Health Information Technology

Health Information Technolgoy

What you can get

Health Information Technology: 
Associate in Applied Science Degree Program
Certificate - Health Information Technology (High School Career and College Promise)

What it's about

The Health Information Technology curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, abstract, compile, maintain, manage, and report health information.

Graduates of DCCC’s CAHIIM accredited Health Information Technology program will be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Exam.

Online Program: (NEW FALL 2018)

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program is offered totally online with the exception of the Professional Practice Experience courses (HIT 122, HIT 124 and HIT222). Professional Practice Experience course assignments are made available in the student's region by HIT faculty.

Part–time Schedules Available:

The HIT program schedule is available for 2 years full time or 3 years part time. Please contact Heather Watson for more details and a personalized schedule at heather_watson@davidsonccc.edu or 336.249.8186 x6310.

Jobs available

  • Health Information Systems Technician
  • Health Information Clerk
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Coder
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Medical Records Analyst
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR/EMR) Manager
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Medical Records Director

Courses you'll take

Students will supervise departmental functions; classify, code and index diagnoses and procedures; coordinate information for cost control, quality management, statistics, marketing, and planning; monitor governmental and non-governmental standards; facilitate research; and design system controls to monitor patient information security.

What you'll gain

Graduates of this program may be eligible to write the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, health insurance organizations, outpatient clinics, physicians’ offices, hospice, and mental health facilities.

Contact: Heather Watson heather_watson@davidsonccc.edu or 336.249.8186 x6310

Apply on DCCC's website and meet with an enrollment advisor.

Competencies: 

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

  1. Demonstrate effective, professional written and oral communication skills with consumers and co-workers.
  2. Use and apply critical thinking skills and basic health information management principles to recognize, analyze, and solve problems.
  3. Perform and interpret math calculations related to descriptive healthcare statistics. 
  4. Use current technology to access and process health information. 
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level health information competencies.
  6. Practice in a legal, ethical, and professional manner by demonstrating responsibility, initiative, positive attitudes toward those of diverse backgrounds, integrity, time management skills, and the ability to work in teams in a healthcare setting.

Accreditation: 

The Associate Degree, Health Information Technology Program at Davidson County Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

RHIT Exam Pass Rate: For the AHIMA Exam reporting period of 10/01/2016-09/30/2017 the RHIT exampass rate is 97%.

Retention Rate: The HIT program retained 100% of the students that started the second year of the program in Fall 2016 to Spring 2017.

Graduation Rate: The HIT program graduated 100% of the second year class in 2017.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of health information technology. These technical standards are published in the application for admission to health programs and the program student handbook and/or are available from program faculty. Health Information Technology Technical Standards

Admission Requirements: 

Transfer Credit for Health Information Technology Courses

The decision regarding transfer credit for health information courses is made by the Director of the program in consultation with members of the faculty and the Associate Dean. Syllabi for courses for which credit is requested will be required.

Progression Requirements

A student must earn a grade of "C" or better in all HIT, MED, BIO and ENG prefix courses in order to progress in the program.

Criminal Background Check, Urine Drug Screen, and Immunization Requirements for HIT Students

A criminal background check, drug screen, and up-to- date immunizations are required by clinical sites prior to participation in the clinical component. If any clinical facility denies a student’s participation in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program. For HIT students to place an order for a criminal background check, urine drug screen, and immunization tracking services, please visit Castlebranch for Background Check, Drug Screening and Immunization
Tracking
and select the Health Info Technology package selection.