For those who are interested in a career within the business side of the healthcare field, the Jefferson College Health Information Technology (HIT) program is moving to a fully online format beginning in the Spring of 2020.
HIT is an Associate of Applied Science degree program that is flexible for those who work and can be taken either full-time or part-time. It prepares students to further their career as a manager of health information systems in a broad range of healthcare settings, and gives a career option to those who are not comfortable with blood, needles, or bodily fluids.
Courses are taught by experienced professionals in the industry.
Medical records and health information technicians assemble patients’ health information including medical history, symptoms, examination results, diagnostic tests, treatment methods, and all other healthcare provider services. Technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security. They regularly communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to clarify diagnoses or to obtain additional information. The increasing use of electronic health records (EHR) will continue to broaden and alter the job responsibilities of health information technicians. Technicians can specialize in many aspects of health information including medical coding, tumor registry, record analysis, and release of information.
Program is Fully Accredited
The HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
“By holding industry standard accreditation, area employers can feel certain about hiring Jefferson College graduates, knowing that our students will contribute from the moment they begin as a result of their high quality education,” said Health Information Technology Program Director Niki Vogelsang.
Typical coursework in health information technology includes medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, health data requirements and standards, clinical classification and coding systems, data analysis, healthcare reimbursement methods, database security and management, and quality improvement methods. Applicants can improve their chances of admission by taking biology, math, chemistry, health, and computer science courses in high school.
HIT Career Outlook
According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2026. In addition, with the increasing use of electronic health records, more technicians are needed to complete the new responsibilities associated with electronic data management.
Spring 2020 HIT Enrollment Info
To learn more about the Jefferson College Health Information Technology program, call Program Director Niki Vogelsang at (636) 481-3419. Admission to the program requires drug screening and a background check.