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Health Information Technology


RLC’s Health Information Technology program prepares you to collect, manage, and maintain records in health care facilities, in both paper and electronic formats. Health information technicians process patient information for health care providers, payers, and the government. RLC’s two-year program results in an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

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The demand for health information technicians has increased in recent years with the adoption of electronic health records and other technology-based information sources. Technicians are needed to manage and use the electronic data to safely and effectively deliver health care to patients.
The HIT program will prepare you to use and manage health information to serve patients by managing communication between health care providers and insurance providers. You will gain an understanding of the content and purpose of the health record and how it is used for data integrity, reimbursement, research, quality improvement, privacy and security, and accessibility to information for patients and health care providers.

Health information technicians have several options when it comes to employment, including hospitals, physician groups, long-term care, hospice, ambulatory surgery centers and more. The expansion of the electronic health record is allowing health information technicians to choose from new roles in the areas of information technology, EHR consulting companies, and health information exchange settings.

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY — Degree

ALLIED HEALTH DIVISION

Associate in Applied Science Degree

RLC’s Health Information Technology program prepares you to collect, manage, and maintain records in health care facilities, in both paper and electronic formats. Health information technicians process patient information for health care providers, payers, and the government. RLC’s two-year program results in an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

All curriculum courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Grades of “D,” “E” or “F” are considered failing. A student failing any HIT course must repeat it with a passing grade – “A,” “B” or “C.” HIT courses are only offered once a year, so the student will have to wait to take courses until the prerequisite course has been completed with a passing grade. All courses must be taken in sequence as specified, unless permission granted by program director.

A background check and drug screening are required.

► Total = 66 Hours

First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CSCI 1102 Intro to Comp. with Business Applications (3)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric & Composition I (3)
  • HECO 1202 Health Care Terminology (3)
  • HIT 1201 Introduction to Health Information (3)
  • ZOO 1105 Anatomy & Physiology l (4)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Summer Term (3 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • HIT 2201 Health Information Data Analysis (2)
  • HIT 2203 Leadership & Management for Health Information (3)
  • HIT 2205 Pharmacology for Health Information (2)
  • HIT 2207 Compliance & Ethics in Health Care (3)
  • HIT 2208 Health Information Governance (4)
  • HIT 2219 Procedural Coding (3)

Fourth Semester (13 Cr. Hrs.)

  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • HIT 2202 Professional Practice Experience (3)
  • HIT 2217 Quality / Performance in Health Care (3)
  • HIT 2218 Health Care Reimbursement (2)
  • HIT 2220 Health Information Review (2)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

 

Articulation Agreements


Articulation agreements document a pathway between two or more colleges or universities and their academic programs.

  
 

Employment

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual earnings nationally for health information technicians were $38,040, or $18.29 per hour, in 2016. Median annual earnings were greatest in general medical / surgical hospitals, followed by outpatient care centers and physician offices.

Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.

(Source: U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/ooh)

 

Program Outcome Results

Academic Year 2016-2017:

  • Students Enrolled Full Time in Health Information Technology: 20
  • Student Graduates receiving an A.A.S. Degree in Health Information Technology: 4
  • HIT Graduate Students Transferring to a 4-year University: 0
  • Graduates, who chose, and successfully obtained, the optional Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential (as of October 2017):   5

 

 

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The Rend Lake College Health Information Technology
program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for
Health Informatics and Information Management Education
(CAHIIM). Verification of accreditation is available on the
CAHIIM website at www.cahiim.org

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 Graduates Outcomes Data: Graduates of the HIT Program Satisfaction Rates: 100% (Based on results of CAHIIM mandated survey conducted in 2017)

 

 

Mission & Goals

PROGRAM MISSION

The Rend Lake College Health Information Technology Program mission is to provide our students with the knowledge, skills, and the ability to excel in the field of health information technology and foster lifelong learning among active healthcare professionals.

PROGRAM GOALS
  1. To prepare competent entry-level health information technicians in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning.
  2. To deliver an academically rigorous, all-encompassing program required for the HIT student to be a success in the field.
  3. To recruit and retain competent faculty.
  4. The HIT program will provide CE opportunities for the HIM community of interest.
  5. Annual Advisory Board Committee (ABC) meeting

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Faculty & Staff


Medical Coding/Health Information Technology Instructor
Phone Extension: 1776
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 190
A.A. & A.S., Rend Lake College | B.S., Illinois State University | Registered Health Information Administrator | (RHIA) and Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Allied Health Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1251
Email: 
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Allied Health
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Allied Health

 

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