Health Information Technology

You are interested in a degree in health information technology, and CBT College can help! In the world of health care, a health information degree is essential, especially since this career is growing within the medical field. The way medicine is practiced will continue to advance – thanks to technology – and you do not want to get left behind. The health information technology degree program at CBT College will also help you with medical billing, communication skills, and record retention.

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An Associate of Science in Health Information Management Technology is designed to prepare professionals with the knowledge and technical skills for processing, management, maintenance, identification, storage and meaningful use of health information in many healthcare facilities and companies. HIT professionals also abstract and analyze data (paper or electronic medical records) for tasks related to coding, billing, retrieval, quality measurement and control using regulatory compliance practices and privacy & security standards. Their responsibilities may also include supervision of personnel and research.

CBT College, Cutler Bay location only, is accredited for the Health Information Management Program by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Students graduating from this location are eligible to apply for the AHIMA/Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam.

*** The HIMT program at the Cutler Bay location is CAHIIM accredited. HIMT Professional Practice Experience and Virtual Lab for Second Year HIMT students is a program requirement by AHIMA Guidelines.

There is a wide range of applications used in the information technology industry, which is why a health information technology degree could lead to many career opportunities for you. This degree program will teach you how to use equipment that is necessary to record and store important health information pertaining to patients and other individuals. This information is stored electronically, instead of the traditional paper files. The classes at CBT College help you gain the knowledge and skills needed to process and maintain health information. Once you have successfully completed a health information technology degree from CBT College, you could apply for positions in the medical field, including:

  • Medical Coding Specialist
  • Billing and Reimbursement Specialist
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement
  • Release of Information
  • Medical Records Auditing
  • Privacy and Security Officer
  • Electronic Health Records Implementation
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Health Care Risk Management
  • Health Vital Statistics Specialist
  • Regulatory Compliance Officer and Others
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To provide an educational experience to students with a knowledge base and technical skills necessary to process, monitor, maintain and report health data in accordance with professional best practice guidelines and within the legal and security standards required by the industry and the government.

Certifications :
  1. Registered Health Information Technician-RHIT granted from AHIMA
  2. Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) by NHA
  3. Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS) by NHA
  4. Others: Students are eligible for CCA, CPC certifications (please check Certifying Organization for specific requirements)
Seminars:
  1. ICD-10 (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
  2. CPR – BLS by American Heart Association (AHA)
  3. OSHA & HIPAA.
  4. Electronic Health Records & Practice Management Software Training Workshop

BSC1085: Anatomy and Physiology

( 3 Semester Credit Hours)

Students are introduced to the structure and function of the human organ systems as an integral part of the medical field. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the human body structures and normal functioning of each structural system, as well as what takes place when the body’s homeostasis is unbalanced.

CGS1060 Microsoft Technology Applications

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course is a comprehensive introduction to Microsoft Office 2013. It will feature four distinct programs: MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Outlook. In MS Word, the student will learn how to create and edit and format documents, and format text and paragraphs. In MS Excel, the student will learn to work with formulas and functions, format a worksheet, and to work with charts. In MS PowerPoint, the student will create/modify a presentation, insert objects into a presentation, and finish a presentation. In MS Outlook, the student will be trained in the usage of e-mail and the management of information the application. There are some activities that integrate some of these applications which are very beneficial for students who will use these applications in the real working environment.

HIM1222 Medical Coding I

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course provides the student with a comprehensive training in the application of diagnostic codes from the ICD-9-CM and the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. This course focuses on the history, format, conventions, guidelines and appropriate assignment of codes from the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM classification systems. Diagnostic clinical information is identified and abstracted from health records in various healthcare settings (outpatient and inpatient) and assigned the appropriate, accurate and specific ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM codes. This course includes supervised lab instruction of simulation practice exercises (virtual lab).

HIM1232 Medical Coding II

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course provides the student with a comprehensive view to the nomenclature and classification systems known as Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) and the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). This course concentrates on the accurate use of CPT for procedural and operative coding. This course also concentrates on the accurate use of HCPCS for Medicare’s Level II national coding used to bill for ambulance, medical and surgical supplies, durable medical equipment, etc. CPT and HCPCS procedural/operative clinical information, in addition to diagnostic clinical information, is identified and abstracted from health records and assigned the appropriate, accurate and specific procedural/operative and diagnostic codes for third party billing. This course includes supervised lab instruction of simulation practice exercises (virtual lab).

