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Health Information Technology Courses: 43 credit hours

HITC.100 Health Data Content and Structure

An introduction to the components of the content, use, and structure of health care data and data sets, and the relationship of these components to primary and secondary record systems. History of the United States healthcare systems and trends and introduction to the health information management profession are covered. Organization, financing, and delivery of health care services are also discussed. Prerequisite: Successful completion of or exemption from ENGL.095 Corequisite: HITC.101

HITC.101 Health Data Content and Structure Lab

This course is the required lab component of HITC.100. Students will be introduced to the practices and procedures associated with the content, use, and structure of health care data and data sets. Hands-on training will include chart assembly, admission and discharge procedures, and terminal digit filing and retrieving. Laboratory exercises related to deficiency analysis and release of information will be completed using virtual training management system software. Prerequisite: Successful completion of or exemption from ENGL.095 Corequisite: HITC.100

HITC.110 Health Care Statistics and Data Literacy

Effective utilization, collection, arrangement, presentation, and verification of health care data are covered. Emphasis is on the fundamental concepts of descriptive statistics and data validity and reliability as it pertains to an acute hospital care setting. This course prepares students to analyze and formulate presentation techniques. Prerequisites: HITC.100 and MATH.112

HITC.140 Coding and Classification Systems I

This course is a study of the official coding rules, guidelines, and classification systems for assigning valid diagnostic and/or procedure codes. Students will abstract health information according to regulatory guidelines for acute hospital coding. Out-of-class laboratory time is required. Prerequisite or Corequisite: HLTH.210 Corequisite: HITC.141

HITC.141 Coding and Classification Systems I Lab

This is a hands-on laboratory component required for students enrolled in HITC.140. Students will focus on proper utilization of current official coding rules and guidelines using virtual training management systems software. Prerequisite or Corequisite: HLTH.210 Corequisite: HITC.140

HITC.150 Coding and Classification Systems II

This is an intermediate course in the study of the official coding rules, guidelines, and classification systems for assigning valid diagnostic and/or procedure codes. Students will abstract health information according to regulatory guidelines for acute hospital coding. . Out-of-class laboratory time is required. Prerequisite: HITC.140 Prerequisite or Corequisite: HLTH.220 Corequisite: HITC.151

HITC.151 Coding and Classification Systems II Lab

This hands-on laboratory is required for students enrolled in HITC.150. Students will focus on proper utilization of current official coding rules and guidelines using virtual training management systems software. Prerequisite: HITC.140 Prerequisite or Corequisite: HLTH.220 Corequisite: HITC.150

HITC.205 Health Information Supervision Financial and Resource Management

 

HITC.210 Information Systems in Health Care

This course studies information systems in the health care setting with emphasis on the computer-based patient record and information systems life cycles. Out-of-class laboratory time is required. Prerequisites: HITC.100 and CPTR.140

HITC.240 Clinical Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement

This course introduces the principles of the quality assessment process and provides a framework for gaining skills in collecting and analyzing data. Prerequisite: HITC.110

HITC.245 Medical Law / Ethics in HIM

This course considers the standards of ethical conduct toward patients, colleagues, and other members of the medical team for Health Information Technology. Prerequisite: HITC.100 and ENGL.120

HITC.250 Coding and Classification Systems III

This course is a study of the official coding rules, guidelines, and classification systems for assigning valid diagnostic and procedure codes. Students will abstract health information according to regulatory guidelines for ambulatory hospital coding. The differentiation of correct codes in an outpatient hospital and physician office setting will be covered. Out-of-class laboratory time is required. Prerequisite: HITC.150 Corequisite: HITC.251

HITC.251 Coding and Classification Systems III Lab

This hand-on laboratory is required for students enrolled in HITC.250. Students will focus on proper utilization of current official coding rules and guidelines using virtual training management systems software. Out of class laboratory time may be required. Prerequisite: HITC.150 Corequisite: HITC.250

