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 Campus is accredited by CAHIIM

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:

  • Coding
  • Reimbursement
  • Quality Measurement Control
  • Retrieval
  • Security
  • Abstracting
  • Presentation
  • and more…
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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.

Microsoft Technology Applications

CGS1060 ›

This is a hands-on course in which you will learn to use a computer to practice four of the most popular programs within the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint). You will learn to be an intermediate level user of the Microsoft Office Suite. Microsoft Word is a word processing program with which you can create common business and personal documents. Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program that organizes and calculates accounting-type information. Microsoft Access is a database program that organizes large amounts of information in a useful manner. Finally, Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation graphics program with which you can develop slides to accompany an oral presentation.

Medical Terminology

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This courses introduces medical elements and theirs application to body systems and medical specialties. The students will be introduced to medical terms, including suffixis, roots, prefixes and anatomical terms. The basic body components will also be introduced and associated with the proper terminology.

Anatomy and Physiology

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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. These goals are accomplished through a variety of methods such as lecture, visuals, handouts, labeling and visual exercises as well open discussion in the form of questions and answers.

Health Care Record & Data Management

HIM1110 ›

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.

Medical Coding I

HIM1222 ›

This course provides the student a comprehensive training in the application of diagnostic codes from the Official ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding and Reporting Guidelines. The course introduces the student to the basic principles and conventions of ICD-10-CM diagnostic coding, illustrates the application of coding principles with examples and exercises based on actual case documentation, and teaches students and physician-based coding personnel how to analyse clinical data for the purpose of coding and reimbursement.

Medical Coding II

HIM1232 ›

This course provides the student a comprehensive training in the application of diagnostic codes from the Official ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding and Reporting Guidelines. The course introduces the student to the basic principles and conventions of ICD-10-CM diagnostic coding, illustrates the application of coding principles with examples and exercises based on actual case documentation, and teaches students and physician-based coding personnel how to analyse clinical data for the purpose of coding and reimbursement

Medical Insurance & Billing Procedures

HIM1273 ›

This course provides the student with a comprehensive and in depth view of medical insurance, billing and claims processing. This course focuses on the major private and governmental plans and their reimbursement methodologies. Topics addressed in this course include: the roles of third party payers in the reimbursement of providers in the health industry; the roles played by medical insurance specialists and HIM professionals in the reimbursement process with private and governmental third party payers; the steps of the billing and reimbursement cycle.

Pathophysiology

MEA1203 ›

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.

Pharmacology

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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.

Medical Coding III

HIM2234 ›

This course provides the student a comprehensive training in the process of building codes in ICD-10-PCS for inpatient procedural coding. Students will gain a comprehensive review of the structure and conventions of the ICD-10-PCS system and provides in-depth discussions on the coding of the anatomy and code structure by body part for each of the body systems and related sections of ICD-10-PCS. Special emphasis on ICD- 10-PCS definitions, conventions and guidelines through ample exercises and case studies are also presented.

Information Technology System

HIM2211 ›

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 specifically 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);

Legal Aspects of Health Care Records

HIM2012 ›

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.

Introduction to Health Sciences & Health Services Organization

HSC1000 ›

This course provides a comprehensive view of the history of the U.S. 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-hospital facilities (ambulatory care, long-term care, hospice, etc.); recent developments impacting the delivery of healthcare: subacute 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 U.S. healthcare service delivery.

Health Record Quality and Performance

HIM2500 ›

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.

Statistics

STA2005 ›

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.

English Composition I

ENC1100 ›

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.

Ethics PHI2606 ›

This course provides a comprehensive view of the ethical challenges that health information professionals may face in their complex work environments and the need to understand and apply ethical decision-making to them. Topics addressed in this course include: professional ethics (an exploration of professional values and obligations as guided by the American Health Information Management Association [AHIMA] ethical code and its application to situations involving ethical decision making in such areas as protecting privacy and confidentiality); uses of health information and ethical decision making (focusing on ethical issues related to the uses of health information in the areas of coding, quality review, research and decision support, public health, managed care, and end-of-life clinical decisions.);

Speech

SPC1013 ›

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.

Principles of Management and Organizational Resources

HIM2512›

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).

HIMT Practicum or PPE

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The HIMT Practicum or Professional Practice Experience (PPE) is a supervised learning experience designed to provide the student with an opportunity to obtain practical experience. The practicum or professional practice experience is composed of 90 hours obtained by completing a total of 50 hours in a virtual lab environment (classroom and open lab time) where student the develops “hard or technical” skills by completing classroom assignments and special projects using AHIMA virtual lab application 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 practice environment, development of business skills, and by observation of HIM leaders in departmental meetings and project-based meetings.

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.

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.

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.

Available Campuses

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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