Health Information Technology

Thank you for your interest in the Health Information Technology (HIT) program. This packet provides important information regarding the HIT program. 

For additional questions or more information on the HIT program at College of DuPage, please do not hesitate to contact:

  • Office of Admissions & Outreach - (630) 942-2626 or admissions@cod.edu
    Application & General Program Information
  • Health Sciences Program Advisors - (630) 942-2259 or healthcareadvising@cod.edu
    Course Selection Assistance
  • Health and Sciences Division - (630) 942-8331
    Health Requirements Information
  • HIT Program Coordinator - Joyce Graves, M.A. RHIA, CCS, CCS-P at gravesj@cod.edu or (630) 942-2242

 

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Spring 2018 Application Deadline:
December 19, 2017 at 5 p.m.

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Career

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program is a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program, aimed at preparing students to process, analyze and store health records for patients, health practitioners and healthcare facilities. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) examination through the American Health Information Management Association (www.AHIMA.org).

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program at College of DuPage is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (www.cahiim.org). The HIT program's employer and graduate satisfaction rates were 100% for the 2014 Annual Program Assessment Report (APAR).

For more information, please contact the HIT program coordinator, Joyce Graves at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. Preferred method of communication is e-mail: gravesj@cod.edu. Phone: (630) 942-2242. Also, visiting www.cod.edu/hit may be helpful.

Program Information Disclaimer: This program information is published for that purpose only; however, the information in this packet is not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the student and the program. The program reserves the right to change, at any time, without notice, graduation requirements, fees and other charges, curriculum, course structure and content, and other such matters as may be within its control, notwithstanding any information set forth in the Program information packet in accordance with College of DuPage policies and procedures.

 

Program Profile

A health information professional collects, analyzes and manages the information that steers the healthcare industry.

At the heart of the profession's information responsibilities are keeping both computer-based and paper-based patient healthcare records. The health information professional orchestrates the collection of many types of documentation from a variety of sources, monitors the integrity of the information and ensures appropriate access to these records.

The professional also manages aggregate data based on the care of patients. He or she collects healthcare data by abstracting and encoding information, by using computer programs to interpret data and by putting in place quality controls to ensure the data's validity. In addition, the professional designs and improves systems, both computerized and manual, to manage large amounts of healthcare data. As with individual patient records, the professional balances a patient's privacy rights with legitimate uses of aggregate data.

The professional is qualified to manage individual records and aggregate data with a unique combination of knowledge/skills in:

    • Healthcare databases and database systems
    • Medical classification systems
    • Flow of clinical information
    • Relationship of financial information to clinical data
    • Uses and users of healthcare information
    • Privacy issues and security systems

The professional is valuable because health information is essential for:

    • The patient's care, disease prevention and health promotion
    • Providers to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of care
    • Reimbursement for healthcare services and analysis of alternate methods of coverage
    • Developing public policy on healthcare, including regulation, legislation, accreditation and healthcare reform
    • Planning, research, decision support and analysis


Please take the following into consideration:
HIT courses during the first year are usually two days per week, afternoons and evenings. Second-year courses are two days per week, mornings and afternoons for lectures, AND one to two days per week for professional practice experience/clinicals. This means a commitment of three to four days during the second year.

The HIT program includes 2 certificates:

  • Acute Health Care Coding
  • Ambulatory Coding

 

 

Classes


HIT Two Year, Full-Time Course Sequence – By Semesters

Year 1 Fall 2017
HIT 1101 – Fundamentals of HIT* (4 credit hours, pre-admission course)
Health Science 1110 – Biomedical Terminology* (3 credit hours, pre-admission course)
English 1101 – Composition I* (3 credit hours, pre-admission course)
Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) 1500 or A&P series* (4 credit hours, pre-admission course)
Math 1100 or higher (Math 1102 Preferred)* (3 credit hours, pre-admission course)

Total: 17* credit hours


*Students must have completed all of the pre-admission courses listed above prior to applying to the HIT program. The last opportunity to complete any/all of the pre-admission courses is the Fall semester of the application deadline.

