Program Information

The Health Information Technology program consists of courses in health  record systems and related technology courses as well as general education courses. Practical experience in the health information management departments of local health care facilities is an integral part of the program.

 

ACCREDITATION


MCC's Health Information Management Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) Graduates of the program are eligible to write the national accreditation examination of the American Health Information Management Association AHIMA for the credential of Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). 

 

Students enrolled in the one-year certificate program are eligible to write the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association, upon completing the certificate program. 

 

THE PROFESSION


The Health Information Technology program gives students the knowledge and skills to help ensure quality of health care through quality information without direct patient contact. The medical world depends on health information specialists to collect data, interpret it, protect it and determine how it can be used.

 

As a Health Information Technician, a graduate is prepared to assume duties in the field including ICD-9-CM and CPT coding; reimbursement methodologies; quality assessment, utilization and risk management; medical staff credentialing; cancer program maintenance; legal, accreditation, and licensure issues, and electronic health record systems. The Health Information Technology Program at MCC is one of only three programs in the state of Mississippi that specifically offer the education required to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).  On average, the starting salary for graduates is $31,200 per year. 

 

PROGRAM PROGRESSION


Progression: In order to progress in this program, students must earn at least a “C” in all HIT courses, Anatomy and Physiology II (including Lab) and in English Comp I.  Students must maintain a 2.00 cumulative grade point average (CGPA). Competencies must be met at the level stated in the course outline.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


  • Attain an 18 composite score on the ACT, OR

  • Score a 69.5 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Reading Section and a 59.5 or above on the Arithmetic Section, OR

  • Complete 12 hours or more with "C" average or above at an accredited college or university.  Six of these hours must be earned in MAT 0123 (Beginning Algebra) or a higher Math equivalent and English Comp I with a "C" or better. 

          AND

  • Have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) or 2.00 ("C" average on all previous college coursework) AND

  • Complete Anatomy and Physiology I and A&P I Lab with at least a "C".  A&P I and II must have been completed within six years prior to admission into the Health Information Technology Program.  If Microcomputers has been taken prior to admission it must have been within the past three years.  AND

  • Attend an HIT Information Session.  Students will receive notice from the Admissions Office about scheduling their Information Session, AND

  • Observe in a Health Information Management Department and write a written summary of the visit.

 

APPLICANT SELECTION


*The HIT Admissions Committee will select each semester's class from the pool of applicants who meet minimum admission requirements. No applicant will be considered unless the minimum admission criteria are met.  Program admission is a competitive process. Check with the Admissions Office and/or the Health Education Advisor for selection details and deadlines.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REQUIRED AFTER ADMISSION


  • Students must provide proof of immunization for MMR.  A Mantoux Two-Step TB Skin Test will be scheduled after classes begin.   Students will be required to undergo an unannounced drug screen after classes begin.

  • All students admitted into the Program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and background checks, which will be done after admission and prior to clinical laboratories.  These fees will be attached as registration fees.  There are certain convictions that will prevent an individual being eligible to participate in clinical experiences.  If a student is unable to participate in clinical experiences, he/she will be dismissed from the Program.  For additional information, please contact the health education counselor or your advisor.

Students in the Health Information Technology Program must attend MCC full-time (12 or more semester credit hours).

 

*Admittance requirements are minimum standards and admission to the program is competitive.  Admittance is not guaranteed.

 

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