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Health Information Technology Readmission and Transfer Policies and Procedures

Students may apply for readmission to the Health Information Technology programs two times. Students desiring to transfer from another Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) program or students applying for readmission that have been out for more than two years must take a proctored challenge exam for each HIT course previously completed. Students who have been out of the program for more than one year must meet the admissions and program requirements effective at the time of admission. Acceptance into the program is not guaranteed and is based on clinical space available.

In all health science curricula, students are assigned clinical rotations with area health care agencies. Prior to or at any time after admission, the health sciences student may be required to submit a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Readmission Steps

  1. Applicants must apply to the program as a “readmit” if they have previously been enrolled in any Health Information Technology program and exited for any reason. Transcripts of “readmit” applicants are evaluated by the Program Chair in consultation with the Dean of Health Sciences. The student will receive a letter from the Program Chair detailing requirements of readmission which may include challenge exams and/or competency check-offs.
  2. Readmission is allowed twice. All admissions or readmissions in any Health Information Technology programs are counted toward this policy.
  3. The applicant must meet admission requirements.

Transfer Steps

  1. Applicants must apply to the program as a “transfer” student if they are currently enrolled in any Health Information Technology program or are eligible to continue in their current program. The Program Chair, in consultation with the Dean of Health Sciences, evaluates the core courses for equivalency to determine if transfer credit will be granted. The Registrar evaluates general education courses for credit. The student will receive a letter from the Program Chair summarizing the results of the transcript evaluation including core courses that were accepted for transfer credit and any additional requirements which may include challenge exams and/or competency check-offs.
  2. The applicant must meet admission requirements.
Maintaining Online HIT Program Integrity

Graduates of HIT programs are required to submit a CAHIIM accredited school program code when registering for the AHIMA national “RHIT” examination. Submission of a program code validates to CAHIIM that the student completed the HIT course work at a specific school. Therefore, to maintain program outcome accountability, all HIT and OST course work must be taken at ECC once students are accepted into the HIT program.

It is recommended that the HIT degree program be completed in five (5) consecutive semesters and the HIT diploma program be completed in three to five (3-5) semesters. Degree students must complete the HIT curriculum within eleven (11) consecutive semesters; diploma students must complete the program within seven (7) consecutive semesters. For students not following the full-time program of study to complete the HIT degree or diploma programs, all general education and related courses must be taken prior to taking HIT prefixed courses. (HIT 110 and HIT 114, the exception). This will provide a greater opportunity for students to maintain the body of knowledge needed for success on the national “RHIT” exam and/or the “CCS” and/or “CCS-P” exam.

 
revised June 2012