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Health Information Technology
Now is the time to pursue a career in healthcare. To get started, enroll at the college, then complete a program application using the instructions on this page. Program applications are currently being accepted by email only. Admissions Specialists are available to help you by phone or by email. Call 704.330.6284 or 704.330.6958 to schedule your personal phone appointment.
What You Will Learn
Proper patient care begins with overseeing a patient's personal, medical data. Enroll in Central Piedmont's Health Information Technology (HIT) program and learn how to not only ensure the quality, integrity, and protection of patients' health information, but also how to make sure their health information is kept private and standardized for clinical, financial, and legal uses in the healthcare system. Earn a health information technology degree online from Central Piedmont and start a rewarding career as a health information technician, overseeing the secure exchange of medical information between patients and healthcare providers.
The health information technology program at Central Piedmont will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to process, analyze, abstract, compile, maintain, manage, and report health information. Health information can include lab results, such as blood tests, urine tests, X-rays and other radiology procedures, and physicians’ notes, as well as clinical information, including nursing notes, physical therapy notes, patient history, physical exams, and operative and procedure reports. At the completion of the program, you will be able to:
- collect, maintain, analyze, and ensure accuracy of patient health data according to regulations and standards
- to apply diagnosis and procedure codes according to current nomenclature
- to apply policies and procedures supporting billing and reimbursement of healthcare services
- collect, maintain, and report data for health statistics, biomedical research, and quality management
- apply current laws relating to accreditation, licensure, and certification standards for health information
- to adhere to healthcare privacy, confidentiality, legal, and ethical standards
- use information and communication technologies, apply knowledge of data, information and file structures, use appropriate electronic data storage and retrieval technology
- apply confidentiality and security policies for data security
- apply principles of human and financial resource management
Upon completion of our program, you will be prepared and eligible to take the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). This credential is recognized throughout the United States. Registered health information technicians work in supervisory and technical positions in a wide variety of industries, analyzing and managing health information and assisting in the maintenance of electronic health records.
Why Choose Central Piedmont
Our health information technology degree is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Only students who have completed a CAHIIM-accredited health information technology program or a health information management program approved by a foreign association with a reciprocity agreement with AHIMA are eligible to sit for the RHIT exam.
- 100% of graduate respondents reported a high level of satisfaction with the health information technology program on a 2018 survey.
- 90% of the health information technology program graduates in 2017 passed the RHIT exam on first attempt.
- 100% of employer respondents that have employed graduates of the health information technology program reported a high level of satisfaction on a 2018 survey.
In addition, our health information technology program is offered 100 percent online, giving you the flexibility to learn anytime, anywhere. You'll also gain real-world experience via three professional practice experience classes, where you will practice in various healthcare facilities. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you to enter the competitive field of health information technology. Our instructors will equip you the problem solving and decision-making skills needed to excel in this field. In fact, in a 2018 survey, 100 percent of our graduates reported a high level of satisfaction with our program and its content.
Real World Education
At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.