Health Information Technology, AS Degree
Graduates of the Health Information Technology are prepared for entry-level employment as Medical Information Coders, Medical Insurance Specialists, Medical Insurance Processors, and other Medical Administrative positions. Students are trained to professionally perform office clerical/administrative duties, use physician-based coding systems to classify medical data, use a computer based medical management software and word processing software, work with third-party payers, use uniform billing practices, abstract data and code both concurrently and retrospectively from medical records.
The graduate can show communication and employability skills and can apply appropriate medical ethics to all areas of the job. On the job observation and training is gained through a 120-hour externship. Graduates are prepared to sit for the Certified Procedural Coder Certification exam offered by the American Academy of Procedural Coders. With a passing score on the exam, the student is awarded a Certified Procedural Coder Apprenticeship Certificate. Associate of Science Degree participants take general and related education courses. Completion of these courses allows the graduate to apply advanced decision-making, communications, and management skills in various capacities as a Health Information Technology graduate. The graduate can demonstrate various employability skills and can apply appropriate medical ethics to all areas of the job.
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