Accredited by CAHIIM

(Effective Fall 2017)

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, data analysis, compliance 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) as managed by The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM). Students who pass the RHIT exam distinguish themselves from non-credentialed individuals and improve their employment prospects.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, health information related positions in hospitals, nursing homes, physician offices, correctional facilities, health care agencies, rehabilitation centers and agencies, behavioral healthcare centers, statewide cancer registry and trauma registry organizations, health information outsourcing companies, and other organizations that maintain or use patient health information. Graduates are eligible for a variety of jobs including entry-level coder, health information technician, abstractor, utilization management assistant, quality Page 5 improvement assistant, data analyst, and supervisor. Many of these jobs will require or prefer the RHIT certification.

Recommended High School Subjects

Required: English/communications. Biology with lab, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, 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.
  • Maintain and access health records and health information from patient files, electronic health records, indexes and registers for use in patient care, continuing education, research and health care planning.
  • Understand the need to 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 electronic health 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 Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
HIT111 Health Record Content and Documentation 4  
BIO103 Human Anatomy and Physiology Survey 4  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
MTR104 Basics of Medical Terminology 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Second Semester Credits
HIT121 Introduction to Information Technology in Health Care 3  
HIT124 Introduction to ICD-10 Coding 3  
HTH115 Pathology and Disease I 3  
HIT145 Compliance and Legal Issues in Health Information 3  
HIT128 Principles of Pharmacology for Health Information 2  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Summer Session Credits
MGT115 Principles of Management 3  
MHI Math Elective (MTH113 or Higher) 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 6
Third Semester Credits
HIT211 Health Care Statistical Data 2  
HIT221 Health Care Analytics and Performance Improvement 3  
HIT227 Introduction to CPT Coding 3  
HIT243 Health Information Internship I 3  
HTH125 Pathology and Disease II 3  
SPC Speech Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fourth Semester Credits
HIT223 Data and Information Governance 3  
HIT233 Advanced Coding and Reimbursement 3  
HIT244 Health Information Internship II 3  
HIT251 Health Information Management 3  
HIT255 Certification Exam Prep 1  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16

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