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Health Information Technology AAS Degree

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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.

Admission Criteria:  Coding Certificate and Health Information Technology A.A.S. Degree

In order to be considered for admission to the HIT program, students must meet the Texas State Initiative (TSI) 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 the Admission Criteria by clicking the button below:

    Admission Criteria

     
  2. Complete a Lone Star College admission online application. To do so, please visit the Lone Star College admissions page.
  3. Review the Statement of Responsibility. You will be required to sign and comply with this statement each semester while attending classes at Lone Star College.
  4. REQUEST OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from all previously attended colleges and/or universities sent to:  

    Lone Star College – North Harris
    ATTN: Admissions
    2700 W.W. Thorne Dr., Ste. 109
    Houston, TX 77073
    Transcripts must be on file with admissions prior to admission to the HIT program.
    Note: Effective Fall 2012 for all Health Occupations Programs, Math placement scores on Compass, ASSET, Accuplacer, and THEA will be valid for three (3) years.

  5. Submit a program application available online March 1 through July 30th (Apply Now)
  6. Applicants seeking admission into the Health Information Technology AAS degree program must successfully complete the background check.  A drug screen may also be required based on terms of our clinical affiliation agreement. Click here for form.

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.

The Health Information Technology A.A.S. Degree and Coding Certificate program applications are available online March 1st through July 30th

Applicants seeking admission into the Health Information Technology A.A.S. degree program must successfully complete a background check and drug screen, as required based on the terms of our clinical affiliation agreement.  The background check is completed through Castlebranch.com, using the package code of HM44BG. For more information, please see the HIT departmental webpage. Students may be required to show proof of immunizations, such as tetanus and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella). Students may also be required to document negative results from a tuberculosis test. Applicants must cover the cost of the background, drug screen and immunizations 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).

 

Program Outcomes

  • Graduation Rate: Based on graduate surveys of students completing the program for the 2016-2017 academic year, all students surveyed reported a 100% satisfaction rate. Graduates indicated that the program prepared them with the skills to perform as an HIM professional. Based on employer surveys from 2016-2017, 100% of respondents indicated they are satisfied with graduates from the Lone Star College – North Harris Health Information Technology Program.
  • Job Placement: 80% of respondents to a graduate survey indicated they were able to find employment within one year of program completion.
  • Pass Rate (8/1/16-7/31/17) (First Attempt): 100% (3/3)

Stackable Credentials

Credits earned in the Coding Certificate Level II program may be applied to this degree.

First Year

First Semester Courses 13 Credits
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
HITT 1301 Health Data Content & Structure 3
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
Second Semester Courses 14 Credits
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HITT 1253 Legal & Ethical Aspects of Health Information 2
HITT 1255 Health Care Statistics 2
HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HITT 1342 Ambulatory Coding 3
Third Semester Courses 9 Credits
HPRS 2301 Pathophysiology 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Communication 3
PSYC 2301-or-SOCI 1301 General Psychology-or-Principles of Sociology 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 10 Credits
HITT 1260 Clinical - Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 2
HITT 1211 Health Information Systems 2
HITT 1341 Coding & Classification Systems 3
HITT 2343 Quality Assessment & Performance Improvement 3
Second Semester Courses 11 Credits
HITT 2335 Coding & Reimbursement Methods 3
HITT 2239 Health Information Organization & Supervision 2
HITT 2346 Advanced Medical Coding 3
Elective Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy, & Culture1 3
Third Semester Courses 3 Credits
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: $37,8831

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. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
  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 $862 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.

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