Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2017-2018

Health Information Technology

Allied Health

2164 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time
Fall

Award
Associate of Applied Science degree
2 years (5 terms, including summer)
Medical Coding Diploma
1 year (3 terms including summer)

Accreditation
The Health Information Technology A.A.S. program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to become a registered health information technician (RHIT). The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) can be contacted at: 233 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-5800; 312-233-1100; www.cahiim.org

Kirkwood's HIT program has a 100 percent pass rate on the AHIMA-RHIT National Certificate Examination.

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.

Kirkwood's HIT program focuses on medical coding as well as the management of health information. In addition to taking courses on campus, students also complete practicums at health facilities throughout the state.

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

Prerequisites

BIO-168

Human Anatomy & Physiology I**-

4

HSC-115

Medical Terminology**+

4

CSC-110

Introduction to Computers**+

3

 

 

11

Term 1-Fall

HIT-361

Introduction to HIT+

3

HIT-220

Introduction to Medical Coding+

2.5

HSC-107

Professionals in Health*-

2

BIO-173

Human Anatomy & Physiology II*-

4

MAT-772

Applied Math*-

3

 

 

14.5

Term 2-Spring

BCA-213

Intermediate Computer Business Applications*+

3

HIT-550

Professional Practice Experience I-

2.5

HIT-495

Medical Office Management-

2.5

HIT-240

Advanced Coding & Classification+

3

HSC-142

Elements of Pharmacology*+

1

 

 

12

Term 3-Summer

HIT-280

CPT-4 Coding+

3

HIT-291

Reimbursement Methods+

2.5

HIT-551

Professional Practice Experience II-

1

HSC-217

Introduction to Pathology*+

3

 

 

9.5

Term 4-Fall

HIT-420

Legal Aspects of Health Information+

2

HIT-431

Quality Improvement+

3

HIT-552

Professional Practice Experience III-

3

HIT-350

Health Information Systems+

2.5

ENG-105

Composition I*+

3

 

 

13.5

Term 5-Spring

HIT-490

Health Management & Supervision+

3.5

HIT-553

Professional Practice Experience IV-

3

HIT-450

Health Statistics+

2

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology*+

3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication*+ OR

3

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professionals*

 

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Humanities Elective*+

3

 

 

17.5

Total program credit hours

78

Medical Coding Diploma-First 3 terms of HIT

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1-Fall

HIT-361

Introduction to HIT+

3

HIT-220

Introduction to Medical Coding+

2.5

HSC-107

Professionals in Health*-

2

BIO-173

Human Anatomy & Physiology II*-

4

MAT-772

Applied Math*-

3

 

 

14.5

Term 2-Spring

HIT-550

Professional Practice Experience I-

2.5

HIT-495

Medical Office Management-

2.5

HIT-240

Advanced Coding & Classification+

3

HSC-142

Elements of Pharmacology*+

1

BCA-213

Intermediate Computer Business Applications*+

3

 

 

12

Term 3-Summer

HIT-280

CPT-4 Coding+

3

HIT-291

Reimbursement Methods+

2.5

HIT-551

Professional Practice Experience II-

1

HSC-217

Introduction to Pathology*+

3

 

 

9.5

Total program credit hours

36

*Courses may be taken before beginning the program.

**Courses must be completed with a C- or better prior to admission into the program.

+Courses are available online.

-Courses not available online at this time.

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