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Overview

Summary

The Health Information Technology (HIT) associate of applied science degree is designed to prepare graduates for entry level employment as health information technicians. The associate of applied science degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. The coding certificate is currently approved by the AHIMA Foundation's Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP). The PCAP approval identifies coding education programs which have been evaluated by a peer review process against national minimum standards for entry-level coding professionals. This process allows academic institutions, healthcare organizations, and private companies to be acknowledge as providing an approved coding certificate program (added 3/31/16). Program accreditation allows AAS degree graduates to apply for certification examination to become Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). In addition, program accreditation allows coding certificate graduates to apply for certification examination to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA).

Registered health information technicians perform technical medical record functions vital to the operation of the organization, including analyzing, coding, and health record evaluation. Registered health information technicians process, maintain, complete and report health information data for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment and research. Graduates may be employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, health maintenance organizations, and other health care facilities.

Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 18 percent through 2016 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is faster than the average for all occupations because of rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be increasingly scrutinized by health insurance companies, regulators, courts, and consumers. Technicians will be needed to enter patient information into computer databases to comply with federal legislation mandating the use of electronic medical records. Students admitted to the program will be required to pay liability insurance during the semesters involving off-campus practicums or internships.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Contact a counselor, academic advisor, or faculty member at any of the colleges/universities for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses.

To meet graduation requirements for any of the certificate or degree programs in the health information technology department, students must attain a grade of "C" or better in each major and general education course. Courses with grades less than a "C" must be repeated. In addition, students must meet the Texas Success Initiative requirements as established by the THECB for the AAS degree. 

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Admission Criteria For The Coding Certificate

Admission to the Coding Certificate program requires completion of an application. Applicants seeking admission into this program must successfully complete the background check, for more information please see the HIT department webpage. Students may be required to show proof of immunizations such as tetanus and MMR (mumps, measles, and rubella). Students may also be required to document negative results from a tuberculosis test. Applicants must cover the cost of the background check, immunizations and drug screen if required by clinical affiliates.   

  1. Complete a Lone Star College admissions online application.  To do so, please visit the Lone Star College admissions page.
  2. Review the Statement of Student Responsibility. You will be required to sign and comply with this statement at all times while attending classes at LSC-North Harris.
  3. Ensure that you have met all the following requirements for admission. 
  4. REQUEST OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from all colleges you have attended and ensure that they are mailed directly to LSC-North Harris Admissions Office, Attention: Admissions, 2700 W. W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073. Transcripts must be on file with Admissions prior to admission to the HIT program.
  5. When Steps 1 - 3 have been accomplished, submit the completed Online HIT Admission Application, or obtain and submit a paper application to the  Health Professions Building Suite, 200A at 17200 Red Oak Drive.
  6. Provide the department with three professional references (Example: employer, professor/instructor) and their contact information.
  7. Submit an essay of at least 300 words discussing the following: (a) provide an overview of the health information management profession, (b) discuss a trend in healthcare or health information management profession, (c) discuss why you are interested in becoming a health information management professional and (d) discuss your plans of being successful in the program. The essay can be sent by email to Viseeta.K.Brown@LoneStar.edu, drop it off at the Health Professions Building, Suite 200A at 17200 Red Oak Drive, or fax it to 281-943-6854.
  8. Complete program FERPA form and either email it to Viseeta.K.Brown@LoneStar.edu, drop it off at the Health Professions Building, Suite 200A at 17200 Red Oak Drive, or fax it to 281-943-6854.
  9. The Coding online application will be available March 1 through May 1.

A certificate in coding prepares the technician to assign a code to a medical diagnosis or procedure. Medical coders consult classification manuals and rely on their knowledge of disease processes to assign codes. After completion of the certificate, students will be certified as a Certified Coding Associate (CCA) after successfully passing the exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Contact

LSC-North Harris

Please contact Dr. Viseeta Brown at Viseeta.K.Brown@LoneStar.edu or call 281.943.6860 for more information.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite Courses 7 Credits
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3

First Year

First Semester Courses 13 Credits
HITT 1301 Health Data Content & Structure 3
HITT 1342 Ambulatory Coding 3
HITT 1341 Coding & Classification Systems 3
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
Second Semester Courses 14 Credits
HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HITT 2335 Coding & Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HITT 1211 Health Information Systems 2
HITT 2346 Advanced Medical Coding 3
HPRS 2301 Pathophysiology 3
Third Semester Courses 2 Credits
HITT 1260 Clinical - Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician1 2
Coding Certificate Program Total 36 Credits

Footnotes

  1. Capstone course

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Career Options

Median wage: $35,900 1

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Health Information Specialist2
  • Medical Records Analyst2
  • Medical Coder2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."

Footnotes

  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2014
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.

Tuition

Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $792 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.