Health Information Technology

Associate in Applied Science

Health Information Technology

The Health Information Technology (HIT) Program prepares students for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification. Graduates with (RHIT) certification are employed in a variety of settings such as acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, insurance agencies, and pharmaceutical companies.

The Health Information Technology field involves the gathering, storage, and abstraction of health data. This data can be transformed into meaningful and useful information that can be utilized by various professionals for a variety of purposes. Career opportunities for individuals with the RHIT certification may include employment as Health Data Analyst, Electronic Health Record Specialist, Records Technician Specialist, Insurance Claims Analyst, Clinical Coding Specialist, Physician Practice Manager, Patient Information Coordinator, and Medical Records Technician.

The Atlantic Cape Community College Health Information Technology (HIT) Program is a cooperative program completed in conjunction with Camden County College. The Camden County College Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in cooperation with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

The Health Information Technology (HIT) Program is offered in two (2) phases. The first year of study, the pre-professional phase, consist of courses in general education, mathematics, science, and health information technology offered at Atlantic Cape. The second year, or the professional phase, of the program includes the remaining health information technology courses and professional practice opportunities offered at Camden County College.

Upon completion of the prerequisite coursework (pre-professional phase) here at Atlantic Cape students apply to Camden County College for admittance to the professional phase of the program. Students must complete each course in the pre-professional phase with a grade of “C” or better and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher to be considered for the professional phase of the program.

For additional information, please contact Myrna Morales Keklak at (609) 343-5033 or mkeklak@atlantic.edu. For questions about the professional phase of the program please contact Linda Mesko, Camden County College, at (856) 968-1331 or lmesko@camdencc.edu

Upon completion of this program students will be able to: 

  • Compute, interpret and analyze healthcare statistics.
  • Gather, interpret, analyze and monitor data used for quality management and performance improvement programs that relate to Health Information Technology and Health Information Management.
  • Analyze and validate coding and coding data for accuracy and compliance with federal and coding guidelines.

ATLANTIC CAPE COMMUNITY COLLEGE COURSES

Pre-Professional Phase - 37 credits

Degree requirements
Courses Credits

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES - 21 credits

Communication (6 credits)  
    ENGL101-Composition I
3
    ENGL102-Composition II
3
Mathematics-Science-Technology (12 credits)  
    BIOL109-General Biology I
4
    BIOL220-Human Anatomy and Physiology I
4
    BIOL221-Human Anatomy and Physiology II
4
Diversity (3 credits)  
   Choose: ANTH103-Cultural Anthropology, ENGL201-World Literature, GEOG102-Cultural Geography, GEOG110-World Geography, or RELG110-World Religion
3
Atlantic Cape Program Courses - 16 credits
   CISM125-Introduction to Computers 3
   HESC110-Comprehensive Medical Terminology 3
   HITT101-Introduction to Health Information 3
   HITT132-Basic Pharmacology 3
   MATH220-Statistical Methods
4

CAMDEN COUNTY COLLEGE COURSES

Professional Phase - 35 credits

 All professional phase coursework is completed online through Camden County College.
Camden County College Program Courses - 35 credits
 
   HIT110-Health Informatics
4
   HIT115-Healthcare Reimbursement
3
   HIT130-Introduction to Ambulatory Coding 3
   HIT134-Basic Pathophysiology 3
   HIT140-Diagnostic & Procedural Coding I 3
   HIT150-Technical Practice Experience 1
   HIT202-Statistical Methods for Health Information 3
   HIT205-Legal & Ethical Issues in HIT 2
   HIT215-Advanced Ambulatory Coding 3
   HIT235-Organizational Resources, QI and PI 4
   HIT240-Diagnostic & Procedural Coding II 4
   HIT220-Professional Practice Experience 2

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE

72

(HITT) EFFECTIVE FALL 2020

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Recommended sequence of courses
Course Code Course Name Course Credits

PRE-PROFESSIONAL PHASE - First Year

Atlantic Cape Community College Courses

Summer (4 credits)
BIOL109 General Biology I 4
First Semester - Fall (16 credits)
ENGL101 Composition I 3
BIOL220 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
CISM125 Introduction to Computers 3
HESC110 Comprehensive Medical Terminology 3
HITT101 Introduction to Health Information 3
Second Semester - Spring (17 credits)
ENGL102 Composition II 3
BIOL221 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
MATH220 Statistical Methods 4
Choose ANTH103-Cultural Anthropology, ENGL201-World Literature, GEOG102-Cultural Geography, GEOG110-World Geography, or RELG110-World Religion 3
HITT132 Basic Pharmacology 3

PROFESSIONAL PHASE - Second Year

Camden County College Courses

Third Semester - Fall (17 credits)
HIT110 Health Informatics 4
HIT115 Healthcare Reimbursement 3
HIT130 Introduction to Ambulatory Coding 3
HIT134 Basic Pathophysiology 3
HIT140 Diagnostic & Procedural Coding I 3
HIT150 Technical Practice Experience 1
Fourth Semester - Spring (18 credits)
HIT205 Legal & Ethical Issues in HIT 2
HIT202 Statistical Methods for Health Information 3
HIT215 Advanced Ambulatory Coding 3
HIT235 Organizational Resources, QI and PI 4
HIT240 Diagnostic & Procedural Coding II 4
HIT220 Professional Practice Experience 2