Health Sciences Programs

Great career opportunities and high-paying jobs, plus helping to save lives. Sound like a combination you can live with? Health Information Technology and Communications, or Health Informatics, is a health sciences program that’s grown up in the digital age. Not all healthcare programs involve medicine, research or patient care. If you’re technically minded and detail-oriented, a health sciences program in Health Information Technology may be perfect for you.

One more point: In our programs, you can complete your coursework in health information technology online!

What does a Health Information Technology professional do? Great question. Think of it as the IT department behind the business side of healthcare. It may involve creating and updating patient records, medical reimbursement methodologies, medical terminology, legal and compliance issues or data analysis and management.

What’s the Best Health Information Technology Program for You?

Browse the information below to learn more about each health information technology online program, including coursework, key subjects, timing, career potential and more. Need help paying for tuition? Check out Indian Hills Community College scholarships and financial aid

Take control of your education to lay the foundation for a great career in health information technology — online or in class. We’ll be with you every step of the way!

Health Unit Coordinator

Diploma - Online

The Health Unit Coordinator program prepares you for a career in a hospital, skilled nursing facility, insurance company, clinic, or health maintenance organization. As a health unit coordinator (unit clerk/secretary), you will provide communication support to nursing service and ancillary departments. You will be an integral part of the patient care team assisting healthcare providers.

What you will learn:
  • Coordinate administrative functions on the nursing unit
  • Maintain patient health information
  • Process patient Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) orders
  • Communicate effectively with patients, clients, family and healthcare team members
  • Practice legal and ethical healthcare principles

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Medical Scribe

Diploma - Online

The Medical Scribe program prepares students to become healthcare documentation specialists. Healthcare documentation requires knowledge of medical terminology, healthcare standards, documentation requirements and organization of health records. The Medical Scribe translates, from oral to written form, information about patients dictated by healthcare professionals. This includes editing of provider documentation and use of electronic health records. After gaining experience, qualified professionals may wish to become a certified medical scribe by passing a certification examination administered several national medical scribe associations.

What you will learn:
  • Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, disease processes, signs and symptoms, medications, and laboratory values.
  • Healthcare documentation guidelines and practices.
  • English usage, grammar, punctuation, and style.
  • Understand and apply relevant legal concepts (e.g., confidentiality).
  • Understand diverse accents, dialects, and varying dictation styles.

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Medical/Insurance Coding

PCAP Approved programDiploma - Online

This diploma program, Medical/Insurance Coding Program at Indian Hills Community College is approved by the Professional Certificate Approved Program (AHIMA PCAP-Approved).

The Medical/Insurance Coding program prepares the student to be a healthcare coding professional. Medical/Insurance coders translate the patient encounter into universal alpha-numeric codes. This is accomplished through organizing patient care information, analysis and evaluation of health information, and code assignment related to diagnoses and procedures. The Indian Hills Community College MIC program provides critical skill building opportunities to succeed in this complex process. Once you earn your diploma, you may take the national certification exam to become a Certified Coding Associate-CCA.

What you will learn:
  • Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, disease processes, signs and symptoms, medications, and laboratory values.
  • Official coding guidelines.
  • Multiple classifications and nomenclatures used in the coding process.
  • Reimbursement methodologies.
  • Identify discrepancies between coded data and supporting documentation.
  • Validate that codes assigned by provider or electronic systems are supported by proper documentation.

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Health Information Technology (HIT)

CAHIIM Accredited ProgramAssociate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) - Online

The Associate Degree, Health Information Technology Program at Indian Hills Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

The Health Information Technology program prepares the student to become a health information technician, a specialist who is responsible for maintaining patient health information. An HIT is involved in the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. It is a combination of business, science, and information technology. Health information is vital to providing high quality patient care. It’s an important job. It requires a specialist, and that specialist will be you.

Once you earn your degree, as a graduate of a CAHIIM-accredited HIT program, you will be eligible to take the national certification exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician-RHIT.

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Welcome to the life-changing, life-saving industry we call healthcare!

What you will learn:
  • Revenue Cycle Management
  • Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, disease processes, signs and symptoms, medications, and laboratory values.
  • Official coding guidelines, reimbursement methodologies, & data analysis and management.
  • Multiple classifications and nomenclatures used in the coding process.
  • Identify discrepancies between coded data and supporting documentation.
  • Validate that codes assigned by provider or electronic systems are supported by proper documentation.
  • Understand and apply relevant legal concepts (e.g., confidentiality).
  • Maintaining and using a variety of health information systems.

 

So are you ready to take your education to the next level? Check out additional details about the Health Informatics Programs below to see how our programs at Indian Hills Community College online degrees will help you get a Life. Changing. Career in healthcare!

Annual Reported Program Outcomes - Public reporting of student achievement data:

RHIT Certification Exam Results 75% [3/4 Graduates passing 1st attempt]
Graduation Rate 100% [7/7 2018/2019]
Job Placement Rate (within the field) 80% [4/5 who resonded to survey]

*Data from 2020 APAR Report/2018-2019 Academic Year

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Not sure about what health sciences program you should go after — Health Unit Coordinator, Health Documentation Specialist, Medical/Insurance Coding, or Health Information Technology Program? Maybe you want more details about transferring your associate credits to a four-year school once you’re done?

Don’t stress. Just ask Sarah!

cottingtonSarah Cottington, Program Director, Health Informatics
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

(641) 683-5163 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5163 
Sarah.Cottington@indianhills.edu