HIM1273 Medical Insurance & Billing Procedure

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course introduces the major types of medical insurance, payers, and regulators, as well as the medical billing cycle including HIPAA/HITECH Privacy, Security, and Electronic Health Care Transactions, Code Sets, and Breach Notification Rules. The class will provide students with the knowledge in correct coding procedures, using coding references, complying with proper linkage guidelines, general procedures for calculating reimbursement, how to bill compliantly, and preparing and transmitting claims.

HIM19860 Certification Exam Review

(1.5 Semester Credit Hours)

This course will provide a structured plan of preparation which emphasizes the acquisition of test taking skills and critical thinking abilities to successfully pass a medical coding & billing certification exam conducted by a recognized national certifying association organization. This dynamic review course has been designed to review with students for relevant topics according to organization guidelines and specification on exam domains and percentage of questions to be questioned on certification exam. The class also includes exam questions practicum with rationales.

HIM2012 Legal Aspects of Health Care Records

(1.5 Semester Credit Hours)

This course provides students with the fundamentals of law surrounding the delivery of healthcare and the management and protection of health information including an in-depth view of the various federal and state court systems and the legal processes that HIM professionals must have an understanding of. It also covers the federal and state laws and accreditation standards governing who is entitled to have access to health information and under what circumstances. A comprehensive review in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the legal processes important to HIM professionals, such as civil procedure, the medical record as evidence, and legal precedents are discussed in detail. A guidance regarding responding to requests for uses and disclosures of health information and the protection of patient information are presented. Finally, other legal areas are also addressed: labor law, medical staff organization, risk management, quality improvement, and compliance.

HSC1531 Medical Terminology

(3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course introduces medical elements and their applications to body systems and medical specialties. The student will be introduced to medical terms, including suffixes, roots, prefixes and anatomical terms. The basic body components will also be introduced and associated with the proper terminology. These terms will be applied to common medical specialties.

SLS1105 Student Success Skills

(1.5 Semester Credit Hours)

student success skills is a course designed to help students succeed in college by providing them with a foundation for gaining the skills and demeanor necessary to be a successful college student. Students will learn how they learn, and pay special attention to cultural, and socio-economic factors that impact student success. The student will learn strategies that may allow them to overcome their cultural, socio-economic and/ or learning challenges

SLS1509 Critical Thinking Skills

(1.5 Semester Credit Hours)

This course explores the process of thinking critically and guides students in thinking more clearly, insightfully and effectively. Concrete examples from students' experience and contemporary issues help students develop the abilities to solve problems, analyze issues, and make informed decisions in their academic, career and personal lives. Substantive readings, structured writing assignments and ongoing discussions help student develop language skills while fostering sophisticated thinking abilities.

HIM1110 Health Care Record & Data Management

(4 Semester Credit Hours)

This course introduces the student to the Health Information Management (HIM) profession and to the foundations of the health record and data management. Special emphasis is placed on the purpose and content of the health record and how it used for purposes of data integrity, reimbursement, research, the foundation for standards, quality improvement, privacy and security, and in the delivery of safe healthcare to the patient. Of particular interest are an introduction to the electronic health record (EHR), health information exchange, and meaningful use which are also covered. Students will gain an understanding of prominent healthcare data sets and their purposes and uses, and to the characteristics of clinical vocabularies and classification systems and how they are used throughout the healthcare system. In addition the student is also introduced to the uses of coded data and healthcare payment systems and thus gains understanding of the process of reimbursement, billing procedures, use of chargemasters and auditing. This course covers a comprehensive review of the typical health information functions associated with managing paper-based, hybrid, and EHR systems. Finally topics also addressed are secondary data sources, such as registries and indexes, which are used in healthcare services evaluation. This course includes supervised lab instruction of simulation practice exercises (virtual lab).

MEA1203 Pathophysiology

(4Semester Credit Hours)

This course emphasizes the fundamentals of the human disease process introducing important pathologic concepts and terminology associated with emphasis in etiology, signs, symptoms, diagnostic procedures, clinical course, treatment and prognosis. This will include the study of the major diseases associated with each body system.

HSC2149 Pharmacology

(4 Semester Credit Hours)

This course provides students the principles of Pharmacology and general drug classifications, characteristics, indications, side effects and interactions. A special emphasis will be placed on generic names understanding and drugs used for the most common pathologies. Students will be introduced to the care and handling of many medications and receive and awareness of drug related problems.

