Health Information Technology

  • About this Program

    Cahim Accredited 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.

    Accreditation statement

    The Health Information Technology Program’s accreditor of Baltimore City 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 2028-2029. 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.

    Program Accreditation Statistics: 2019 - 2020 Outcomes

    Employment Rates - 80%
    Graduation Rates -78%
    Retention Rates - 83%
    Graduate Response rate -100%
    Employer Response rate -100%
    PPE Mentor Satisfaction Rate -100%

    Students in the Health Information Technology degree program who wish to receive the Coding Specialist Certificate must take HIT 226 Coding Practicum II.

    Program’s Mission

    The mission of the Health Information Technology Program at Baltimore City Community College is to provide the students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to excel in the field of Health Information Technology and to foster lifelong learning among active healthcare professionals.

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.

     

Career Pathways

Program Contact

  • Kathryn T. Singleton, MS, RHIA
    Program Director,
    Main Building 231G
    (410) 462-7722
    Ksingleton@bccc.edu

    410-462-7735 (HIT Lab)
    410- 225-4633 (fax)

    Brittany Henderson
    Coordinator of Special Populations
    Main Building room 2
    410.462.8411
    brhenderson@bccc.edu

     

Upon acceptance into the program, students must:

  • Upon acceptance into the program, students must:

    1.      Carry health insurance as long as they are in the program or sign a medical waiver accepting.

    2.      Be responsible for their own health and safety in the classrooms and clinical areas to which they are assigned.

    3.      Show proof of current health status by physical exam less than a year old.

    4.      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

    5.      Be aware that seasonal flu and other immunizations may be required by the assigned clinical health care facility. 

    6.      Have a criminal background check and a drug screen per clinical agency regulations. Check with the Clinical Coordinator for more information.

    7.      Maintain a minimum of "C" in each required course to progress through the course and semester sequence. 

    8.      Have a 2.5 GPA to apply to the program and must maintain a 2.0 throughout the duration of the program.

    In addition students:

    1. Will incur expenses for books, tuition, etc.
    2. Are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical practicums.