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Course Descriptions

HIT 100
Introduction to Health Information Technology: Hospital Settings
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 45 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course is an introduction to health records systems in the acute care setting focusing on procedures for completion, maintenance, and preservation of health information. The relationship between health information management and the health care delivery system will also be discussed. Students will become familiar with the concept of accreditation, certification, and licensing of health care facilities with emphasis on the accreditation survey process.
HIT 102
Introduction to Health Information Technology: Alternative Settings
2 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 36 hours LEC
This course introduces a multitude of alternative health care settings available to the health information management professional. The student will be introduced to: regulatory issues; documentation; reimbursement and funding; information management, including data flow, coding and classification, electronic information systems, and data sets; quality improvement and utilization management; risk management and legal issues; role of HIM professionals; and trends.
HIT 110
Medical Legal Aspects of Health Information
2 Units
Prerequisite: HIT 100 with a grade of "C" or better
Hours: 36 hours LEC
This course explores the legal aspects surrounding the maintenance, use, disclosure, and protection of health information. Policies and procedures that guide the handling of health information to prevent inappropriate use and improper disclosure will be discussed.
HIT 120
Basic ICD-CM Coding
2 Units
Prerequisite: AH 120 with a grade of "C" or better
Hours: 27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This introductory course covers the basic principles of coding diseases and procedures using the INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION OF DISEASES, Current Edition. Coding for reimbursement will be introduced, including topics such as third-party payers and health care reimbursement methodologies.
HIT 122
Advanced ICD Coding
4 Units
Prerequisite: HIT 120 with a grade of "C" or better
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is a study of advanced coding principles related to ICD-CM/PCS coding. Class lectures and labs will focus on learning and applying higher level coding skills. The Prospective Payment System and Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) will be introduced as well as coding for prospective payment for acute inpatient, long term care, and inpatient rehabilitation care. Computerized encoders and groupers may be emphasized.
HIT 123
Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
2 Units
Prerequisite: AH 120 with a grade of "C" or better
Hours: 27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
The principles and mechanics of coding procedures according to the Current Procedural Terminology Coding System (CPT) are taught in this course. Coding for reimbursement will be introduced, including topics such as: third-party payers, health care reimbursement systems and the impact of HIPAA on reimbursement.
HIT 130
Health Statistics
2 Units
Prerequisite: HIT 100 with a grade of "C" or better
Hours: 27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course will introduce the principles of health care statistics including the process of abstracting data from medical records, the preparation of administrative and medical reports, the use of statistics in medical research, the applications of automated systems, and the interpretation of reports and the registration of vital statistics. Automated abstracting and vital statistics systems, as well as the use of spreadsheet packages for data display will be introduced.
HIT 140
Computerized Health Information Systems
2 Units
Prerequisite: CISC 302 with a grade of "C" or better
Hours: 27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This online course will provide practical experience in the use of software programs commonly used in health information, including master patient index, chart tracking, abstracting, encoders and groupers, release of information, birth registration, and incomplete record management systems. Emphasis will also be placed on the use of spreadsheet and database programs in the manipulation and use of health information.
HIT 150
Continuous Quality Improvement
2 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 36 hours LEC
This course will provide an overview of Continuous Quality Improvement inherent in the health care industry. Students will explore the history and development of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) efforts in health care. Students will also discuss quality and process improvement techniques applicable to health care. The roles and responsibilities of individuals involved in medical staff peer review, utilization review and risk management will be presented to students. The concept of an organized medical staff will be discussed, as well as the role of the medical staff office. The variety of computer applications available for CQI and Medical Staff Organization (MSO) functions will also be presented to students.
HIT 160
Supervision for the Allied Health Professional
2 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 36 hours LEC
This course studies classic and current management principles in the healthcare setting. Students will be introduced to leadership styles, motivation principles, ethical standards, communication principles, and strategies for dealing with difficult behavior in the workplace.
HIT 170
Health Information Technology Directed Practice I
4 Units
Prerequisite: HIT 102, 110, 122, 123, 140, and 150 with grades of "C" or better
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
HIT 170 provides the student with practical work experience in community health-related institutions. The clinical experience is performed under professional supervision. Students perform delineated functions and will complete handbook questions about various health information management topics. Students shall have the status of learner and shall not be considered agency employees, nor shall they replace agency staff. Directed Practice is conducted as a non-paid laboratory experience. Students must have a TB clearance and any other immunization required by the clinical facility. A drug screen and background check may be required. Students must have an established Agency Agreement with a sponsoring site prior to the beginning of the first day of class. Contact the Career and Technology Main Office for information about the Agency Agreement.
HIT 171
Health Information Technology Directed Practice II
4 Units
Prerequisite: HIT 170 with a grade of "C" or better
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
HIT 171 follows HIT 170, and provides the student with continued practical work experience in community health-related institutions. The clinical experience is performed under professional supervision. Students perform delineated functions and will complete handbook questions about various health information management topics. Students shall have the status of learner and shall not be considered agency employees, nor shall they replace agency staff. Directed Practice is conducted as a non-paid laboratory experience. Students must have a TB clearance and any other immunization required by the clinical facility. A drug screen and background check may be required. Students must have an established Agency Agreement with a sponsoring site prior to the beginning of the first day of class. Contact the Career and Technology Main Office for information about the Agency Agreement.
HIT 172
Directed Practice: Health Information Coding Specialist
2 Units
Prerequisite: HIT 122 and 123 with grades of "C" or better
Hours: 27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
HIT 172 provides the student with practical work experience in community health-related institutions. The clinical experience is performed under professional supervision. Students perform coding and abstracting and other delineated functions and will complete handbook questions about various health information management topics. Students shall have the status of learner and shall not be considered agency employees, nor shall they replace agency staff. Directed Practice is conducted as a non-paid laboratory experience. Students must have a TB clearance and any other immunization required by the clinical facility. A drug screen and background check may be required. Students must have an established Agency Agreement with a sponsoring site prior to the beginning of the first day of class. Contact the Career and Technology Main Office for information about the Agency Agreement.
HIT 295
Independent Studies in Health Information Technology
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
HIT 298
Work Experience in Health Information Technology
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Health Information Technology.
Hours: 300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in associate degree level or certificate occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.
HIT 299
Experimental Offering in Health Information Technology
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB