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 Foundation’s Professional Certificate Approval Program. This designation acknowledges the coding program as having been evaluated by a peer review process against a national minimum set of standards for entry-level coding professionals. This process allows academic institutions, healthcare organizations, and private companies to be acknowledged as offering an approved coding certificate program. The program approval is from November of 2015 – November of 2018 with annual interim approval during these years.

The AHIMA Foundation’s 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
  • Provides a comprehensive coding curriculum with instruction in ICD-9-CM/ICD-10-CM/PCS coding and CPT coding and reimbursement methodologies.

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 a variety of 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
BIO 117 Introduction to Pharmacology (online) 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
HRS 211 Legal and Compliance Aspects of Healthcare (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.