Health Information Technology (A.A.S.)

Study health information technology at JCC

The Health Information Technology certificate at Jamestown Community College prepares you for employment in medical offices and health information departments. You can immediately enter the workforce with your associate’s degree and pursue careers in medical transcription and documentation, medical coding, medical insurance and billing, and records management.

You can also prepare for certification exams in coding, documentation, and healthcare related fields:

  • Certified Coding Assistant (CCA)
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)
  • Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based (CCS-P)
  • Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP)
  • Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA)
  • Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS)
  • Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS)
  • Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RHDS)

JCC’s HIT program emphasizes in-demand medical and healthcare skills. You’ll study office communications, terminology, coding, documentation, transcription, insurance, and electronic health records (EHRs) management. Some of your courses will feature Virtual Lab (VLab), an online platform for health education and case practice with industry-standard technology. You’ll also complete an internship in a professional healthcare setting.

2019 median pay for medical records and health information technicians: $42,630/year according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where to study at JCC

Health information technology skills

After you complete the program, you will be able to:

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

Semester 1

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

HIT 1410: Medical Terminology

3

HIT 1420: Health Data Procedures

3
JCC:Values and Ethics

BUS 1360: Keyboarding/Word Processing

3

ENG 1510: English Composition I

3
JCC:Diverse Perspectives

Natural Sciences Elective - Biology

Recommended:

BIO 1510: Health Science

3

INT 1555: Inquire

2
  • Discuss employment opportunities.
  • Visit the Learning Center.

Semester 2

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

HIT 1460: Electronic Health Record Management

3

Mathematics Elective

Recommended:

MAT 1500: Problem Solving

3
JCC:Mathematical Reasoning

ENG 1530: English Composition II

3
JCC:Oral Communication

Social Sciences Elective

Recommended:

PSY 1510: General Psychology

3
JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

CSC 1560: Computer Applications Software I

4

Semester 3

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

HIT 2440: Medical Coding I (CPT)

4

HIT 2430: Healthcare Documentation and Medical Transcription

3

Elective

1

Social Sciences Elective

Recommended:

SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology

3

Elective

Recommended:

ANT 1520: Intro to Cultural Anthropology or

ANT 2520: Peoples/Cultures of World or

BUS 1650: Global Business

3
JCC:Global Perspectives
  • Discuss internships.

Semester 4

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

HIT 2450: Medical Coding II (ICD-10-CM)

4

HIT 2460: Health Insurance and Reimbursement

4

BUS 2420: Professional Development/Internship

5
  • Apply for graduation.
  • Use College Central Network and other resources to begin job search.