Delta Region MS

CAREER TYPE

Health Information Technology

Health Information Technologists organize and manage health information data. They ensure its quality, accuracy, accessibility and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries and to maintain patients' medical and treatment histories. Most HITs work in hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices.

CAREER TYPE KEY FACTS:

Salary Range Potential: $40,000.00

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TRAINING CENTER PROGRAMS

Health Information Technology-Health Information Technology

The Health Information Technology program is a two-year (four-semester) program. Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to sit for the national certification exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). The program offers one class per year beginning each fall.

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Pre-requisites required:
To be considered for admission to the Health Information Technology program, an applicant must complete the online application and be admitted to the College, submit the online Health Science application and meet the following criteria: 1. High school graduate or high school equivalency diploma 2. Minimum ACT score of 16 if taken on or after the October, 1989 test date. Official ACT score must be on file in the ICC Admissions Office. Scores may be sent directly from ACT (www.act.org) to ICC which can take six weeks or more, printed from ACT’s website and submitted to the Office of Admissions by the student or sent by the student’s high school of attendance (If ACT was taken while in high school, the score is typically on the high school transcript.) ACT scores on college transcripts are not acceptable. 3. Complete the following prerequisites with a grade of ‘C’ or higher by May 20: ? BIO 2514 – Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab ? BIO 2524 – Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4. Submit a Health Information Technology Observation Form (Page 5) which documents observation in a hospital Health Information Department. This is recommended but not required. 5. Qualified applicants who have submitted all required information by the April 1 deadline will have their materials reviewed. Based on the selection criteria, the highest-ranking students will be selected for admission to the program (See Health Information Technology Point Rating System.). 6. Upon admission to the program, a student must submit a physical examination form, proof of current immunizations, BLS Provider certification to include CPR and AED in accordance with the American Heart Association (Certifications must be on or after June 1 of the year program classes begin.), a negative drug screen (administered by the North Mississippi Medical Center) and satisfactory criminal background check (administered by ICC personnel). Certain criminal offenses may prevent admission into the program; therefore, it is highly recommended the student contact the Dean of Health Science Instruction or the program director for guidance related to specific thresholds for admission. Should the College allow a student with a criminal background entrance into the Health Information Technology program, certain clinical affiliates may deny the student access to their facility. Itawamba Community College does not serve as an agent to prospective employers, state licensing agencies or credentialing organizations in regard to the interpretation of the criminal background check; therefore, the obtainment of criminal background clearance which permits the student to perform clinical experiences in a licensed healthcare facility while enrolled in the Health Information Technology program does not guarantee a healthcare facility will employ the graduate. For more information regarding Itawamba Community College’s criminal background policy, select the following link: Criminal Background Policy.

Length of Program
2 years

Summary of Program Requirements
To be considered for admission to the Health Information Technology program, an applicant must complete the online application and be admitted to the College, submit the online Health Science application and meet the following criteria: 1. High school graduate or high school equivalency diploma 2. Minimum ACT score of 16 if taken on or after the October, 1989 test date. Official ACT score must be on file in the ICC Admissions Office. Scores may be sent directly from ACT (www.act.org) to ICC which can take six weeks or more, printed from ACT’s website and submitted to the Office of Admissions by the student or sent by the student’s high school of attendance (If ACT was taken while in high school, the score is typically on the high school transcript.) ACT scores on college transcripts are not acceptable. 3. Complete the following prerequisites with a grade of ‘C’ or higher by May 20: ? BIO 2514 – Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab ? BIO 2524 – Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4. Submit a Health Information Technology Observation Form (Page 5) which documents observation in a hospital Health Information Department. This is recommended but not required. 5. Qualified applicants who have submitted all required information by the April 1 deadline will have their materials reviewed. Based on the selection criteria, the highest-ranking students will be selected for admission to the program (See Health Information Technology Point Rating System.). 6. Upon admission to the program, a student must submit a physical examination form, proof of current immunizations, BLS Provider certification to include CPR and AED in accordance with the American Heart Association (Certifications must be on or after June 1 of the year program classes begin.), a negative drug screen (administered by the North Mississippi Medical Center) and satisfactory criminal background check (administered by ICC personnel). Certain criminal offenses may prevent admission into the program; therefore, it is highly recommended the student contact the Dean of Health Science Instruction or the program director for guidance related to specific thresholds for admission. Should the College allow a student with a criminal background entrance into the Health Information Technology program, certain clinical affiliates may deny the student access to their facility. Itawamba Community College does not serve as an agent to prospective employers, state licensing agencies or credentialing organizations in regard to the interpretation of the criminal background check; therefore, the obtainment of criminal background clearance which permits the student to perform clinical experiences in a licensed healthcare facility while enrolled in the Health Information Technology program does not guarantee a healthcare facility will employ the graduate. For more information regarding Itawamba Community College’s criminal background policy, select the following link: Criminal Background Policy.

Skills Needed
Computer Savvy, Analytical Thinking, Mathematics, Attention to Detail, Communication
Itawamba Community College
Tupelo Campus | Belden Center

Contact
Donna Vaughn
662.620.5123
dhvaughn@iccms.edu
Lori Little
662.620.5240
lalittle@iccms.edu