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Health Information Technology Associate Degree

Program Code: 105301

This field is where healthcare meets the cutting edge of technology. The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites health information as one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States. Health information technicians contribute to the quality of care by collecting, analyzing, and reporting health care data. That requires knowledge of disease, treatments, computer systems, privacy/security and organizational skills. As a graduate of this associate degree program, you are eligible for national certification, and you may work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, mental health facilities, home health agencies, state and federal health agencies, information system vendors, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and private industry. Typical careers include coding specialist, release of information specialist, health information technician, insurance/business specialist, reimbursement coordinator, data quality and integrity monitor, privacy and/or security officer, data analyst, and HIM supervisor. Credits from the Medical Coding technical diploma may be applied towards this program. The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM).

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Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following settings: hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, mental health facilities, home health agencies, state and federal health agencies, and private industry as a (an):

• Coding Specialist

• Release of Information Specialist

• Health Information Technician

• Insurance/Business Specialist

• Reimbursement Coordinator

• Data Quality & Integrity Monitor

• Privacy and/or Security Officer

• Data Analyst

• HIM Supervisor

Industry Credentials

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national accreditation examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

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Requirements for Program Entry

• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM APPLICATION
• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• Admission Assessment or equivalent or ACT assessment. (For a list of equivalents, please contact a Counselor.)
• Two semesters in High School, or one semester in College of Biology, or equivalent, with a grade of "C" or better.
• Typing proficiency of 30 words per minute (mandatory preadmission typing test to be taken at the NWTC Assessment Center).
• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM ENTRY
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Attend mandatory registration day through blackboard and Welcome Week.
• Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
• Students are expected to have entry-level computer and keyboarding skills. It is recommended that students complete basic computer and keyboarding skills coursework if deficient in this area.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2018Summer 2018Fall 2018
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Health Information Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-501-101
Medical Terminology
3
10-501-101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY & BASIC PHYSIOLOGY... apply the word building model to analyze and interpret common medical terminology and the fundamental basics of human physiology.
10-501-107
Digital Literacy Healthcare
2
10-501-107 DIGITAL LITERACY FOR HEALTHCARE...the course will explore the use of the electronic health record, the role of social media in health care communication, the uses of wearable technologies that monitor activity and heart rate, the use of data to manage population health and the impact of new developments on the healthcare workforce.
10-530-162
Foundations of HIM
3
10-530-162 FOUNDATIONS OF HIM ...introduces learners to the healthcare delivery system, and the external forces that influence healthcare delivery. Sets an understanding for the expectations and standards related to professional ethics, confidentiality and security of health information. Differentiates the use and structure of healthcare data elements, data standards, and the relationships between them. Prepares learners to collect and maintain health data to ensure a complete and accurate health record.
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
10-806-189
Basic Anatomy
3
10-806-189 BASIC ANATOMY ...examines concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health careers. Learners correlate anatomical and physiological terminology to all body systems. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading assessment score; 10-831-102, English Comp Prep or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
10-890-101
College 101
1
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs.
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
SECOND SEMESTER
10-530-178
Healthcare Law & Ethics
2
10-530-178 HEALTHCARE LAW & ETHICS ...examines regulations for the content, use, confidentiality, disclosure, and retention of health information. An overview of the legal system and ethical issues are addressed. (Prerequisite: 10-530-162 Foundations of HIM)
10-530-182
Human Diseases for Hlth Profes
3
10-530-182 HUMAN DISEASE FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS ... prepares learners to interpret clinical documentation that they will encounter in a variety of healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding the common disorders and diseases of each body system to include the etiology (cause), signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and results, and medical treatments and surgical procedures. (Prerequisites: 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; 10-806-189, Basic Anatomy)
10-530-184
CPT Coding
3
10-530-184 CPT CODING...assign CPT codes supported by medical documentation at entry level; apply CPT instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines; case studies and actual medical record documentation. (Corequisite: 10-530-182, Human Diseases for Health Professions)
10-530-197
ICD Diagnosis Coding
3
10-530-197 ICD DIAGNOSIS CODING ...prepares students to assign ICD diagnosis codes supported by medical documentation with entry level proficiency. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD diagnosis codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation. (Prerequisites: Accepted in Health Information Technology program or Medical Coding Technical Diploma Corequisites: 10-530-182, Human Diseases for Health Professions)
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
10-804-134
Mathematical Reasoning
3
10-804-134 MATHEMATICAL REASONING ...This course provides an alternative pathway to earning credit for a college level liberal arts mathematics course. All college students, regardless of their college major, need to be able to make reasonable decisions about fiscal, environmental, and health issues that require quantitative reasoning skills. An activity based approach is used to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course is not designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) students and/or others who require calculus. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA above 2.6 or satisfactory reading and math assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR the appropriate Corequisite/s: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep; 10-834-102, Fundamentals of Math)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
THIRD SEMESTER
10-530-163
HC Stats & Analytics
3
10-530-163 HEALTHCARE STATISTICS AND ANALYTICS ...explores the management of medical data for statistical purposes focusing on descriptive and inferential statistics including definition, collection, calculation and compilation of numerical data. Examines data analytics, retrieval, presentation and research methodologies (Prerequisites: 10-530-162 Foundations of HIM; 10-501-107 Digital Literacy Healthcare)
10-530-164
Intro to Health Informatics
3
10-530-164 INTRO TO HEALTH INFORMATICS ...emphasizes the role of information technology in healthcare through an investigation of the electronic health record (EHR), business, and health information software applications. Learners will develop skills to assist in enterprise information management and database architecture design and implementation (Prerequisite: 10-530-162, Foundations of HIM; 10-501-107, Digital Literacy for Healthcare)
10-530-167
Manage HIM Resources
3
10-530-167 MANAGEMENT OF HIM RESOURCES ...examines the principles of management to include planning, organizing, human resource management, directing, and controlling as related to the health information department (Prerequisites: 10-530-162, Foundations of HIM)
10-530-185
Healthcare Reimbursement
2
10-530-185 HEALTHCARE REIMBURSEMENT...compare and contrast health care payers, illustrate the reimbursement cycle, comply with regulations for fraud and abuse. Assign Diagnosis Related Groups, Ambulatory Payment Classifications, and Resource Utilization Groups at entry-level. (Prerequisites: 10-530-197, ICD Diagnosis Coding; Corequisites: 10-530-199, ICD Procedure Coding; 10-530-184, CPT Coding; 10-530-162, Foundations of HIM)
10-530-199
ICD Procedure Coding
2
10-530-199 ICD PROCEDURE CODING ...prepares students to assign ICD procedure codes supported by medical documentation with entry level proficiency. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD procedure codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation. (Prerequisites: 10-530-182, Human Diseases for Health Professions; 10-530-162, Foundations of HIM)
10-809-198
Intro to Psychology
3
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-530-161
Health Quality Management
3
10-530-161 HEALTH QUALITY MANAGEMENT...explores the programs and processes used to manage and improve healthcare quality. Addresses regulatory requirements as related to performance measurement, assessment, and improvement, required monitoring activities, risk management and patient safety, utilization management, and medical staff credentialing. Emphasizes the use of critical thinking and data analysis skills in the management and reporting of data. (Corequisite: 10-530-165, Intermediate Coding)
10-530-165
Intermed Coding
3
10-530-165 INTERMEDIATE CODING ...prepares students to assign ICD and CPT/HCPCS codes supported by medical documentation and official coding guidance to support appropriate reimbursement. Students will participate in CDI activities, including preparation of appropriate physician queries in accordance with compliance guidelines (Prerequisites: 10-530-199 ICD Procedure Coding, 10-530-197 ICD Diagnosis Coding, 10-530-184 CPT Coding, 10-530-185 Healthcare Reimbursement)
10-530-166
HIT Capstone
1
10-530-166 HIT CAPSTONE ...explore technical skills and professional attributes desired for the HIM profession, and conduct activities to assess one’s own readiness to enter the health information industry (Corequisite: 10-530-196, Professional Practice)
10-530-196
Professional Practice
3
10-530-196 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE ...applies previously acquired skills and knowledge by means of clinical experiences in the technical procedures of health record systems and discussion of clinical situations. Student may participate in a supervised clinical experience in healthcare facilities (Corequisities: 10-530-165, Intermediate Coding;10-530-161, Health Quality Management; 10-530-166, HIT Capstone; completion of all 10-530-xxx third semester courses)
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-172 RED-DEV WKPLCE DIV ...A mixture of theory and specific techniques related to Diversity Training and Cultural Sensitivity
10-809-195
Economics
3
10-809-195-03 ECONOMICS-MODULE 1 ...scarcity, growth, aggregate supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, role of government in economics and in society.
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
TOTAL CREDITS
64
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-501-XXX, 10-806-XXX, and 10-530-XXX courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

