SLCC General Catalog

Health Information Technology CC

CTE Certificate of Completion
39 credits minimum

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Program Description

The program will train students in medical records and health information covering assembling patients' health information to include medical history, symptoms, examination results, diagnostic tests, treatment methods, and all other healthcare provider services. The program will expose students to the use of electronic health records (EHR/EMR), computer software, EHR security, and analyzing electronic data to improve healthcare information, maintain data on patient safety, patterns of disease, and disease treatment and outcome. The program’s focus will incorporate medical coding, including the new ICD 10 protocols and procedures that specializing in codifying patients' medical information for reimbursement purposes.

The Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam can be completed by program graduates (National Commission for Certifying Agencies [NCCA] and American Health Information Management Association [AHIMA]). The proposed courses and design of curriculum align with the AHIMA standards and CAHIIM standards.

“The CCA credential distinguishes coders by exhibiting commitment and demonstrating coding competencies across all settings, including both hospitals and physician practices” (AHIMA).

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics and Utah Department of Workforce Services, employment is expected to grow faster than average and job prospects should be very good and much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. Technicians with a strong understanding of technology and computer software will be in particularly high demand. Employment growth will result from the increase in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed. In addition, with the increasing use of electronic health records, more technicians will be needed to complete the new responsibilities associated with electronic data management.

Transfer/Articulation Information

The transfer and articulation agreements will be pursued with compatible programs at USHE institutions. This program is designed for students to acquire knowledge and skills to successfully pass exam/licensure. An AS degree is not required, but students seeking an advanced degree may seek the advice of an academic advisor.

Program Entry Requirements

Admission Process

  1. Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student. See www.slcc.edu/students-future/admissions
  2. High School Graduate or equivalent.
  3. For transfer credit, submit OFFICIAL, SEALED transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite course work has been completed.   Send to:

SLCC Incoming Transcripts
4600 South Redwood Road
P.O Box 30808
Salt Lake City, UT  84130-0808

  1. Also, a request to have an OFFICIAL evaluation of student’s transcript must be submitted to the SLCC Incoming Transcript Office.  The form is located at http://www.slcc.edu/transcriptevaluation/transferring-to-slcc.aspx.  This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered.
  2. Complete Accuplacer exam, or submit current SAT/ACT test scores, if MATH and ENGL course work have not been transferred to SLCC (required before you are able to register for classes that have MATH and RDG/WRTG courses as prerequisites). See: www.slcc.edu/testing
  3. Program course prerequisites are as follows:
    1. Placement into MATH 0990 within one year.
    2. Placement into ENGL 1010 within two years.

 

Application Requirements

See the Health Information Technology webpage for essential information regarding completion of application requirements www.slcc.edu/hit

Preparation Note

Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the degree. Placement testing for English and Math must be done upon entry to the College unless students have had prior college-level experience. Prerequisites may be met through higher-level courses, transfer credit, Advanced Placement (AP) credit or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit.

To graduate from the program the student must meet the program admission criteria as outlined above, receive a C grade or better in each required program course and complete the following General Education courses with a C grade or better.

Total Program/Course Fees

Course Fees $ 75 to $150

Estimated Time to Completion

If students follow the suggested schedule, time to completion is three semesters.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisites

Any approved Communications (CM) designated course

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisites

Any approved Human Relations (HR) designated course

 

Required Courses: (34 Credits)

Course 

Title

Credits

Semester

Prerequisite

HIT 1010

Intro to Computers

1

F

Admission to program or instructor approval
Rec coreq: HIT 1020, 1030, 1040, 1100

HIT 1020

Intro Diagnosis Code

3

F

Admission to program or instructor approval Rec coreq: HIT 1010, 1030, 1040, 1100

HIT 1030

Basic Procedure Code Sys

3

F

Admission to program or instructor approval Rec coreq: HIT 1010, 1020, 1040, 1100

