Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
HIT120Pharmacology for HIT1This course provides an introduction to common medication, medication therapies and drug effects relevant to the subject of health information technology. Students will learn the basics of electronic prescribing (e-prescribing), the role of health information technology in drug safety and the current pharmacology environment in the U.S.Loading...
HIT125Essentials of Health Records2This course familiarizes students with the origin, uses, content and format of health records, including both paper and electronic health records. It covers required standards for health records, organization of records and analysis of health record data. The fundamental components, terminology, and functions associated with electronic health record (EHR) systems in the health care provider practice. And this course familiarizes students with technologies used in the field of medical transcription.Loading...
HIT162Data Security for Health IT2This course provides knowledge of current data security issues in the healthcare environment. A high level emphasis is placed on identifying vulnerabilities and protection schemes. Additionally, the confidentiality, integrity and availability of protected health information will be discussed. Prerequisite: HIT 360 or instructor approval.Loading...
HIT290Reimbursement Methods3This introduction to health insurance and reimbursement studies payment systems for all types of healthcare systems and managed care. Changing trends in the reimbursement of healthcare services are reviewed. Topics include prospective payment systems, charge master maintenance, DRGs, APCs, ASC Groups, RBRVs, third party payers, EOB, Quality Improvement Organizations, managed care/capitation and compliance. Students practice a variety of medical reimbursement scenarios and learn the importance of accurate coding and medical necessity to ensure proper reimbursement.Loading...
HIT315Electronic App for Health Data2This course provides an overview of health informatics and explores the impact of information technology on the healthcare industry. Students will use electronic spreadsheet and database applications to analyze and format data for presentations and decision-making. A variety of electronic applications are reviewed in a computer lab and/or field trip setting. Prerequisite: HIT 520 or instructor approvalLoading...
HIT339Quality Management2This course provides a basic understanding of the principles of clinical quality measurement, TQM/CQI, effective management practices and evidence-based medicine. It covers the tools of healthcare quality management and the organizational context in which management practices are applied. Students will learn how systems can be used to improve organizational performance. Prerequisite: Completion of all first year HIT courses (HIT 125, 450, 162, 120, 360 and 520) or instructor approvalLoading...
HIT360Introduction to HIT3This course covers the basics of health information technology (HIT) and electronic health information exchange (HIE). Current and emerging e-health applications will be discussed, including electronic health records (EHRs), registries, clinical decision tools,etc. Other topics include current federal and state e-health initiatives, the clinic value of health IT and the potential impact on the health care system.Loading...
HIT390Intro HIT Project Management1This course will provide an overview of project management in the health information technology field. Students will gain an understanding of tools and techniques that result in the ability to create and follow a project management plan.Loading...
HIT420Legal Aspects of Health Info2This course focuses on the legal aspects of health information and health records, including access and use of both paper and electronic information. Topics covered include confidentiality, release of health information, liability issues, patient rights, fraud and abuse and ethics. Students will study federal and Iowa-specific laws and regulations related to protected health information. Prerequisites: Completion of all first-year HIT courses (HIT 120, 125, 162, 360, 450 and 520) or instructor's approvalLoading...
HIT429Quality Improvement3This course covers outcomes-based quality improvement methodologies for health care organizations. Students learn how to measure customer satisfaction, implement quality management programs, and apply best practices and standards. It also covers patient safety and how to create a culture of safety in the organization. Prerequisite: HIT 125 and HIT 360; or instructor approval.Loading...
HIT450Health Statistics2This course covers the collection, analysis, verification and display of health statistics. Students will learn uses for health statistics, basic statistical principles, commonly computed rates, vital health statistics, uniform reporting requirements, effective data display and background on data analytic concepts.Loading...
HIT520Internship I2This course is a supervised 120-hour professional practice experience that introduces the student to basic functions in a health information technology setting. The student will observe daily operations and apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom as applicable. Students will be required to meet objectives, submit a written report of the experience and undergo a job performance evaluation. Site to be arranged by the instructor. Prerequisites: HIT 120, 125, HSC 121, HIT 360, 390, and 450 with a GPA of 2.0 in all program courses and a 2.0 in all HIT courses or instructor approvalLoading...
HIT521Internship II4This course is a supervised 240-hour professional practice experience designed to further develop and build upon the experiences of Internship I, at the same or a different organization. The student will observe daily operations and apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom as applicable. Students will be required to meet objectives, submit a written report of the experience and undergo a job performance evaluation. Site to be arranged by the instructor. Prerequisite: Completion of the first four semesters of HIT courses with a GPA of 2.0 and a 2.0 in all HIT courses, or instructor approvalLoading...