Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology gives you the skills needed to classify, code, process, and report various forms of health information for multiple types of medical facilities.

Course work includes medical terminology, medical insurance and billing, electronic health records, Microsoft Office, anatomy and physiology, and extensive training in medical coding systems. You will learn to communicate effectively with patients and healthcare professionals through hands-on learning both in the classroom and through mandatory clinical rotations in real-world health care settings.

Successful graduates qualify for positions related to coding, reimbursement, cost control, quality management, research, and system design. In addition, graduates are also eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam through AHIMA and/or the Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC) exam through AAPC.

Although most RHITs work in hospitals, they also work in office-based physician practices, home health agencies, and other healthcare organizations that use patient data or health information. (www.ahima.org)

Credentialing Options

Career Opportunities

Health information technology encompasses business, healthcare and information technology training. Specialists manage information vital to organizations from private practices to large healthcare providers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Health Information Technology is a limited enrollment program which means that space is limited, and acceptance into it may be competitive.

Students interested in applying to this program must follow guidelines on our Limited Entry Programs page.

Yes, Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid web page or contact the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822. Select option 3.

All courses, except for the sciences (BIO 168 & 169) and Professional Practice Experiences (PPEs) are offered online. Students may take the science courses at other colleges and transfer them to GTCC if they are unable to take them on the GTCC campus. PPEs are arranged in the geographical area of the students’ home location assuming a contractual arrangement can be made with an appropriate health care facility.

No. While there are courses required in the program offered in an online format, at this time, the entire program cannot be completed online.

 

The RHIT certification (Registered Health Information Technician) through AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) is a nationally recognized certification for individuals in health information management. This includes inpatient (hospital) coding, reimbursement, data analysis, and other HIM topics.

Eligibility requirements for this exam are:

  • Successful completion of an associate’s degree in Health Information Technology that is accredited by the CAHIIM

Visit www.ahima.org for more details.

Coding accuracy is highly important to healthcare organizations, and has an impact on revenues and describing health outcomes. In fact, certification has become an implicit industry standard. Accordingly, the CCS credential demonstrates a practitioner's tested data quality and integrity skills, and mastery of coding proficiency. Professionals experienced in coding inpatient and outpatient records should consider obtaining this certification.

Yes. In order to learn the art of coding, students are required to purchase the following coding manuals in addition to their standard textbooks: ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS. These books are shared across multiple courses and may also be used when taking the CPC® exam, should the student choose to do so. Students are also required to purchase clinical uniforms (medical scrubs) as part of their program completion requirements.

Yes, graduates may receive additional specialist credentials such as AHIMA's Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) and/or Certified Coding Specialist-Physician based (CCS-P). Both are designed to further prepare individuals to become experts in the field of coding and often provide opportunities for hire in higher-level coding positions.

Visit www.ahima.org for more details.

Courses are available, in which these certification exams can be completed at GTCC, or the exams can be completed through Certiport®. Please speak to your advisor for more information.