The Health Information Technology (HIT) program prepares the graduate to take an active role in the field of health information management, including areas such as records management, release of information (ROI), coding, HIM management, EHR implementation specialist, trainer, and many other options.
Graduates will interact with physicians, health professionals, financial and administrative staff members to ensure the protection of information systems. Graduates will help determine health information budgets, resources and policies, utilizing current and accurate data. The curriculum includes course work in the supporting sciences and general education areas. Classroom instruction is supplemented with learning experiences in the campus laboratory and in area health care facilities. Students enrolled in the Health Information Technology Program are required to achieve a minimum of a "C" in each Health Information Technology and all pre-requisite course work.
Health information Technicians are employed in all health care settings. HITs may also work in areas such as research, compliance, veterinary medicine, education, health care vendors and a nearly endless array of other employers.
The HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates of the program are eligible to take the American Health Information Management Association's (AHIMA’s) Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) examination.
Graduates pursing a coding specialty track may also qualify to take AHIMA's coding examinations: Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Specialist—Physician-based (CCS-P). Graduates can also choose to take sit for certifications with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Since credentialing is a specific, role and aptitude-based process, HIT faculty can assist students in determining the best pathways to help meet career goals. Graduates pursuing a cancer registry specialty track option may obtain additional experience or learning an qualify to sit for the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) by National Cancer Registrar’s Association (NCRA). Students seeking this pathway should discuss such options with the HIT faculty for additional guidance and advising.
Students also have the option of completing specialized training in the area of Electronic Health Records Implementation Specialist through JCTC’s program. Please contact the Academic Program Coordinator for additional details on this specialty track.
HIT graduates should also keep in mind that HIM credentials exist in the following areas: transcription, health care privacy and security, clinical documentation improvement, data management, compliance, auditing and many others. Though Jefferson may not have programs specific to those areas, resources may be available to students pursuing those career paths.