NVCC 2002-2003 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. Students must comply with all General Admissions Requirements for Health Technology Programs. (See page 99.) 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 and CPR certification is required. Both must be completed before the start 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. Career Information: The health information technology field places you right where the expanding arena of healthcare meets the cutting edge of technology. As an RHIT professional, you are the expert on patient data that doctors, nurses, and other providers rely on to perform their jobs. By maintaining, collecting, and analyzing health information, your work makes an important contribution to the delivery of quality care. RHIT professionals enjoy a broad selection of job opportunities and options for professional growth, based on your skills, education, and interests. Employment opportunities exist in all types of healthcare delivery organizations (hospitals, ambulatory care centers, home health services and long term care facilities) plus managed care, consulting firms, claims and reimbursement companies, and research firms.

First Year1st Semester2nd Semester

   ENG111College Composition I3
   HIT111Medical Terminology3
   HIT141Fundamentals of Health Information
   Systems I3
   HIT130Healthcare Information Systems3
   NAS150Human Biology4
   HIT110Intro. to Human Pathology 3
   HIT142Fundamentals of Health Information Systems II 3
   IST133Database Management Software 3
PED116Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 1
___Social Science Elective 3
   SPD110Intro. to Speech Communication 3

Total Credits/Semester1717

Second Year1st Semester2nd Semester

   HIT250Health Data Classification Systems I (ICD-9-CM)4
   HIT255Health Data Classification Systems II (CPT)2
   HIT220Health Statistics2
   HIT226Legal Aspects of Health Record
   HIT231Health Record Applications I3
   HIT251Clinical Practice I3
___Social Science Elective3
   HIT225Quality Assurance/Health Care 2
   HIT232Health Record Applications II 3
   HIT249Supervision and Management Practices 
   for HIT 3
   HIT252Clinical Practice II 3
   HIT254Advanced Coding and Reimbursement 3
   HIT260Basic Pharmacology for HIT 2

Total Credits/Semester1916

Total credits for the A.A.S. Degree in Health Information Technology = 69.

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, 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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