Professional Course Sequence Once Admitted to the Program

Spring 2018
HIT 1102 – Clinical Classification Systems (5 credit hours)
HIT 1103 – Computerized Health Data and Statistics (4 credit hours)
HIT 2211 – Pathophysiology for Health Information (4 credit hours)
CIS 1150 – Introduction to Computers (3 credit hours)
Total: 16 credit hours

Summer 2018
HIT 1125 – Clinical Reimbursement Methodologies (3 credit hours)
HIT 1107 – CPT Coding (3 credit hours)
HIT 2203 – Pharmacology for HIT Professionals (3 credit hours
Total: 9 credit hours

Year 2
Fall 2018
HIT 2201 – Legal and Qualitative Aspects of Health Information (5 credit hours)
HIT 2221 – Professional Practice Experience (PPE) I (2 credit hours)
Humanities/Elective – (Philosophy 1112 is recommended) (3 credit hours)
Psychology 1100 – General Psychology (3 credit hours)
Total: 13 credit hours

Spring 2019
HIT 2202 – Management of Health Information (3 credit hours)
HIT 2207 – Advanced CPT and ICD Coding (4 credit hours)
HIT 2231 – Professional Practice Experience (PPE) II (2 credit hours
Speech 1100 or 1120 or 1150 (3 credit hours)
Total: 12 credit hours

Total Credits Required: 67**

**67 required credits in program requirements for the Associate Degree in Applied Science in HIT

NOTE: Once in the program, all students MUST receive a "C" or better in ALL HIT and required courses or they will be dropped. Students who drop out of the program (voluntarily OR due to program policy) must reapply if/when they so choose, yet certain courses must be repeated. All HIT courses each semester are prerequisites for courses in the next semester. Missing or failing just one required course during the sequence will cause a student to be dropped and he/she must then reapply. Accepted students who do not begin the program must reapply. Students who begin the program and drop out must reapply.

All records and documentation for the admissions requirements MUST be received by the application deadline. IT IS THE STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT ALL INFORMATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED by the appropriate department. To find out information about the status of your application, please contact the Office of Admissions & Outreach, SSC 2207, hsadmissions@cod.edu (preferred) or (630) 942-2626. Students with incomplete information will not be considered for admission. Any information received after the application deadline will not be accepted.

Clinical Education

Statement of Health
For students who are entering their final academic year in the HIT program, Professional Practice Experience course work requires every student to provide proof of health insurance, and successfully meet: health requirements, drug screening, criminal background check and the medical document manager requirements through CastleBranch. Precise timing of these activities are necessary and must be done only when instructed to do so by the HIT Program Coordinator. The Health Requirements packet is available on the Health Sciences Admission website.
Students with chronic medical conditions and physical limitations are required to submit documentation of current health status relating to their specific condition. The statement should include the physician's assessment as to the student's ability to meet the program objectives and standard skills in health information technology, and the current medications the student is required to take for health maintenance.

 

Progress on General Education Requirements

See class sequence.

 

Technical Standards of Acceptance

See Admission Requirements.

Rubric / Rank Score

See HIT Merit Evaluation.

Determination of Acceptance

Students are not accepted into this program until they receive an official acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions & Outreach.

Applicants who complete all steps by the application deadline will be considered for admission. The HIT Admissions Committee will meet to review COMPLETED student admission files in January. Applicants will be notified, by mail, of their status in late January.

Requirements after Acceptance

See Clinical Education

Licensure / Credentialing

For information regarding licensure please visit http://www.ahima.org/certification/RHIT.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in the Health Information Technology (HIT) program must complete all of the following steps in order to be considered for admission by the deadline of December 19, 2017.

NOTE: Admission Committees for all Health Science programs has the right to deny admission to any applicant that they feel is unable to fulfill these essential functions as described.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all material listed below have been completed and received by the Office of Admissions & Outreach, SSC 2207, by 5 p.m. on December 19, 2017.

  1. Attend a mandatory HIT Advising Session. View upcoming session dates and times and please make sure to RSVP for your session to secure your spot using the directions provided. It is required that an applicant attend an advising session within the 12 month period prior to the application deadline.

  2. Complete the College of DuPage General Admissions Application online or in person at the College of DuPage Office of Admissions and Outreach, SSC 2207. There is a $20 general admissions fee due upon submission. If you have previously attended College of DuPage, you can omit this step. This application is for general admissions to College of DuPage only; it is not an application to the Health Information Technology program.

  3. To ensure that all of your eligible credits are evaluated towards the admission requirements turn in all official Transcripts from any schools that you have attended. Please follow the steps listed below: Submit your official transcript(s). Contact your previous institution(s) to order an official copy of your transcript to be sent to the College of DuPage, Office of Student Records, 425 Fawell Blvd, SRC 2150, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599. If College of DuPage is the only institution you have attended you do not need to request official transcripts.
    Verify receipt of your transcript(s). Login to your myACCESS account, click on 'myACCESS for Students', then select 'My Profile'. The receipt status of your transcript will be listed under 'Transcript Institutions'. NOTE: If you have an international transcript from high school or college, it must be evaluated by EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIAL EVALUATORS, Inc. Forms may be obtained from www.ece.org

  4. Please have your 7-digit Student ID # ready and complete the online Health Sciences Application. Select Health Information Technology Degree when asked "which Health Sciences program are you applying to?" and Spring 2018 as your "anticipated entry term".

    NOTE: You can only submit the application online and must pay a $50 non-refundable application fee by credit card. If you do not have a credit card, you can purchase a prepaid credit card from your local retailer. Be sure you have selected the correct entry term and program. Once your term is selected and application submitted, you may not change this without submitting a new application and paying another $50 non-refundable application fee. If you previously applied to the Health Information Technology Degree program, you will need to complete this step again and pay another $50 non-refundable fee to be considered for this admissions cycle.

  5. Complete the College of DuPage Residency Verification form by providing 2 proofs of residency to the Office of Student Registration Services, Student Services Center (SSC) Room 2221 by the program application deadline date. Note: If 2 proofs of residency have not been submitted to Registration by the program application deadline date the applicant will not be considered for admission.

  6. Complete all pre-admission course requirements. All courses must be completed prior to the application deadline.
    1. Math
      1. The HIT Admissions Committee will accept:
        Any college-level math course (Math 1100 or higher) with a grade of "C" or better; however, Math 1102 is preferred
    2. Anatomy & Physiology
      1. The HIT Admissions Committee will accept any of the following taken within the last five years (12/19/12 - 12/19/17):
        ANAT 1500 or ANAT 1551 and 1552 or ANAT 1571 and 1572, with a grade of "C" or better.NOTE: If you choose to take ANAT 1551, then you must take ANAT 1552. If you choose to take ANAT 1571 then you must take ANAT 1572.
    3. English 1101 (3 credit hours)
      1. The HIT Admissions Committee will accept any of the following:
        English 1101, with a grade of "C" or better
    4. Health Sciences 1110 (Biomedical Terminology) (3 credit hours)
      1. The HIT Admissions Committee will accept any of the following taken within the last five years (12/19/12 - 12/19/17):
        Health Sciences 1110, with a grade of "C" or better
    5. Health Information Technology 1101 (Fundamentals of Health Information) (4 credit hours)
      1. The HIT Admissions Committee will accept any of the following taken within the last three years (12/19/14 - 12/19/17):
        Health Information Technology 1101, with a grade of "C" or better.

  7. OPTIONAL: Healthcare Experience (Must submit supporting documentation)
    (See merit evaluation for details)
    1. Proof of one year or more of recent Health Information Management employment (Full OR Part-time):
    2. Proof of one year or more of recent volunteerism related to Health Information
    3. Proof of one year or more of recent healthcare background (not counted above)

"All application documents delivered to the College of DuPage pertaining to a health sciences admissions file become the property of the College of DuPage and will not be returned to applicants. This includes but is not limited to transcripts, letters of recommendation, clinical evaluation forms or outside test reports."

 

Requests for admission are not automatically carried over to the following cycle. Applicants who were not accepted for the cycle in which they originally applied are asked to pay the $50 non-refundable Health Science application fee and submit any/all supporting documents as listed on the Admissions Checklist of the Application Packet requirements (if applicable).

 

Contact Information


If you are interested in learning more about this program, please

    1. Attend an advising session
                   and/or
    2. Visit a Health Career Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259 to make an appointment.
    3. For information or general inquiries, please send an email to healthcareadvising@cod.edu. (Please use above phone number only to schedule an appointment. Do not send an appointment request to this email).

Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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