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Health Information Technology

The Health Information Technology Curriculum is designed to provide individuals with the technical knowledge and skills to process, analyze, maintain, and report health information data in compliance with legal, accreditation, licensure and certification standards.

Course work includes diagnosis and procedure coding/classification systems, privacy and security strategies, health informatics, data analytics and use, revenue cycle management, regulatory compliance, and organizational leadership.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to write the national certification exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, health insurance organizations, outpatient clinics, physicians’ offices, hospice, and mental health facilities.

Online Program

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program is offered totally online with the exception of the professional practice experiences (PPE – also known as clinical practice), which are made available in the student’s region through a joint effort facilitated by the student and the HIT faculty.

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree!

Pitt Community College’s HIT Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) degree prepares students for a variety of entry- level roles in health information technology. Your HIT AAS degree can be your first step in your professional and educational journey.  Graduates of the two-year AAS HIT degree at Pitt Community College interested in pursuing their bachelor’s degree in health information management may be eligible to apply to the Health Information Management Bachelor’s degree at ECU in preparation for leadership roles.

PCC has an articulation agreement with ECU, allowing students who complete an AAS degree in HIT at PCC to enter ECU as a junior upon acceptance to the ECU HIM Program. Admission to the Health Information Management Program is competitive. A completed application does not guarantee admission to the program. 

For more information, contact Ashleigh Walker at aswalker@email.pittcc.edu or 252-493-7649.

Accreditation

The Health Information Management accreditor of Pitt Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the associate degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2022. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

Mission

The mission of the Health Information Technology Program is to provide students, through instruction and professional practice experiences, a diverse skill set in the management and utilization of hybrid and electronic health records (EHR) consistent with the medical, administrative, coding/reimbursement, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the healthcare delivery system.

Outcomes

  • RHIT Exam Pass Rate: 75% of the graduates who took the RHIT Exam passed on the first attempt for the reporting period of 07/01/2020 to 06/30/2021.
  • Employment Rate: 58% of HIT graduates from fall 2020 and spring 2021 are employed in the health information or related healthcare field.*
  • Retention Rate: The HIT Program retained 83% of students during the reporting period of 08/01/2019 to 07/31/2020.
  • Graduation Rate: 38% of students accepted in the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020 graduated from the HIT program. **

*Data available only if a student reports back or completes the graduation survey.

**Students must complete the HIT Program within four academic years. Some students accepted in the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020 are still progressing and are on track to graduate in the spring of 2022.

Introduction Healthcare and HIM
Health Law and Ethics
Health Data Systems/Standards
Electronic Health Records
Quality and Data Analysis
Management Principles in HIT
Diagnosis Coding & Reporting
Inpt Procedure Coding & Reporting
Pathophysiology & Pharmacology
Health Care Informatics
OP Procedure Coding/Reporting
Revenue Cycle Management
HIM Capstone
Professional Practice Experience (Clinical)

 

Fundamentals of HIM
Health Law and Ethics
Healthcare Statistics
ICD Coding
CPT/Other Coding Systems
Quality Management
Mgmt Principles in HIT
Health Informatics & EHRs
Principles of Disease
Prof Practice Experience (Clinical)
Professional Issues
Reimbursement Methodology
Health Data Systems & Standards
Health Care Informatics

Students will code, classify, index and analyze data in medical records using ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, HCPCS, and other required systems.
Students will evaluate, recommend, and manage Electronic Health Records (EHR) utilizing data for purposes of quality management, statistical reports and analysis, billing and reimbursement, resource management, utilization review, research, and confidentiality and security of data.
Students will interpret/analyze healthcare data to ensure the meeting of relevant healthcare agency governmental standards (i.e. HIPAA, Joint Commission).
Students will apply appropriate HIM principles in supervised clinical experiences to validate attainment of current competencies.
Students will prepare for the RHIT certification exam.

Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology