Health Information Career Program

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Healthcare Information

Credits required 70

Dean Patricia Dent

Program contact

Joy Rose, Department Chair and Instructor in Healthcare Information, ext. 2329

Program Goals Statement

The goal of the Health Information Technology Program is to prepare competent entry-level Health Information Technicians eligible to take the national certification exam to become credentialed as Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). Graduates are prepared for employment in a variety of healthcare facilities such as physician offices, hospitals, long term care or rehabilitation facilities, clinics and vendors.

After BCC

Graduates are actively recruited for such positions as health information department supervisor, medical coding specialist, health information technician, medical record coordinator, and medical coder.

Student Learning Outcomes

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Program Information

The Healthcare Information program prepares students to become registered health information technicians. Employment prospects for graduates are excellent. The Bristol Community College program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation Health Information and Information Management.

Some courses in this program are only offered during the day.

During the second year of the program, students do Professional Practices Experiences (PPEs) at healthcare provider organizations throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation.

Medical Coding students should take HCI 237 and BIO 115 as a prerequisite to HCI 239 and HCI 242. Healthcare Information students should take HCI 237 and BIO 234 as a prerequisite to HCI 239 and HCI 242.

Program Accreditation

The Healthcare Information program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Program graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the National Qualifying Examination for Certification as a Registered Health Information Technician.

Infused General Education Competencies

Multicultural Perspective

Degree Requirements

General Courses

BIO 233Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

BIO 234Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

CIT 121Information Technology Fluency I

3 credits

CIT 122Information Technology Fluency II

3 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

MAN 101Principles of Management

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:32

Elective Courses

Global Awareness Elective

3 credits

Historical Awareness Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Program Courses

HCI 111Introduction to Healthcare Information

3 credits

HCI 122Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence

3 credits

HCI 233Retrieving and Reporting Medical Data

3 credits

HCI 235Directed Clinical Practice I

4 credits

HCI 237Human Disease Processes and Procedures

3 credits

HCI 239International Classification of Disease Coding

3 credits

HCI 242Coding of Procedures and Healthcare Reimbursement

3 credits

HCI 244Information Systems Regulation and Management

3 credits

HCI 246Directed Clinical Practice II

4 credits

HLT 106Medical Language

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:32

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

BIO 233Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

Historical Awareness Elective

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

HCI 111Introduction to Healthcare Information

3 credits

HLT 106Medical Language

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

BIO 234Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

CIT 121Information Technology Fluency I

3 credits

Global Awareness Elective

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

HCI 122Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence

3 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

CIT 122Information Technology Fluency II

3 credits

HCI 233Retrieving and Reporting Medical Data

3 credits

HCI 235Directed Clinical Practice I

4 credits

HCI 237Human Disease Processes and Procedures

3 credits

HCI 239International Classification of Disease Coding

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

HCI 242Coding of Procedures and Healthcare Reimbursement

3 credits

HCI 244Information Systems Regulation and Management

3 credits

HCI 246Directed Clinical Practice II

4 credits

MAN 101Principles of Management

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

After BCC

BCC participates in the statewide MassTransfer program and has developed many program-to-program transfer articulation agreements which guarantee admission and credit transfer.

For a complete listing of eligible MassTransfer programs and current BCC articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Affairs Web site at www.BristolCC.edu/transfer

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROGRAM

Special Admission Requirements

Accepted applicants must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate or pass an Ability to Benefit examination, demonstrate successful completion of either chemistry or biology with laboratory component with a minimum grade of “C-,” pass placement tests in reading and mathematics or complete developmental courses in reading and/or mathematics, and demonstrate readiness for ENG 101 and MTH 119. Prerequisite for BIO 233 in first semester is BIO 111 or BIO 121.

Additional Requirements and Costs

Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox) immunizations or titres results (blood test to prove immune status). A TB test is required each year. Health Insurance is required. Students are responsible for associated costs such as textbooks, lab supplies, professional liability insurance, and must carry personal health insurance throughout enrollment in the program. Students must provide their own transportation to clinical assignments.

Transportation to Professional Practice Experience PPE sites is the student’s responsibility. Students should be prepared to travel an hour or more from campus. Students are advised to decrease outside work obligations during PPE placement. The availability of PPE sites depends on the ability to get healthcare providers to accept students.

Criminal Offender Record Information (C.O.R.I)

Upon admission into the program, students will be required to submit to a Criminal Offender Record Information (C.O.R.I.) check that identifies any criminal offense history. A positive C.O.R.I. check may prevent individuals from working in contracted health facilities, which could prevent students from completing the program objectives. A C.O.R.I. will be required for each PPE site in addition to an admission C.O.R.I.

Essential Functions in the Healthcare Information Program

Graduates from the Healthcare Information program are required to possess the following abilities:

 

  • Visual acuity sufficient to read and analyze materials contained in medical records in paper and computer-generated formats.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to access and work with records stored in filing and computer systems.
  • Emotional stability sufficient to maintain record completion and HPPA standards of the profession to demonstrate good judgment and effective conflict resolutions, as well as to demonstrate ethical behavior and assume responsibility for themselves and their actions.
  • Mobility sufficient to allow access to areas within the healthcare facility in which healthcare information is generated, stored, and analyzed.
  • Communication skills sufficient to allow for communication with fellow healthcare information staff and professionals, healthcare facility staff and providers, clients of the facility and their families, and individuals from outside of the facility who seek information regarding clients.
  • Sufficient hearing skills to successfully interact with all team members.

Grade Requirements

Students must receive a minimum grade of “C” in all required Healthcare Information courses (HCI), HLT 106, BIO 111 or BIO 121, BIO 233, and BIO 234. Failure to earn a “C” or better in required courses will result in program dismissal. Application for readmission (allowed once only) is dependent upon available space. Students must successfully complete all required coursework, program objectives, Professional Practice Experiences (PPEs), and competencies to graduate.

 

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