Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Cunningham, Amy

Coordinator of Health Information Technology
Associate Professor of Health Information Technology
304-367-4764
116K Advanced Technology Center
500 Galliher Drive, Fairmont
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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.

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
Graduation Year Retention Rate(Students in program beginning second year of study) AHIMA Certification Rates Graduates working in field within 6 months Graduates working in field or continuing education within 6 months
2015 100% 50% 71% 85%
2016 80% 44% 100% 100%
2017 88% 67% 80% 87%
3 Year Average 89% 54% 84% 91%

 

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).
 

During a Graduate Survey in 2016: 100% of graduates were employed in the field.
 

Program Specific Admission Requirements: 
Admission to the HIT Program at Pierpont Community & Technical College is selective and students are admitted each year prior to the opening of the Fall semester and Spring semester.
 

Program Application

To be considered for Fall admission, applicants must:
  • Meet the general admission requirements at Pierpont Community & Technical College.
  • Have a 2.0 high school GPA and, if applicable, a college GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • Have an ACT Math score of 15, or meet the prerequisites for MTH 1207.
  • Have an ACT English score of 18, or meet the prerequisites for ENGL 1104.
  • Submit an application for admission to the specific program along with a $20 application fee
  • Submission deadline is March 31.
  • Students must be able to meet the essential functions of the program and classes, with or without accommodations.
Program Specific Accreditation: 

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
233 N. Michigan Avenue
21st Floor
Chicago, IL  60601-5119
www.cahiim.org

Notice to Students: 

To remain in and graduate from the HIT program, a student must earn a “C” grade or above in every required class in the HIT curriculum and maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0. Any classes accepted as substitutes for curricular classes also require a grade of “C” or above. Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in dismissal from the program. Students who have been dismissed may reapply to the program and their credentials will be reevaluated.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
60 CHs
Support Coursework: 
9 CHs

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s):  18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing  Skills Set  of ASSET; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.
ENGL 1108 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
51 CHs

HLCA 1100

Medical Terminology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1102

Pathophysiology of Diseases
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 2200

Interpretation of Diagnostic Data
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1100

Fundamentals of Health Information
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1101

Fundamentals of Health Information Lab
1
CH(s)

HLIN 1105

Computers in Health Care
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1109

Health Care Statistics
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1110

Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2202

Reimbursement Systems
2
CH(s)

HLIN 2203

Quality Assessment/Utilization Review
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2205

Classification Systems I - ICD
5
CH(s)

HLIN 2206

Clinical Practicum I
2
CH(s)

HLIN 2207

Health Information Supervision
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2208

Clinical Practicum II
2
CH(s)

HLIN 2209

Classification Systems II - CPT
5
CH(s)

HLIN 2995

Health Information Technology Capstone
2
CH(s)
Model Schedule
Fall Semester

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

HLCA 1100

Medical Terminology
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1100

Fundamentals of Health Information
3
CH(s)

MTH 1210

Statistics
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s):  18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing  Skills Set  of ASSET; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.

Spring Semester

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1171

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
1
CH(s)

HLIN 1105

Computers in Health Care
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1109

Health Care Statistics
3
CH(s)

HLIN 1110

Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
16 CHs

ENGL 1108 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104

Fall Semester

HLCA 1102

Pathophysiology of Diseases
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2203

Quality Assessment/Utilization Review
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2204

Pharmacology
2
CH(s)

HLIN 2205

Classification Systems I - ICD
5
CH(s)

HLIN 2206

Clinical Practicum I
2
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Spring Semester

HLIN 2202

Reimbursement Systems
2
CH(s)

HLIN 2207

Health Information Supervision
3
CH(s)

HLIN 2208

Clinical Practicum II
2
CH(s)

HLIN 2209

Classification Systems II - CPT
5
CH(s)

HLIN 2995

Health Information Technology Capstone
2
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
14 CHs
Program Documents: 

If needed, a paper version of the application is available by request.  To request a paper application please call or email Student Services at 304-333-3684 or StudentServices@pierpont.edu

HIT Student Handbook

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