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The Program – Health Information Technology – Clinical Health Informatics Option

Two-year (5 semesters) full-time degree schedule; a mixture of core health information technology courses, medical, communications, and information technology; required professional practice experience provides professional development in the modern workplace; the program can be completed on a part-time basis. Upon successful completion of the AHIMA external certification examination, the graduate is awarded the credential of a registered health information technician (RHIT). AHIMA, 233 N. Michigan Ave. 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800, 312-233-1100

Health informatics is defined “as the science of evaluating, implementing, and utilizing technology to manage all information related to the patient care delivery process: clinical, financial, technological, and enterprise. The field draws contributions from computer science, health information management, the clinical sciences, social and organizational influences, and business practices- University of Illinois-Chicago.” Students who complete designated coursework within Health Information Technology (HIT) associates of applied science degree are prepared to take the RHIT certification exam upon completion of this track and work in Health Information Management (HIM). Health Information Management is the body of knowledge and practice that ensures the availability of health information to facilitate real-time healthcare delivery and critical health-related decision-making for multiple purposes across diverse organizations, settings, and disciplines. Health Information Technology is a blend between business, science, and information technologies.

Important Information for Program

Certification

This program is designed to prepare students for an ever-changing and constantly growing field. Students will cover a wide range of topics including health information management, IT Essentials (A+ Certification), health technology systems, health information governance, cybersecurity, medical terminology, the electronic health record, computer applications, continuous quality improvement, health informatics, coding, healthcare statistics, healthcare reimbursement, continuous quality improvement, resource management, and legal issues. They will receive hands-on experience with the newest technological innovations available in the Health Information field.

The Health Information Technology associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  Graduates of the MTC program qualify for accreditation in the health information management field by passing the national certification examination requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Your Degree

Associate of Applied Science

Two-year (5 semesters) full-time degree schedule; a mixture of core health information technology courses, medical, communications, and information technology; required professional practice experience provides professional development in the modern workplace; the program can be completed on a part-time basis. Upon successful completion of the AHIMA external certification examination, the graduate is awarded the credential of a registered health information technician (RHIT).  AHIMA, 233 N. Michigan Ave. 21st Floor, Chicago, IL  60601-5800, 312-233-1100.

You can choose to pursue a Health IT degree with a focus on Medical Coding and Reimbursement Track or Clinical Health Informatics.

Who is the CAHIMS credential for?

  • Individuals looking to work in a healthcare setting or mid-level professionals seeking a career change
  • Those who want to learn more about health IT, including clinicians
  • Non-IT professionals, working in other departments, who work as an extension of the IT department
  • Those enrolled in an academic program at the undergraduate or graduate level, i.e. healthcare informatics, CAHME-accredited programs, Masters in Healthcare Administration, or other students
  • Veterans returning from active duty.

What you’ll learn

You’ll also have hands-on experience with the newest technological healthcare innovations and direct clinical experience in area healthcare facilities.

  • Select hardware and software and use software applications and technology in the completion of Health Information Management processes.
  • Participate in the planning, design, selection, implementation, integration, testing, evaluation, and support for EHRs including the installation, usage, and maintenance of the EHRs.
  • Apply knowledge of database architecture and design (such as data dictionary) to meet departmental needs.
  • Use appropriate electronic or imaging technology for data/record storage.
  • Query and generate reports to facilitate information retrieval using appropriate software.
  • Assess workflows, work with vendors, install and test systems, diagnose IT problems, and train staff on systems
  • Review health records and verify completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data and data sources according to requirements and standards.
  • Code, classify, and index diagnoses and procedures for the purpose of reimbursement, standardization, retrieval, and statistical analysis.
  • Collect, compute, analyze, interpret, and present statistical data related to healthcare services, including quality management, utilization management, risk management, medical research, disease registries, and clinical indices.
  • Apply legal principles, policies, regulations, and standards for the control, use, and dissemination of healthcare information.
  • Apply principles of supervision and leadership and the tools used to effectively manage human, financial, and physical resources.
  • Recognize and problem-solve situations within the healthcare environment.
  • Apply policies and procedures to the use of networks, including intranet and Internet applications to facilitate the electronic health record (EHR), personal health record (PHR), public health, and other administrative applications.

Career Opportunities

  • Informatics Nurse Specialists
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Database Administrators
  • Computer User Support Specialists
  • Computer Network Support Specialists
  • Data Warehousing Specialists
  • Information Technology Project Managers

