Courses: Health Information Technology

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (HIT)

Course descriptions from the 2017-2018 Catalog.

HIT 101 Healthcare Delivery Systems (3)


Students learn about the current structure, organizations, activities, and future direction of hospitals, mental health and ambulatory care facilities and hospices in the United States. Students will also explore government regulations, medical ethics, healthcare financing, and the responsibilities of healthcare professionals.


Rec Prep: ENG 22 or ENG 24, with a grade of C or better, 
or equivalent.


HIT 102 Health Data, Records, 
and Documentation (3)


Give students the opportunity to design, develop, and process health information data. Students learn how health information is stored, retained, and retrieved in accordance with ethical, legal and voluntary rules, regulations and standards. Primary and secondary record systems will be covered, including numbering and filing systems, documentation and form requirements, screen designs and content, and usage and structure of health data sets. In addition, students learn about ambulatory care facilities, nursing homes, hospices, and home care offered in the United States. Students also explore the electronic health record, human resource supervision and resource management and the responsibilities of healthcare professionals. 


Rec Prep: ENG 22 or ENG 24, with a grade of C or better, 
or equivalent


HIT 106 Introduction to Medical Coding (3)


This course introduces the classification systems employed to organize medical information for future retrieval. The Current Procedural Terminology - 4 (CPT-4) coding system is emphasized including the impact to physician office coding and reimbursement. Course work focuses on understanding the coding procedures as well as the impact that coding has on the healthcare delivery system (in reimbursements, as well as gathering data for statistics and research). Professional certification in Medical Coding may require work experience and a more advanced course. 


Prerequisites: HLTH 110, or equivalent or the consent of the instructor.


HIT 108 Introduction to Diagnosis Coding (3)


Introduces students to diagnostic coding related to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS and Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs). Students learn the rules, methodology, sequencing, data sets, documentation requirements, ethics, and basic reimbursement technologies related to diagnostic coding in the medical field.


Prerequisites: HLTH 110, BIOL 130, BIOL 130L, or equivalent each with a grade of C or better or instructor's consent.


Concurrent or prior credit in HIT 200, or instructor approval.


HIT 109 Introduction to Procedure Coding (3)


Introduces students to basic procedural coding, which includes Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Ambulatory Patient Classifications (APCs). Issues of fraud and abuse, coding compliance, and compliance programs are emphasized. 


Prerequisites: HLTH 110, BIOL 130, BIOL 130L or ZOOL 240 or ZOOL 241, or equivalent each with a grade of C 
or better or equivalent or instructor's consent.


Rec Prep: BUS 101.


HIT 115 Reimbursement Methodologies (3)


Students become familiar with health insurance terminology and the health insurance claims processing cycle. The billing systems are introduced for various healthcare organizations including federal, Veterans Affairs, state, private, and managed care health insurance plans. Legal issues and regulations related to reimbursement are covered. 


Prerequisite: HIT 108 and HIT 109 with a grade of C 
or better or instructor approval.


Rec Prep: ENG 22 or ENG 24 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent; BUS 101 or equivalent.


HIT 171 Health Data, Information, Law, and Ethics (3)


Introductory course into medical records which integrates all phases of the records management cycle while complying with state and federal regulations and laws. Topics include: privacy and access laws, release of medical information , e-discovery, privacy and security audits; Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA); and The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the impact on health information. 


HIT 176 Statistics with Healthcare Science Applications (3)


HIT 176 covers principles of statistics with applications to healthcare science. Statistical methods include collection, maintenance, organization, presentation, interpretation, and quantitative analysis of data from primary and secondary sources. Terminology, examples and assignments from healthcare science are incorporated throughout the course. 


Prerequisites: HIT 102 and BUS 101 with a grade of C or better or instructor consent.


Rec Prep: ENG 22 or ENG 24, Mathematical skills and practices at the Common Core level. 


