Health Information Technology - HI13

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Valdosta Campus

Program Overview

The Health Information Technology degree program is a sequence of courses designed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to process, maintain, analyze, and report health information data according to legal accreditation, licensure and certification standards for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment and research; program graduates will develop leadership skills necessary to serve in a functional supervisory role in various components of the health information system.

Entrance Requirements

*Submit a completed application and application fee;   
  
*Be at least 16 years of age;      

*Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;     

*Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;     
 
*Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores;

 ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

*Physical examination, up-to-date immunizations, criminal background check and drug screen required prior to start of clinical rotation. 

*Students registering for this program on the Ben Hill-Irwin, Coffee, or Cook campuses will be required to attend the Valdosta campus to complete some course requirements.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
General Education Core (15 hours)
Area I - Language Arts/Communications (3 hours)

Prereqs: (ENGL 0098 or Test Score) AND (READ 0098 or Test Score)

Coreqs: None

Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.
Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)
XXX
xxx
Social Sciences/Behavioral Sciences Elective
3
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics (3 hours)
MATH
1111
3

Prereqs: Degree Level Math Scores

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.
Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts (3 hours)
XXX
xxx
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
3
Additional General Education Core Elective (3 hours)
XXX
xxx
General Education Core Elective
3
Occupational Courses (49 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: Provisional Admission

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: BIOL 2113L, ENGL 1101

Introduces the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the development of a systemic perspective of anatomical structures and physiological processes. Topics include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous and sensory systems.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: BIOL 2113, ENGL 1101

Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2113. The laboratory exercises for this course include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous sensory systems.

Prereqs: BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L

Coreqs: BIOL 2114L

Continues the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

Prereqs: BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L

Coreqs: BIOL 2114

Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2114. The laboratory exercises for this course include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

Prereqs: Program Admission, BUSN 2300 or ALHS 1090

Coreqs: None

Provides fundamental information concerning common diseases and disorders of each body system. For each system, the disease or disorder is highlighted including: description, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment, management, prognosis, and prevention. Topics include: introduction to disease and diseases of body systems.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course focuses on orienting the student to health information management. Topics include introducing students to the structure of healthcare in the United States and its providers, and the structure and function of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Prereqs: COMP 1000

Coreqs: None

Designed to provide students with computer and software skills used in medical offices. Topics include hardware and software components of computers for medical record applications; database software and information management; specialized information management systems in healthcare; methods of controlling confidentiality and patient rights; accuracy and security of health information data in computer systems as well as future directions of information technology in healthcare.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course focuses on the study of legal principles applicable to health information, patient care and health records. Topics include: working of the American Legal System, courts and legal procedures, principles of liability, patient record requirements, access to health information, confidentiality and informed consent, the judicial process of health information, specialized patient records, risk management and quality assurance, HIV information, and the electronic health record.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course provides a study of content, storage, retrieval, control, retention, and maintenance of health information. Topics include: health data structure, content and standards, healthcare information requirements and standards.
HIMT
1350
2

Prereqs: BUSN 2300 or ALHS 1090

Coreqs: None

Introduces drug therapy with emphasis on safety, classification of drugs, their action, side effects, and/or adverse reactions. Also introduces the basic concept used in the administration of drugs. Topics include: introduction to pharmacology, sources and forms of drugs, drug classification, and drug effects on the body systems.

Prereqs: (BIOL 2113/2113L & 2114/2114L or ALHS 1011) and (ALHS 1090 or BUSN 2300) and (HIMT 1350 or MAST 1030)

Coreqs: MAST 1120

This course provides the student an introduction to Medical Coding and Classification of diseases, injuries, encounters, and procedures using standard applications of Medical Coding Guidelines to support reimbursement of healthcare services.

Prereqs: HIMT 1400

Coreqs: None

This course is a continuation of HIMT 1400 (Coding and Classification Basic). This course provides the student with case studies for in-depth review of inpatient and outpatient record formats as found in current healthcare settings. Advanced coding skills and use of industry applications to apply coding and billing standards will be the focus to develop auditing and compliance strategies in the work setting.
2

Prereqs: MATH 1111

Coreqs: HIMT 2200

This course analyzes the study of methods and formulas used in computing and preparing statistical reports for health care services and vital records. It also focuses on the study of methods and techniques used in presenting statistical data.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course introduces the students to the peer review and the role health information plays in evaluating patient care. The course investigates the components of performance improvement programs in health care facilities, including quality assessment, utilization management, risk management, and critical clinical pathways. State and local standards are included as well as review of the federal governments role in health care and accreditation requirements of various agencies.
3

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course will engage in the functions of a manager, planning, organizing, decision making, staffing, leading or directing, communication and motivating. Further study will include principles of authority/ responsibility, delegation and effective communication, organization charts, job descriptions, policies and procedures, employee motivation, discipline and performance evaluation.

Prereqs: HIMT 1400

Coreqs: None

This course provides an introduction to, and application of, codes using CPT/HCPCS system. Codes will be applied to workbook exercises, case studies, and actual outpatient charts. Codes will be assigned manually as well as by an encoder.

Prereqs: HIMT 1400

Coreqs: None

This course focuses on how the revenue cycle is impacted by various departments within the facility such as patient access/registration, case management/quality review, health information management, and patient accounting. Subjects include insurance plans, medical necessity, claims processing, accounts receivable, chargemaster, DRGs, APCs, edits, auditing and review. ICD and CPT coding as they relate to the billing function will be reviewed. The importance of revenue cycle management for fiscal stability is emphasized.

Prereqs: HIMT 1200, HIMT 1250

Coreqs: HIMT 2400

This course will allow students to perform advanced functions of a health information management (HIM) department. Students will work in realistic work environments in either a traditional, non-traditional, or lab setting. Activities will include application of all HIT coursework. The student will also learn professional skills to prepare them for employment in the HIM career field.
Choose One of the Following (2 hours)
2

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces the basic spelling and pronunciation of medical terms, and the use of these terms as they relate to anatomy, treatment, surgery, and drugs. Topics include: word analysis, word elements, spelling, pronunciation, and semantics.

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.

 

   

The Health Information Technology Associate Degree at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).


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Related Program Options:

Health Information Coding Diploma
Healthcare Access Associate TCC

Frequently Asked Questions

General Education Core Options

Advisors

Cherelle Aguigui
Health Information Technology Program Coordinator
Office: Lowndes Hall, Room 7253
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext. 1244
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus