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Table of Contents 2 Collaborative at a Glance 3 Accreditation 3 Take Aim on a Healthcare Profession 4 Program Overview 4 Diversity 5 24/7 Convenience 5 Personalized Attention 5 Affordability 6 Virtual Support Services 7 Hardware and Software Compatibility 7 Sample Course Module

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The Collaborative at a Glance Under the direction of the Tennessee Board of Regents

available to you. Your degree is awarded from the

(TBR), the Regents Online Health Information Technology

college you choose as your “home campus.” Your

program initiative allows students to complete coursework

transcripts and diploma will not differentiate whether

required to obtain an AAS degree in an online format.

your courses were taken online or on campus.

Through extensive cooperation and collaboration among TBR community colleges, students can earn an AAS degree

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in Health Information Technology from:

rodphelpdesk@tbr.edu Chattanooga State Community College Dyersburg State Community College Roane State Community College Each institution offers the same curriculum and all Volunteer State Community College courses are taught by qualified faculty from the colleges. Walters State Community College When you enroll as a Regents Online student, you select a “home campus” from the school choices

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Accreditation – A Quality Indicator Accreditation is a process of validation in which colleges and universities of higher learning are evaluated. It’s an indicator

The Associates of Science degree in Health Information Technology is accredited by:

to enhance the quality of education and training provided.

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) 233 N. Michigan Ave., 21st Floor Chicago, IL 60601-5519 Website: www.cahiim.org

All five TBR community colleges offering the Health

CAHIIM program accreditation permits HIT graduates to

Information Technology degree are accredited by the

take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

national credentialing exam available from the American

that an institution or program meets standards of quality and that there is a commitment to continuously seek ways

Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Take Aim on a Healthcare Profession with a Bright Future The Health Information Technology (HIT) field is one of

develop a broad range of clinical and technological

the few health-related occupations in which there is no

skills, as well as knowledge of federal and state laws and

direct patient care. It employs professionals who are

regulations.

responsible for the quality of medical or health records. Registered Health Information Technicians (RHITs) often

Most RHITs work in hospitals, but can also be found in a

fill these positions.They have the responsibility to verify

variety of other healthcare settings including office-based

health records for completeness and accuracy and

physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies,

to properly input data and information into computer

mental health facilities and public health agencies. Organizations

systems. Other duties may include: maintaining and

using patient data or health information such as pharmaceutical

using a variety of health information indices; special

companies, law and insurance firms, and health product

registries and storage retrieval systems; retrieving and

vendors may also need to employ RHITs in their businesses.

analyzing computerized health data; and controlling the use and release of health information. Additionally,

Employment of medical records and health information

health information professionals code health records

technicians is expected to increase by 20%, much faster

for reimbursement.To do so, they must regularly

than the average for all occupations through 2018.* Growth

communicate with physicians to ensure accuracy, clarify

will result from an increase in the number of medical tests,

diagnoses, and obtain any supplementary information

treatments, and procedures combined with an aging

needed to update a patient's file.To fulfill these

population that requires more healthcare. Additionally,

responsibilities, health information technicians must

healthcare reform initiatives are focused on taking healthcare recordkeeping from a paper-based system to an electronic data management system.This national push for advanced health information technology along with the enormous need for qualified healthcare professionals makes Health Information Technology a smart career move. *Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 edition published by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Health Information Technology – Regents Online Program Overview The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Health Information Technology is specifically designed to prepare you for employment in maintaining health records in a variety of healthcare facility settings.

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Successfully complete 13 semester hours of prerequisite courses prior to acceptance into the HIT program

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Successfully complete 66 semester hours (including prerequisites) of courses within four calendar years

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Participate in Professional Practice experiences at assigned healthcare facilities in your final two semesters of study.The experiences may be simulated or “hands-on” and require face-to-face interaction with faculty and/or clinical site supervisors.

Upon graduation, you are eligible to sit for the written

Experienced RHIT credential holders have solid

RHIT exam administered by the American Health

potential for advancement to management positions,

Information Management Association (AHIMA).

especially when combined with a Bachelor's degree.

Faculty and Classroom Diversity – A Winning Combination As a Regents Online HIT student, you gain access to

Your online classmates are from all walks of life — a

highly-qualified faculty members from both your “home

recent high school grad with sights set on a fast-track

campus” and other TBR colleges. For example, your

career path, a mom trying to juggle a family while

Anatomy & Physiology course might be taught by a

working at the local hospital on the day shift, a displaced

faculty member from Roane State while your Coding and

worker looking to establish roots in a new profession,

Classification course is delivered by a professor from

or an empty nester looking to reenter the job market in

Chattanooga State. Our diverse pool of educators from

a profession that can provide an additional source of

across the collaborative gives you exposure to a wide

income. Odds are you will find someone with work

range of opinions, perspectives and experiences that you

experiences and personal demands similar to your own.

might not otherwise receive in a traditional online setting.


