Health Information Technology

HIT professionals perform the data collection and analysis that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals need to do their job well and are a key part of quality patient care. HIT professionals perform medical coding, analysis, and other functions of health information management. The HIT degree is the preferred training for medical coding professionals.

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Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology

Wallace State’s programs boast a top-notch reputation with outstanding licensure and job placement rates, small class sizes and an award-winning faculty. Choose Wallace State’s Health Information Technology degree for a career in a highly-rewarding, high-demand field at a fraction of the cost of attending a university.  And if you do choose to continue your education, you’ll be two years ahead on an advanced degree, with employment potential and cost savings to boot.  

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About the Program

CAHIIM logoThe Health Information Technology Program prepares students to become health information professionals who play a vital role in making our healthcare system work. They perform the data collection and analysis that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals need to do their jobs well and are a key part of quality patient care.

Health information technicians may be employed by any facility that manages patient information, such as a hospital, clinic, physician office, insurance company, or medical research center.

The Health Information Technology Program at WSCC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Only graduates of CAHIIM-accredited programs are eligible to take the national examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Wallace State Community College is one of only three CAHIIM-accredited programs in the state of Alabama. 

The RHIT Exam passage rate for the most recent reporting period (August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021) is 88% compared with the national average of 70%.  

As of 2020-2021 (most recent information available), the graduation rate of the Wallace State Community College HIT program was 90%. 

Employment rate for our December 2020 graduates 81%.

Our annual survey of Employers and Graduates showed 100% satisfaction with the HIT Program.

This program is offered through online classes with the exception of clinical experiences.

We are proud to announce that we have restructured our program and have moved to a stackable certificate progression through the HIT Program. All applicants start with the Health Information Certificate, then move on to the next certification with each semester completed. If the student progresses straight through the program with no breaks, they will earn their associate degree and three certificates in 6 semesters.

The Health Information Certificate is earned after the completion of 1-2 semesters of HIT courses. This certificate provides entry-level training to students interested in the Healthcare Industry. Students who complete the Health Information Certificate are equipped with knowledge that may be used upon entering any Health Division Program at Wallace State Community College. Employment opportunities include health information clerk, medical office receptionist, hospital departmental receptionist, unit secretary, patient access clerk, release of information clerk. Courses completed may be used toward the Health Information Technology Associate Degree or related certificates.

The Medical Scribe Certificate is designed as a step between the short certificate and the Associate in Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology. A medical scribe is a health information professional who directly assists the physician with entering patient care documentation into the electronic health system or electronic medical record. The medical scribe must have an excellent understanding of medical terminology and disease processes, including diagnosis and treatment. They also require knowledge of documentation guidelines, basic medical coding guidelines, and release of information, making the health information technology graduate uniquely qualified for the medical scribe position. Serving as a personal assistant to the physician while care is provided to the patient, the medical scribe may gather information needed for the patient encounter, provide written information to the patient and help with the documentation required for the medical coding process.

The Medical Coding Certificate is designed as a step between the short-term certificate and the Associate in Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology. Medical coding specialists perform a detailed review of medical records to identify diagnoses and operative procedures. Alphanumeric and/or Numeric classification codes are assigned to each diagnosis and procedure, using automated or manual methods. Principle classification systems used include the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), and the current Procedural Coding Systems (PCS). Coders also operate computerized grouper programs to cluster diagnoses and procedures into payment categories. With a balanced emphasis on coding typically done in a physician’s office and inpatient and outpatient coding that is done in acute care settings, this comprehensive coding program is completed in three semesters. Successful coding certificate graduates will have in-depth coding skills in ICD, CPT, PCS, and reimbursement schemes with special knowledge of DRGs, APCs, and Charge Master Descriptions. The American Health Information Management Association has established a national certification program for medical coders. Each new graduate qualifies as a candidate for the AHIMA national examination to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA). When coupled with extensive, on-the-job experience, the Medical Coding coursework prepares the student to take the AHIMA examination to become a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Office (CCS-P) and take American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) coding certification exams such as the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.

Prior to applying to the HIT Program, students must apply for admission to Wallace State Community College by submitting a WSCC application to the Admissions Office and meeting all the general requirements for admission to the College.

To be considered for acceptance into the Health Information Technology (HIT) Program, the following must be submitted by June 1st:

  1. A completed HIT Program Application.
  2. A copy of ACT scores showing a composite score of at least 17.
  3. An unofficial copy of college transcripts showing GPA of at least 2.5 for general required pre-HIT courses.

 

Program Overview

Health Information Technology


Degrees/Awards Offered

AAS, C, STC


Availability

  • Online

Health Information Technology


Curriculum: Program of Study

Pathway Map: Certificate, Associate in Applied Science

 

Career Outlook

AHIMA Career Map