Course Descriptions

HITT 1167. Practicum I Health Information Technology.                    1:0:8

Practical general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student.  The guided external experiences are unpaid. Prerequisites: HITT 1249, HITT 1301, HITT 1305, MRMT 1307, HITT 1345, and HITT 1353. [Primary semester is fall, but can be offered as needed.]

HITT 1249. Pharmacology.                                                                            2:2:0

Overview of the basic concepts of the pharmacological treatment of various diseases affecting major body systems. Prerequisite: None [Offered spring semester at Wharton]

HITT 1301. Health Data Content and Structure.                                       3:2:2

Introduction to systems and processes for collecting, maintaining, and disseminating primary and secondary health-related information including the content of health record, documentation requirements, registries, indices, licensing, regulatory agencies, forms, and screens. Prerequisite: None. [Offered fall semester.]

HITT 1305. Medical Terminology I.                                                                   3:3:0

Study of medical terms through word origin and structure.  Introduction of  abbreviations and symbols, surgical and diagnostic procedures, and medical specialties. Prerequisite: None. [Offered fall and spring semester.]

HITT 1345. Health Care Delivery Systems.                                                   3:3:0

Examination of delivery systems including organization, financing, accreditation, licensure, and regulatory agencies Prerequisite: None. [Offered fall semester.]

HITT 1353. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information.                   3:3:0

Concepts of privacy, security, confidentiality, ethics, health care legislation, and regulations relating to the maintenance and use of health information. Prerequisite: HITT 1301. [Offered spring semester.]

HITT 1355. Health Care Statistics.                                                                     3:3:0

Principles of health care statistics with emphasis in hospital statistics. Skill development in computation and calculation of health data. Prerequisites: HITT 1301 and HITT 1311. [Offered fall semester.]

HITT 1441. Coding and Classification Systems.                                              4:2:4

Fundamentals of basic coding rules, conventions, and guidelines using clinical classification systems. Prerequisites: HITT 1301, HITT 1305, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402 and concurrent enrollment in HPRS 2301. [Offered fall semester.]

HITT 2166. Practicum II Health Information Technology.                              1:0:8

Practical general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. The guided external experiences are unpaid. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HITT 2339, HITT 2435, HITT 2443. [Primary semester is spring, but can be offered as needed.]

HITT 2167. Practicum III Health Information Technology.                              1:0:8 
  (Capstone Course)

Practical general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student.  The guided external experiences are unpaid. Prerequisites:  HITT 2339, HITT 2435, and HITT 2443. [Primary semester is summer, but can be offered as needed.]

HITT 2339. Health Information Organization and Supervision.                       3:3:0 
  (Capstone Course)

Principles of organization and supervision of human, financial and physical resources. Prerequisites: HITT 1353 and HITT 1355. [Offered spring semester.]

HITT 2435. Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies.                                  4:2:4

Advanced coding techniques with emphasis on case studies, health records, and federal regulations regarding prospective payment systems and methods of reimbursement. Prerequisites: HPRS 2301, HITT 1355, and HITT 1441. [Offered spring semester.]

HITT 2443. Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement.                    4:4:0

Study of quality standards and methodologies in the health information management environment. Topics include licensing, accreditation, compilation and presentation of data in statistical formats, quality management and performance improvement functions, utilization management, risk management, and medical staff data quality issues, and approaches to assessing patient safety issues and implementation of quality management and reporting through electronic systems. Prerequisites: HITT 1301 and HITT 1311. [Offered spring semester.]

HPRS 2301. Pathophysiology.                                                                                   3:3:0

Study of the pathology and general health management of diseases and injuries across the life span. Topics include etiology, symptoms, and the physical and psychological reactions to diseases and injuries. Prerequisites: BIOL 2402 or consent of instructor. [Offered Fall and Spring semester.]

MRMT 1307. Medical Transcription I                                              3:2:4

Fundamentals of medical transcription with hands-on experience in transcribing physician dictation including basic reports such as history and physicals, discharge summaries, consultations, operative reports and other medical reports. Utilizes technology compatible with industry standards. Designed to develop speed and accuracy. Prerequisites: HITT 1301 and HITT 1305 and ability to type 50 wpm or completion of POFT 1227. [Offered spring semester.]

HITT 1311. Health Information Systems                                            3:3:0

Introduction data to health IT standards, health-related data structures, software applications and enterprise architecture in health care and public health. Prerequisites: COSC 1301 or consent of department head. [Offered fall semester.]

Capstone Courses HITT 2167 and HITT 2339 are the culminating evaluative courses that assess the outcome of the major. All students must complete these courses with a grade of C or better.

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