Health Information Technology Coding Specialist (HITC)

The Health Information Technology Coding Specialist Certificate Program (total of 30 college credits) will provide students with the skills necessary to enter or advance in billing and coding for physician practices and hospital coding servicesThe employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase 21 percent by the year 2020 according to the U.S Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Job opportunities are available in doctors’ offices, hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, insurance companies, accounting offices, legal offices, regulatory agencies and consulting firms.

View the Gainful Employment information regarding this certificate program.

Approvals

This program is approved by the AHIMA  Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP). The PCAP approval identifies coding education programs that have been evaluated by a peer review process against national minimum standards for entry-level coding professionals.  This process allows academic institutions to be acknowledged as providing an approved coding certificate program.

The approval designation assures healthcare providers that certificate holders of the Health Information Technology Coding Specialist coding program possess the necessary job skills to attain success in entry level coding positions.  Students are guided through a comprehensive coding curriculum providing them with more than 30 credits of instruction in ICD-10-CM/PCS coding and CPT coding and reimbursement methodologies. The program approval is from November of 2015 – November of 2018 with annual interim approval during these years.

The AHIMA Professional Certificate Approval Program designation:

  • Identifies specialized programs that meet established coding educational standards
  • Stimulates improvement of educational standards through faculty development opportunities, and by involving faculty and staff in program evaluation and planning
  • Promotes a better understanding of the goals of professional coding education
  • Provides reasonable assurance that practitioners possess the necessary job skills upon entry into the profession.

This program has also received the official approval by the American Health Information
Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation’s Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP), in addition to the Office of Higher Education.  This approval reflects the diligence and hard work over the past two years by our St. Vincent’s College staff and instructors.

This program will be the only certificate program that has approval from both AHIMA and AAPC in the state of Connecticut.

Program of Study and Objectives

Our graduates will learn about anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, computer systems, medical terminology, reimbursement methodology, clinical data analysis, legal and compliance aspects of healthcare, healthcare data structure and delivery system and intermediate/advanced ICD diagnosia/procedural and CPT coding.  They will also have the opportunity for internships or online practical experiences that will allow them to experience their profession in a real working environment.

Our graduates may be eligible to sit for certification exams offered by the American Health Information Association (AHIMA) and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Program Courses – Full Time

Code Course Name Credits
Pre/Co-Requisites
MED 105 Medical Terminology 3
BIO 115 Human Biology (online) 4
INF 101 Introduction to Information Technology 3
Fall Semester
BIO 116 Introduction to Pathophysiology (online) 3
HRS 211

 

or

HMG311

Legal and Compliance Aspects of Healthcare (online)

 

 

Legal & Ethical Issues in Healthcare

3

 

 

3

 

HRS 104 ICD Coding Part 1 3
HRS 109 CPT Coding Part 1 3
Winter Intersession
HRS 101 Insurance Reimbursement and Billing Procedures (online) 2
Spring Semester
HRS 204 ICD Coding Part 2 3
HRS 209 CPT Coding Part 2 3
HRS 210 Clinical Data Analysis (class or online) 3
BIO117 Introduction to Pharmacology (online) 3
Summer Semester
HRS 220 Healthcare Data/Structure/Delivery System 4

For a details including minimum grades, credit hours and other information click here.

Admission Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Official high school or GED transcript
  • Official college transcript (if applicable)
  • English Placement Test (if applicable)
  • Arithmetic Placement Test (if applicable)
  • Health Clearance Form (This must be completed after acceptance into the program)
  • Security Background check (paperwork will be provided once accepted)

Cost: See Certificate Program Cost Sheet

Start Date: Generally the students begin this program in September.  However, students can begin in January on a part-time basis if all admission requirements are complete.