The information contained within this curriculum guide contains the official Health Information Technology (HIT) Program Policies and Procedures. Students bear the responsibility to keep updated on any program changes.
The Health Information Technology (HIT) Program is offered at the Downtown Campus of the college (but is a Distance Learning program), located near the Louisville Medical Center Campus. The Health Information Technology program is a 68 credit hour program leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. The curriculum includes course work in the supporting sciences and general education areas. Classroom instruction is supplemented with learning experiences in the campus laboratory and in area health care facilities. Students enrolled in the Health Information Technology Program are required to achieve a minimum of grade of “C” in Health Information Technology pre-requisite courses.
The HIT program prepares the graduate to take an active role in the field of health information management. Graduates will interact with physicians, health professionals, financial and administrative staff as well as outside entities from government agencies, accrediting organizations, and with the legal system to ensure the protection of patient information systems. Graduates will help determine health information budgets, resources and policies, and provide reports/analyses utilizing current and accurate data. Health information technicians are employed in hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes, physician practices, other health care facilities and industry. Students interested in a career in health information are welcome to contact the HIT Program Coordinator for information or academic advising.
Because faculty spend the majority of their time teaching, the preferred method of contact is via email.
The health information technician works to promote, maintain and improve the management of health information within health organizations. Computerization, on-going legislation/reforms, information reimbursement requirements, security issues, advances in medical science, and the need to contain health care costs have resulted in a an increased demand for HIT specialists, all applicants should possess sufficient:
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is a student’s personal decision to disclose a disability. If students choose to disclose a disability, by college policy, they will be directed to the Disability Resource Center. By law, all reasonable accommodations will be made. Students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services) for this program must contact the Access*Ability Resource Center (Student Disability Services) office in Room 319 of the Chestnut Hall on the Downtown campus. The telephone number is 502.212.375. Please DO NOT request accommodations directly from the professor or instructor.
Established by the Senate Rules for admission into the Applicant Pool In order to be considered for admission, applicants must comply with college and program application requirements. Students applying for admission to the Jefferson Community and Technical College Health Information Technology Program must meet the minimum requirements established by the Senate Rules of the Community College System. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements cannot be admitted to the HIT Program. Meeting the minimum requirements permits a student to be included in the qualified applicant pool, but does not guarantee admission to the HIT Program. Admission to the college does not imply admission to the HIT Program.
Students first must apply to Jefferson Community and Technical College and then submit a separate HIT selective admission program application to the HIT Academic Program Coordinator. Program applications will be made available only during HIT Program Pre-Admission Conferences held on the dates listed at the end of this curriculum guide or during the student’s interview with the Academic Program Coordinator.
If you plan to transfer college credit from another college toward the HIT program curriculum, have a student copy of your transcript evaluated by the HIT faculty. Bring the following to your appointment:
Applicants must attend a pre-admission conference (No appointment is required.) or have a personal interview (set by appointment) with the Academic Program Coordinator. The pre-admission conference/interview is where you will receive information about the HIT Program and may ask questions. This is when you will receive an application for Selective Admission to the Health Information Technology Program. (If you have attended any KCTCS college (only), photocopies of this information is able to be accessed electronically; thus, no photocopies will be required.) All applications must be received by April 20th, 2018.
On-line applications only are available admission to Jefferson Community and Technical College. Here, you (including international students) will find instructions and on-line forms for applying to Jefferson. Be certain to meet deadlines established when applying to Jefferson. If you have questions regarding your Jefferson application, contact the admissions office by phone at 502.213.4000 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Official applications sent to the Allied Health Division Office or the HIT Office will not be forwarded to Admissions.
Enrollment in the Health Information Technology Program is selective and is based upon the available facilities and resources within the community and the college.
Selection of students for the program will be made by the President of the college or the president’s designees after considering the recommendation of the Admissions Committee. Selection preference may be given to:
|Category||Criteria||Maximum Points Available|
|I. ACT Score (SAT or COMPASS scores)||All applicants must meet minimum college standards. Thereafter, scores are ranked in order highest to lowest.||20|
|II. General Academic Standing (GPA)||
If applicant has completed 12 or more college credit hours with a 3.0 or above (remedial or developmental courses do not apply), then cumulative college GPA is utilized for point assessment.
|III. Prerequisite Courses||
Applicants who have a 3.0 GPA or above in the following courses:
|IV. Veteran Status||Applicants who are veterans, active duty personnel, their spouses, and also displaced workers who qualify under the Trade Adjustment Act.||10|
|Maximum Points Available||100|
Applicants will be notified in writing as to their admission status to the Health Information Technology program. No information will be available by phone or email. Applicants will receive letters regarding admission by mid-June to late-June of each year. Applicants accepted into the program will be enrolled in the appropriate HIT courses by program personnel.
