Health Information Technology
About this Program
Health Information Technology graduates (HIT) perform a variety of technical, health information management functions including organizing, analyzing and evaluating health information. HITs ensure that information maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility and security in both paper files and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code patient information for insurance reimbursement, for databases and registries and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.
Graduates of BCCC’s Health Information Technology Program are eligible to apply for the national certifying Registered Health Information Technician examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association. BCCC’s Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Information Managment Education.
Program Accreditation Statistics: 2011 – 2012 and 2012 – 2013
Employer Satisfaction Rate: 100%
Student Graduate Survey, Satisfaction Rate: 100%
Pass Rate – National Exam 2011-2012: 100%
Pass Rate – National Exam 2012-2013: 80%
Students in the Health Information Technology degree program who wish to receive the Coding Specialist Certificate must take HIT 226 Coding Practicum II.
Skills You Will Learn
Students in the Health Information Technology Program learn:
- How to collect, maintain, report and analyze health data for research and quality management
- How to adhere to healthcare privacy, confidentiality and ethical standards
- How to apply laws and standards related to health information
- How to maintain data security
HIT students need excellent critical thinking, analytic and technical skills. They must be detail-oriented and committed to protecting patient confidentiality and data integrity.
The Health Information Technology Program prepares students for employment with:
- Acute care hospitals
- Extended care and mental health facilities
- State and federal agencies
- Insurance companies
- Transcription services and consulting
Learn more about national and state employment trends and wage data on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website www.bls.gov under overview of BLS wage data by area and occupation.
*Above information taken from: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm
410-462-7735 (HIT Lab)
410- 225-4633 (fax)
Upon acceptance into the program, students must:
1. Must complete an American Heart Association CPR course. A copy of both sides of the card must be provided on the first day of class.
2. Are required to carry health insurance as long as they are in the program or sign a medical waiver accepting.
3. Responsible for their own health and safety in the classrooms and clinical areas to which they are assigned.
4. Must show proof of current health status by physical exam less than a year old.
5. Have up-to-date immunization/titres:
a. The Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) must be done annually
b. Rubella, Rubeola and Mumps titre and immunization, if necessary
c. Varicella (chicken pox) titre and immunization, if necessary
d. Hepatitis B screening, vaccine if necessary, or written waiver
6. Seasonal flu and other immunizations may be required by the assigned clinical health care facility.
7. Will be required to have a criminal background check and a drug screen per clinical agency regulations. Check with the Program Coordinator for more information.
8. Must maintain a minimum of “C” in each required course to progress through the course and semester sequence.
9. Must have a 2.5 GPA to apply to the program and must maintain a 2.0 throughout the duration of the program.
10. In addition students:
a. Will incur expenses for books, tuition, etc.
Are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical practicums.