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Health Information Technology

Unlock your potential in the Health Information Technology program, where you will immerse yourself in the dynamic world of medical coding and so much more. Health information professionals are a crucial link in the healthcare system, understanding the language of healthcare data and ensuring accuracy, compliance, and seamless patient care.

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.

Coursework 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 entirely 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 various entry-level roles in health information technology. Your HIT AAS degree can be the 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 abwalker360@my.pittcc.edu or 252-493-7649.

Accreditation

CAHIIM LogoThe 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 2029. 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: 80% of the graduates who took the RHIT Exam passed on the first attempt for the reporting period of 08/01/2021 to 07/30/2022.
  • Employment Rate: 91% of HIT graduates from fall 2021 and spring 2022 are employed in the health information or related healthcare field.*
  • Retention Rate: The HIT Program retained 83% of students during the reporting period of 08/01/2021 to 07/31/2022.
  • Graduation Rate: 71% of students accepted in the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021 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 2020 and spring of 2021 are still progressing.

Medical Coder
Medical Coding Auditor
Medical Records Technician
HIM Analyst
Quality Improvement Specialist
Charge Master Auditor
Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist
Cancer/Tumor Registrar
Release of Information Specialist
HIPAA Compliance Officer
Healthcare Data Analyst
Data Quality Manager
Healthcare Consultant

Introduction to 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
Inpatient Procedure Coding & Reporting
Pathophysiology & Pharmacology
Health Care Informatics
OP Procedure Coding/Reporting
Revenue Cycle Management
HIM Capstone
Professional Practice Experience (Clinical)

Students will demonstrate entry-level HIM competencies consistent with employer expectations.
Students will apply diagnosis and procedure codes according to current guidelines.
Students will apply privacy and security strategies to health information.
Students will utilize technologies for health information management.
HIT Students will apply healthcare reimbursement guidelines.
HIT Students will demonstrate compliance with external forces.
Students will demonstrate compliance with ethical standards.
Students will prepare for the RHIT credentialing exam.

Health Information Technology AAS Degree
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Related Programs

Medical Coding Certificate Pathways (Non-Degree, Short-Term Training Program)

Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-Based (CCS-P)
Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

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Health Information Management Bachelor’s Degree (ECU)

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.