About this course
Students who are interested in a health care career without direct patient contact may enjoy the Health Information Technology field. Individuals provide information to health care professionals and medical facilities concerning their symptoms and medical history, the results of examinations, reports of X-rays and laboratory tests, diagnoses, and treatment plans. Craven’s HIT curriculum provides its graduates with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, abstract, compile, maintain, manage, and report health information. The HIT program is 70 SHC and includes two Professional Practice Experiences (PPEs) in local health care facilities. Students will learn to supervise departmental functions, classify, code and index diagnoses and procedures; coordinate information for cost control, quality management, statistics, marketing and planning; monitor governmental and non-governmental standards; facilitate research; and design system controls to monitor patient information security.
The curriculum includes study in anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology; health care statistics, medical terminology and coding. Students also complete courses in health law and ethics, quality management and computers for health care. A professional issues course is offered in the last semester, and students also complete six SHC in English and a course each in either psychology or economics and humanities/fine arts. Graduates of the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in the Health Information Technology Program will be eligible to write the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
Craven Community College’s Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management.
- Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency.
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