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As the United States moves toward a more technologically advanced health care system, health care providers require additional highly skilled health information technicians and administrators. The health information technicians support health care providers with the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. Health information technology makes it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information.

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Program Learning Outcomes
At the time of graduation, graduates of the Health Information Technology program are expected to:

      • Code, classify, and index diagnoses and procedures using ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS.
      • Define and apply appropriate computerized and manual record management techniques for the maintenance of a quality health information system ensuring that health information is complete, accurate, and accessible to appropriate users.
      • Collect and analyze information related to healthcare delivery.
      • Identify and apply legal and ethical principles to health information technology, maintain compliance with standards and regulations regarding health information.
      • Identify and apply management techniques appropriate to health information technology.

Choose Parker for Health Information Technology

Parker University’s fully online Associate of Applied Science with a major in Health Information Technology has been thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of today’s growing health care industry. With courses in areas such as data analysis and management, coding, legal and regulatory standards, information technology, and revenue cycle, you’ll be ready to advance your career by helping health care providers and private practices acquire, analyze, code, and protect electronic and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care.

Benefits

      • Earn your associate’s degree in approximately 2 years
      • Convenient and accelerated learning strategies
      • Classes begin each monthly
Admission Requirements
      • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of admissions
      • Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED or an official transcript
      • Complete an online or print application and submit application fee of $50
      • Complete the Transcript Authorization Form
      • Students also have the option to fill out a transcript authorization/release form available from the Admissions/Registrar’s office to allow Parker to request transcripts on the student’s behalf.
      • Submit completed documents to the Office of Enrollment and Registrar’s Office.
      • Registrar’s office will evaluate transcripts and send an evaluation letter reflecting degree compliance and/or deficiencies
      • Acceptance and Reservation Deposit is required.

Career Growth

According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 edition, employment for health information technicians is expected to increase by 15% through 2024 making more than 217,600 available jobs, faster than the average for all occupations. An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments and procedures. This will also mean more claims for reimbursement from private and public insurance. Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records by all types of health care providers, should lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the information in all areas of the health care industry.

To help address this growing demand, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has funded the Health IT Workforce Development Program. MedZilla estimates that 29,000 new health information technology-related jobs have been created since 2009 with the passage of the HITECH Act.

The Texas Workforce Commission also demonstrates the need for health information technicians. The survey conducted by Texas State University-San Marcos in February 2012 demonstrated that Texas clinics and hospitals are conservatively estimated to need 9,500 additional health information technology employees in 2014 alone.


1http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm

Associate of Applied Science with a major in Health Information Technology

Year 1 Semester 1

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

COSC1301

Introduction to Computing

3

ENGL1301

Composition I

3

SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communications

3

MATH 1314 College Algebra

3

Total Credit Hours Semester 1

12

 

Year 1 Semester 3

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II (prerequisite course)

4

BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications (prerequisite course)

3

HPRS 2201 Pathophysiology (prerequisite course)

2

HPRS 1210 Introduction to Pharmacology

2

Total Credit Hours Semester 3

11

 

Year 2 Semester 2

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems

3

HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information

3

HITT 1160 Clinical I – Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

1

HITT 1342 Ambulatory Coding

3

Total Credit Hours Semester 2

10

 

 Year 1 Semester 2

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

ENGL 2326 American Literature

3

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

3

HITT 1305 Medical Terminology (prerequisite course)

3

BIOL2401 Anatomy & Physiology I (prerequisite course)

4

Total Credit Hours Semester 2

13

 

Year 2 Semester 1

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure

3

HITT 1345 Health Information & delivery systems

3

HITT 2321 EHR Training Methods and Data Security

3

HITT 1255 Health Care Statistics

2

Total Credit Hours Semester 1

11

 

Year 2 Semester 3

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

HITT 2343 Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement

3

HITT 2339 Health Information Organization & Supervision

3

HITT 2335 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies

3

HITT 2361 Clinical – II Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

3

Total Credit Hours Semester 3

12

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