All Allied Health majors with a clinical component within their major must submit to a criminal background check and drug screening. This is to ensure a safe clinical environment for both students and the public and to meet the contractual requirements of area healthcare facilities. Situations in which a student does not have a satisfactory background check or drug test will be reviewed by the Division Chair of Allied Health on a case-by-case basis. Convictions involving the following crimes may serve to disqualify a person from participating in required clinical learning experiences:
Drug screening may be required of a student at any time throughout the course of study if there is reasonable suspicion on the part of the program faculty that the student may be using a controlled substance not prescribed by a health care provider. Positive findings on a drug screen or refusal to submit to a requested drug screen will result in immediate administrative withdrawal of the student from the program.
Each student will be given the information about the above testing once accepted into the HIT program. The cost of background checks and drug testing is the responsibility of each student. (Some financial aid programs may pay these costs.)
Jefferson Community and Technical College is a public, comprehensive, postsecondary institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.
The Associate in Applied Science Degree Health Information Technology Program at Jefferson Community and Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Additional information may be found at CAHIIM’s website URL: http://cahiim.org
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technology and/or the CCA (Certified Coding Associate) examination(s). Graduates with sufficient work experience also may choose to sit for the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), or Certified Coding Specialist – Physician Office (CCS-P) coding examination(s). Students interested in any of the above examinations may contact the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education c/o AHIMA at 233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601 or the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) at 233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150, Chicago, IL 60601. Credentialing is dependent upon successful completion of the examination(s).
Graduates also may choose to sit for other credentialing examination offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The student may obtain more information from the AAPC website URL at: http://www.aapc.com/
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|CLA 131, AHS, 115 or MIT103||Medical Terminology||3|
|MAT 110 or MAT 150*||Applied Mathematics OR College Algebra||3|
|BIO 137||Anatomy and Physiology I (formerly BSL 110)||4|
|Total Credit Hours||10|
|BIO 139||Anatomy and Physiology II (formerly BSL 111)||4|
|CIT 105, OST 105 or Related||Computer Fundamentals/Introduction||3|
|HIT 100||Introduction to Healthcare Delivery Systems||3|
|HIT 105||Pathophysiology & Pharm||4|
|Total Credit Hours||14|
|CIT 130 or OST 240||Microcomputer Applications of Software Integration||3|
|HIT 109||Clinical Classification Systems I||4|
|HIT 110||Legal/Ethical Issues in Health Information||2|
|HIT 112||Reimbursement Methodologies||3|
|HIT 215-1||Clinical Practicum I||2|
|ENG 101||Writing I*||3|
|Total Credit Hours||17|
|ENG 102||Writing II*||3|
|Heritage/Humanities* (Approved General Education Course)||3|
|Total Credit Hours||6|
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|COM 181 or COM 252||Basic Public Speaking OR Interpersonal Communication||3|
|PSY 110 or SOC 101||General Psychology OR Introduction to Sociology||3|
|HIT 200||Computers in Health Care||3|
|HIT 202||Clinical Classification Systems II||3|
|HIT 205||Performance Improvement in Health Information||3|
|Total Credit Hours||15|
|HIT 207||Clinical Classification Systems III||3|
|HIT 211||Health Care Management and Statistics||3|
|HIT 215-2||Clinical Practicum II||2|
|Total Credit Hours||9-10|
All HIT courses are offered on-line, excluding HIT215-1 and HIT215-2. Students must check with the respective General Studies departments to determine whether those required courses may be completed online or in-person.
Upon successful completion of specific courses (grade of “C” or better), HIT Program
students qualify for the following embedded certificates: Release of Information Data
Specialist and Medical Records Coding Specialist. Upon receipt of the Medical Record
Coding Specialist certificate, students may sit for the CCA, CCS, or CCS-P credentials examinations
given by the American Health Information Management Association and/or other credential
examinations given by the American Association of Professional Coders. Students’ HIT
Academic Program Coordinator will provide additional details.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex or handicap in employment, educational programs or activities as set forth in Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Applicants must attend a pre-admission conference (No appointment is required.) or have a personal interview (set by appointment) with the Academic Program Coordinator. The pre-admission conference/interview is where you will receive information about the HIT Program and may ask questions. This is when you will receive an application for Selective Admission to the Health Information Technology Program. (If you have attended any KCTCS college (only), photocopies of this information is able to be accessed electronically; thus, no photocopies will be required.) All applications must be received by April 20th, 2019.
All conferences will meeting at 1:00pm on the Downtown Campus in the Health Science Hall, room 377.
Additional 2019 dates may be added at a later time.