HITC.260 Coding and Classification Systems IV

This is an advanced course in the study of the official coding rules, guidelines, and classification systems for assigning valid diagnostic and/or procedure codes. Students will abstract health information according to regulatory guidelines for acute hospital coding, ambulatory hospital coding and physician office setting. This course emphasizes prospective payment system regulations, inpatient and ambulatory care reimbursement issues and procedures, case mix analysis, and the impact of prospective payment on health care facilities with instruction on historical rationale for making correct reimbursement coding decisions. Other health care settings and their coding requirements are also covered (i.e. Home health, hospice, mental health, Long-Term care, etc.). Out-of-class laboratory time is required. Prerequisite: HITC.250 Corequisite: HITC.261

HITC.261 Coding and Classification Systems IV Lab

This hands-on laboratory is required for students enrolled in HITC.260. Students will focus on proper utilization of current official coding rules and guidelines using virtual training management systems software. Out of class laboratory time may be required. Prerequisite: HITC.250 Corequisite: HITC.260

HITC.270 RHIT Exam Review

This course is designed to prepare health information technology students to successfully complete the AHIMA national credentialing exam to become credentialed as a Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT). Students will review the various content domains, take mock exams, and register for the actual RHIT exam. Prerequisite: Final quarter status or consent of the program director

HITC.290 Professional Practicum Experience

In this capstone course student will complete a combination of projects utilizing virtual training management system software and a minimum of 40 hours at an approved site. This hybrid course gives students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of Health Information Management and of project based and on site experiences. This course is completed in the final quarter. Refer to the HIT student handbook. Prerequisite: HITC.250 Corequisite: HITC.260

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Allied Health Courses: 21 credit hours

HLTH.140 Medical Terminology

This course is a technical approach to medical vocabulary studying word elements. Emphasis is placed on spelling, pronunciation, and word analysis. Study focuses on anatomical, diagnostic, operative, and symptomatic terms that apply to each body system and medical specialty. Prerequisite: Exemption from or successful completion of ENGL.090

HLTH.150 Anatomy and Physiology I

This course provides an introduction to the structure and function of the human body. The cells, tissues, and cardiovascular systems are covered. Emphasis is placed on integrating the functions of the various systems. Prerequisite: Exemption from or successful completion of ENGL.090

HLTH.160 Anatomy and Physiology II

A continuation of Anatomy & Physiology I, this course covers the structure and function of the human sensory and nervous systems, integumentary system, endocrine and skeletal and muscular systems. Emphasis is placed on integrating the functions of the various systems. Prerequisites: HLTH.140 and HLTH.150

HLTH.170 Anatomy and Physiology III

Also a continuation of Anatomy & Physiology I, this course covers the structure and function of the lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Emphasis is placed on integrating the functions of the various systems. Prerequisites: HLTH.140 and HLTH.150

HLTH.210 Pathophysiology I

This course surveys clinical pathophysiological mechanisms and their methods of diagnosis and treatment that cause disruption of normal physiologic processes across the life span. Topics covered include the disease process, infectious diseases, neoplasms, diseases of the urinary system, diseases of the endocrine system, and diseases of the eye and ear. Prerequisites: HLTH.160 and HLTH.170

HLTH.220 Pathophysiology II

This course surveys clinical pathophysiological mechanisms and their methods of diagnosis and treatment that cause disruption of normal physiologic processes across the life span. Topics covered include the disease process, mental illness, and diseases of the reproductive system, diseases of the respiratory system, diseases of the cardiovascular system, diseases of the musculoskeletal system, and diseases of the skin. Prerequisites: HLTH.140, HLTH.150, HLTH.160, and HLTH.170

HLTH.235 Pharmacology

A study of pharmacology as it applies to the treatment of diseases and disorders of the human body. Various drugs, their uses and their effects, especially in the treatment of disease, will be studied. Prerequisites: HLTH.210 and HLTH.220 Corequisite: MEDS.235

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Computer Courses: 4 credit hours

CPTR.125 Presentation Graphics

This course introduces students to the techniques needed for making professional-looking presentations. Students are required to prepare a presentation of their own. Prerequisite: CPTR.100

CPTR.140 Intermediate Database

Students use a widely used software package to learn the principles of database construction as it relates to business situations. File creation, editing, sorting, report creation, and updating files are the main topics presented. Out-of-class laboratory time is required. Prerequisite: CPTR.100

