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2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Information Technology AAS

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Program Description

This degree prepares students for employment in the field of health information management in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, physician’s office or clinic, home health agencies, hospice, long term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric care settings, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). After graduation, students are eligible to apply to write the national qualifying examination for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

Admission to the Program

The Health Information Technology program has an annual entry and courses begin in the fall semester.

Program Application Instructions

  1. All prospective Health Information Technology students who have not been enrolled at TCC within the past year must complete an application for admission to the College, submit their high school transcripts or GED scores, ACT or SAT scores (if exams were taken), and previous college transcripts to the Metro Campus Student Completion Services office at 909 South Boston, Tulsa, OK 74119. Admission to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admission to the Health Information Technology program.
  2. Students should complete placement testing to establish proficiency levels in reading comprehension, sentence skills and mathematics.  Meet with an Academic Advisor to begin this process.
  3. Applications to the Health Information Technology program must be completed online at tulsacc.edu/healthscienceapply by May 1. For more information, contact the Allied Health department office at (918) 595-7002.
  4. Following the May 1st deadline, students will receive additional information regarding the interview and selection process.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Successful applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • An extensive criminal background check, including but not limited to a seven-year county of residence nationwide criminal history check, national sexual predator screening, Social Security check, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud screening is required by all clinical affiliates.  All Allied Health students participating in clinicals are required to complete these background checks, immunizations and a drug screening test by the Department of Allied Health office deadline prior to the first clinical rotation.

Contact Information
Program Director
Sandra Smith, M.Ed., RHIA, CCS
(918) 595-7201
Additional Information Available

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Utilize your mastery of data management skills assuring accurate, reliable, comprehensive and compliant information allowing for the assessment of quality patient care, efficient resource utilization and proper reimbursement.
  • Apply legal concepts related to protected health information to assure ethical use of the data (internal and external), secure exchange of information, legitimate access and proper disclosure providing privacy and confidentiality for both patient and provider and compliance with retention and destruction policies.
  • Evaluate, assist with selection and implementation and utilize health information management (HIM) systems (electronic health records, encoders and groupers, specialty registries and software for other HIM functions) and report generating technologies to provide clinical and administrative data for strategic planning, informatics, data analytics and decision support.
  • Identify reimbursement systems by health care setting and describe their structural design and evaluate revenue cycle management processes.
  • Analyze policies and procedures related to health information management to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, medical staff bylaws, policies and procedures and accrediting agency licensure and certification standards, and identify potential fraud and abuse activities through data analysis.
  • Apply your mastery of leadership and management skills to include: human resources (staffing levels, productivity and evaluations); change management; work design and process improvement; meeting facilitation; team leadership; training and continuing education; financial management, budgeting; project management; vendor/contract management; and enterprise information management.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for the Health Information Technician include coding and reimbursement specialist; clinical data specialist (statistics, database research, and specialty registries); patient information coordinator (release of information, confidentiality, medical-legal aspects of documentation, health history management and information resources); data quality manager (quality improvement for data integrity, and quality care/service monitoring and audits); document and repository manager (retention and accessibility of health care data, and preparation and conversion to electronic health records); and health information manager (enterprise- or facility-wide line or staff manager for health information management services).  Search careers in Health Information Technology at TCC Career Explorer and visit TCC Career Services to learn more about our free career planning and job preparation services.

Degree Requirements

View a semester-by-semester course plan of study on the Health Information Technology Degree Map.   

General Education Requirements Credit Hours: 16

Remaining General Education Requirements are satisfied in Specialized Course Requirements.

Specialized Course Requirements Credit Hours: 53

Total Credit Hours: 69

**Courses must be completed with a “C” or better.

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