Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology (HIT) program is a two-year program which is offered two ways. Students may choose either the traditional classroom program or the online program. The HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Graduates of the HIT program are prepared to work in positions dealing with the management and analysis of health information in a variety of areas, to include medical coding, medical staff credentialing, quality assessment, and ensuring the privacy and security of electronic health records.

Progression: To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specified courses listed below with a “C” average (GPA of 2.00) or better. In order to progress in this program, students must earn at least a “C” in all HIT courses, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and English Comp I.  Competencies must be met at the level stated in the course outline.

** Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general admission requirements) must include one of the following:

  • Attain an 18 composite score on the ACT;
  • Score a 251 or higher on the ACCUPLACER NG Reading Section and a 251 or above on the ACCUPLACER NG Arithmetic Section
  • Complete 12 hours or more with a “C” average or above at an accredited college or university.  Six of these hours must be earned in Occupational Math (CTE 1113) or a higher math equivalent and English Comp I (ENG 1113) with a “C” or better. Developmental coursework does not satisfy this requirement;
    and
  • Have a cumulative grade point average GPA) of 2.0 (“C” average on all previous college coursework); and
  • Complete Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology I Lab with at least a “C”.  A&P I and A&P I Lab must have been completed prior to admission into the Health Information Technology Program.
  • Computer Applications must also have been completed within three years prior to admission into the Health Information Technology Program; and
  • Attend an HIT Information Session.  Students will receive notice from the Registrar’s Office about scheduling their Information Session; and
  • Observe in a Health Information Management Department and submit a written summary of the visit.


The HIT Admissions Committee will select each year’s class from the pool of applicants who meet minimum admission requirements.  Any application with incomplete records will not be considered for admission.  The admission process is competitive, and completion of minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission.  Priority consideration for admission will be given as follows:

  1. In-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  2. Out-of-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  3. Mississippi residents who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework elsewhere;
  4. Out-of-state students check with the Health Education Advisor for selection details and deadlines.


After program admission and prior to classes beginning, students must provide proof of immunization foMMR.

A drug screening test will be scheduled after classes begin.  A Mantoux Two-Step TB Skin Test will be scheduled after classes begin.   

All students admitted into the program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and background checks which will be performed after admission and prior to clinical laboratories.  These fees will be attached as registration fees.  There are certain convictions that will prevent an individual from being eligible to participate in clinical experiences.  If a student is unable to participate in clinical experiences, he/she will be dismissed from the program.

For additional information, contact the Health Education Advisor.

**Admission requirements are minimum standards and admission to the program is competitive.  Admission is not guaranteed.

PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
Course Number Course Description Hours
BIO 2513 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 2511 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
or
1
BIO 2514 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4
FIRST YEAR  |  FIRST SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
HIT 1114 Health Record Systems 4
HIT 1213 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 2253 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I 3
BIO 2523 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO 2521 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
CSC 1123 Computer Applications I 3
  Semester Hours 20
SECOND SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
HIT 1323 Health Care Law and Ethics 3
HIT 2453 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II 3
HIT 2913 Computers in Healthcare 3
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
SPT 1113 Public Speaking 3
  Semester Hours 15
SECOND YEAR  |  FIRST SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
HIT 2615 Coding Systems I 5
HIT 2123 Alternate Care Systems 3
HIT 2512 Professional Practice  Experience I 2
HIT 2133 Health Statistics 3
HIT 2142 Electronic Health Record 2
  Semester Hours 15
SECOND SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
HIT 2625 Coding Systems II 5
HIT 2713 Health Care Supervision 3
HIT 2812 Performance Improvement  Techniques 2
HIT 2522 Professional Practice  Experience II 2
HIT 2633 Reimbursement Methodologies 3
  Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
HIT 2921 Certification Fundamentals for HIT 1
  Semester Hours 19
Total Semester Hours 69

MCC's Health Information Technology program is a program that meets the education requirements for a Health Information Technologist in MS, and qualifies graduates to take the credentialing examination through the American Health Information Management Association. The Health Information Technology program at MCC has not made a determination on whether the degree meets the state education requirements for other US States, Territories, or the District of Columbia.

CAHIIM LogoThe Health Information Technology (Associate Degree) program at Meridian Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) outbound link .
  • Inpatient/Outpatient Coder
  • Quality Improvement Analyst
  • HIPAA Privacy Officer
  • Cancer Registrar
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement Analyst
  • Health Record Systems
  • Medical Terminology
  • Health Care Law & Ethics
  • Coding Systems
  • $44,090 (Bureau of Labor Statistics) 
HIT Program Outcomes
RHIT Exam Pass Rate 2019-2020 HIT Employment rate 2019-2020  HIT Graduation rate 2019-2020
89% 86% 35%

 

For more informationFor more information:
Rebecca Higginbotham, coordinator
rhigginb@meridiancc.edu
601.484.8758
For more informationFor more information:
LaQuita Chambers, pre-health advisor
lchambe5@meridiancc.edu
601.481.1311