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Become a health information technology professional

The healthcare industry has a growing need for skilled employees who manage important health information and support medical practitioners. Jamestown Community College’s Health Information Technology degree prepares you for data-driven jobs that the healthcare industry demands.

You can immediately enter the workforce with your associate’s degree and pursue careers in medical transcription, medical coding, medical insurance, and records management. Whatever path you choose in HIT, you will help keep a medical practice or healthcare facility running smoothly by organizing and managing data in paper and electronic forms.

While at JCC, you’ll develop your analytical and interpersonal skills and access the latest in health information technology through both the classroom and Virtual Lab (VLab) training. You will then put what you learned to practice with a 135-hour internship during your final semester. This opportunity to work in a professional healthcare setting will give you the experience needed for employment in HIT.

The United States Department of Labor’s Economic Development and Employer Planning System occupational projections have forecasted that New York State will experience a faster than average growth rate in the medical records and health information technicians occupations.

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Available Online

Available Online

This program is available 100% online and on both the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses.

Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

  • Medical coder
  • Documentation specialist
  • Health information technician
  • Medical billing specialist

Virtual Lab & Fieldwork

Virtual Lab & Fieldwork

Virtual Lab (VLab) brings professional health technology software to the classroom, which will prepare you for your 135-hour field placement.

Related Majors

Related Majors

More about VLab training

As a health information technology student at JCC, you will have access to both classroom and Virtual Lab (VLab) training. VLab is an online participative health information technology and management work environment program. Featuring applications and lab lessons, VLab brings the same health information technology software to the classroom that you will use as a professional. VLab also provides you with the option of becoming a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), which provides access to professional networking, research, and other resources.

 

 

 

Courses

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.