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Health Information Technology

10-530-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 67 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Locations*: Appleton, Oshkosh

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Want a career in the dynamic field of health care, but without the patient interaction? No problem. With this degree you deal more with a patient's healthcare information than with patients. You’ll learn to collect, code, manage and maintain the health data necessary for proper reimbursement, statistical and quality purposes. You’ll learn how to manage electronic health information in databases. You’ll train on up-to-date coding and chart management software and you’ll get valuable field experience that will be helpful as you seek employment.

COURSE LIST

Technical Studies (46 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Office Software Applications
10-106-121
3
Focuses on introductory features and applications of the Microsoft Office Suite. Students will apply introductory software features to the successful completion of business-related projects and scenarios.
Medical Terminology
10-501-101
3
Focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.
Introduction to the Health Record
10-530-181
1
Prepares learners to illustrate the flow of health information in various health care delivery systems and within the health information department. Prepares learners to retrieve data from health records. Professional ethics, confidentiality and security of information are emphasized.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 80 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT Read >= 20 & English >= 18 OR Program Prep; Admission to Health Information Tech or Medical Coding; Coreq: Medical Terminology (10501101); Health Data Management (10530176)
Health Data Management
10-530-176
2
Introduces the use and structure of health care data elements, data sets, data standards, their relationships to primary and secondary record systems and health information processing.
Prerequisite: ACCPL Reading >= 80 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT Read >= 20 & English >= 18 OR Program Prep; Corequisites: Intro to Health Record (10530181); Medical Terminology (10501101)
Human Disease for the Health Professions
10-530-182
3
Prepares learners to interpret clinical documentation that they will encounter in a variety of healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding the common disorders and diseases of each body system to include the etiology (cause), signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and results, and medical treatments and surgical procedures.
ICD Diagnosis Coding
10-530-197
3
Prepares students to assign ICD diagnosis codes supported by medical documentation with entry level proficiency. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD diagnosis codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation.
Prerequisites: Basic Anatomy (10-806-189) with a 'C' or better OR General Anatomy & Physiology (10-806-177) with a 'C' or better; Corequisite: Intro to Health Record (10-530-181)
ICD Procedure Coding
10-530-199
2
Prepares students to assign ICD procedure codes supported by medical documentation with entry level proficiency. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD procedure codes to case studies and actual medical documentation.
Prerequisites: Basic Anatomy (10-806-189) with a 'C' or better OR General Anatomy & Physiology (10-806-177) with a 'C' or better; Corequisite: ICD Diagnosis Coding (10-530-197) AND Intro to Health Record (10-530-181)
Healthcare Law & Ethics
10-530-178
2
Examines regulations for the content, use, confidentiality, disclosure and retention of health information. An overview of the legal system and ethical issues are addressed.
Advanced Office Software Applications
10-106-128
3
Focuses on advanced features and applications of the Microsoft Office Suite. Students will apply advanced software features to the successful completion of business-related projects and scenarios.
Prereq: Office Software Applications (10-106-121) or completion of Adv Office Software Applications pretest; Coreq: Intro to Administrative Prof Careers (10-106-114) for Office Asst and Admin Professional only. HIT students do not need this corequisite
CPT Coding
10-530-184
3
Prepares learners to assign CPT codes, supported by medical documentation, with entry level proficiency. Learners apply CPT instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning CPT codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation.
Prerequisites: Basic Anatomy (10-806-189) with a 'C' or better OR General Anatomy & Physiology (10-806-177) with a 'C' or better; Corequisite: ICD Diagnosis Coding (10-530-197) AND Intro to Health Record (10-530-181)
Healthcare Reimbursement
10-530-185
2
Prepares learners to compare and contrast health care payers, illustrate the reimbursement cycle, and to comply with regulations related to fraud and abuse. Learners assign Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs), Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs) and Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs) with entry-level proficiency using computerized encoding and grouping software.
Corequisites: ICD Procedure Coding (10530199); CPT Coding (10530184)
Healthcare Informatics
10-530-160
4
Emphasizes the role of information technology in healthcare through an investigation of the electronic health record (EHR), business and health information software applications. Learners will develop skills to assist in information systems design and implementation.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Health Information Technology program and Health Data Management (10-530-176) Corequisite: Advanced Office Software Applications (10-106-128)
Healthcare Statistics & Research
10-530-177
2
Explores the management of medical data for statistical purposes. Focuses on descriptive statistics, including definitions, collection, calculation, compilation and display of numerical data. Vital statistics, registries and research are examined.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Health Information Technology and Health Data Management (10-530-176)
Professional Practice 1
10-530-196
3
Applies previously acquired skills and knowledge by means of clinical experiences in the technical procedures of health record systems and discussion of clinical situations. This is the first of a two-semester sequence of supervised clinical experiences in health care facilities.
Prerequisite: Healthcare Law & Ethics (10530178); Corequisites: Healthcare Stats & Research (10530177); ICD Procedure Coding (10530199); CPT Coding (10530184)
Health Quality Management
10-530-161
3
Explores the programs and processes used to manage and improve healthcare quality. Addresses regulatory requirements as related to performance measurement, assessment, and improvement, required monitoring activities, risk management and patient safety, utilization management, and medical staff credentialing. Emphasizes the use of critical thinking and data analysis skills in the management and reporting of data.
Prerequisite: Healthcare Statistics and Research (10-530-177)
HIM Organizational Resources
10-530-194
2
Examines the principles of management to include planning, organizing, human resource management, directing, and controlling as related to the health information department.
Corequisite: Health Quality Management (10-530-161)
Applied Coding
10-530-195
2
Prepares students to assign ICD and CPT/HCPCS codes supported by medical documentation with intermediate level of proficiency. Students will prepare appropriate physician queries in accordance with compliance guidelines and will assign codes to optimize appropriate reimbursement.
Corequisites: CPT Coding (10-530-184); ICD Diagnosis Coding (10-530-197); ICD Procedure Coding (10-530-199)
Professional Practice 2
10-530-198
3
Applies previously acquired skills and knowledge and discussion of clinical situations. Prepares for the certification examination and pre-graduation activities. This is the second of a two-semester sequence of supervised technical and managerial clinical experiences in health care facilities.
Prerequisite: Professional Practice 1 (10530196)

General Studies (21 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Intro to Psychology
10-809-198
3
Focuses on the theoretical foundation of human functioning and looks at learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. Students consider the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Intro to Sociology
10-809-196
3
Focuses on the basic concepts of the intercultural discipline of sociology. Emphasis is placed on culture, socialization and social stratification. The course also looks at five institutions: family, politics, economics, religion and education. Additional topics include demography, deviance, technology, environmental social issues, and social change and organization.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Economics
10-809-195
3
Provides a foundation of economic concepts and institutions so that students can apply economic thinking to their own decisions as consumers, employees and citizens in a market-oriented economic system. Topics include supply and demand, employment, prices and production, fiscal policy, monetary policy, market structures, and international trade and finance.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Introduction to Diversity Studies
10-809-172
3
Develops workplace skills needed to work with diverse groups of people. Ethnic relations are studied in global and comparative perspectives. Students examine their biases and gain awareness of differences and common ground shared. The course emphasizes how personal and cultural diversity enhances the effectiveness of work groups.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Written Communication
10-801-195
3
Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Basic Anatomy
10-806-189
3
Examines concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health careers. Learners correlate anatomical and physiological terminology to all body systems.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.

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