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Why choose JCC's Health Information Technology program?

A health information technology education provides you with the skills employers in healthcare facilities demand. The medical profession is exciting but complex. The typical physician does not have the time to perform the administrative responsibilities of the office. Administrative tasks are those procedures used to keep a medical practice office running efficiently, including front desk procedures, scheduling, records management, billing, insurance, coding, and medical transcription.

Today’s health information specialist must possess technical skills along with personal skills. The assistant must have excellent communication, computer, and organizational skills. Computers are used in every kind of healthcare setting for many different tasks. Computer programs handle word processing, financial spreadsheets, and databases. With these programs, office personnel can handle billing, scheduling, account updating, insurance processing, and medical transcription. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential for the specialist, who is usually the patient’s first contact with a busy office.

At JCC, you can complete either a certificate or an associate degree program in health information technology. After completing the courses in the certificate program, you will be ready for entry level employment in many sites. If you choose the degree program, you will have a specialized medical background in medical transcription, medical coding, and medical insurance.

You’ll be able to apply the credits you earn in the certificate program toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in health information technology. Those who complete the degree program will be able to transfer credits to a four-year institution.

Program is available online.

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Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Hegis Code
5214
Curriculum Code
1969
General Requirements
21 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
9 SUNY LAS JCC
ENG 1530: English Composition II3 BCOM H CENG
English Electives (college level)3 H CWRT
CMM 1510: Introduction to Communication or CMM 1610: Public Speaking3 (X) H
6
Social Sciences Electives6 S
6
Biology Electives3 NSCI N SR
Mathematics Electives (college level)3 N CMAT
Core Requirements
36 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
36 SUNY LAS JCC
HIT 1410: Medical Terminology3
HIT 1420: Health Data Procedures3 VEDP
HIT 1460: Electronic Health Record Management3
HIT 2430: Healthcare Documentation and Medical Transcription3
HIT 2440: Medical Coding I (CPT)4
HIT 2450: Medical Coding II (ICD-10-CM)4
HIT 2460: Health Insurance and Reimbursement4
BUS 1360: Keyboarding/Word Processing3
BUS 2420: Professional Development/Internship5
CSC 1560: Microcomputer Applications I4
Electives
3 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
Important Points
  • Students are encouraged to consult with an advisor prior to selecting electives.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Show the ability to perform basic administrative medical assisting functions.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate written and verbal communication skills as a result of course written assignments, discussions, and class participation.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in computer usage and word processing skills.
  4. Identify the importance of the value of learning as an ongoing process through portfolio development and professional development activities.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to use medical terminology appropriately. 
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of maintaining confidentiality of health information.
  7. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by analyzing case studies as they apply to problem solving within the medical office setting. 

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. Learn More
 
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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Jeanne Johnston, Director, Health Information Technology/Office Technology
Jeanne JohnstonDirector, Health Information Technology/Office Technology217 TECH, Cattaraugus County Campus716.376.7584Contact | Full Profile ▸