Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology gives students the knowledge and skills they need to help ensure the quality of healthcare through managing health information without direct patient contact.  The medical world depends on health information specialists to collect data, interpret it, protect it, and determine how it can be used.  This includes skills in the areas of analyzing and coding protected patient health information. An Associate of Applied Science degree is earned upon successful completion of the program.

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 70 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Reading Section and a 60 or above on the 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 (cGPA) 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 for MMR.

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 2214 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
  Behavioral Science Elective 3
HIT 2921 Certification Fundamentals for HIT 1
  Semester Hours 19
Total Semester Hours 69

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 .

  2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
RHIT Pass 8/10 Graduates 13/15 Graduates 16/16 Graduates
MCC 1st attempt rates 80% 87% 100%
National 1st attempt rate 70% 79% 75%
Graduate Job Placement Rate 10/10 Graduates
100%
13/15 Graduates
87%
17/17
Graduates
100%
Satisfaction Rates
Graduates
Employers

100%
100%

100%
100%

100%
100%

Program Outcome Graphs

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.
  • HIM Director
  • Performance Improvement Analyst
  • Tumor Registrar
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist
  • Coding Auditor
  • Coding Specialist
  • Electronic Health Records Developer and Analyst
  • Health Record Systems
  • Medical Terminology
  • Health Care Law & Ethics
  • Coding Systems
  • $33,000 Salary Range
  • $40,000 + Salary Range after five years
For more informationFor more information:
Rebecca Higginbotham, coordinator
rhigginb@meridiancc.edu
601.484.8758
For more informationFor more information:
Anna Hall, advisor
ahall4@meridiancc.edu
601.484.8629