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Health Information Technology
The Health Information Technology program is about the business side of healthcare. The terminology and practices used in the health care system along with the systems used to make this information accessible and safe. Students will gain knowledge in customer service, front office aspects for information gathering, basics of the United States insurance system, legal considerations of health care, and an in-depth knowledge of the functioning of the electronic health record.
Recommended High School Courses:
General Science Health Applied Math through Algebra Biology Language Arts Computer Courses Chemistry (Recommended for Nursing and Allied Health Careers)
These are not established as prerequisites. Students that have been successful in any of these courses have historically demonstrated a higher degree of success in this career education program.
College Courses Completed through HIT:
- HIT100 Introduction to Health Information Technology – 3 credit hours
- HIT122 Medical Terminology – 3 credit hours
- HIT130 Healthcare Legal and Ethical Issues – 3 credit hours
- HIT220 Electronic Health Systems – 3 credit hours
- CIS125 Computer Concepts and Applications – 3 credit hours
- Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) Training Course
Students will earn an Industry Recognized Credential:
- The students will sit for the CMAA credential at the conclusion of the yearlong program.
- Currently the CMAA is not recognized by DESE as an MSIP-V IRC. The CMAA’s sister credential CMMA (medical assistant) is recognized. We will be applying for CMAA recognition.
- The student will receive a Jefferson College certificate upon completing the 15 college credit courses listed above.
Careers and Pathways available with the HIT Certificate:
- Entry-level career as a medical receptionist
- Transition into the Associate Applied Science HIT Program (could be finished in 12-18 months)
- Use of the knowledge gained to be a health care provide that has excellent knowledge in how the business side of health care functions
Regular attendance is vital for success in this program. All requirements, as listed, must be met for state certification.
All students will register as members of HOSA (Future Health Professionals), a student-run organization. Dues are $20.
For more information on this program, please contact your high school counselor, the ATS Director, or the program instructor:
ATS Director - Darrell Kyle
Associate Dean - Science & Health - Kenny Wilson