Health Information Technology

Picture of Cap and DiplomaI would absolutely recommend the RODP HIT program to other students. It provided access and instruction to the same information I would have obtained on campus, but without the additional travel time and transportation costs.

I feel that I am very prepared to enter the workforce and have already taken and passed my certification test from the American Health Information Management Association to be a Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT)."

Philip Viers, Walters State Community College, 2011 Graduate

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 Picture of Health Information TechnologyRegistered Health Information Technicians (RHITs) are health information technicians who ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems. They may also use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs. RHITs often specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research. Although most RHITs work in hospitals, you will also find them in a variety of other healthcare settings including office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. In fact employment opportunities exist for RHITs in any organization that uses patient data or health information such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the 2010-2011 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook projects a 20% growth in health information technician careers over the next eight years.

The Regents Online program is a collaborative venture among five community colleges in Tennessee that have an accredited Health Information Technology/Management (HIT/HIM) Associate of Applied Science degree. These HIT/HIM programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Upon completion of the degree program, graduates are eligible to sit for the RHIT credentialing exam from the American Health Information Management Association.

The Health Information Technology program is available at the following community colleges:

Chattanooga State Community College
Program Director: Joann Miller, BS, RHIA
 
Dyersburg State Community College
Program Director: Susan Osborne, MS, RHIA, CCS
 
Roane State Community College
Program Director: Karen Feltner, RHIA, CCS
 
Volunteer State Community College
Program Director: Valerie D. Bowling, RHIA
 
Walters State Community College
Program Director: Gail Winkler, MHIIM, RHIA

 Semester I - Fall (Effective Spring 2012)

The first four courses are prerequisite courses that MUST be taken before a student is accepted into the program. An Allied Health Science application must be completed during this time also.
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
HIT 1010 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 1011 Introduction to Health Information Technology 3
INFS 1010 Computer Applications 3
BIOL 2010 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
  General Ed. (Comp I, Humanities, Social Science) 3
 Total hours:   16

Semester II - Spring

BIOL 2020 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
HIT 1111 Legal Aspects of Health Information 3
HIT 1120 Fundamentals of Disease Processes 4
HIT 1131 ICD-10-CM 3
HIT 1140 Computer Applications in Health Information 3
Total hours   17

Semester III - Fall

HIT 2111 Management & Supervision in Health Information 2
HIT 2121 Healthcare Statistics & Reporting 2
HIT 2130 CPT Coding 3
HIT 2140 Professional Practice Experience I 3
HIT 2131 ICD-10-PCS 3
  General Ed. (Comp I, Humanities, Social Science) 3
 Total hours:   16

Semester IV - Spring

HIT 2211 Healthcare Quality Management 2
HIT 2221 Healthcare Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HIT 2231 Advanced Coding & Classification Systems 3
HIT 2240 Professional Practice Experience II 3
HIT 2250 Seminar in Health Information Technology 3
  General Ed. (Comp I, Humanities, Social Science)   3
 Total hours:   17
Total hours for degree completion   66

 

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