HIT 1040

Pathophysiology for HI

3

F

Admission to program or instructor approval Rec coreq: HIT 1010, 1020, 1030,  1100

HIT 1100

Med Terminology for HI

3

F

Admission to program or instructor approval Rec coreq: HIT 1010, 1020, 1030, 1040

HIT 2110

Health Informatics

3

Sp

HIT 1020 and either HIT 1010 or CIS 1020

HIT 2120

Pharmacotherapy HI

2

Sp

HIT 1040

HIT 2260

Hlthcare Reimburse

3

Sp

HIT 1020, 1030 and 1040

HIT 2240

Hlthcare Data Structure

3

Sp

HIT 1020, 1030 and 1040

HIT 2250

Hlthcare Delivery Sys

3

Sp

HIT 1020, 1030 and 1040

HIT 2220

Inter Diagnosis Code

3

Su

HIT 1020

HIT 2230

Inter Procedure Code

3

Su

HIT 1030

HIT 2270

Prof Practice Exper

1

Su

Instructor approval

 

Sample Schedule

Semester One

Credits

Semester Two

Credits

HIT 1010

1

HIT 2110

3

HIT 1020

3

HIT 2120

2

HIT 1030

3

HIT 2220

3

HIT 1100

3

HIT 2230

3

HIT 1040

3

Communications

3

Total

13

Total

14

Semester Three

Credits

HIT 2260

3

 

 

HIT 2240

3

 

 

HIT 2250

3

 

 

HIT 2270

1

 

 

Human Relations

2-3

 

 

Total

12-13

 

 

 

Advising Notes

Students may apply to start this program Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. Courses will be offered on-line or in a hybrid classroom environment on the Jordan Campus. Please visit the Health Information Technology website for more information: http://www.slcc.edu/hit/index.aspx

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

  • Assign diagnosis and procedure codes using ICD-10-CM/PCS. Assign procedure codes using CPT/HCPCS. Assign procedure codes using ICD-9-CM
  • Access and evaluate the EHR: An electronic record of health-related information on an individual that conforms to nationally recognized interoperability standards and that can be created, managed and consulted by authorized clinicians and staff across more than one health care organization.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a Health Information Exchange: The electronic movement of health-related information among organizations according to nationally recognized standards.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of Information Technology as it relates to Healthcare Delivery
  • Demonstrate ability to protect data integrity and validity using software or hardware technology and use spreadsheets, databases, word processing, graphics, presentation, statistical, e-mail) .
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a Health Information Organization (Regional).
  • Describe and evaluate emerging technologies in coding: CAC, Voice Recognition, coding from the EHR, reading imaged documents.

1 – Substantive Knowledge

7 – Develop Computer and Information Literacy

  • Demonstrate the ability to interact in a medical environment and use proper industry terminology for health care environments.

2 – Communicate Effectively

6 – Work Professionally and Constructively

  • Summarize Healthcare institution’s billing process and/or revenue cycle process
  • Summarize and identify budget information about health care institutions.
  • Summarize information about major health care reimbursement plans.

3 – Develop Quantitative Literacy

7 – Develop Computer and Information Literacy

  • Evaluate the role of Information Technology as it relates to Healthcare Delivery.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of global issues in healthcare and delivery mechanisms.
  • Protect data integrity and validity using software or hardware technology

4 – Think Critically

7 – Develop Computer and Information Literacy

  • Show maintenance of compliance with regulations and standards associated with health information management, which are distributed by private and governmental agencies (e.g., CMS, JCAHO, NCQA).

5 – Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally

Department Info

Health Information Technology 

Jordan Campus
Jordan Health Sciences Building (JHS)

Program Info
801-957-6215

Academic Advising
Jordan Campus
Jordan Health Sciences Building (JHS) 047
801-957- 6407

Health Science Admissions
Jordan Campus
Jordan Health Sciences Building (JHS) 047
801-957-6253

HIT Program website