New Degree Program
Release Date: 7/27/2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College
Carroll Community College Offers New Degree Program
New Faculty Member Joins College
Westminster, Md., July 27, 2009-- For the first time, Carroll Community College (Carroll) will offer an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Health Information Technology (H.I.T.), beginning in fall, 2009.
"H.I.T. is one of the fastest-growing allied health fields. It includes medical records coding for insurance reimbursement for hospitals and physicians," said Lynne Smith, assistant professor, Business and Information Technology at Carroll.
"Earning an associate degree can help students prepare for jobs in the H.I.T. field," said Smith. "If they plan to get a bachelor's degree later, earning an associate degree is a good way to fulfill general education requirements. Students with associate degrees are highly sought after by employers in the field."
The new degree is designed to prepare students for employment as health information technicians in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, physician offices, home health agencies, and other facilities which create and/or evaluate health records.
This program of study combines general education and specialized courses to meet employment requirements in H.I.T. Students complete a core of general education requirements in addition to program requirements.
Anne Marani, MA, RH.I.T., CCS, will join the college in August as the new faculty member teaching in the program.
"Anne will provide our students with an exceptional preparation as well as strong professional guidance in terms of entering and advancing in the expanding H.I.T. field," said Dr. James Ball, vice president of Academic and Student Affairs.
"The health information field will experience several challenges in the U.S. over the next several years, including an increase in electronic health record usage and implementation of a new coding classification system, ICD-10," said Marani. "The new and expanded course offerings in the degree and H.I.T. Certificate Programs are designed to give students the academic base, H.I.T. skills, and practical experience today so they are prepared to meet tomorrow's challenges in the changing workplace. I am happy to be part of the educational team at Carroll that is preparing the next generation of health information professionals."
Marani has been an adjunct faculty member at the college since 2004. She has as Associate of Arts degree from Baltimore City Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and a Master of Arts degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
To learn more about the new H.I.T. program, please contact Marani at firstname.lastname@example.org.