HIM2234 Medical Coding III

(4 Semester Credit Hours)

This is an advance course in medical coding where the student applies the fundamentals of diagnostic coding, learned in Medical Coding I, procedural coding, learned in Medical Coding II and biomedical knowledge to a wide array of complex cases from across the major medical specialties in different healthcare settings. The student is presented with reports designed to give a realistic picture of the type and scope of reports he/she will be coding on the job. This course includes supervised lab instruction for simulation practice exercises (virtual lab).

HIM2211 Information Technology System

(4 Semester Credit Hours)

This course provides an in-depth view of healthcare information systems and specifically the electronic health record (EHR). Topics addressed in this course include: the fundamentals of information systems such as software applications, data quality, data storage and retrieval, databases, healthcare information system selection and implementation steps (project planning, design, development, implementation, testing, conversion and evaluation); healthcare information systems specially focused on computerized systems used in HIM departments, healthcare information system applications (administrative and clinical information systems), the role and use of the EHR, and speech recognition; information security (privacy and security); the roles of HIM professionals in information systems, and the impact of future electronic technologies on health information systems, This course includes supervised classroom lab simulation practice exercises in an EHR environment (virtual lab).

HSC1000 Introduction to Health Sciences & Health Services Organization

(2 Semester Credit Hours)

This course provides a comprehensive view of the history of the US healthcare delivery system, and the development, legal regulation and scientific technological advances of the modern U.S. healthcare system. Topics also addressed in this course include: the organization and delivery of healthcare services across a continuum of healthcare settings from hospitals to non-hospitals facilities (ambulatory care, long term care, hospice, etc.); recent developments impacting the delivery of healthcare: sub-acute care, quality care, managed care, ethical decision making, patient focused care, consumerism, etc.; the financing and reimbursement methodologies used to meet healthcare expenditures; health policy issues and the future of the US healthcare service delivery.

HIM2500 Health Record Quality & Performance

(4 Semester Credit Hours)

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the theoretical concepts, practical applications and strategic management of performance and quality improvement (PI) processes in healthcare organizations. Topics addressed in this course include those related to: understanding what is a performance improvement model; performing continuous monitoring and improvement of the functions of a healthcare facility. Additional topics presented are the management of Performance Improvement and Quality programs Special focus will be placed on QI tool box techniques and the application of analytical and graphic tools used in performance and quality improvement This course includes supervised classroom lab simulation practice exercises.

HIM2512 Principles of Management & Organizational Resources

(2 Semester Credits Hours)

This course provides a comprehensive view of the basic principles of management/supervision as practiced and applied by HIM professionals within a healthcare organization. Emphasis will be placed on the supervisory role of the HIM professional in the areas of human, operational and financial resources. Topics addressed in this course include: planning of resources (objective formulation and decision making), organizing resources (physical and human), measuring and controlling resources (performance and budgeting) and actuating/motivating (team building, training and leadership).

HIM2810C HIMT Practicum

(2 Semester Credits Hours)

HIMT Practicum or Professional Practice Experience (PPE) is a supervised learning experience designed to provide the student with an opportunity to obtain practical experience. This practicum or professional practice experience is composed of 90 hours obtained by completing a total of 50 hours in a virtual lab environment where the student develops “hard or technical skills” by completing classroom assignments (activities) and a special assignment (advanced level exercise), to be completed through one of the VLAB applications of his/her choice and for presentation, via power point, to the Virtual Lab Externship Instructor and by completing a total of 40 hours in a field-based environment (traditional or nontraditional practice site) where the student develops “soft skills” by focusing on relationship building, exposure to the practice environment, development of business skills, and by observation of HIM leaders in departmental meetings and project-based meetings. Professional practice experience is a credit class and it is intended to complement and supplement knowledge obtained from the HIMT courses. Since most of the professional practice experience assignments will be completed according to procedures used in a virtual lab environment and practice site environment, the student has an opportunity to apply the principles he/she has already studied in previous courses to specific situations. It is hoped that students find the experience both challenging and rewarding.

