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Health Information Technology

The Health Information Technology (HIT) Program offers two Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees and two certificates, all of which can be completed ONLINE. (All programs require the student to complete a clinical at a health care facility)

AAS Degrees:

  • Health Information Technology ** The HIM (Associate Degree) Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
  • Medical Office

Certificates:

Program Orientation
Online Program Orientation coming soon…..

Occupation
If you want a career in health care, but not in direct patient care, then the HIT program may be the right choice for you. The HIT program at Blinn College prepares graduates to perform technical duties which are essential to health information departments in any type of health care facility.  HIT professionals organize, prepare, analyze, and maintain patient’s health records.  Duties vary with the size and type of facility, but the most common duties include:

  • Reviewing medical records for completeness, accuracy and compliance based on facility requirements
  • Contacting medical personnel to obtain missing information within medical records
  • Coding records(diagnoses, procedures and services) for reimbursement
  • Compiling statistical reports for the facility
  • Performing quality of care studies
  • Overseeing the work flow of the HIT department
  • Preparing reports based upon admissions, births, deaths, charges, etc.
  • Releasing health information to persons and/or agencies according to regulations
  • Maintaining confidentiality of the patient’s health information

Admission Criteria
The Health Information Technology Program is open enrollment, but students will fill out an application.  Online application coming soon…..

Clinical Information
A student must have the following completed before participating in the clinical rotations at the healthcare facilities:

  • Background Check—must be clear
  • Drug Screen—must be clear
  • Physical Exam
  • TB Skin Test—must be negative
  • Provide immunization records
  • Proof of hepatitis B series
  • Proof of current flu vaccination

The student is responsible for transportation to and from their clinical sites.  Clinicals are completed during the last semester of the degree plan.  Expenses associated with obtaining the required documentation (listed above) are the student’s responsibility.  

Job Outlook
U.S. News & World Report "5 of the Best-Paying 2-Year Degrees"

For more information, assistance with getting enrolled and/or advising, contact: Jaime Schroeder, RHIA, Program Director at 979-830-4275 or jaime.schroeder@blinn.edu