Health Information Technology - Healthcare Informatics Major (HITHI)

Description

Students in the Health Information Technology - Healthcare Informatics major gain skills needed to assist organizations with meaningful and efficient use of healthcare data by incorporating information technologies and information management techniques. Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and have the knowledge and skills required to collect, manage, use, and share information to support delivery of healthcare services, and to promote healthy living.

Program Code

HITHI.AAS

Benefits

Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Implement and manage systems for electronic medical records and patient health records
  • Design and develop tools and systems to support clinical decision making and research
  • Safeguard the security of patient records in compliance with privacy laws and ethical issues related to the sharing of medical data and patient data
  • Develop standards for the exchange and interoperability of medical data, promoting meaningful use of medical records and data
  • Select and implement health information systems to provide affordable quality healthcare

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Healthcare Informatics Specialist
  • Healthcare IT Consultant
  • Healthcare Systems Analyst

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$35,000 to $50,000 annually

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health information technicians is projected to grow by more than 20 percent through 2020, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Other estimates place the demand for skilled healthcare information specialists at 40 percent or greater in the near future, as hospitals and other healthcare organizations move from paper-based records systems to full implementation of electronic medical records to control costs and reduce medical errors. Health information technicians with a strong understanding of computer software and other technology should be in a good position to compete for entry-level jobs

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Regional healthcare facilities including hospitals, clinics, and other organizations

Co-op Salary Projections

$0 (Unpaid Internship) to $10/hr

Curriculum

Healthcare Informatics Major (HITHI)

 
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)   1 0 1
HIT 100 Language and Culture of Healthcare ( B) 3 0 3
IT 100 Computer Programming Foundations ( B) 2 3 3
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
MAT 131 Statistics 1 ( G) 2 2 3
Semester 2      
HIT 105 Information Technology Systems in Healthcare ( B) 3 0 3
BPA 130 Business Systems Analysis and Design ( T) 2 3 3
IT 101 .NET Programming 1 ( B) 2 3 3
IT 111 Database Design and SQL 1 ( T) 2 3 3
Semester 3      
IT 210 System Design and Implementation ( T) 2 3 3
MAT 132 Statistics 2 ( T) 2 2 3
HIT 210 Healthcare Reimbursement ( T) 3 0 3
IT 112 Database Design and SQL 2 ( T) 2 3 3
Semester 4      
COMM 1XX Communications Elective (B)   3 0 3
HIT 225 Data Mining ( T) 3 0 3
HIT 220 Health Information Technology in the Continuum of Care ( T) 3 0 3
MCH 104 Comprehensive Medical Terminology ( T) 3 0 3
HIT XXX Health Information Technology Experiential Education Elective (T)   0 7 1
Semester 5      
PSY 1XX Psychology Elective (G)   3 0 3
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective (G)   3 0 3
BPA 290 Business Programming and Systems Analysis Capstone ( T) 3 3 4
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)   3 0 3
Total Credits:   53 32 63

Electives 

First Year Experience Elective  
FYE 100 College Survival Skills 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies 2
FYE 110 Community College Experience 3
Communication Elective  
COMM 105 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 110 Public Speaking 3
Health Information Technology Experiential Education Elective  
HIT 191 Part-time Co-op 1: HIT 1
HIT 192 Part-time Co-op 2: HIT 1
HIT 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Health Information Technology 2
HIT 292 Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Health Information Technology 2
HIT 294 Internship: Health Information Technology 1
Psychology Elective  
PSY 100 Applied Psychology: Human Relations 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
Arts/Humanities Elective  
Any Transfer Module course from ART, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, THE, or COMM 130 3
English Composition Elective  
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3

Contacts

Program Chair
Cindy Kneip
Robert Neilds