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Health Information Technology Course Descriptions

HIT 1040 Introduction to the Study of Disease I

3 Credits (Hybrid class)
The study of human disease is an introductory course to the study of the etiology (causes) of disease, the signs and symptoms of the disease, the pathophysiology (disease processes), the diagnostic tests associated with the confirmation of the disease, and the medical (pharmacology) and surgical procedures associated with the treatment of the disease. Basic word parts, word division and pronunciation will be studied as well as medical terms relating to the body systems studied in this course. This study is completed in the HIT 102 course.Requisites: Anatomy and Physiology, ANA 1010 and ANA 1120


HIT 1051 Introduction to the Study of Disease II

3 Credits (Hybrid class)
The study of human disease is an introductory course to the study of the etiology (causes) of disease, the signs and symptoms of the disease, the pathophysiology (disease processes), the diagnostic tests associated with the confirmation of the disease, and the medical (pharmacology) and surgical procedures associated with the treatment of the disease. Basic word parts, word division and pronunciation will be studied as well as medical terms relating to the body systems studied in this course. This study is a continuation of the HIT 101 course.Prerequisite: HIT 1040 Requisites: Anatomy and Physiology, ANA 1010 and ANA112


HIT 1201 Information Technology

4 Credits (Hybrid class)
This course introduces computer concepts (hardware components, systems architectures, operating systems and languages, and software packages and tools), communication and internet technologies (such as networks, intranet, standards) and common software applications (such as word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphics). This course introduces system architecture and design, data retrieval and maintenance, and data security and data integrity concepts. In depth study of the operation of databases. Finally, application of systems, policies to information systems, functions and data requests, and system acquisition and evaluation are reviewed.


HIT 1310 Health Information Technology

4 Credits (Hybrid class)
This course is a continuation of the Information Technology course (HIT 1201) regarding the application of technology to health information specifically in the areas of collection, use, management, research, and storage/retention. This course introduces the standards that apply to health information from a variety of sources (from government agencies, accrediting bodies, and third party payers). Finally, the content, format, evaluation, and completion of medical records are studied in depth for various levels of care. Requisite: HIT 1201


HIT 1341 Clinical: Information Systems & Health Information Content

1 Credit
Clinical education provides an opportunity to observe/ participate in specific areas of the health information technology and management cycle in a healthcare facility. The specific areas of this clinical education are:

  • systems architectures, operating systems and languages, and software packages and tools
  • communication and internet technologies
  • data retrieval and maintenance
  • data security and data integrity concepts
  • operation of databases
  • system acquisition and evaluation are reviewed
  • content, format, evaluation, and completion of medical records

Prerequisites: HIT 1201, HIT 1341


HIT 1600 Health Information: Documentation & Privacy

4 Credits (Hybrid class)
This course covers the study of the various healthcare delivery organizations in terms of their organizational structure, operation, licensure and regulations. National and state laws are studied and applied to the protection and release of healthcare information. The course finishes with the evaluation of polices on confidentiality, privacy, security, and professional ethical issues. Requisites: SSC 1050, HIT 1201, HIT 1300


HIT 1640 Clinical: Documentation Standards & Privacy

1 Credit
Clinical education provides an opportunity to observe/ participate in specific areas of the health information technology and management cycle at a health care facility. The specific areas of this clinical education are privacy policy implementation and release of information from health records. Prerequisites: HIT 1201, HIT 1300, HIT 1600


HIT 1800 Biomedical Research Statistics & Quality Management

4 Credits (Hybrid class)
When processing health statistics, the health information technologist monitors, evaluates and implements all statistical functions within the Health Information Management Department in relationship with other departments in the hospital setting and in relationship to external reporting agencies. Computations of necessary data, compiling and deciphering for statistical research including reporting of such data is a vital function of a healthcare information management. Prerequisite: MAT 1010

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HIT 2100 Organizational Resources

