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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.

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 AAS Degree

In order to be considered for admission to the HIT program, students must meet the Texas State Initiative requirements.  Students must take the TSI Assessment unless you are exempt.  Please visit the placement testing website for more information.  In order to be part of the program, students must be at college-level placement in reading, writing, and completion of MATH 0306 or higher.

  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 Lone Star College-North Harris.
  3. Ensure that you have met all the requirements for admission.
  4. REQUEST OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from all colleges you have attended and ensure that they are mailed directly to Lone Star College-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 Information Technology Office in 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 Health Information Technology AAS Degree online application will be available May 1 through July 30. 

Applicants seeking admission into the Health Information Technology AAS degree program must successfully complete the background check. For more information please see the HIT department webpage. A drug screen may also be required based on terms of our clinical affiliation agreement. Information on approved vendors will be provided by the program director. 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.

Program Accreditation

CAHIIM LogoThe Associate of Applied Science degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Program accreditation allows AAS degree graduates to apply for certification examination to become Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT).

Contact

LSC-North Harris

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

First Year

First Semester Courses 13 Credits
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
HITT 1301 Health Data Content & Structure 3
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
Second Semester Courses 14 Credits
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Communication 3
HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HITT 1253 Legal & Ethical Aspects of Health Information 2
HITT 1255 Health Care Statistics 2
Third Semester Courses 8 Credits
HITT 1260 Clinical - Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 2
Elective Humanities/Fine Arts1 3
PSYC 2301-or-General Psychology SOCI 1301-or-Principles of Sociology 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 14 Credits
HPRS 2301 Pathophysiology 3
HITT 1341 Coding & Classification Systems 3
HITT 1211 Health Information Systems 2
HITT 1342 Ambulatory Coding 3
HITT 2343 Quality Assessment & Performance Improvement 3
Second Semester Courses 11 Credits
HITT 2346 Advanced Medical Coding 3
HITT 2239 Health Info Organization & Supervision 2
HITT 2335 Coding & Reimbursement Methods 3
HITT 2149 RHIT Competency Review 1
HITT 2260 Clinical - Medical Records Technology Technician2 2
Health Information Technology AAS Degree Program Total 60 Credits

Footnotes

  1. Choose from the AAS Core
  2. Capstone experience course: students meet 38 hrs/week for 5 1/2 weeks (equivalent to 12 hrs/week for 16 weeks)

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Career Options

Median wage: $35,9001

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 $776 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.