Health Information Technology

The Saddleback College HIT (A.S.) Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

General Information for the H.I.T. Program
The Health Information Technician, (H.I.T.) program grants a  certificate upon the successful completion of the 4-semester or 2 year coursework.  The HIT associate degree program comprises of the 4-semester coursework certificate plus the general education courses needed to get the associate's degree.  Since the associate degree in HIT is a high unit degree (more than 60 units), it typically takes longer than 2 years to complete.  The HIT certificate and degree prepares the student for employment as a health information professional with the knowledge and skills to accurately code diagnosis and procedures for the healthcare services provided to patients, and to collect, maintain, and analyze clinical data in electronic health records that physicians, nurses, and other healthcare staff rely on to deliver quality healthcare.  The program provides training through didactic instruction and directed practice.  Facilities employing health information technology professionals include hospitals, ambulatory care centers, physician offices, long-term facilities, dialysis centers, public health agencies, pharmaceutical companies, medical supply companies, rehabilitation centers, managed care organizations, behavioral and mental health facilites, law firms, and insurance firms.

Students are required to hold a valid American Heart Association BLS (basic life support) CPR card for healthcare providers, and carry professional liability insurance prior to commencing their directed practice. 

Program Goals and Objectives

The mission of the HIT program at Saddleback College is to provide comprehensive and high quality courses that enable students to become proficient and innovative health information professionals, and to prepare students to pursue advanced learning opportunites in the health information field and become lifelong learners.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

1.  Apply the knowledge of medical sciences (medical terminology, anatomy/physiology, pathology, and pharmacology) to accurately assign codes.

2.  Collect, maintain, and analyze health information for accuracy, completeness, and timeliness based upon compliance and regulation standards.

3.  Adhere to principles of legal, ethical, accreditation and certification standards as they relate to health information.

4.  Participate in planning, adoption, and the use of technology in healthcare settings to maximize patient safety and efficiencies. 

5.  Participate in analyzing and reporting health data for the performance improvement, research, and revenue cycle management.

6.  Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as an individual and collaboratively in a group to resolve health information management challenges in a dynamic and innovative healthcare environment.

Occupations/Fields that the program will prepare the student to enter:

  • Revenue Cycle Management/Billing/Clinical Coding
  • Health Information Management
  • Practice Management
  • Patient care registrar
  • Health Information Education
  • Insurance Claims Specialist
  • Patient Portal education/liaison
  • Medical office administration
  • Quality Improvement analyst
  • Help Desk
  • Release of Information
  • Medical Transcription

Competencies

  • Patient Registration
  • Revenue Cycle Management/Billing/Clinical Coding
  • Quality/Performance Improvement
  • Transcription
  • Release of Information
  • Deficiency Analysis (health information)
  • Physician credentialing and privileging
  • Privacy and Security of health information
  • Healthcare statistics, reporting, and registries

A minimum grade of "C" in all courses is required to receive the certificate.

Associate in Science Degree
Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualify the student for the Associate in Science degree.  A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degree
Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in the course catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements.  Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.

Due to the delay in the implementation of ICD-10, both ICD-9 and ICD-10 will be
covered in HIT 220 and HIT 221
.
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Health Information Technology (HIT) Information Meetings
 

Tuesday April 7, 2015 3:00-4:00pm HS 206A
Friday, May 15, 2015 9:00-10:00am HS 102


 

APPLICATIONS

Applications are being accepted at this time. Please submit them to the Health Sciences Division Office.

Download the HIT Student Application form.

RESOURCES

HIT Roadmap

Admission Policies and Procedures for HIT Program

American Health Information Management Association

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

HIT Powerpoint Presentation

HIT Program Tuition, Fee and Program Costs

HIT Student Handbook

HIT Tuition

Important Links

 

FACULTY AND STAFF

Faculty:

Safiah Mamoon, MS, RHIT, CPC View profile information for Safiah Mamoon
Department Chair/Program Director
Health Information Technology
(949) 582-4974

Jacqueline Bloink, MBA, CHC, CPC-I, CMRS  View profile information for Safiah Mamoon
Health Information Technology
(949) 582-4387                                                                       

Larry Grihalva, J.D., MICP Larry Grihalva
Faculty
Health Information Technology
(949) 582-4959

Staff:

Victoria Orlich View profile information for Peggy Dakin

Program Specialist
Health Information Technology
(949) 582-4581