24/7 Convenience on Your Terms The HIT program is designed to address the needs of

including weekends. No commuting, no parking fees,

the adult learner and working professionals through a

no childcare arrangements, no last minute shift changes.

24/7 asynchronous online delivery model. Courses are

You plan your education around your busy work and

available to you at home, at work, on the road, at the

family schedule. You can register online, buy your books

library or on vacation; any time of day or night,

and visit the library anytime, anywhere!

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Personalized Attention As an HIT student, your progress will be regularly

You must maintain a grade of “C” or better in

monitored, and an advisor will be available to provide

all required courses and complete designated

advice and counsel. Your grades are evaluated at the

pre-requisite/co-requisite courses to remain in

end of each semester by the director of the program.

the program.

Affordability and Value – A Wise Financial Choice Why pay more and possibly incur significant student

and private institutions.We even offer an e-Rate for

loan debt when you can go through Regents Online

students who are not residents of Tennessee.

and earn an affordable education from a respected school? On a comparative basis, Regents Online

For a current tuition and fee schedule, visit our website

courses and programs can be up to half the cost of

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programs offered by other online education providers Financial aid may be available to those who qualify.

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Access to Virtual Support Services Your academic success is very important to us. As

As an HIT student, the Virtual Library provides you

a Regents Online student, you have access to a wide

with access to:

array of support services throughout your online learning experience.

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CINAHL®, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature database with full text. Regarded as the authoritative resource for nursing and allied

Virtual Bookstore – No more waiting in line to buy

health professionals, it provides indexing for almost

books! The Virtual Bookstore makes it easy to buy

3,000 journals, contains more than 1,000,000

books and software online from the comfort of your

records, searchable cited references for more than

home. Log on to the Virtual Bookstore website, select your course, load your shopping cart, checkout

1,150 journals, and full text for 329 journals, plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials.

and pay with a major credit card or book voucher. It doesn’t get much easier than this!

Nursing & Allied Health Collection Comprehensive database provides full text for nearly 400 journals

Virtual Library – When you need to conduct

covering the areas of nursing, biomedicine, health

research for a term paper or are interested in

sciences, consumer health and allied health disciplines.

learning more about a specific medical disorder, our Virtual Library is open 24/7 to assist you in your search for information. Instead of spending hours in vain looking for information on the Internet, turn to

Health and Wellness Resource Center provides instant access to nearly 400 health/medical journals, numerous reference volumes, over 700 health videos, hundreds of pamphlets and health-related articles from general

the Virtual Library’s collection of online databases,

interest publications in addition to a broad collection

journals, reference materials, eBooks, directories and

of Gale reference titles.

streaming videos for the info you need. All of these resources are available at no cost to you. If you need

PubMed Central with over 1,500,000 articles from

help getting started, simply turn to our highly-trained

over 450 journals.

librarians available via email, live chat and reference desk phone support for quick and friendly assistance.

CINAHL is a registered trademark of EBSCO Publishing.


Take the Next Step – Point Your Future in a New Direction Perform a Hardware and Software Compatibility Check

Try a Sample Course Module!

If you’re concerned about how your computing

test drive and learn how the Desire2Learn platform

resources will perform in an online learning

delivers courses to your desktop. It’s a great way to

environment, it’s easy to find out by performing a

see just how easy it is to navigate through a course.

Not convinced that online learning is for you? Take a

simple system check. Just visit the link shown below

Visit http://elearn.rodp.org/

and you’ll find out how your system stacks up.

and log in with the following credentials:

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Username: guest www.rodp.org/current-students/technical-support

Password: guest

Getting Started – The Application Process Application to the HIT program is a two-step process. STEP ONE:

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Apply directly to the “home campus” of your choice and receive acceptance as a degree seeking student in good standing Obtain a grade of “C” or better in the following pre-requisite courses: Computer Applications Medical Terminology Introduction to Health Information Technology Anatomy & Physiology I Students are required to obtain at least a "C" in all HIT courses to stay in the HIT program. Maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher S S S S

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STEP TWO:

Students admitted to the program must comply with specific enrollment and retention requirements to continue in the program. Enrollment and retention criteria include, but are not limited to: Satisfactory drug/alcohol screenings Satisfactory criminal background check Satisfactory documentation of health Liability insurance coverage Immunization against specified communicable diseases Satisfactory performance (pass) in professional practice experiences Achievement of core performance standards Q Q Q Q Q Q Q

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