The Health Information Technology major prepares students to identify and use a variety of informational resources and technologies to effectively perform entry-level skills in health information positions. The major provides basic training in human sciences, computers, health information content and management, quality improvement, coding and reimbursement, and legal aspects of health information. Students are eligible to sit for a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam that is offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Students who pass the RHIT exam distinguish themselves from non-credentialed individuals and improve their employment prospects.

Career Opportunities

Entry-level coder, medical records technician, abstractor, utilization management assistant, quality improvement assistant, data analyst, and supervisor.

Recommended High School Subjects

Required: English/communications. Biology with lab, anatomy and physiology, mathematics, keyboarding and some computer experience are beneficial.

Remediation Strategies

Students are expected to remediate English, reading and math deficiencies by the end of the first semester.

Transfer Procedures

Graduates from this major can transfer into Penn College's Technology Management B.S. major. Graduates with certification can request evaluation for entry into the B.S. in Health Information Management (BHI).This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to Health Sciences majors.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • apply information literacy to personal, professional, and other related areas.
  • recognize and develop the skills necessary for lifelong learning.
  • develop critical thinking, analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • develop human relation skills and successfully apply those skills to a variety of business situations.
  • evaluate and use professional literature.
  • understand the fundamentals of good communications and apply those fundamentals in written, oral, and visual delivery methods.
  • use, organize, analyze and evaluate health records according to established legal and accrediting agency guidelines and standards.
  • compile, analyze, and present statistical and other health information for use by various health care professionals.
  • perform quality measurement and control of health care data.
  • code and abstract health care data for statistical and reimbursement purposes.
  • file and retrieve health records and health information from patient files, indexes and registers for use in patient care, continuing education, research and health care planning.
  • preserve the security and integrity of confidential patient information while maintaining access to information by those authorized to use patient information.
  • develop and maintain systems to prepare, maintain, and provide timely access to needed health information, including computer-based patient record systems.

Performance Standards

Students must maintain a 'C' or greater in all HIT courses. This major uses an A, B, C, and F grading scale in all HIT courses. Failure to achieve a grade of 'C' or above after the maximum attempts allowed by College policy results in withdrawal from the major. Students should work closely with their advisers and with the program faculty to ensure that they are meeting all criteria for satisfactory progress in the program.

Curriculum

First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
HIT110Health Data Content and Structure 4 
BIO103Human Anatomy and Physiology Survey 4 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
MTR104Basics of Medical Terminology 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Second SemesterCredits
HIT120Computers in Health Care 3 
HIT224Introduction to ICD-10 Coding 3 
HTH115Pathology and Disease I 3 
LAS245Legal Aspects of Health Information 3 
HIT128Principles of Pharmacology for Health Information 2 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Summer SessionCredits
MGT115Principles of Management 3 
MHIMath Elective (MTH113 or Higher) 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 6
Third SemesterCredits
HIT210Health Care Statistical Data 2 
HIT220Health Care Quality Improvement 3 
HIT226Introduction to CPT Coding 3 
HIT240Health Information Internship I 3 
HTH125Pathology and Disease II 3 
SPCSpeech Elective 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fourth SemesterCredits
HIT232Advanced Coding and Reimbursement 3 
HIT241Health Information Internship II 3 
HIT250Health Information Management 3 
HIT255Certification Exam Prep 1 
HTH325Health Care Delivery Systems 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
or
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
or
ARTArt Elective 3 
or
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
or
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
or
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Transfer students who have already taken BIO115 and BIO125 are not required to take BIO103.

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