The Health Information Technology program is an Associate of Applied Science. The HIT program combines academic courses on campus with professional practice experiences at clinical affiliate sites. Health information is used in every aspect of health care planning and delivery. A patient’s health record contains vitally important information that must be analyzed, coded, stored, and protected. The health record serves as a means of communication among all members of the health care team. The documentation comes from a variety of healthcare settings. Such documentation assists in ensuring continuity of care and protects the financial and legal interests of the patient, health care facility, and responsible practitioners caring for the patient. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to the national registry exam for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). The program is limited entry so students must attend a Health Sciences Orientation and meet with a program advisor. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) which is located at 233 N. Michigan Ave., 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800, (312) 233-1100.
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