Program Outcomes

• Apply data governance principles to ensure the quality of health data.
• Apply coding and reimbursement systems.
• Apply informatics and analytics in data use.
• Apply organizational management techniques.
• Model professional behaviors and ethics.

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Accreditation

The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Flexible Learning Option

• A majority of the Health Information Technology program courses are offered in an online format.
• This program may be completed in a part-time or full-time format.

Industry Credentials

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national accreditation examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

Note

• A candidate who does not meet the requirements for program entry should meet with an NWTC counselor to develop a learning plan to make up any deficiencies through testing or course work.
• Students considering going on to a 4-year HIA Degree or Cancer Registrar Certification should consider taking General Anatomy & Physiology in place of Basic Anatomy.

Professional Practice Experience

• Students will be required to provide their own transportation to assigned sites, and cover any other expenses related to professional experience. Students may be expected to travel distances to assigned sites.
• Students will be required to submit immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
• Students are required to petition for a professional practice assignment. Students may petition by submitting a "Petition to Enter Professional Practice" form to the Health Sciences Department office according to the following schedule:
-Spring semester Professional Practice deadline is October 31
-Fall semester Professional Practice deadline is March 31
• NWTC will make every effort to place students in the semester they request. However, NWTC cannot guarantee a site or an assignment in the semester being requested.
• Students will be required to show proof of an annual flu vaccine prior to placement at PPE site.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.castlebranch.com AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. The information provided in the BID form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

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