HIT 192 Professional Practice Experience and Registered Health Information Technologist Exam Prep (3)


This course aids the student in making the transition from student to employee by practicing and testing professional competencies needed for employment in the Health Information Management (HIM) career field. Student will perform advanced functions of the HIM department in a controlled virtual environment with the guidance of the instructor. The activities will represent application of all health information technology (HIT) coursework. The student will also be placed in a HIM facility for the purpose of assimilating theory with practice for the Professional Practice Experience (PPE) portion. The student will also experience the structure and format of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential exam. By completing practice exams the student will acquire testing skills and knowledge to be prepared to take the RHIT credential exam. Student is required to register and attempt the AHIMA RHIT credential exam as a requirement of this course. (Replacing BUSN 192V in program).


Prerequisite: BUS 101, HIT 102, HIT 108, HIT 109 and HIT 115 with a grade of C or better and HIT 176, 208 and 209 with a grade of C or better or concurrent or instructor approval.


Rec Prep: ENG 22 or ENG 24. Course should be taken in the Mstudent's final semester as the work completed in the prior 3 semesters build on the skills needed to complete this course.


HIT 200 Disease Pathology and Pharmacology (3)


Students learn the definition, cause, diagnosis, and symptoms of specific diseases. Therapy with medications (pharmacology) and the effects of drugs on the human body, in terms of absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion, are explored. 


Prerequisite: "C" or better in BIOL 130, BIOL 130L, and HLTH 110 or the approval of the instructor.


Rec Prep: Completion of ENG 22 or ENG 24, BUS 101 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent. 


HIT 208 Advanced Coding I (3)


Students build on skills learned in HIT 108, Introduction to Diagnostic Coding, and HIT 109, Introduction to Procedure Coding. Students apply diagnostic and procedure coding to advanced scenarios and complex patient records. Computerized coding systems and coding conventions will be covered. Students also analyze the impact of coding complications on healthcare reimbursements. 


This course may be taken concurrently with HIT 209.


Prerequisites: HIT 108 and HIT 109 with a grade of C or better or instructor approval.


HIT 209 Advanced Coding II (3)


Students build on skills learned in HIT 108, Introduction to Diagnostic Coding, and HIT 109, Introduction to Procedure Coding. Students apply diagnostic and procedure coding to advanced scenarios and complex patient records. Computerized coding systems and coding conventions will be covered. Students also analyze the impact of coding complications on healthcare reimbursements. 


This course may be taken concurrently with HIT 208. 


Prerequisites: HIT 108 and HIT 109 with a grade of C or better or instructor approval.


Rec Prep: ENG 22 or ENG 24, with a grade of C or better, or equivalent.


HIT 215 Quality Management (3)


The course presents a comprehensive introduction to the theory, practice, and management of performance and quality improvement processes in healthcare organizations. The course prepares students with an understanding of the functions performed by HIM professionals in quality-related roles and given quality related responsibilities, performing Quality Management (QM), tasks in their jobs.


HLTH 110, HIT 108, HIT 109, HIT 200, BIOL 130 and BIOL 130L or instructor approval.


Rec Prep: HIT 101, HIT 102, HIT 208, HIT 209, BUSN 101 and ENG 22 or ENG 24.


HIT 220 Healthcare Computing and Electronic Health Records (EHR) (3)


Students learn how computers and technology are used in various healthcare settings, and about software applications that are specific to health information technology. Security, privacy, electronic healthcare records, electronic records, and technology implementation issues are also covered. 


Prerequisites: HIT 101 and HIT 102, with a grade of C or better or instructor approval


Rec Prep: ENG 22, or ENG 24 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent


HIT 225 Health Information Management (HIM) Supervisory Management (3)


Students will learn management principles used in healthcare organizations (specifically HIM departments and functions), including supervision, budgeting, and policies and procedures. Emphasis is also on communication within the organization and problem solving.


Prerequisites: HIT 101 and HIT 102, with a grade of C or better or instructor approval.


Rec Prep: ENG 22 or ENG 24, with a grade of C or better, or equivalent