NVCC 2000-2001 Catalog
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Associate in Applied Science Degree AN  

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Purpose: The curriculum is designed to provide training in the management of systems to collect, store, process, retrieve, analyze, disseminate and communicate information related to the research, planning, provision, and evaluation of health care services. It provides students with a unique blend of courses in information technology, business management and clinical knowledge. Students who possess an interest in studying diseases and therapies but who prefer not to work in a direct patient care setting find this career very rewarding. An interest in using computers to manage data is also important.

Transfer Information: NVCC has a formal articulation agreement for transfer to the B.S. in Health Sciences-Health Care Management at Old Dominion University TELETECHNET.

Students must comply with all General Admissions Requirements for Annandale Campus Health Technology Programs. (See page 91.)

Additional Admission Requirements: Entrance requirements include a high school diploma with one unit each of high school level Algebra and Science (preferably Biology), and achievement of a score of 81 or better on the reading section of the English placement test, a score of 85 or better on the writing section of the English placement test, and a satisfactory score on the Mathematics for Allied Health placement test. Evidence of good physical and mental health must be demonstrated by submission of a physical exam form. CPR-A certification is required at time of clinical experience.

Special Accreditation Status: The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), in association with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Certification Eligibility: Graduates of the program are eligible to take a national certifying examination. The Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Certification is recognized nationwide as proof of proficiency in Health Information Technology.

First Year1st Semester2nd Semester

   BIO141Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
   ENG111College Composition I3
   HIT100Intro. to Health Care Delivery Systems1
   HIT111Medical Terminology I3
   IST117Intro. to Microcomputer Software3
PED116Lifetime Fitness & Wellness1
   BIO142Human Anatomy/Physiology II 4
   HIT110Intro. to Human Pathology 3
   HIT141Fundamentals of Health Information 
   Systems I 3
   IST/BUSElective 3
   SPD110Intro. to Speech Communication or 
   SPD126 Interpersonal Communication 3

Total Credits/Semester1817

Second Year1st Semester2nd Semester

   HIT142Fund. of Health Inform. Sys. II3
   HIT215Health Data Classification Sys.5
   HIT220Health Statistics2
   HIT226Legal Aspects of Health Record
   HIT231Health Record Applications I3
___Social Science Elective3
   HIT225Quality Assurance/Health Care 2
   HIT232Health Record Applications II 3
   HIT249Supervision and Management 3
   HIT251Clinical Practice I 4
   HIT295Advanced Reimbursement & 
   Classification Systems 3
___Social Science Elective 3

Total Credits/Semester1818

Total credits for the A.A.S. Degree in Health Information Technology = 71.

To graduate from a degree program, students entering NVCC Fall 1999 or later must demonstrate computer competency skills as described in the Degree Requirements section of the Instructional Programs of this catalog.

1 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 220, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK 205, 207, 208, 216, or 225. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.

2 The social science elective may be selected from the following: economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology (includes anthropology).

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