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2016-2017 College Catalog 
2016-2017 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Information Technology Certificate

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The Shelton State Community College Health Information Technology program (HIT) is designed to prepare individuals, under the supervision of health information administrators, technicians,and other professionals to construct medical records and clinical databases, retrieve data, control security and quality of records, supervise data entry, and manage health information personnel. The program includes instruction in clinical and biomedical sciences, information management, database management, medical coding and validation, information security, quality improvement, health information content and structure, medical business procedures, and legal requirements of health information. The student receives laboratory simulation and hands -on experience under the guidance of Registered Heath Information Administrators (RHIA) and Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT).

The Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM) is the accrediting organization for the accreditation of educational programs in health informatics and health information management. The College plans to make the application and meet the guidelines to become accredited by CAHIM. Only graduates of a CAHIM accredited HIT program are eligible to take the national examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

Admission Procedure:

  1. Apply online for admission to Shelton State Community College.
  2. Submit copies of official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended to the Office of Enrollment Services for evaluation for course credits and GPA.
  3. Meet all academic requirements and complete program admission requirements (listed below).

Admission Requirements:

  1. Complete and submit HIT program application by the published deadline.
  2. A copy of ACT scores showing composite score of 17 or above (taken within the last five (5) years).
  3. A copy of *College Placement Test scores showing a reading score of 76 or above (taken within the last three (3) years).
  4. A GPA of 2.5 or above on the general education courses and HIT 110  (a grade of 70 “C” or above must be earned in the general education courses and HIT 110 ).

*If the ACT has been taken within the past three (3) years, an ACT reading sub score of seventeen (17) may be accepted in lieu of the College Placement Test Reading score.

Area I - Written Composition: 3 Hours

Area II - Humanities and Fine Arts: 3 Hours

Area III - Natural Science or Mathematics: 6 Hours

Area IV - History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences: 1 Hour


* BIO 201 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  and BIO 202 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II  are acceptable for HIT 113  with a grade of “C” or higher.

Total Hours Required for Certificate: 47 Hours

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