NVCC 2005-2006 Catalog


     

ALLIED HEALTH AND NURSING CURRICULA


     

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HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Associate in Applied Science Degree MEC

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 101.)

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 Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 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 Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester


 

   ENG

111

College Composition I

3

 

   HIT

111

Medical Terminology

3

 

   HIT

141

Fundamentals of Health Information

 

 

   

 

Systems I

3

 

   HIT

130

Healthcare Information Systems

3

 

   NAS

150

Human Biology

4

 

   SDV

101

Orientation to Health Care

1

 

 

   HIT

110

Intro. to Human Pathology

 

3

 

   HIT

142

Fundamentals of Health Information Systems II

 

3

 

   ITE

150

Desktop Database Software

 

3

 

PED

116

Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

 

1

 

PED

/RPK

 

 

1

 

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Social Science Elective

 

3

 

   SPD

229

Intercultural Communication

 

3

 


 

 

Total Credits/Semester

17

17

Second Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester


 

   HIT

250

Health Data Classification Systems I (ICD-9-CM)

4

 

   HIT

255

Health Data Classification Systems II (CPT)

2

 

   HIT

220

Health Statistics

2

 

   HIT

226

Legal Aspects of Health Record

 

 

   

 

Documentation

2

 

   HIT

231

Health Record Applications I

3

 

   HIT

251

Clinical Practice I

3

 

   HIS

101

History of Western Civilization I OR

 

 

   

HIS

111 History of World Civ. I OR

 

 

   

HIS

261 Topics in Cultural Ethnicity

3

 

 

   HIT

225

Quality Assurance/Health Care

 

2

 

   HIT

232

Health Record Applications II

 

3

 

   HIT

249

Supervision and Management Practices

 

 

 

   

 

for HIT

 

3

 

   HIT

252

Clinical Practice II

 

3

 

   HIT

254

Advanced Coding and Reimbursement

 

3

 

   HIT

260

Pharmacology for HIT

 

2

 


 

 

Total Credits/Semester

19

16

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

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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