Health Information Technology Program

 

The health information technology program prepares students for a career working in health care and other settings where health information is utilized. A student graduating with a degree in Health Information Technology from Del Mar College is well prepared to assume an entry level position in this professional field. Specifically, 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 colleges.

Graduates of the AAS degree are eligible to take certification examinations administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and upon successfully passing the examinations, you obtain the credentials as a Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT) and/ or Coding Specialist Associate (CCA). Del Mar College Health Information Technology AAS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

All students (part- and full-time) in the associate degree HIT program must complete 256 hours of clinical practice experiences in healthcare institutions. Those who work are encouraged to plan ahead before enrolling in the clinical practice courses.

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. For additional information regarding admission and/or continued enrollment in the program, contact the HIT program director.

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

Nursing students or graduates, or any graduates or students from the Health Science programs who have completed the pre-requisites of the Health Information Technology program (Coding Specialist Certificate of Associate Degree) 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.

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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