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Health Information Technology (HIT) Programs Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What programs are offered within HIT?
A: There are 2 degrees and 2 certificates.

  • Degrees: Health Information Technology and Medical Office
  • Certificates: Medical Billing/Coding and Medical Office


(Each certificate feeds directly into the corresponding degree)

Q: How long are the programs?
A: The two degrees are 2 academic years and the two certificates are 1 academic year. (Academic year is fall and spring)

Q: What courses are offered online or on campus?
A: All HITT & MDCA courses are only offered online.
-All academic courses (ENGL, BIOL, HIST, etc) are offered both online and on campus.
-For the Medical Office Cert. & Degree, the ITSW and POFT courses are currently only offered on the Bryan campus.
-The clinical course require the student to be on-site at a facility. (A facility near your home can possibly be arranged)

Q: When does the program start?
A: A student can begin taking courses for any of the 4 programs during any semester.

Q: Is this program competitive entry?
A: No, all 4 programs are open to all students. Once you apply to Blinn, you can begin enrolling in one of the programs.

Q: What are the requirements to start one of the programs?
A: There are no requirements to start any of the programs, but a student will need to be TSIA ready in Reading, Writing, and Math in order to take certain courses and to graduate.

Q: What are the admission policies/procedures?
A: Blinn College is an open-admissions college. The HIT programs are also open-entry to any Blinn student. Students will need to apply to Blinn, take the necessary Testing and Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exams to determine college readiness, get advised by the HIT Program Director, and then register for courses. Here is a helpful link: http://www.blinn.edu/admissions/index.html

Q: Are any credentials associated with the programs?
A: Graduates of the HIT Associates Degree can sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Graduates of the Medical Billing/Coding Certificate can sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Q: What is the cost of the program?
A: Including tuition, fees, books, immunizations, drug screen, background check, AHIMA membership, and certification exam, the cost is approximately $15,117* for out-of-district students. *Approximate cost is for a 2 year associate’s degree

Q: Will any of my previous courses count towards my major?
A: Possibly! Blinn will need official copies of transcripts from all colleges/universities that you have attended in the past to verify if any past courses will count towards your major.

Q: How can I pay for college?
A: Financial Aid is the most common way to help pay for college expenses. Here are a few helpful links: http://www.blinn.edu/finaid/scholar.html
Scholarships: http://www.blinn.edu/finaid/scholarships.html and grants: http://www.blinn.edu/twe/perkins/index.htm are also available to students.

Q: Is there a certain grade I must make in the courses?
A: The student must earn a grade of C (70%) or higher in all HITT/MDCA courses in order to pass that course. If a student earns a D, F, or drops the course, that course will have to be taken again and will delay progression within the degree plan. If developmental courses are taken, a grade of C (70%) or higher must be earned.

Q: How will I get hands-on work experience?
A: All programs have a clinical as their final course. The student will work 200 hours at a health care facility, in addition to completing weekly course work. The clinical can possibly be coordinated at a facility near the student’s home.

Q: What else is required?
A: Before a student can complete their clinical, they must complete a criminal background check, drug testing, and immunization requirements (This will be at the cost to the student) Additional information will be sent during the semester before you complete the clinical.

Q: How can I communicate with the program director?
A: E-mail is best, that way we both have documentation: Jaime.schroeder@blinn.edu
Phone number: 979-830-4275 (leave a voicemail if I don’t answer)
Sign up for Reminds this is how Mrs. Schroeder will communicate with everyone, whether you are in her current course or not. This is free and can be set up as a text, e-mail, or use the app. (Depending on your text plan, you may be charged per text)

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