ENC1100 English Composition (General Education Component)

(4 Semester Credit Hours)

This course is the first college level English course for students. This course emphasizes the skills necessary to prepare you for college level writing. In this course students will develop an understanding of good, college level writing with an emphasis on exposition and the research essay. Oral and written communications of impressions and judgments concerning assigned readings in the essay and allied genre are required. Stress on the building of an active vocabulary and on correct sentence and paragraph structure are also covered.

SPC1013 Speech (General Education Component)

(4 Semester Credit Hours)

The course includes theories and practices in oral communication and speech writing, and the process of oral communication in all types of organizations. Students will learn the fundamentals of effective oral communication, with an emphasis on delivering effective presentations. This course will cover skills and techniques for planning and delivering a presentation, overcoming anxiety, and working with various audiences. Students will also use Microsoft PowerPoint to create and present an automated slide show presentation. This course is also taught in the Spanish Language.

STA2005 Statistics (General Education Component)

(4 Semester Credit Hours)

This course provides an in-depth view of the basic statistical principles and statistical computation methodologies needed to compile, organize, analyze, manage, and report health information for decision-making in the areas of patient care, the facility’s financial status, and/or facility planning. Topics addressed in this course include: an introduction to basic statistics; computation of: patient census data, percentage of occupancy, length of stay; calculation of: death (mortality) rates, hospital autopsies and autopsy rates, morbidity and other miscellaneous rates. Student will learn HIM departmental statistics (for preparation of departmental budgets); use of descriptive statistics in healthcare; graphical presentation of data; use of inferential statistics in healthcare, and principles of basic research.

PHI2606 Ethics (General Education Component)

(4 Semester Credit Hours)

This course is an introduction to the major ethical theories and principles although it provides some guidelines about main issues of applied ethics as well. It describes also concepts of morality, codes of conduct, moral judgments and how religious ethics an affect one’s moral character. The course emphasizes a comprehensive understanding of the ethical challenges that healthcare professionals may face in their complex work environment and the need to understand and apply ethical decision making to them. Contemporary topics addressed include ethics committees, ethics of disaster planning and response, human genetic information and the future of ethics.

Once you have completed your health information technology degree program at CBT College, you could begin seeking employment in the medical field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for a health information technician is expected to grow by 22 percent over the next few years. This is at a much faster average than all other occupations. The increased age of the current population is one of the factors that are causing this high demand for health information technicians.

For FY 2012-13 our Graduate Satisfaction Rate for the HIMT Program was 75%.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply legal principles, policies, regulations and standards for the control and use of health information
  2. Monitor, interpret and apply laws and accreditation, licensure and certification standards affecting healthcare data
  3. Review health records documentation for accuracy and completeness according to regulations and standards
  4. Perfom quantitative analysis of health records
  5. Perform functions related to collection, storage, and retrieval of healthcare data
  6. Query databases to retrieve information
  7. Collect, compute, analyze, interpret, and present statistical data related to health care services.
  8. Abstract health records for department indices, databases and registries
  9. Code, classify, and index diagnoses and procedures for the purpose of reimbursement, standardization, retrieval and statistical analysis.
  10. Develop, implement and monitor procedures to ensure healthcare data integrity.
  11. Apply principles of supervision and leadership and the tools used to effectively manage human resources, financials and methods for analyzing and improving departmental systems.
  12. Apply quality improvement tools and techniques to improve departmental processes.
  13. Appy Medical Software skills: Medisoft, ATHENS/Cerner PowerChart and HIM ProFile applications, QuadraMed MPI Suite, QuadraMed Quantim Encoders (ICD-9 and ICD-10), 3M Coding and Reimbursement System (ICD-9 and ICD-10), McKesson Horizon Patient Folder, HealthPort EDMS (Electronic Document Management System), HealthPort ROI (eSmartLog and SmartLink), Tableau.
Once you have successfully completed your health information technology degree program at CBT College, you can begin searching for jobs in the healthcare industry. The median annual wage for health information technicians is $34,160.

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CBT College has five (5) convenient locations in Miami-Dade. All CBT locations are nationally accredited by ACICS, and offer a full time Career Services Department to help student and graduates in their Job Search.

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CBT College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Credits may be transferable to other colleges and Universities using the Florida State Course Numbering System at the discretion of the receiving institution.

1 CBT College’s programs are designed to prepare students for employment in their selected field of study or in related fields. CBT College does not guarantee that graduates will be placed in any particular job, be eligible for job advancement opportunities or be employed at all. Additional training or certifications may be required to compete in current job market conditions.
2 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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