Health Information Technology
An Information Session will be held in the Health Careers Building, CPCC Central Campus, 1335 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204:
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Health Careers, Room 4510
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Health Careers, Room 2500
Attendance at an Information Sessions is highly recommended prior to submitting the Admissions Application.
**Free parking is available in the Student Parking decks located on 4th Street. Parking deck gates will raise and lower automatically (no parking sticker or card required).
Applications deadline for Fall 2014 admissions is May 9, 2014.
The Health Information Technology (HIT) curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, abstract, compile, maintain, manage, and report health information. The HIT Program at CPCC is fully accredited by CAHIIM - Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Graduates of the program receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to write the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). RHITs work in supervisory and technical positions throughout health care—analyzing and managing health information.
The program is offered entirely online with the exception of Professional Practice Experience courses. Professional Practice Experience sites must be geographically accessible to our faculty to insure adequate supervision. Therefore we will attempt to schedule Professional Practice Experience experiences only in North Carolina.
Our professional organization is the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The website is http://www.ahima.org/ Graduates of the HIT program may be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) national certification exam administered by AHIMA. Upon successful completion of the exam, you receive the credentials of a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). The RHIT is a nationally recognized credential. Our program was previously known as the Medical Record Technology Program. With the change of paper based medical records to electronic health records, the program is now known as the Health Information Technology Program.
Some of our graduates become medical coders. Coders work closely with physicians, hospitals, and other types of health care facilities, assisting them in obtaining reimbursement for services performed. Other employment opportunities include working in cancer registries and trauma registries. These registries provide data from health records used for reporting healthcare statistics. RHITs abstract data from health records to compile statistics and reports used by these registries. Other practice opportunities for RHITs include insurance and billing specialist, quality management analyst, and supervisor of the Health Information Management Department. AHIMA's website will give you more information about the profession. Our profession is not involved with direct patient care. It involves working with patient health records and healthcare data.