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Health Information Technology / Healthcare Informatics / Coding Specialist / Cancer Registry Management Overview

Health Information Technology / Healthcare Informatics / Coding Specialist / Cancer Registry Management

Career/Program Overview

Health Information Technicians analyze, secure, and maintain patient health information. Other duties include coding diagnoses, processing reimbursements, managing release of information, and protecting patient data privacy. Upon successfully completing RCTC’s online Health Information Technology (HIT) program, you are eligible to take the national exam sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and earn the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential.

Coding Specialists are specifically trained in the coding of medical/health records. By assigning the proper codes to diagnoses and procedures, accurate financial reimbursement may be made by insurance companies and government agencies. Upon successfully completing RCTC’s online Coding Specialist program, you are eligible to take the national examination sponsored by AAPC and earn the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential.

Healthcare Informatics is a multidisciplinary field which involves information technology and the management of health data and information. These professionals assist in the building and enhancement of electronic health record systems for use by healthcare providers and healthcare organizations to improve access to, and utilization of, health information.Upon successfully completing RCTC’s Healthcare Informatics program, you are eligible to take applicable national exams sponsored by AHIMA and earn one or more of the Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS) credentials.

Cancer Registrars are data information specialists who capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the US. The data provide essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, and conduct research. Upon successfully completing RCTC’s online Cancer Registry Management (CRM) program, you are eligible to take the national exam sponsored by National Cancer Registrar’s Association (NCRA) and earn the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) credential.

Curriculum-at-a-Glance

Some of the core courses required to complete the Health Information Technician degree include the following:  Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, Coding, Reimbursement, Supervision of Health Information, Computerized Health Information, Legal Aspects, Quality Management, and Healthcare Data Analysis.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers a Cancer Registry Management Certificate, Coding Specialist Diploma, a Healthcare Informatics Diploma, and the Health Information Technology Associate in Applied Science degree. The Cancer Registry Management Certificate, the Coding Specialist diploma, and the HIT AAS degree can all be completed entirely online.

Program Start Date(s)

Students can start HIT coursework any semester.

Career Opportunities/Information

Health Information Technology graduates may find work in quality, computer information services, or release of medical information. Some technicians are responsible for coding diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement while other technicians concentrate in patient data privacy rights.

Gainful Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.

The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs.

Accreditations/Articulations

Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. 

The RCTC HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in association with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The RCTC CRM program is accredited by the NCRA.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/.

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.rctc.edu/program/hit
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact


Overview content updated: 2016-04-19
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