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General Education Courses: 34 credit hours

ENGL.100 Composition

This course emphasizes the development and organization of expository prose through the writing of short and long compositions. Critical thinking, public speaking, and research skills are also introduced so that these skills may be applied throughout the curriculum. Students do peer editing of projects in collaborative groups. Prerequisite: Successful completion of or exemption from ENGL.095

COMM.110 Introduction to Communication

This course will introduce students to basic models and theories of the communication process. Students will learn about a variety of elements involved in communication. They will also explore how factors such as race, ethnicity, age, socio-economic status, and gender influence communication. Students will focus on developing an awareness of the effects of various types of communication on themselves and others. They will also develop practical skills for improving their ability to communicate in personal, social, and professional contexts. Specific topics will include perception, self-concept, verbal and nonverbal communication, effective listening and communicating in culturally diverse settings. This course is only available to students completing of their degree online. Prerequisite: ENGL.100 and COLL.100

ENGL.120 Advanced Composition

Skills learned in the first composition course are reinforced and amplified through more complex writing projects. Students continue to develop independence in preparing and organizing written materials through peer editing. Specific attention is given to the process of finding and working with information from a variety of sources in order to write a 10-15 page research paper. Assignments completed outside of class are required to be submitted in typed final form. Prerequisite: ENGL.100 and COLL.100

MATH.112 College Mathematics

Students develop their ability to use mathematical reasoning to solve real-life problems by engaging in the following topics: algebra, set theory and number theory, units of measurement and geometry, probability and statistics, ratios and proportions. The objective of this course is to prepare students for the sort of math necessary for success in their chosen area of study and to provide preparation for successfully completing a course in college algebra. Prerequisite: Placement examination or successful completion of MATH.095

CPTR.100 Introduction to Computer Information Systems

This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the computer and its current role in business and society. Topics include components of a computer including hardware, software, and operating systems. Students get actual hands-on experience with commonly used software applications in database management, spreadsheets, and word processing and the Windows operating system. Out-of-class laboratory time is required.

COLL.290 Professional Development

This course assists students in developing successful job search techniques to help them prepare for initial employment as well as career advancement or change. Professional self-image, ethics, human relations, employer expectations, and communication skills are addressed. Students prepare a resume and participate in a mock interview. Required for all students. Prerequisite: 70 completed hours

SOCS.200 Introduction to Psychology

An exploration of different methods, principles, and theories of psychology as applied to the study of human behavior, motivation, emotions, personality and adjustment, and psychological disorders. A research project is required. Prerequisite: ENGL.100 and COLL.100

SOCS.210 Introduction to Sociology

A general introduction to the study of society and concepts involved in understanding human societies. Social institutions, social interaction, social conflict, social stratification, and diversity are among the topics covered. A research project is required. Prerequisite: ENGL.100 and COLL.100

SOCS.220 Cultural Diversity

The social organization and customs of various cultures and groups will be explored. The richness and diversity of Chicago and surrounding areas are experienced through music, literature, video/film, and field trips to historical and cultural sites and neighborhoods. A research project is required. Prerequisite: ENGL.100 and COLL.100

HUMN.200 Ethics

Students analyze the moral and ethical principles of human conduct and character, including the nature of morality, the meaning of ethical terms, and standards for evaluating choices. These theories are applied to moral problems and decisions. A research project is required. Prerequisite: ENGL.100 and COLL.100

HUMN.210 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking

A study of the rules of valid judging and reasoning, both inductive and deductive, in a traditional language centered context rather than a symbolic context. Logical analysis of both formal and informal fallacies and of the consistency and logical consequences of a given set of statements is applied to concrete problems. A research project is required. Prerequisite: ENGL.100 and COLL.100

HUMN.220 Introduction to Literature

A reading, writing, and discussion class that explores literature and essays as selected by the instructor and students from a departmentally approved list. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and interpretation of prose and poetry in order to enhance understanding and enjoyment. A research project is required. Prerequisite: ENGL.100 and COLL.100

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