Health Information Technology

FAQs

Program Questions

Q: How much does the Health Information Technician program cost?

A: Regular tuition, books, and lab fees for the program is approximately $7500 total.

Q: How long does the program take to complete?
A: The program takes 3 semesters (including summer semester), or 39 credit hours.

Q: What are the required courses to receive a certificate of completion for the Health Information Technician program?
A:       Communications (CM) 3 credits
          Any approved Communications (CM) designated course

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 credits
Any approved Human Relations (HR) designated course

HIT 1010 – Introduction to Computers for Health Information Workers Online or Hybrid Course* 1cr
Prerequisite: Admission to the program or Program Manager's Permission. Students will learn basic concepts related to computer hardware, software, digital security, data entry and management of data. Students will acquire basic computer skills in word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, web browser, email, calendar, imaging and scanning with focus on navigation, accuracy and analysis.

HIT 1020 – Basic Diagnosis Coding Online or Hybrid Course* Learning Commons Course** 3 cr
Prerequisite: Admission to the program of Program Manager's permission. Recommended corequisites: HIT 1010, HIT 1030, HIT 1040, and HIT 1100. Introduction and practice with International Classification of Diseases (ICD) using current (ICD-9) coding procedures as well as instruction toward ICD-10 implementation & Health Care Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS) for optimal reimbursements as practiced in the medical setting.

HIT 1030 – Basic Procedure Coding Online or Hybrid Course* Learning Commons Course** 3 cr
Prereq: Admission to program or Program Manager's permission. Recommended co-requisites: HIT 1020, HIT 1040, and HIT 1100. Introduction and practice with Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) HCPCS for optimal reimbursements, as practiced in the medical setting.

HIT 1040 – Pathophysiology for Health Information Technology Online or Hybrid Course* 3 cr
Prereq: Admission to program or Program Manager's permission. Recommended co-requisites: HIT 1010, HIT 1020, HIT 1030, HIT 1100. Discussion of Structure and Function of full body systems. Emphasis will be placed on anatomical orientation. Specific disease causes and processes. Structure and functions of the full body systems will prepare the students for the Health Information Technology profession.

HIT 1100 – Medical Terminology for Health Information Technology Online or Hybrid Course* 3 cr
Prereq: Admission to program or Program Manager's permission. Recommended coreq: HIT 1010, HIT 1020, HIT 1030, HIT 1040. A body system approach covering medical word roots, suffixes and prefixes. Emphasis is place on pronunciation through use of the textbook CD, spelling and proper usage of medical terms. Medical abbreviations are also introduced as they relate to Health Information Management.

HIT 2110 – Health Informatics Online or Hybrid Course* 3 cr
Prereq: HIT 1010 or Program Manager's permission. Introduction to health informatics, which combines healthcare, information technology, and business. Students will focus on the implementation and optimization of the information systems that support clinical practice and the communication infrastructure that enables critical information to be utilized for healthcare administration.

HIT 2120 – Pharmacotherapy Online or Hybrid Course* 2 cr
Prereq: HIT 1100 and HIT 1040 or Program Manager's permission. Students will be introduced to current drug information through a body system approach. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of the action of drugs such as: absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs by the body. Drug classification of most commonly prescribed drugs is introduced.

HIT 2220 – Intermediate Diagnostic Coding Online or Hybrid Course* Learning Commons Course** 3 cr
Prereq: HIT 1020, 1030, 1040 or Program Manager's permission. Coreq: HIT 2230. This course focuses on application of intermediate principles learned in HIT 1020 using the International Classification of Disease(ICD). Students will code a wide range of original source documents they may encounter on the job. The student will translate source documents & apply previously learned coding techniques in ICD-10-CM and ICD-9-CM concepts.

HIT 2230 – Intermediate Procedure Coding Online or Hybrid Course* Learning Commons Course** 3 cr
Prereq: HIT 1100, HIT 1020, HIT 1030 & HIT 1040 or Program Manager's permission. Coreq: HIT 2220. This course focuses on application of intermediate principles learned in HIT 1030 using the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). Students will code a wide range of original source documents they may encounter on the job. The student will translate source documents and apply previously learned coding techniques in CPT/HCPCS concepts.

HIT 2240 – Healthcare Data, Content and Structure Online or Hybrid Course* 3 cr
Prereq: HIT 1010 or Program Manager's permission. Introduction to the collection and maintenance of health data. Student will learn to conduct analysis and learn how to create and administer policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy of health data, registries and or databases. Student will learn how to complete data reports required for healthcare institutions and federal/state statutes.

