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2020-2021 Course Catalog 
2020-2021 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Health Information Technology for Information Technology Professional, Certificate

The Health Information Technology Information Technology Professional Certificate (HIT/ITP) is designed for students with information technology experience wanting to specialize and gain a skill set to transition to IT in the healthcare industry. Courses are structured to increase knowledge and understanding of the healthcare industry and the IT needs in that industry.

The curriculum for this certificate is formatted to meet the needs of working students with courses offered online and web-blended. Traditional courses are commonly offered in the evenings on the Ankeny campus. Students will study elements of the healthcare industry, medical terminology, informatics and health IT to gain an understanding of the use IT in the healthcare industry. Students are introduced to key areas of health IT including: types of hospital information systems, installation/upgrade processes and use of electronic health records (EHRs), health data standards, incentive programs such as Meaningful Use, health information exchange, health statistics and reporting, quality improvement, legal compliance, reimbursement, data security and health IT.

Graduates will be able to support healthcare organizations with their IT needs and use their IT skills to make a difference in the healthcare industry and in the lives of patients.

The following criteria are recommended for entrance into the certificate:

  1. Two years of work experience in information technology field.
  2. Math: a minimum ALEKS Math placement score of 30 or ACT score of 19
  3. Reading: a minimum ACCUPLACER Next Gen READING score of 248 or ACT score of 19
  4. Writing: a minimum ACCUPLACER Next Gen WRITING score of 254 or ACT score of 19.

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Program Details

Location: Ankeny

Students start Fall semester

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session or obtain the approval of the program chairperson.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Health Information Technology for Information Technology Professional Certificate a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 21

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$170.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approx for new books, HIT courses only) 475 72 50

Approximate total for the program: $4,167**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate costs.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

The healthcare industry requires a variety of IT skill sets to support the needs in healthcare organizations in order to improve the quality and efficiency of the healthcare system.

Current and future IT roles include:

  • Information security
  • Network and computer system administrators and architects
  • Database administrators
  • Computer support specialists
  • Computer programmers
  • BIS/MIS degrees
  • Project management
  • Support technician

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Two years’ work experience or educational training in IT field.
  • Effective communication in both writing and speaking.
  • General business knowledge, self-starter, motivation, work without supervision.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently both as an individual and in a team environment.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Good problem-solving skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Adaptability to change.
  • Keyboarding test score of 30 wpm or higher.

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?

  • It is recommended that students have two years of information technology work experience or educational training prior to starting the certificate.
  • Most coursework can be arranged to accommodate working professionals. Traditional health IT courses are located at Ankeny Campus, with a majority of them being online and web-blended. 
  • There are many optional certifications for Health IT professionals depending upon desired career path. Certifications will enhance a degree. For example:  CAHIMS/CPHIMS, CPEHR/CPHIT/CPHIE, CDIP, CHDA and CHPS, just to mention a few. Certification may require work experience before meeting eligibility requirements to sit for credentialing examination and continuing education hours to maintain certification. Costs and qualifications vary.
  • In March 2017, HIMSS organization designated Iowa at #6 (+14%) in its “Top 10 States With Rising Demand for HIT Talent” over the past 90 days against the same period last year.

For additional information about job outlook and salary, visit the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook for IT Occupations.

Program Competencies

This Program will..

  1. Demonstrate and explain how health records need to be maintained consistent with medical, legal, ethical, administrative and regulatory requirements related to the health information infrastructure.
  2. Use and format data from health IT systems to effectively facilitate education, knowledge sharing and informed decision making within health care organizations.
  3. Perform data analysis, query data, and produce reports from electronic records and databases for organizational initiatives, regulatory reporting and registries.
  4. Examine different clinical vocabularies, datacode sets and terminologies used in the health IT industry.
  5. Explain how the business of health care (coding, billing, and payment) is supported by health IT applications.
  6. Use appropriate medical and IT terminology to communicate with both clinical and IT personnel in a healthcare organization.
  7. Differentiate the types of health IT systems and software used in the industry
  8. Summarize how health IT is utilized to assist in managing and monitoring operational, financial, compliance and improvement activities of a health care organization.

Nondiscrimination Statement

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Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6857,  Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6216,  Question or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone 312/730-1560, tax 312/730-1576..

Legal references: Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S. C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S. C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S. C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).(2018)