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Practical Experience

Second year students are required to serve clinical practice assignments in area health care facilities. Transportation to and from the clinical sites is the responsibility of the student. An updated immunization record, TB test, background check, and physical examination by a licensed physician are required prior to participation in clinical experiences. The student is responsible for all costs associated with these requirements.

Clinical I: 80 hours (acute care), 40 hours (non-acute care), and 40 hours (physician's office)

Clinical II: 40 hours onsite (site TBA) plus 60 hours online and on-campus hours

Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technonogy

Courses in Health Information Technology prepare students to become health information specialists. The health information technician (HIT) is a professional with a diverse blend of clinical knowledge and information management skills. Most HIT graduates work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, but many are finding employment in home health agencies, rehabilitation facilities, county health departments, insurance companies, managed care facilities, county health departments, insurance companies, managed care institutions, software companies, legal firms, and consulting firms.

Students are trained in assembling, analyzing, coding, abstracting, and maintaining medical records (paper-based and electronic). Students are also taught basic skills in supervision and management; are introduced to legal and ethical issues afecting health care; learn to compile health care statistics; and learn to utilize computer softare realted to the health care field.