Nov 30, 2023  
Spring 2023 Academic Catalog 
    
Spring 2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Information Technology, A.A.S.


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Stephanie Newbrough, Health Information Technology Program Coordinator
(681)753-5705
snewbrough@pierpont.edu

Accrediting Agency

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM )
200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100 
Chicago, IL 60601-5119
www.cahiim.org

The Health Information Technology program accreditor of Pierpont Community & Technical College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Information Management Education (CAHIM).  The college’s accreditation is for an associate degree in Health Information Technology program and has been reaffirmed through 2028.  All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahim.org.

Program Purpose

The A.A.S. Health Information Technology Degree provides training in the skills needed to be effective in maintaining health information. Such documentation assists in ensuring the continuity of care and protects the financial and legal interests of the patient, the health care facility, and the responsible practitioner caring for the patient.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the Health Information Technology, A.A.S. program is based upon the following criteria:

  1. Apply to Pierpont Community and Technical College for the term you want to begin the program and meet the general admission requirements or be a current student
    1. First-time students should select “Health Sciences: Health Information Technology” as their educational goal on their application.
    2. Current students will need to complete a Change of Major form and select “Health Information Technology (AAS)” as their requested major.

Qualified students are accepted until capacity is met.

*Students can begin the program in the fall semester.

Program Requirements

  • Students may need to pass a criminal background clearance check, meet health and immunization requirements, and drug testing, according to clinical site standards.
  • Students must be able to meet the essential functions of the program and classes, with or without accommodations.
  • Students will need to provide their own transportation to assigned clinical sites.

Students must complete each course in the Health Information Technology model schedule with a grade of “C” or higher and maintain an overall 2.0 GPA to remain in the program.  Students who receive a “D” or “F” in a course must repeat the course before continuing in the program’s course sequence.  If students receive two such grades in the same course, they will be removed from the program.   

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the AAS degree in Health Information Technology, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Collect, maintain, and analyze health data structure and content and be familiar with healthcare data standards and requirements
  • Apply and validate clinical classification systems and support reimbursement methodologies
  • Collect, organize and present healthcare statistics
  • Participate and comply in quality assessment and performance issues, and healthcare delivery systems
  • Implement, maintain and demonstrate healthcare compliance, confidentiality, ethical, legal and privacy issues
  • Utilize and protect health information and communication technologies
  • Design, maintain, and utilize health data, storage, security, and retrieval
  • Develop, apply, and participate in human resource management, and financial and physical resources
  • Demonstrate professional behavior through attendance, promptness, and ability to assume appropriate responsibility

Opportunities

Graduates with the Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology are qualified for entry level positions as Health Information Technicians. After graduation from the program, the graduate is qualified to take the National Accreditation Examination for Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Program Data

Academic Year Graduation Rate (Students in program beginning second year of study) Retention Rate (Students in the program beginning second year of study) AHIMA Certification Rates Satisfaction Rate of Graduates
2021-2022 60% 67% 38% 81%

HIT Clinical Handbook  

HIT Essential Functions  

HIT Student Handbook   

Required Courses (61 Hrs)


Model Schedule (61 Hrs)


Notice to All Students


  • Annual Notification: All career and technical education courses and programs are offered at Pierpont regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability.
  • Advanced Skill Set and Skill Set programs do not qualify for financial aid. Students seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate the classes as electives when their schedule allows or may declare an associate or certificate degree in which the skill set and advanced skill set courses are embedded.
  • Students are reminded to review campus policies and procedures as stated in the catalog.

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