Health Information Technology Degree (025)
Baltimore City Community College's Health Information Technology (HIT) graduates perform a variety of technical health information management functions including organizing, analyzing, and technically evaluating health information; compiling administrative and health statistics; and coding diseases, operations, and other procedures. Responsibilities also include maintaining and using a variety of health information indices, special registries, storage and retrieval systems, inputting and retrieving computerized health data, and controlling the release of health information. The majority of health information practitioners work in acute care hospitals, ambulatory, long-term, and mental health facilities, state and federal agencies, insurance companies, and colleges. Some are self-employed in businesses such as transcription services and consulting.
Graduates are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Passing the examination entitles a person to use the initials RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) after his/her name. This national exam is offered once a quarter.
Notes and Requirements:
All students (part- and full-time) in the program must carry health insurance to take the Clinicals (HIT 130, HIT 231). The Health History and Physical Examination form must be completed before a student can be assigned a professional practice experience site. Immunizations are required. The Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) must be done annually. Students obtain over 300 hours of professional practice experiences in healthcare agencies.
Students must score 35 or higher on the science placement test to be exempt from BIO 101 or BIO 102. Transfer and returning students may be required to pass a challenge exam in order not to have to repeat AH and HIT courses whose credits are more than three years old. Students must earn “C” or better in BIO 111/112, and all AH and HIT courses. No course may be repeated more than once beyond the initial course attempt. For additional information regarding admission and/or continued enrollment in the program, contact the Program Coordinator.