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Begin a fulfilling career with an Associate Degree in Health Information Management Technology

Earn a degree in Health Information Technology Management (Health IT) on-line and learn how to design, develop, and maintain critical information systems for the healthcare industry.

In the world of health care, a Health IT 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 Technology Institute will also help you with medical billing, communication skills, and record retention.

About the Health Information Management Technology Program

An Associate of Science in Health Information Management Technology is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and technical skills required to process all types of health information in a variety of healthcare facilities and companies.

HIT professionals use regulatory compliance practices and privacy and security standards to ensure the accuracy and security of medical records and data. This 2-year online degree could lead you to various job opportunities, such as Medical Coding Specialist, Billing and Reimbursement Specialist, Medical Records Auditor, Health Data Analyst, and Regulatory Compliance Officer and will give you the chance to advance your career in a growing field.

The CBT Technology Institute’s Cutler Bay Campus is a technical school accredited for offering the Health Information Management Associate Degree program by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Students graduating from this program are eligible to apply for the AHIMA/Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam.

CBT Technology Institute offers this program via Distance Education.

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CGS1060C Microsoft Technology ApplicationsC ( 3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course is a comprehensive introduction to Microsoft Office . 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. Prerequisites/Co-Requisites: None

 

HSC1531 Medical TerminologyC (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. Prerequisite: None

BSC1085 Anatomy & PhysiologyC (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. These goals are accomplished through a variety of methods such as lecture,
visuals, handouts, labeling and visual exercises as well as open discussion in the form of questions and answers. Pre-requisite/Co-requisite:
HSC1531.

 

HIM1110 Health Care Record & Data MgmtC (3 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.

 

HIM1222 Medical Coding I C (3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course provides the student with a comprehensive training in the application of diagnostic codes from 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-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-10-CM codes. This course includes supervised lab
instruction of simulation practice exercises. Prerequisite: HSC1531 and BSC1085.

 

HIM1232 Medical Coding II C (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. Pre-or Co-requisite: HIM1222

 

HIM1273 Medical Insurance & Billing ProceduresC (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. This course also includes supervised lab billing instruction via use of medical practice management systems (MediSoft-17) and CMS-1500
electronic form. This course also includes supervised lab billing instruction via use of medical practice management systems (MediSoft-17)
and CMS-1500 electronic form. Pre-or Co-requisite: HIM1232.

 

MEA1203 Pathophysiology C (3 Semester 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. Prerequisite: HSC1531, MEA1245 and BSC1085.

 

HSC2149 Pharmacology C (3 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. Pre-requisite: MEA1203.

 

HIM2234 Medical Coding IIIC (3 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).
Prerequisite: HIM1455; HIM1456; BSC1085; MEA1203; HSC 2149.

 

HIM2211 Information Technology SystemC (3 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). Prerequisites: CGS1060C; HIM1110

 

HIM2012 Legal Aspects of Health Care RecordsC (3 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. Prerequisite: None

 

HIM2512 Principles of Management & Organizational ResourcesC (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). Prerequisite: HIM1110.

 

HIM2500 Health Record Quality & PerformanceC (3 Semester Credits 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. Pre requisite: HIM1110.

 

STA2005 StatisticsG (3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course covers the essentials of statistics, including early coverage of regression, within a more limited time frame. Thorough yet
abbreviated, the course helps students realize the real-world significance of statistics, and offers an accessible exposition and a complete
technology package. The course also addresses the growing importance of developing students’ critical thinking and statistical literacy skills
with critical thinking features. Prerequisites/Co-Requisites: None

 

ENC1100 English Composition I (3 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. Prerequisites/CoRequisites: None

 

PHI2606 EthicsG (3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course prepares students to appreciate the concepts and principles of ethics and its application in the medical practice. Moral principles
of conduct related to problems and reasoning is stressed and a special emphasis is placed on developing the students ability to engage in
ethically sound decision making. Moral theories, issues across the health professions, and related issues are discussed as well. In addition
course activities will provide students with the necessary foundation to apply these principles in the job setting as well as prepare the student
for advanced study in health care ethics. 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. Prerequisites/Co-Requisites: None

 

SPC1013 SpeechG (3 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. Prerequisites/Co-Requisites: None

 

HSC1000 Intro to Health Sciences & Health Services OrganizationC (3 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. Prerequisite: None

 

ENC1106 English Composition II (3 Semester Credit Hours)

This course is the second required English core course for students pursuing an Associate’s degree. It is a course in reading, writing and
critical thinking which emphasizes composing essays, producing a documented paper based on research, and reading and writing. The class
will be conducted partly through lecture/discussion, and through small work groups that allow the student maximum practice in developing
critical thinking, reading and writing skills. Pre-requisite: ENC1100

