Health Information Technology Program

 

The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  The program prepares students for a career in health care and other settings where health information is utilized.

Program outcomes are designed to assure that graduates of the program will be prepared to demonstrate:

  • essential professional and technical knowledge, skills and competencies fundamental to the health information management profession;
  •  effective written and oral communication skills;
  •  skills in using resources and technology;
  •  problem solving, team work and critical thinking skills.

Health Information Technology (HIT) AAS graduates perform a variety of technical health information management functions including organizing, analyzing, and technically evaluating health information; compiling administrative and health statistics; and coding diseases, operations, and other procedures. Responsibilities also include maintaining and using a variety of health information indices, special registries, storage and retrieval systems, inputting and retrieving computerized health data, and controlling the release of health information. The majority of health information practitioners work in acute care hospitals, ambulatory, long-term, and mental health facilities, state and federal agencies, insurance companies, and higher education .

Graduates of the AAS degree are eligible to take the national registry examinations for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and a Certified Coding Associate (CCA) administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Individuals with the RHIT and CCA credentials are in great demand statewide as well as worldwide. Graduates of the program are able to transfer some acquired credit hours to a baccalaureate degree curriculum.  The number of transferable credit hours can be maximized with appropriate faculty advisement prior to and during the student’s enrollment.
Graduates of the Coding Specialist Certificate program are eligible to take the Certified Coding Associate exam (CCA) with opportunities for advanced certification as a certified coder.
All students accepted in the HIT program must complete hours of clinical internship in healthcare institutions. Advanced planning before enrolling in the clinical practice courses is recommended.

Transfer and returning students may be required to pass a challenge exam in lieu of enrolling in HIT courses whose credits are more than three years old.
In addition to the standard College admission process, students planning to enter the Health Information Technology programs must complete the following:

  • attend an advising session with the program director
  • submit a completed application for admission by July 15th
  • submit all college transcripts showing evidence of completion of prerequisites
  • or current enrollment
  • have a minimum grade point average of 2.5
  • have completed HPRS 2001

Nursing students or graduates, or any graduates or students from other Health Science programs who have completed the pre-requisites of the Health Information Technology program may apply in the spring semester and be permitted to start in the second semester.  
Candidates selected for enrollment will be notified by mail.  Upon enrollment, the student must pass a background check and drug screen test at student’s expense for security clearance and continued enrollment in the program.
For additional information regarding admission and/or continued enrollment in the program, contact the Health Information Technology program director at 361-698-2844.

Texas Higher Education Data
The following link provides aggregate data of Health Information Technology graduates for employment and/or additional education for Texas public community, state and technical colleges.

HIT Graduate Employment Outcome 2009-2010

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