Health Information Technology, AAS

Health Information Technology encompasses the use of existing records and information in the treatment of patients, as well as the updating and storage of that information in a secure environment. Analysis of information may also be a key role in some employment situations. Currently health information technology professionals work in 40 different settings under 125 different job titles. They often facilitate communication between clinical, operational and administrative functions within the practice, hospital or company.

Health Information Technology is a pathway with credentials that expand as your education progresses. Students who complete the first five terms of coursework may take the national exam to receive a Certified Coding Associated (CCA) credential. Many students begin working as a CCA while continuing their work toward their associate degree. When they receive their associate degree, they may become a Registered Health Information Technician (after successfully completing the RHIT Certification Examination).

Transfer opportunities exist to continue toward a bachelor's degree. Students with a bachelor's degree will be eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification exam.

This program is provided in partnership with Marion Technical College. All participants will have to apply to Marion Technical College to receive the final Health Information Technology Associate Degree.

Where You Could Go

Health Information Technology is a pathway with credentials that expand as your education progresses. Students who complete the first five terms of coursework, may take the national exam to receive a Certified Coding Associated (CCA) credential. Many students begin working as a CCA while continuing their work toward their associate degree. When they receive their associate degree, they may become a Registered Health Information Technician (after successfully completing the RHIT Certification Examination).

Transfer opportunities exist to continue toward a bachelor’s degree. Students with a bachelor’s degree will be eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification exam.

Job Demand

Job demand is predicted to increase in the future as the standardization, availability and security of medical records continues to expand.

Admissions

This program is provided in partnership with Marion Technical College. All participants will have to apply to MTC to receive the final Health Information Technology, opens in a new window Associate Degree.

This program is divided between Marion Technical College and NC State. See the Curriculum Worksheet (PDF), opens in a new window for a listing of classes offered at North Central State College. All Marion Technical College classes for this degree are offered online.

Year One

Fall Semester

BIOL 1730 - Basic Anatomy and Physiology

This course presents the basic terms and concepts that deal with the structure and processes of the human body. It involves examination of the body as a whole, the cell, and tissues. The basic structure and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems are presented. Laboratory exercises enhance and support the lecture topics and include microscopy, the study of models, specimen dissection, cadaver study, and physiological experiments. Day - F, Sp Evening - F, Sp

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take ENGL 0040; (minimum grade of C-); OR qualifying placement test scores
Required Concurrent Course: Take BIOL 1730L

CISS 1020 - Digital Literacy and Applications

Introduction to Computers is a course designed to present the basic computer concepts and the Microsoft Office Suite applicable to today's business world. Areas of concentration include Computer Concepts, Windows, Internet Explorer, E-mail, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competency by interfacing with the Windows operating system and the internet, and to produce electronic presentations, written business documents, electronic spreadsheets, relational databases, and electronic mail. TAG course:OBU003

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2

HLTH 1150 - Medical Terminology

This course will introduce medical terminology; including common medical root words, prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. It will include common medical abbreviations, pronunciation, spelling, and definitions of medical terminology related to the human body systems. Students who are pursuing an allied health or nursing degree, or working in health care professions will enhance their knowledge of medical terminology in this course. (TAG# OHL020 and CTAG# CTMT001)

Credit Hours: 2
Lecture Hours: 2

ITEC 1610 - IT Essentials

This course covers the fundamentals of computer hardware and software as well as more advanced concepts such as security, networking, and the responsibilities of an information and communications technology (ICT)professional. The curriculum helps students prepare for entry-level ICT career opportunities and the CompTIA A+ certification. CTAG# CTIT014

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2

Spring Semester

ENGL 1010 - English Composition I

This is a basic course in expository writing and critical reading. Students read a variety of nonfiction works and write summaries, analysis, essays, and a researched argument in response to their reading. Students learn to read actively and accurately and to organize, develop, and revise coherent papers appropriate for a college-educated audience. (OTM for First Writing Course TME001)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: ENGL 0040; (minimum grade of C-), or qualifying placement test scores

Summer Semester

COMM 1010 - Speech

This course involves instruction and experience in giving a presentation. Students are taught the principles of speech content and delivery so that they can effectively participate in a variety of practical speaking situations. Presentations will include the informative speech, persuasive speech, visual aid/demonstration speech, impromptu speech, and group presentation. (OTM for Oral Communication TMCOM and TAG# OCM013)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

MATH 1110 - College Algebra

A study of: 1) polynomial operations, rational expressions, exponents, radicals; 2) linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, absolute value applications and their graphs; 3) graphs of elementary functions and non-functions including inverse functions, combining functions, and translating and transforming functions; 4) study of polynomial functions including the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, zeroes of polynomials, rational functions, partial fractions; 5) exponential and logarithmic functions including graphs and applications; 6) Gauss-Jordan elimination and Cramer's Rule. This course meets the requirements for OTM College Algebra TMM001.

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 4
Required Prerequisite Course: MATH 0084 (Minimum grade of C- required) or qualifying placement test score

Year Two

Fall Semester

BUSM 1260 - Project Management

In this course, students will learn ways to manage all aspects of a project. Project Management (PM) concepts enable projects to be planned, managed, and delivered on time, on budget, and with high quality. This course covers nine major sub-disciplines of Project Management based on the Project Management Institute's PM Book of Knowledge (PMBOK). This course satisfies the education requirement for the Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) test. Certification testing is governed by the Project Management Institute, and this is not a prep class for the exam. PMI Certification is internationally recognized and highly portable to a number of industries and businesses.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Spring Semester

PSYC 1010 - Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology is an introductory level course and is a study of the basic human behavior. Topics include the history of psychology, scientific methods, biological processes, cognitive processes, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, intelligence, human development, personality theory, psychopathology and treatment, stress and health, and social psychology. Please note outcomes are written to OBR standards using OBR language. Ohio Articulation Number OSS015. This course meets the requirements for OTM in Social and Behavioral Science TMSBS

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 64