4 Credits (Hybrid class)
This course begins with the study of roles and functions of teams and committees and the dynamics or group interaction. The development of good communication and leadership skills and studied and practiced. This module finishes with the review and development of orientation and training programs, process improvement and the concepts governing management of personnel. The second module of the course focuses on the budget process and the revenue cycle and the monitors required to maintain the budget and a healthy revenue cycle. Prerequisites: HIT 1201, HIT 1300, HIT 1600, HIT 1800


HIT 2140 Clinical: Management

1 Credit
Clinical education provides an opportunity to observe/ participate in specific areas of the health information technology and management cycle at a health care facility. The specific areas of this clinical education are:

  • monitor and report on process, staffing levels and productivity for selected health information function, excluding coding
  • analyze workflow and process monitors
  • use tools and techniques to monitor, report, and improve processes
  • recommend cost-saving and efficient means of achieving work processes and goals
  • conduct training program regarding process improvement recommendations

HIT 2200 Classification Systems & Reimbursement‑ICD

4 Credits (Hybrid class)
This course introduces the classification of disease and procedures according to International Classification of Diseases 9, Clinical Modification. All principles for accurate coding of medical records according to this classification system are studied and practiced. The use of technologies to assist in coding are incorporated to the manual coding process. Healthcare reimbursement history and current practices are reviewed. Reimbursement issues affecting coding are practiced. Coding Compliance policies and practices are studied. ICD-10 is introduced (due for implementation October, 2015). Prerequisites: HIT 1040, HIT 1051, ANA 1010, ANA 1120


HIT 2300 Classification Systems and Reimbursement-CPT

4 Credits (Hybrid class)
This course reinforces the classification of disease and procedures according to International Classification of Diseases 9, Clinical Modification and introduces Current Procedural Terminology. All principles for accurate coding of medical records according to these classification systems are studied and practiced. The use of technologies to assist in coding are incorporated to the manual coding process. Healthcare reimbursement history and current practices are reviewed. Reimbursement issues affecting coding are practiced. Coding Compliance policies and practices are studied. ICD-10 procedures are reinforced (due for implementation October, 2015). Prerequisites: HIT 1040, HIT 1051, ANA 1010, ANA 1120, HIT 2200


HIT 2400 Advanced Coding: ICD and CPT

2 Credits (Hybrid class)
This course reinforces the classification of disease and procedures according to International Classification of Diseases 9, Clinical Modification ands Current Procedural Terminology by reinforcing coding skills using extensive case study practice, including principles for accurate coding of medical records, the use of technologies to assist in coding reimbursement issues affecting coding, Coding Compliance policies, ICD‑10 procedures coding are reinforced (due for implementation October, 2015). Competency testing concludes the course with the use of sample CCS and CPC exam preparation tests. Prerequisite: HIT 1040, HIT 1051, ANA 1010, ANA 1120, HIT 2200, HIT 2300


HIT 2440 Clinical Education: Coding in ICD and CPT

2 Credits
Clinical education provides an opportunity to observe/participate in specific areas of the health information technology and management cycle at a health care facility. (virtual or on-site clinical practice) The specific areas of this clinical education are:

  1. Apply principles and applications of ICD/CPT coding systems
  2. Adhere to current regulations and established guidelines in code assignment.
  3. Analyze Case mix analysis and indexes and severity of illness systems
  4. Evaluate coding compliance strategies, auditing, and reporting
  5. Apply payment methodologies and systems (such as capitation, prospective payment systems, RBRVS) Validate coding accuracy using clinical information found in the health record.
  6. Resolve discrepancies between coded data and supporting documentation
  7. Evaluate coding productivity and accuracy requirements.
  8. Analyze coding auditing processes.
  9. Analyze coding management and revenue cycle components

Prerequisites: HIT 1040, HIT 1051, ANA 1010, ANA 1120, HIT 2200, HIT 2300 Requisite: HIT 2400