Health Information Technology - Curriculum

The Health Information Technology curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, abstract, compile, maintain, manage, and report health information.

Students will supervise departmental functions; classify, code, and index diagnoses and procedures; coordinate information for cost control, quality management, statistics, marketing, and planning; monitor governmental and non-governmental standards; facilitate research; and design system controls to monitor patient information security.

Graduates of the degree program may be eligible to write the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, health insurance organizations, outpatient clinics, physicians’ offices, hospice, and mental health facilities.

With the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) required experience, graduates of the coding diploma and coding certificate programs of study may be eligible to write the “CCS” (Certified Coding Specialist) and/or the “CCS-P” (Certified Coding Specialist-Physician based) mastery level coding specialist examinations. Employment opportunities without one of these coding certifications are limited to entry-level positions. Therefore, students are encouraged to continue their education and complete the degree to receive the full benefits of this growing healthcare field.

All programs of study are offered completely online with the exception of three clinical courses which are completed at assigned health care agencies.

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Health Information Technology - Program Outcomes

The Health Information Technology Program has four major program goals.

Goal 1: Program graduates will demonstrate the HIM entry-level competencies.

Target Outcomes

  1. 90% of HIT students will achieve a grade of “C” or better in all HIT classes.
  2. 75% of students will be rated as “completed all assignments fully” on their PPE evaluation completed by PPE supervisor.
  3. 75% of graduates will obtain HIM related employment or continue their education within one year of graduation.

80% of graduates will take the RHIT certification examination and pass.

Goal 2: The HIM curriculum will include, at minimum, the required knowledge clusters with content and experiences to enable students to meet current entry-level competencies.

Target Outcomes

  1. 80% of graduate survey responses will indicate a rating of 4 or higher in overall quality of academic preparation.
  2. 100% of the HIT curriculum will reflect current practice within the profession.
  3. 100% of HIT core courses will assess student learning outcomes using a benchmark analysis.

Goal 3: Faculty members will demonstrate current knowledge, skills, qualifications and professional development in the content areas they teach.

Target Outcomes

  1. 100% of faculty teaching HIT professional courses will receive an average evaluation of 4 or greater from students on the semester Online Course/Instructor Student Evaluation tool.
  2. 100% of full-time and adjunct faculty teaching HIT professional courses will participate in at least one professional development activity annually related to the topic they teach.

Goal 4: The HIM program will demonstrate responsiveness of needs of the communities of interest.

Target Outcome

75% employer satisfaction rate with the quality of program graduates as submitted by area employers.

Health Information Technology - Contact

Student's Last Name Begins With A-D

Nacole Everette, MS, RHIA

Program Chair/Instructor, Health Information Technology

everetten@edgecombe.edu

Office 208, Fleming Building, Tarboro Campus
(252) 823-5166, ext. 186

Student's Last Name Begins With E-O

Carla Gray, CCS, RHIA

Instructor, Health Information Technology

grayc@edgecombe.edu

Office 210, Fleming Building, Tarboro Campus
(252) 823-5166, ext. 16

Student's Last Name Begins With P-Z

Christine Keel, MS, RHIA

Instructor, Health Information Technology

keelc@edgecombe.edu

Office 210, Fleming Building, Tarboro Campus
(252) 823-5166, ext. 157

Admissions Counselor

Johanna Underwood, MSW

Student Support Counselor

underwoodj@edgecombe.edu

Office 105, McIntyre Building, Tarboro Campus
(252) 823-5166, ext. 263