Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology is the comprehensive management of health information across computerized systems and its secure exchange between health care consumers and providers. The curriculum emphasizes medical billing and coding, anatomy and physiology, medical billing, records management, and pharmacology.

Graduation Requirements

ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition with a C or higher; placement into college-level math and reading courses or completion of developmental courses with a C or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; the last 15 credits taken at NMSU.

HIT 110. Electronic Health Records

3 Credits

Current electronic health record principles, methods and procedures, and computerized medical record concepts and software applications will be introduced. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Prerequisite(s): C S 110 or OECS 105.

HIT 120. Health Information Introduction to Pharmacology

3 Credits

Introduction to the principles of pharmacology, including drug terminology; drug origins, forms, and actions; routes of administration; as well as the use of generic name drugs, trade name drugs and categories of drugs to treat multiple and specific body systems.

HIT 130. Health Information Technology Anatomy & Physiology

3 Credits

An introductory course in the basics of human structure and function. Body systems are examined as to how they relate to proper code selection and as part of the functioning of the body as a whole. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

HIT 140. Health Information Introduction to Pathophysiology

3 Credits

Introduction to the nature of disease and its effect on body systems. Disease processes affecting the human body via an integrated approach to specific disease entities will be presented including a review of normal functions of the appropriate body systems. Diseases will be studied in relation to their etiology, pathology, physical signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, complications, treatment modalities and prognosis.

HIT 150. Introduction to Medical Terminology

3 Credits

The study and understanding of medical terminology as it relates to diseases, their causes and effects, and the terminology used in various medical specialties. Emphasis will be placed on learning the basic elements of medical words, appropriate spelling and use of medical terms, and use of medical abbreviations. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

HIT 158. Advanced Medical Terminology

3 Credits

Builds upon the concepts covered in HIT 150 or AHS 120 providing greater understanding of how to properly use and apply medical terminology used in the various health fields. Medical terminology associated with the body system's anatomy and physiology, pathology, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, pharmacology, and abbreviations will be emphasized. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

Prerequisite(s): HIT 150 or AHS 120.

HIT 221. Internship I

1-3 Credits (1-3)

Work experience that directly relates to a student's major field of study that provides the student an opportunity to explore career paths and apply knowledge and theory learned in the classroom. Internships may be paid or unpaid. Students are supervised/evaluated by both the employer and the instructor. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Consent of Instructor required. Restricted to: HIT & BOT majors. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit). Restricted to Dona Ana campus only.

HIT 228. Medical Insurance Billing

3 Credits

Comprehensive overview of the insurance specialist's roll and responsibilities. Concepts and applications that will assist the student in understanding the steps necessary for successfully completing the insurance claim filing and reimbursement processes for various insurance carriers, both private and government, will be emphasized. Restricted to Carlsbad campus only.

Prerequisite(s): HIT/NURS 150; BOT 208.

HIT 240. Health Information Quality Management

3 Credits

Introduction to basic concepts of quality improvement and performance improvement as they apply to health record systems and the health care industry. Quality assessment and improvement standards and requirements of licensing, accrediting fiscal and other regulatory agencies will be presented.

HIT 248. Medical Coding I

3 Credits (2+2P)

Comprehensive overview of the fundamentals, coding conventions, and principles of selecting the most appropriate ICD-10-CM/PCS diagnostic and procedure codes. The most recent version of ICD-10-CM/PCS and an in depth study of current Official Coding Guidelines for coding and reporting will be emphasized. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

Prerequisite(s): BOT 228.

HIT 255. SPECIAL TOPICS

3 Credits

Specific topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

HIT 258. Medical Coding II

3 Credits (2+2P)

Continuation of Medical Coding I. Comprehensive overview of the coding and reporting guidelines, fundamentals, coding conventions, and principles of selecting the most appropriate CPT and HCPCS procedural codes for all medical specialties. The most recent version of CPT and a continued study of the ICD-10-CM/PCS coding conventions and principles will be emphasized. Designed as a medical coding capstone course. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

Prerequisite(s): HIT 248.

HIT 268. Health Information Systems

3 Credits

Overview of health data management, work planning, and organization principles; an introduction to health care information systems; and review of the fundamentals of information systems for managerial, clinical support, and information systems.

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