Health Information Technology (HIT)

Credit Courses

HIT 101 Introduction To Health Information Management (3 Units)

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Hours: 54 (54 lecture)

Introduction to the fundamental theories/practices of HIT, including health services organization and delivery; health data/record structure, content/standards; HIT functions/responsibilities; information systems, technologies/requirements; health information privacy/security.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

HIT 102 Legal Aspects Of Health Care (3 Units)

Prerequisites: HIT 101 (prior to or concurrent).

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Hours: 54 (54 lecture)

Introduction to legal issues pertaining to healthcare, health information and the health record as a legal document. Patient privacy and confidentiality, patient rights, release of information, informed consents, advance directives, compliance, fraud and abuse, HIPAA and E-Health.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

HIT 135 Basic Medical Terminology (3 Units)

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Hours: 54 (54 lecture)

Introduction to medical terminology for body structure, body systems and diagnostic work. Prefixes, suffixes, word roots and combined word forms. Includes instruction in spelling, definition, and pronunciation.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

HIT 201 Pharmacology For Allied Health (2 Units)

Prerequisites: BMS 146.

Course Advisories: HIT 135.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Hours: 36 (36 lecture)

Introduction to pharmacology, basic pharmacological terminology and concepts, drug categories and their uses, mechanisms of drug action, dosage forms, routes of administration, and common generic and trade name medications.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

HIT 202 International Classification of Diseases, Diagnostic Coding (2 Units)

Prerequisites: HIT 135 and BMS 146 and HIT 101 and HIT 204 (HIT 204 may be taken concurrently).

Course Advisories: HIT 201.

Skills Advisories: ENG 110 0r ENG 110H.

Hours: 36 (36 lecture)

Beginning overview of nomenclature and classification systems, with focus on coding inpatient clinical information from medical records. Instruction in coding diagnoses, using International Classification of Diseases, sequencing and coding conventions. Coding software applications introduced.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

HIT 203 International Classification of Diseases, Procedural Coding (3 Units)

Prerequisites: HIT 135 and BMS 146 and HIT 101 and HIT 204.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Hours: 54 (54 lecture)

Overview, structure and organization of International Classification of Diseases, Procedure Classification System (ICD-10-PCS). Instruction in coding procedures per national coding guidelines. Coding software applications (Encoder) will be used, and coding instruction will entail coding from cases and health records.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

HIT 204 Basic Pathophysiology (3 Units)

Prerequisites: BMS 146.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Hours: 54 (54 lecture)

Introduction to the fundamentals of pathophysiology, focusing on essential concepts of physiologic changes and altered functions in the human body resulting from disease processes. Principles from A&P and chemistry provide the foundation for the study of pathophysiology, body systems, etiology and pathogenesis. Diagnostic procedures, preventative measures and current therapeutic regimens are explored.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

HIT 205 Advanced Coding Applications (4 Units)

Prerequisites: HIT 202 and HIT 203 and HIT 210.

Course Advisories: HIT 255.

Hours: 72 (72 lecture)

Advanced medical coding for addressing more complex issues relating to ICD and HCPCS/CPT coding. Lectures and assignments focus on using case studies mock records and applying learning at a higher coding skill level. Computerized encoders and groupers emphasized.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

HIT 210 CPT Procedural Coding (3 Units)

Prerequisites: HIT 101 and HIT 135 and BMS 146.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Hours: 54 (54 lecture)

Beginning HCPCS/CPT coding class for ambulatory services coding related to facility and professional services, with overview of coding conventions, principles, regulatory guidance and coding software.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

HIT 220 HIM Statistics (2 Units)

Prerequisites: HIT 101 (may be taken concurrently) and COMP 101.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H and proficiency in MATH 4 or MATH 41.

Hours: 36 (36 lecture)

Introduction to healthcare statistics, including a review of mathematics, interpretation of healthcare statistical formulas, presentation of data and application of medical research tools. Use of statistics in relation to long-range healthcare planning and development, application of automated systems, integration of reports and registration of vital statistics.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

HIT 230 Alternative Delivery Systems (2 Units)

Prerequisites: HIT 101.

Course Advisories: COMP 101 and HIT 240.

Hours: 36 (36 lecture)

Introduction to Health Information Management practice in alternative healthcare delivery systems, including ambulatory, long-term and managed care, mental health, rehabilitation medicine, and hospice and home health. Focuses on regulatory and accreditation requirements, funding and reimbursement, transition to the EHR, and health data privacy and security.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

HIT 240 HC Quality Management (3 Units)

Prerequisites: HIT 101 and COMP 101 or CIS 101.

Course Advisories: HIT 255.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Hours: 54 (54 lecture)

Applies continuous healthcare quality management and performance improvement principles to the hospital setting, focusing on historical, theoretical, and practical applications and methodologies. Includes data collection and analysis; regulatory, accreditation and patient safety compliance; credentialing and utilization; and case and risk management.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

HIT 255 Medical Insurance and Reimbursement Methodologies (4 Units)

Prerequisites: HIT 102, 202 and 203 (all may be taken concurrently).

Course Advisories: HIT 210.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Hours: 72 (72 lecture)

Introduction to the basics of medical insurance billing. Current payment methodologies in the inpatient, hospital outpatient, and physician office settings. Focus on compliance with regulatory requirements and common billing practices.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

HIT 265 HIM Computer Applications (3 Units)

Prerequisites: COMP 101 and HIT 101.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Hours: 54 (54 lecture)

Intermediate level systems class focusing on computer applications in healthcare and health information management. Includes application of basic computer and communication concepts and technologies, systems development and analysis, work flow mapping, queries and reports for information retrieval, and migration to the electronic health record.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

HIT 275 HIT Practicum (3 Units)

Prerequisites: HIT 202 and HIT 203 and HIT 210 and HIT 220 and HIT 240 and HIT 255 and HIT 265 and HIT 230 (HIT 230 may be taken concurrently).

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Hours: 162 (162 lab)

Limitation on enrollment: Health and safety regulations. Supervised onsite experience performing CAHIIM-required HIT competencies for an affiliated healthcare organization. Clinical practice is conducted as a non-paid, laboratory experience. Clinical practice may include a partial virtual practicum.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

HIT 280 Medical Coding Practicum (1 Unit)

Prerequisites: HIT 210 and HIT 255 and HIT 202 and HIT 203.

Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HIT 205.

Limitations on Enrollment: Health and safety regulations.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Hours: 54 (54 lab)

Practicum in application of clinical classification systems, coding, case mix analysis, and use of coded and abstracted data. Discussion focuses on directed practice activities. Supervised clinical experience focuses on coding patient care records. Students in supervised clinical practice have the status of learners. Clinical practice is conducted as a non-paid, laboratory experience.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

HIT 284 Coding Exam Preparation (3 Units)

Hours: 54 (54 lecture)

Review of principles of HIM documentation, coding reimbursement methodologies, compliance, and data quality to prepare medical coding certificate and medical coders for national coding certification examinations. Focus is on reviewing materials covered in the MCS Program, and on test-taking and studying techniques/strategies using mock test questions, discussion boards and other resources.

HIT 285 Registered Health Information Technician Exam Preparation (3 Units)

Hours: 54 (54 lecture)

In-depth review of HIM principles and applications to prepare HIT program graduates for the AHIMA national RHIT examination. Focus is on reviewing materials covered in the HIT Program, as well as test-taking and studying techniques. Students use links to mock test questions, discussion boards and other resources to prepare them for the national exam.