LCCC Catalog 2021-2022 
    
    Oct 20, 2021  
LCCC Catalog 2021-2022

Health Information Technology and Management, AAS


The Health Information Technology and Management program combines coding in health care with health information management. Health information technologists serve the health care industry and the public consumer by managing, analyzing, and reporting health data required for the delivery of patient care, reimbursement, and quality management. Health information technologists specialize in managing and protecting medical records; administering health information management systems; and coding for reimbursement, research, and quality care. The A.A.S. program of study contains courses from both the Medical Office Essentials credit diploma and the Medical Claims Coding Associate credit certificate with the addition of health information technology and leadership courses that students need to advance their careers on the administrative side of the medical field.  The courses for the Medical Office Essentials Credit Diploma and the Medical Claims Coding Associate Certificate of Completion are embedded in the A.A.S. degree.

The Health Information Technology and Management program is a fully online program with an online lab component. Acceptance into the program is required prior to course registration. The Health Information Management Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Prospective students interested in the program may contact the program director for details about the admission process and timeline.

All allied health students are required to submit a pre-clinical urine drug screen according to the policy of the Allied Health Programs at LCCC. The drug screen in completed at the student’s expense and must be paid for at the time of application. In addition to drug screening, for the safety of patients and health care workers, allied health workers must also undergo a background check performed at the student’s expense.

Acceptance into the program is conditional based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and drug screen. The student’s acceptance will not be final until LCCC has received background check information from the reporting agencies, and the background check is clear of disqualifying offenses. Instructions for completion will be provided once a student is accepted into the program. Testing positive on the drug screening or evidence of tampering with a specimen will disqualify a student from participation in the program. Certain criminal activity, as evidenced by a criminal background check, may also disqualify a student from program participation. See school policy at lccc.wy.edu/academics/divisions/HSW. These circumstances may prevent acceptance into and/or continuance in the program.

Contact Information

Contact information is available on the Health Information Technology and Management program website.

Map your individual academic plan of courses with your College Advisor.

If students choose to transition to another program within the Health Sciences & Wellness pathway, they should be particularly aware of the choice points that indicate when a decision to branch off into another program must be made to ensure credits and time are not lost.

Coursework common to all degrees within this pathway is indicated by CAC, Common Academic Coursework, in the program map. 

Competencies


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency by integrating reimbursement methods and coding regulations creating a complete and clean claim.
  2. Ethically use electronic health records by following industry standards and laws.
  3. Analyze electronic data for its appropriate use in medical reporting processes.
  4. Validate protected data for reporting and analysis using computer applications and health care delivery systems.
  5. Use computer applications for data gathering and quality improvement projects in order to enhance the quality of patient care.

Prerequisites


Course Requirements


Milestones


  • Students are eligible to apply to the HITM program upon completion of the course in this semester.

First Semester


Second Semester


Milestones


  • Completion of ENGL 1010  as prerequisites for other courses.
  • Students earn the Medical Office Essentials Credit Diploma upon completion of ENGL 1010 .

Semester Total: 12 Credits


Third Semester


Milestones


  • Completion of MATH 1000  as a gateway course.
  • Students earn the Medical Claims Coding Associate (MCCA) Certificate upon completion of this semester.

Semester Total: 15 Credits


Fourth Semester


Milestones


  • Completion of AAS in Health Information Technology and Management (HITM) degree

Semester Total: 15 Credits


Program Credit Hour Total: 63 Credits


Program Comments

Students planning to apply to the Health Information Technology and Management program should work closely with their Advising Team regarding course sequence options required for completion prior to program application.

The information below is intended to be a guide, and does not guarantee regional job placement, job availability, or a specific wage after completion of the program. Students will be able to work in their chosen field upon graduation. The Certified Coding Associate (CCA) certification, a national exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) assists with upward mobility but is not required.

Additional information on careers in Health Information Technology and Management is available through Career Coach.

Transfer Information

LCCC courses may transfer to institutions in addition to those with formal articulation agreements. Students are strongly encouraged to determine the degree requirements and transfer policy of the specific college/university and program to which they plan to transfer.