Health Information Systems (Distance Learning)

HIT

A career in health information combines knowledge and skills from the disciplines of medicine, information management, business applications and computer technology. Health information management is ranked as number four on US News and World Report’s list of nine hot college majors.

Our coursework is all online and incorporates clinical experience, information technology and management training. Our students graduate with all the necessary skills to process, maintain, analyze and report health information while meeting the accreditation and certification standards for reimbursement, care management, quality assurance and research.

Students may attend part-time or full-time. Full-time students are able to complete this program in two years, attending fall and spring semesters. This program will transfer to UC’s College of Allied Health Sciences toward a bachelor’s degree in health information management. Please visit our program website for other program details - www.ucclermont.edu/HIT

If you prefer a shorter term, skill-specific, non-degree option, we also offer an online certificate in medical biller/coder.


Program Effectiveness Outcomes

Student Satisfaction: UC Clermont is proud to announce that our most recent survey of students, Summer Semester, 2018 demonstrated that 100% of graduates were very satisfied with the Health Information Systems Technology Program.

RHIT Exam Pass Rate for First-Time Test Takers: We are proud of our RHIT Exam Results. From the beginning of our program through December, 2017 (the most recent information available from AHIMA), the pass rate for first-time test takers is 71%. All of our students take the RHIT National Exam as the final exam in the HIT Professional Practicum class (HCMT2030C), the final course of their studies. This means that 71% of our students graduated with the RHIT credentials in hand! The remaining students were eligible to site for the RHIT Exam, again, after graduation. (Most schools do not require students to take the RHIT Exam prior to graduation, typically resulting in a higher statistical pass rate.)

Employer Satisfaction: As reported to CAHIIM in our 2015 – 2016 APAR Report (the most recent report), 16 of 18 employers responded to our satisfaction survey with 100% highly satisfied with our graduates.

 


Health Information Systems : Online

What is Health Information Systems : Online?

Health information systems organize and enable management of health information by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility and security. Health information technicians must communicate regularly with physicians and other healthcare professionals to clarify health information. The use of electronic health records (EHR) will broaden and continue to change the responsibilities of health information technicians. Health information technicians can specialize in different areas of health information such as coding or cancer registry.

You should possess good oral and written communications skills. Health information professionals often serve as liaisons between healthcare facilities, insurance companies and other healthcare providers. They must be proficient with computers, medical terminology, coding, quantitative analysis, quality management and technology.

Career Possibilities

You may expect work in a number of settings including acute care hospitals, physician’s offices and clinics, long term care facilities, home health agencies, and managed care organizations. Representative job titles include clinical coder, coding manager, clinical data collections, and reporting specialist or reimbursement specialist.

The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that employment for medical records and health information technicians is expected to grow much faster than average. Employment is projected to increase 20 percent or more per year. In addition, the Region 5 Job Outlook for 2012 for Southwest Ohio Economic Development specifically predicts a 26.4 percent increase in job openings.

Curriculum

You should check with your academic advisor every semester before you register for classes. Two years is a short time to squeeze in all of your degree requirements. Although we cannot offer every course every semester, you will find that most required courses are available each semester.

Fall Semester, Year 1

Course Title/Desc Credit

ENGL1001 English Composition

3
BIOL1015 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

3
MLTI1073 Student Success-Major and Career Discovery

1
HCMT2000 Foundations of Pharmacology

2
BIOL1015L Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology Lab

1
HCMT1001 Medical Terminology for the Health Professions

3
HCMT1005C Introduction to Health Information Systems

3

Spring Semester, Year 1

Course Title/Desc Credit

HCMT1015 ICD Medical Coding

3
ALH1015C Human Disease

2
HCMT1016 ICD Procedural Coding

3
STAT1031 Introduction to Statistics

3
HCMT2020 Health Information Administration Practices

3

Fall Semester, Year 2

Course Title/Desc Credit

HCMT2012 Health Information Ethics

3
HCMT2001 Health Insurance, Billing and Reimbursement

3
HCMT1010C CPT Medical Coding

3
HCMT2015C Healthcare Applications

3
HCMT2005 Healthcare Data Analysis

3
Elective

Choose one

BoKS: FAHPHU

3

Spring Semester, Year 2

Course Title/Desc Credit

HCMT2022 Healthcare Quality, Statistics and Research

3
HCMT2030C HIS Professional Practicum

3
ENGL2089 Intermediate Composition

3
HCMT2025C Advanced Coding Applications

3
Social Science Elective

Choose one

BoKS: SS

3

Advising

This course requires a practicum so that students may gain real-life experience.  Practicums for students residing outside the Greater Cincinnati area will have parcticums arranged in their geographic location.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Full-time out-of-state residents pay the same tuition as in-state residents plus a nominal surcharge per semester. This is a substantial savings for non-resident students. Please see Costs for current details.

Please visit our program website for other program details.

Our faculty members have received top honors from students for displaying the extra concern and attention needed to promote student academic success.

Expect to learn from professors who have experience in the business and healthcare worlds. You won’t hear about textbook theory alone, but will develop your skills using real-world exercises.

Admission Requirements

UC Clermont College is an open admissions campus. If you have your high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent, we will admit you. We accept applications all year long and you may start any semester. Financial aid takes 6-8 weeks to process. We recommend that you apply at least 10 weeks prior to your desired attendance.

As a first year student, you will need to take the placement test. This test does not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete the placement test before you may register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of chargeand are available online for distance learning students.

Transferring to UC Requirements

You must be in good academic standing at the college or university you last attended. We accept transfer applications all year long and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form available from most UC admissions offices including ours, (513) 732-5319. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

International Student Requirements

You must demonstrate English proficiency. Please call the International Admissions Office (513) 556-2069 for details, or email international.admissions@uc.edu with questions.

Graduation Requirements

You must complete an application for degree and receive a pre-certification from your academic advisor the semester before you expect to graduate. You should contact your advisor or Student Success and Retention Services (513) 732-5319 for specific information well in advance of your final semester. All graduates are invited to attend commencement, but are not required to do so in order to receive their diplomas.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The Health Information Systems Technology Associate Degree at The University of Cincinnati Clermont is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Graduates of this program will be able to sit for the RHIT Exam and other certifications.

At this time, students are eligible for AHIMA's e-sign up for student membership using the EPC # 820. Students may also contact an AHIMA Customer Service Representative at (312) 233-1100 with any questions.
 

Quick Facts

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Information Systems : Online

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years

Location

UC Clermont & UC East

Contact

Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: (513) 732-5319
Enrollment Services
clermont.admissions@uc.edu

CAHIIM Accredication seal.