 

HIM2723 Medical Coding IV (3 Semester Credit Hours)

This is a comprehensive advanced coding course designed to provide thorough training in the process of building codes in ICD-10 -PCS. As part of the class students will be presented with a broad review of the structure and conventions of the system as well as in depth discussion of the anatomy and code structure for each of the body systems and related sections of ICD-10-PCS. Under the new system, codes are built from a number of variables, including body system, root operation, body part, approach, and more.The class also cover all Coding Guidelines, definitions, conventions, and code set changes related to ICD-10-PCS. This course may include supervised on line lab instruction for simulation practice exercises. Pre-requisites: HIM 1222,1232,1273,2234

 

SLS1509 Critical thinking (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. Prerequisites/Co-Requisites: None

 

SLS1105 Student Success (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 knowledge
and self-reflection skills necessary to be successful in college and life. Students will learn how they think, and pay special attention to how
their habits, beliefs, attitudes, and expectations affect our decision making and thought processes. The student will learn skills to help them
visualize success to set goals and achieve success. Prerequisites/Co-Requisites: None

 

HIM1000 Intro to HIM (1.5 Semester Credit Hours)

This course will provide a clear and comprehensive information about all aspects of the health information including the electronic health
records, content of patient records (acute, outpatient and alternate care settings), records storage and circulation, numbering and filing
systems, indexes, registers, health data collection, legal aspects, and coding and reimbursement. Special emphasis is placed on differences
associated with record-keeping practices in hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, and physician’s offices. Prerequisite: None

 

HIM1960 Coding Exam Review (1.5 Semester Credit Hours)

This course will prepare students to sit and take the National Certification Coding & Billing Exam conducted by a nationwide recognized certifying organization. The student will review the main concepts and practical applications on CPT, ICD-10-CM, HCPCS, regulatory compliance and Insurance/billing topics needed to challenge the Coding Certification Exam. Upon completion of this course students will have the opportunity to assess their skills through a final exam, know about exam structure, test taking strategies, critical thinking skills and the registration process.Completion of this review class alone does not guarantee a passing score on coding certification exam.

 

HIM2960 RHIT Exam Review (2 Semester Credit Hours)

This course provides a comprehensive review and preparation for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Exam conducted by AHIMA according to the current year code sets and guidelines. The course review is organized by domains offering lecture reviews and practice questions and answers with rationales complemented with references to enhance learning. As part of the class, students are presented with a complete understanding of the RHIT content, competencies including exam specifications and registration process. Students also are provided with test taking tips and strategies for taking the exam. Finally,students may practice additional online student materials, self-scoring practice exams containing 300 questions and 550 additional practice questions from the Publisher website. Two timed simulated exams are part of the final preparation.Pre-requisites: Completion of all HIM program courses.

 

HIM2810C HIMT Practicum (2 Semester Credit 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.

Upon completion of this 2-year Associate of Science degree, graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce as a qualified professional with a wide range of career opportunities. CBT’s Health Information Technology graduates will have gained the knowledge and skills necessary to perform these tasks with excellence and can apply for a variety of positions, such as:

 

  • 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
  • Healthcare Risk Management
  • Health Vital Statistics Specialist
  • Regulatory Compliance Officer

 

 

Graduates will be prepared for the following certifications:

  • Registered Health Information Technician-RHIT granted from AHIMA
  • Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS) by NHA
  • Others: Students are eligible for CCA, CPC certifications (please check Certifying Organization for specific requirements)

Seminars:

  • CPR – BLS by American Heart Association (AHA)
  • OSHA & HIPAA

Once you have successfully completed your health information technology degree program at CBT Technology Institute, you can begin searching for jobs in the healthcare industry. The median annual wage for health information technicians is $34,160.

*** 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.

*** As SARA institution participant, CBT Technology Institute offers this program via Distance Education.

Student Achievements

Completion rates – 100% in Fiscal year 2019/2020
Graduation rates – 100% in Fiscal year 2019/2020
Retention rates – 100% in Fiscal year 2019/2020
Employment – 100% in Fiscal year 2019/2020
Certification exam pass rates (If applicable) – 50% in Fiscal year 2019/2020

 

CAHIIM accredited school logo

Associate in Science in Health Information Management Technology program is accredited by CAHIIM through 2022-2023. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status can be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph St, Suite 5100, Chicago IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or email at info@cahiim.org

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CBT Technology Institute 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.

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