School of health services
Health Information Technology
IS HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RIGHT FOR YOU?
Deciding what you want to do with your future is tough. Here at CVCC we want to do all we can to make that decision easier for you – and to help you make sure you’ve made the right decision. Let’s talk about some of the more important questions people ask us when they’re thinking about a future in Health Information Technology.
Health Information Technology provides the skill set to:
- Code clinical data in any healthcare setting
- Maintain information systems for planning and evaluating patient care
- Collect, process and analyze health information required for reimbursement, facility planning, risk management, utilization management, quality management, & research
- Provide accessibility of health care data to legitimate users while protecting patient privacy
Why choose Health Information Technology?
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has targeted HIT as one of the top professions in rapid growth potential and projects that the demand for these professionals will outpace the supply through 2010.
- US News and World Report has selected this profession as one of the top 25 in the country.
- The health care field is one of the most secure job markets today, and HIT graduates are employed in hospitals, physicians’ offices, skilled nursing facilities, home health, rehabilitation facilities, consulting firms, & other organizations where health information is maintained.
Will I enjoy this field? One of the biggest advantages of a career in Health Information Technology is the variety of career paths it offers – which means you have the chance to choose the path that suits you best. Program graduates accept positions that range from very technical, such as coding and tumor registry, to very people oriented, such as supervision and management. Almost all positions involve working in an office environment.
How long will it take? If you can attend full-time, you should be able to earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Health Information Technology in about two years. When you graduate, you will be eligible to take the national examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician. Flexible scheduling makes it possible for you to work your classes around a part-time job. However, if you attend classes part-time, you will need longer than two years to complete the program.
How do I get started? All persons applying for admission to CVCC must complete an application (online or hard copy), submit required admissions materials and visit with an admissions counselor in the Student Services Office. Priority application review is given to applicants who meet the March 1st deadline. During the admissions visit, an applicant will receive important information regarding advising, registration, financial aid and placement testing. Acceptance to the College does not guarantee admission to the HIT program, which is a limited-admissions program. For information on how to apply to the HIT program, click on the link to the Health Information Technology Admission Packet found on the right side of this page.
What will I study? In addition to the general courses necessary to complete an associate’s degree, some of the subjects you will study include human anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, microcomputer operations, legal aspects of health records, and disease coding.
What else do I need to know? CVCC’s HIT program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).