Key Employers

AETNA RESOURCES LLC MARION GOODWILL INDUSTRIES IN
APRIA HEALTHCARE LLC. MARION TECHNICAL COLLEGE
ARROWHEAD BEHAVIORAL HEALTH L MARY RUTAN HOSPITAL (INC.)
ASSOCIATED HYGIENIC PRODUCTS MAUK MEDICAL  LLC
ATC HEALTHCARE SERVICES INC. MEDCOMM PAYROLL SERVICES INC.
AVITA HEALTH SYSTEM (INC) MERCY  HEALTH-DEFIANCE HOSPITAL
BLANCHARD VALLEY CONTINUING CA MOOKAR INDUSTRIES
CENTER STREET COMMUNITY CLINIC MORROW COUNTY HOSPITAL
CENTRAL OHIO PRIMARY CARE PHYS MOUNT GILEAD EXEMPTED VILLAGE
CIOX HEALTH LLC NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
CITY OF DEFIANCE NTHRIVE INC
CITY OF MOUNT VERNON OHIO DISTRICT 5 AREA AGENCY ON
COMMUNITY COUNSELING SERVICES OHIOHEALTH CORPORATION
CONCERNED CITIZENS AGAINST VIO OHIOHEALTH PHYSICIAN GROUP IN
CORA HEALTH SERVICE INC OPTUM SERVICES INC.
CRAWFORD COUNTY AUDITOR ORTHOPEDIC ONE INC
DEBRA A. GARVERICK PARAMOUNT CARE INC.
DELAWARE CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION PARMINDER B SINGH MD INC
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PHYSICIANS FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH
DOLGEN MIDWEST LLC PREMIER ALLERGY LLC
DR. STEPHEN W. RITZ PRISTINE SENIOR LIVING OF WILL
ELGIN LOCAL BOARD OF EDUCATION RITE AID OF OHIO INC.
FINDLAY CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION RUSSELL D. HATFIELD DDS MS L
GALION COMMUNITY HOSPITAL INC SARAH MOORE HEALTH CARE CENTER
GLEN A. MCMURRAY D.D.S. & ASSO SEDGWICK CLAIMS MANAGEMENT SER
GLOBAL MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS I SPECIALIZED ORTHOPAEDICS & SPORTS
HARDING MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE TERRA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
HEALTH MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS I LAKIREDDY DENTAL LLC
HEARTLAND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES LHC GROUP INC.
IN RECORD TIME INC. LICKING COUNTY AUDITOR COUNTY
JAMES A. GOTTFRIED M.D. INC. LIMA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (INC.)
JOINT TOWNSHIP DISTRICT MEMORIAL MARION AREA COUNSELING CENTER
KNO HO CO COMMUNITY ACTION COM MARION AREA PHYSICIANS LLC
KNOX COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (INC. MARION CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION
LAKIREDDY DENTAL LLC VIRTUAL TECHNOLOGIES GROUP IN
LHC GROUP INC. WAPAKONETA CITY SCHOOLS BOARD
LIMA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (INC.) WEST CENTRAL OHIO GROUP  LTD.
MARION AREA COUNSELING CENTER WOOD HEALTH COMPANY LLC
MARION AREA PHYSICIANS LLC WYANDOT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
MARION CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Health Information Technology Student Success Plan

Graduation Academic Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Graduates 21 20 21 12 16
Graduates working for an Ohio Employer 17 19 8 6 6
Annualized Median Wages
 (worked at least 10 weeks)
$27,452 $29,984 $27,232* $29,855 $31,887
NOTE: The median annualized salary is based on graduates who worked for an Ohio Employer for at least 6 weeks from 10/1/17-12/31/18. More recent graduates just starting their positions are likely to earn less than graduates who have been working for a number of years.
*Most Graduates in 2018 would not have earned a degree in the wage reporting period.
AHIMA Certification Exam Results – MTC Students- **First Time Test Takers 57% 56% 100%** 100%** 75%
AHIMA Certification Exam Results – National Pass Rate 67% 69% 75%* 71%* 70%

Application Process

Limited Enrollment

To apply for acceptance into the Health Information Technology program, your application file should contain the following:

  1. MTC Application for Admission and nonrefundable application fee.
  2. American College Test (ACT) scores with a minimum composite score of 18 or successful completion of college-level required program courses with a minimum accumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  3. Successful completion of the ACT or Basic Skills Assessment (NextGen Accuplacer) in reading, writing, and mathematics.
  4. Final high school transcript (or GED results) and college transcripts (if applicable).
  5. A minimum 2.5 accumulative grade point average (GPA) in high school or college-level courses (whichever is most recent).
  6. Completed Health Information Technology application.
  7. If required, College Foundation courses are available to help you meet any specialized program admission requirements.
  8. A complete listing of all requirements and policies/procedures for the program is available in the Health Information Technology Handbook.

If required, College Foundation courses are available to help you meet any specialized program admission requirements.

A complete listing of all requirements and policies/procedures for the program is available in the Health Information Technology Handbook.

Accreditation and Certification Information

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MTC’s Health Information Technology Program is designed to prepare students for this ever-changing and constantly growing field. Within the program, students will cover a wide range of including health information management, medical terminology, electronic health record, computer applications, health informatics, coding, healthcare statistics, healthcare reimbursement, continuous quality improvement, resource management, and legal issues. Students actively work with health information and receive hands-on experience with the newest technological innovations available. The program also provides direct clinical experience in area healthcare facilities

The Health Informatics accreditor of Marion Technical College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for an associate degree in Health Informatics has been reaffirmed through 2022. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

For More Information, Contact:

Admission Office
Marion Technical College
1467 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Marion, OH 43302
Email: enroll@mtc.edu
740.389.4636

Or you may contact:

Kaley Haas, RHIT
Marion Technical College
1467 Mt Vernon Ave.
Marion, Oh 43302
740-386-4220
haask@mtc.edu

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