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Health Information Technology (HIT) Program Curriculum Guide

  • Updated last: 02/2018

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.

General Overview

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.

Contact Information

Because faculty spend the majority of their time teaching, the preferred method of contact is via email.

Admission Policies and Procedures

  1. College Admission
    • 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. Nor does admission to the college imply admission to the HIT Program. Only the HIT Selective Admissions Committee may make recommendations to the Dean of Technical Education regarding program admission; only the Dean of Technical Education has ultimate authority to admit a student to the HIT program.
  2. Selective Admission Program
    • Admission Enrollment in the Health Information Technology Program is selective and is based upon the available facilities and resources within the community and the college.
    • In order to be considered by the HIT Admissions Committee, each applicant must attend a pre-admissions conference and/or interview with the Program Coordinator or designee and present the following credentials no later than the deadline(s) established for program entry. Consult the HIT home page on Jefferson’s website for exact dates, as they change annually.
      1. Application for admission to the college.
      2. Official high school transcript indicating the applicant has or will have completed a high school course of study or a passing GED report.
      3. Official transcripts of all post-secondary education. 4. American College Test (ACT) and/or SAT, ASSET or COMPASS exam/scores.
    • Applications for admission to the program may be accepted by the Admissions Committee later than the stated dates provided that:
      1. Positions remain unfilled, and;
      2. All required documents have been submitted;
      3. At the discretion of the Academic Program Coordinator or designee.

Technical Standards

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:

  1. visual acuity, such as needed to read and assess patient health information records;
  2. auditory perception to receive and interpret verbal communication from individuals and groups;
  3. gross and fine motor coordination to perform business machine, office and computer tasks;
  4. communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and groups; and
  5. intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement Health Information Management functions

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.

Minimum Requirements

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.

Application Process and Deadlines

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:

  • Unofficial copies of each of your transcripts. (Please bring old college catalogs)
  • Assessment scores
  • ACT scores, if available (or SAT scores)

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 jefferson-admissions@kctcs.edu. 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 Process and Deadlines

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:

  1. Applicants with an ACT or COMPASS score exceeding the minimum required by the college for admission;
  2. Applicants who have completed 12 or more college credit hours with a GPA of 3.0 or better (4 point scale) or;
  3. Applicants who have completed the medical terminology and anatomy and physiology requirements with a GPA of a 3.0 or better (4 point scale);
  4. Qualified applicants who are veterans, spouses of military veterans, and also for displaced workers who qualify under the Trade Adjustment Act;

Admission Criteria (Point system)

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.

  • GPA of 3.75 – 4.0 = 40 points
  • GPA of 3.50 – 3.74 = 35 points
  • GPA of 3.25 – 3.49 = 30 points
  • GPA of 3.0 – 3.24 = 25 points
40
III. Prerequisite Courses

Applicants who have a 3.0 GPA or above in the following courses:

  • BIO 135 or BIO 137 (formerly BSL 110);
  • CLA 131 Medical Terminology from Greek and Latin OR AHS 115 Medical Terminology OR OST 103 (MIT103) Medical Office Terminology
30
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.

Post Admission Requirements and Deadlines

  1. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each pre-requisite, core requisite, and HIT core course to continue in the program.
  2. Each program applicant is responsible for keeping his/her HIT file up-to-date. Important updates include new grades, and changes in the student’s phone number, mailing address, and preferred e-mail address.
  3. Students are responsible for ensuring that all pre-requisite courses have been completed prior to their last semester. HIT215-2 – Clinical Practicum II will not be scheduled until this is accomplished.
  4. Each student shall schedule an Academic Program Plan review with the HIT Academic Coordinator one semester prior to graduation.
  5. Each student is responsible for applying on-line for graduation and certificates of completion for which s/he qualifies.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Testing

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:

  1. any felony, whether listed below or not
  2. crimes involving drugs, including but not limited to unlawful possession or distribution
  3. crimes of physical violence to include any type of abuse (child, spousal, or of the elderly), abduction such as kidnapping, manslaughter, murder, robbery, sexual crimes, possession of a restricted fire arm or any related weapons offenses, assault and battery or
  4. conviction of a misdemeanor related to abuse, neglect or exploitation.

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.)

Accreditation and Credentials Examinations

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.

CAHIM logoThe 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/

Additional Information

  • Incoming Freshmen
    • Students must take one of the following college introduction courses – FYE 105 or AHS 105 within the first two (2) semesters of college.
    • Students transferring college course work into Jefferson Community and Technical College are exempt from this requirement.
  • Developmental Course Work
    • Students needing developmental math courses cannot take collegiate math and/or science courses until they successfully complete their developmental courses.
    • Students needing developmental English or Reading may take a computer class only after they successfully have completed the developmental course(s).
  • Placement/Assessment Testing
    • The ACT and COMPASS math scores are good for two (2) years and the English scores are good for five (5) years.
    • If they are older, the student must be COMPASS tested again for that section.
  • Other Requirements
    • Incoming Freshman HIT program students must demonstrate basic computer literacy.
    • This may be accomplished either by testing out or by successfully completing (with a grade of “C” or better) one of these courses: CIT 105, OST 105, or similar, related course.
    • Test-out options may exist, and can be explored through a discussion with the Registrar’s Office.

Sample Curriculum & Course Sequence

  FIRST YEAR  
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
Summer Semester    
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
     
Fall Semester    
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
Spring Semester    
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
Summer Semester    
ENG 102 Writing II* 3
  Heritage/Humanities* (Approved General Education Course) 3
  Total Credit Hours 6

 

  SECOND YEAR  
Course Number  Course Name  Credit Hours
Fall Semester   3
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
Spring Semester    
  Elective 1-2
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
  • Final course scheduling will be determined by the College and may vary from the above calendar.
  • *MAT 146 and/or STA 220 will be considered equivalent mathematics courses for the purposes of the HIT AAS.
  • Final course scheduling will be determined by the College and may vary from the above calendar.

Course Schedules

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.

Embedded Certificate(s)

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.

Pre-admission Conference Dates/Sites

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.

  • February 14th, 2019
  • April 11th, 2019
  • June 13th , 2019
  • August 15th , 2019

Additional 2019 dates may be added at a later time.