Additional Health Information Technology Program Requirements

Important Notice

Effective Fall 2012 for all Health Occupations Programs, Math placement scores on Compass, ASSET, Accuplacer, and THEA will be valid for three (3) years.

Admission Requirements

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  • The Health Information Technology AAS Degree application will be available May 1, 2014 through July 30, 2014. 
  • The Coding Certificate application will be available March 1, 2014 through May 1, 2014.

General Information

The Health Information Technology (HIT) tech prep 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 Council on Certification of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). 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 Student Success Initiative requirements as established by Lone Star College System for the Health Information Technology AAS and the Hospital Based Coding Certificate. Students must demonstrate proficiency in MATH 0308 prior to graduation. Even though the prerequisite for the HIT major courses is MATH 0306, other academic courses such as BIOL 2401 require the completion of MATH 0308. Once the prerequisite for BIOL 2401 is met, the student has met this requirement for graduation.

Humanities Course Credit for AAS Degree programs: New Humanities/Fine Arts Requirement starting Fall 2015

Effective Fall, 2015 all students applying to an AAS health occupation program must complete an approved Humanities/Fine Arts course from the new core as listed in the 2014-2015 catalog. See approved 2014-2015 humanities course requirement list.

Students applying to an AAS health occupation program before Fall, 2015 may fulfill the Humanities/Fine Arts requirement from either the 2013-2014 and the 2014-2015 catalogs. See approved 2013-2014 humanities course requirement list.

Some AAS health occupation programs have a designated Humanities/Fine Arts course for their admission requirement. Please check the program requirements on their websites.

 

Admission Criteria: 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 http://www.lonestar.edu/placement-testing-info.htm#exempt 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 following 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 Winship Building, Suite 174 at Lone Star College-North Harris.
  6. Provide the department with three professional references (Example: employer, professor/instructor) and their contact information.
  7. Submit an essay of at least 100 words indicating why you are interested in becoming a health information management professional or coder. The essay can be sent by either by emailing to Viseeta.K.Brown@lonestar.edu, drop it off in Winship Building, Suite 174, or fax it to 281-618-1155.
  8. Complete program FERPA form and either email it to Viseeta.K.Brown@lonestar.edu, drop it off in Winship Building, Suite 174, or fax it to 281-618-1155.
  9. The Health Information Technology AAS Degree online application will be available May 1, 2014 through July 30, 2014.

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, 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.

Admission Criteria: 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. Admission requires college level placement in English and reading 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 following 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 Winship Building, Suite 174 at Lone Star College-North Harris.
  6. Provide the department with three professional references (Example: employer, professor/instructor) and their contact information.
  7. Submit an essay of at least 100 words indicating why you are interested in becoming a health information management professional or coder. The essay can be sent by either by emailing to Viseeta.K.Brown@lonestar.edu, drop if off in Winship Building, Suite 174, or fax it to 281-618-1155.
  8. Complete program FERPA form and either email it to Viseeta.K.Brown@lonestar.edu, drop it off in Winship Building, Suite 174, or fax it to 281-618-1155.
  9. The Hospital Based Coding online application will be available March 1, 2014 through May 1, 2014. 

A certificate in medical 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 successful passing the exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).