HIT 2250 – Healthcare Delivery Systems Online or Hybrid Course* 3 cr
Prereq: HIT 1010 or Program Manager's permission. Course provides a comprehensive overview of the structures and operations of the healthcare system. Learn the organization of healthcare delivery in the United States and healthcare organizations structure and operation. Introduction to healthcare standards and regulations, such as federal and state law and medical ethics.

HIT 2260 – Healthcare Reimbursement Online or Hybrid Course* 3 cr
Prereq: HIT 1010, 1020, & 1030 or Program Manager's permision. This course will introduce healthcare billing and reimbursement, including standard practices of insurance claim billing for major health or Hybrid Course - Students may choose when registering for an HIT class to take it as an Online Course or a Hybrid Course. A Hybrid Course is a course in which the student takes half the course online and the other half of the course is a class lecture at the Jordan Campus.

HIT 2270 – Professional Practice Experience Capstone/Practicum Online or Hybrid Course* 1 cr
Prereq: Program Approval. In this course the student will have the opportunity to experience on-the-job training while serving a 50-hour unpaid practicum.
*Online or Hybrid Course - Students have the choice of taking the course completely online or as a hybrid course (approximately 80% online, 20% at the Jordan Campus)
**Learning Commons Course - Students are required to complete up to 12 lab sessions. Lab sessions take place at the Jordan Campus in JHS 048 or via Skype. Click on this Learning Commons Course link for more information.

Q: What does a typical schedule look like for the Health Information Technician program?
A: Sample Schedule (below)
Semester one CR Semester Two CR
HIT 1010 Intro to Computers 1 HIT 2110 Health Informatics 3
HIT 1020 Intro Diagnosis Code 3 HIT 2120 Pharmacotherapy HI 2
HIT 1030 Basic Procedure Code Sys 3 HIT 2220 Inter Diagnosis Code 3
HIT 1040 Pathophysiology for HI 3 HIT 2230 Inter Procedure Code 3
HIT 1100 Med Terminology for HI 3 Communications 3
Total 13 Total 14
Semester Three
HIT 2240 Healthcare Data Structure 3
HIT 2250 Healthcare Delivery Sys 3
HIT 2260 Healthcare Reimburse 3
HIT 2270 Prof Practice Exper 1
Human Relations 2-3
Total 12-13

Q: Can I take the Health Information Technician program part time?

A: Yes, students may take the program part-time.

Q: What Health Information Technician program courses are taught online?
A: All of the program courses are taught online. Students in the program have the choice of taking the courses completely online or as a hybrid (approximately 80% online, 20% at the Jordan Campus).

Q: What days and times are the courses for the Health Information Technician program?
A: The program courses are all online and may be taken at the student's convenience. Hybrid courses meet in the evenings or on Saturday mornings. 

Admissions Questions

Q: What is the admission process for the Health Information Technician program?

A: Applicants may go to the Admission Process link to see the admission process for the program.

Q: What are the prerequisites for the Health Information Technician program?
A: Placement into MATH 0990 and ENGL 1010. Please refer to the Admission Process link for more details. 

Q: How often are students admitted to the Health Information Technician program?
A: Students are admitted to the program every Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Q: How many seats are available per cohort for the Health Information Technician program?
A: 25 seats are available per cohort for the program.

Q: Is there a waitlist for the Health Information Technician program?
A: There is no waitlist for the program. 

Q: Do all the immunizations need to be completed before applying to the Health Information Technician program?
A: All immunization on the Immunization Form must be completed before applying to the program, except the following:
- Annunal Influenza Vaccine
- Hepatitis B Vaccine (student must have two of the three dose series upon application)
- Hepatitis A (highly recommended but not required)

Career Questions

Q: What is the career outlook and average pay for a Health Information Technician?

A: The following link will provide the career outlook and average pay for a Medical Records and Health Information Technician in Salt Lake County.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Questions

Q: How can I apply for Financial Aid?

A: Students can apply for Financial Aid by going to the Financial Aid webpage.

Q: How can I apply for scholarships and/or tuition waivers?
A: Students may go to the SLCC Scholarships & Tuition Waivers webpage, or the Financial Aid & Scholarships link for Division of Allied Health programs.