Health Information Technicians play a vital role in the health care industry by participating in the creation, completion, distribution and retention of medical record documentation according to policies and procedures outlined by several regulating bodies such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Facilities and Medicare. Individuals enrolled in the program will obtain a broad body of knowledge which will allow them to become employed in many capacities within a health information department. Some of the positions include such tasks as: release of information, various registries, incomplete chart room, processing of medical documentation, coding and abstracting, and may include supervisory or leadership roles based on skill and ability.
Program Application Process
After completing the Saint Paul College application and admission process, students interested in the Health Information Technology Program must submit a completed Application to Health Information Technology Program. Applying by the priority application deadline does not guarantee admission to the Health Information Technology Program. Being admitted to Saint Paul College does not imply admission into the Health Information Technology Program. The Health Information Technology Admissions Committee will review each application on the basis of overall academic ability, GPA of college level courses, and assessment scores and completion of prerequisites. Students admitted into the Health Information Technology Program must attend a mandatory seminar to complete documentation to enter the program.
Contact Faculty Advisor, e-mail Kelly Dale or email Rosalie Jaenisch, for more information.
The Health Information Technology AAS Degree Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
Saint Paul College graduates of the Health Information Technology Program had a pass rate on the RHIT exam of 100% in 2012.
Graduate Placement rate for graduates of the Health Information Technology Program was 80% for FY2011.
What You'll Learn
- Specialized software in the completion of HIM processes such as record tracking, release of information, coding, grouping, registries, billing, and quality improvement.
- Procedure codes using ICD-9-CM and CPT/HPCS
- Policies and procedures to comply with the changing regulations among various payment systems for healthcare services
- Policies and procedures to assure the accuracy of health information
- Private physician offices and clinics
- Specialty clinics
- Long-term care facilities
- Rehabilitation facilities
- Government offices
- Insurance industry
- Dental and chiropractic clinics
- Information technology suppliers
- Graduates of a Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management accredited Health Information Technology program are eligible to apply to write the American Health Information Management Association, Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification examination.
- Graduates will possess a knowledge base which will allow them to find employment in the health care industry