2016-2017 Semester Catalog

Health Information Management Technology (HI13) Associate of Applied Science Degree

Campus Availability and Advisement:

Program Description:

The Health Information Management Technology program is a sequence of courses designed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to process, maintain, analyze, and report health information data according to legal, accreditation, licensure and certification standards for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment and research. Program graduates will develop leadership skills necessary to serve in a functional supervisory role in various components of the health information system.

The Health Information Management Technology program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Education (CAHIIM). Upon graduation from a CAHIIM accredited HIT program, students will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination. Upon successful completion of the exam, students will receive the RHIT credential through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Entrance Dates:

Beginning of any semester for pre-occupational curriculum and spring and fall semesters for HIMT occupational curriculum.

Entrance Requirements:

Age: 17 years old for entrance into pre-occupational curriculum
18 years old for entrance into occupational program curriculum

Other:

  1. Completion of application to the HIMT program and related procedures during the semester in which the Health Care Science technical certificate credit is completed in the pre-health information management technology track.
  2. Achieve a score of 30th percentile on the Psychological Services Bureau, Inc. (PSB) entrance exam during the semester of application to the HIMT program. If, after the third attempt on the entrance examination, you have not received a score of at least 30, you will need to make an appointment with your advisor.
  3. Ability to comply with health related standards and meet essential skill requirements, with or without accommodations, including immunization records if required by Clinical Affiliation.
  4. For admission to the HIMT degree program, a student must maintain an average GPA of 2.8 in all the general education courses and the occupational courses in the pre-health information management technology track found in the Health Care Science technical certificate of credit.
  5. Liability insurance payment during the semester prior to the practicum course (HIMT 2460).
  6. Background Check during the semester prior to the practicum course (HIMT 2460).
  7. Students transferring from other HIMT programs must complete 25% of their coursework at GNTC to receive a degree from GNTC. All HIMT courses taken at other programs must be evaluated for transfer credit to the HIMT program here at GNTC.

Retention Policies:

Students must maintain a semester GPA of 2.0 or better. A “C” or (70) or better must be achieved in each course in order to progress to the next semester of the program.

Program Final Exit Point:

Program graduates will be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) examination. Students prepare for this examination through a series of practice tests and successful completion of an RHIT-styled Exit Exam during the HIMT 2460 (Health Information Technology Practicum) course. Currently, 100% of the students taking the RHIT exit exam at the end of the HIMT 2460 course pass with a grade of 75% or better.

General Education Courses (20 Credit Hours)

ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric

3

XXXX xxxxHumanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

XXXX xxxxSocial/Behavioral Sciences Elective

3

 

MATH 1100Quantitative Skills & Reasoning

3

OR

MATH 1101Mathematical Modeling

3

OR

MATH 1111College Algebra

3

 

BIOL 2113Anatomy and Physiology I

3

BIOL 2113LAnatomy and Physiology Lab I

1

BIOL 2114Anatomy and Physiology II

3

BIOL 2114LAnatomy and Physiology Lab II

1

Pre-Health Information Management (16 Credit Hours)

MAST 1120Human Diseases

3

XXXX xxxxProgram Specific General Education Elective

3

HIMT 1100Introduction to Health Information Technology

3

HIMT 1150Computer Applications in Healthcare

3

HIMT 1250Health Record Content and Structure

2

 

ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences

2

OR

BUSN 2300Medical Terminology

2

Occupational Curriculum (30 Credit Hours)

HIMT 1200Legal Aspects of Healthcare

3

HIMT 1350Pharmacotherapy

2

HIMT 2200Performance Improvement

3

HIMT 1400Coding and Classification - ICD Basic

4

HIMT 2300Healthcare Management

3

HIMT 2150Healthcare Statistics

3

HIMT 1410Coding and Classification - ICD Advanced

3

HIMT 2400Coding and Classification - CPT/HCPCS

3

HIMT 2410Revenue Cycle Management

3

HIMT 2460Health Information Technology Practicum

3

Total Credit Hours: 66 Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation