Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

Health Information Technology

Allied Health

221 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time

Fall

Award

Associate of Applied Science degree

2 years (5 semesters)

Medical Coding diploma option

1 year (3 semesters)

Health information technology (HIT) professionals collect, analyze and manage patient health information, then communicate with patients, physicians, nurses, administrators, lawyers and insurance companies about the information in these records.

Health information technicians assemble patient health information and make sure medical records are complete. HITs code each diagnosis and procedure and may communicate with physicians to clarify diagnoses or obtain additional information. HITs provide reliable and valid information that drives the health care industry.

Career opportunities: hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians’ offices, correctional facilities, home health agencies, mental health agencies, insurance companies, computer software companies.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

First Semester

BIO-168

Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

4

CSC-110

Introduction to Computers

3

HIT-220

Introduction to Medical Coding

2.5

HIT-360

Introduction to HIT

3

HSC-107

Professionals in Health

2

HSC-115

Medical Terminology

4

 

 

18.5

Second Semester

BIO-173

Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4

HIT-240

Advanced Coding and Classification

3

HIT-495

Medical Office Management

2.5

HIT-550

Professional Practice Experience I

2.5

HSC-142

Elements of Pharmacology

1

MAT-731

Introduction to Math

2

 

 

15

Third Semester

HIT-280

CPT-4 Coding

3

HIT-291

Reimbursement Methods

2.5

HIT-551

Professional Practice Experience II

0.5

HSC-217

Introduction to Pathology

3

 

 

9

Fourth Semester

ENG-105

Composition I

3

HIT-350

Health Information Systems

2.5

HIT-420

Legal Aspects of Health Information

2

HIT-431

Quality Improvement

3

HIT-552

Professional Practice Experience III

3

 

 

13.5

Fifth Semester

HIT-450

Health Statistics

2

HIT-490

Health Management and Supervision

3.5

HIT-553

Professional Practice Experience IV

2

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology

3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

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Humanities elective

3

 

 

16.5

Total program credit hours

72.5

Medical Coding Diploma

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

First Semester

BIO-168

Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

4

CSC-110

Introduction to Computers

3

HIT-220

Introduction to Medical Coding

2.5

HIT-360

Introduction to HIT

3

HSC-107

Professionals in Health

2

HSC-115

Medical Terminology

4

 

 

18.5

Second Semester

BCA-213

Intermediate Computer Business Applications

3

BIO-173

Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4

HIT-240

Advanced Coding and Classification

3

HIT-495

Medical Office Management

2.5

HIT-550

Professional Practice Experience I

2.5

HSC-142

Elements of Pharmacology

1

MAT-731

Introduction to Math

2

 

 

18

Third Semester

HIT-280

CPT-4 Coding

3

HIT-291

Reimbursement Methods

2.5

HIT-551

Professional Practice Experience II

0.5

HSC-217

Introduction to Pathology

3

 

 

9

Total program credit hours

45.5

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