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Health Information Technology Core Certificate
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Input a rewarding career in HIT!

The HIT Core Certificate at Carroll can help you decide if the field of medical coding is a good career for you while gaining practical work skills.

The Core Certificate in Health Information Technology (HIT) consists of a 5-course sequence. Three foundational courses provide a background in medical terminology and human anatomy, as well as an understanding of common diseases. In two basic coding courses, students learn how to apply the rules of coding to accurately code diagnoses and procedures in different care settings like physician offices and hospitals.

Many medical coding jobs require more advanced coding skills. For those who choose to develop their skills beyond the basics, Carroll offers a seamless progression from the Core Certificate to the Advanced Certificate and/or AAS degree in Health Information Technology.*

To see if a career in Health Information Technology is a good fit for your future, please contact the program director, Anne Marani, at amarani@carrollcc.edu or 410-386-8265.

*While these two other educational options require a longer commitment, students will come away with a broader understanding of health information, more advanced coding skills, practice with industry software, as well as other essential workplace skills that will make them more marketable upon graduation.

Health Information Technology Core Certificate

Program Director: Anne Marani Phone: 410-386-8265 Email: amarani@carrollcc.edu This Core Certificate in Health Information Technology 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. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to interpret health record documentation using knowledge of anatomy, physiology, clinical disease processes, pharmacology and medical terminology to identify codeable diagnoses and/or procedures.

Health Info Technology Core Certificate

Carroll faculty members are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities.

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT


Anne Marani, MA RHIT CCS
Program Director & Assistant Professor, Health Information Technology (HIT)

AnneMaraniAs the HIT program’s director, Anne is responsible for the administration of the program. Her professional career spans more than 30 years in positions ranging from medical coder to director of a health information department. She is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and holds both Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) certifications. She is also an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer. Anne has been a full-time faculty member at Carroll since 2009. She provides quality instruction for basic and advanced coding as well as other HIT courses, including the Professional Practice course.

Advisory Boards

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our  Advisory Boards page to see the list of Business and Accounting Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.

Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. If you start your Health Information Technology education by earning an AA degree at Carroll, you'll pay less than half of what you would pay for the first two years of a typical four-year college. 

What does the program cost?

Program consists of five courses, totaling 17 credits. Visit Tuition and Fees page for the latest rates.  

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Where can you go? 

Carroll’s HIT program is a career program rather than a transfer program. Specialized HIT courses provide students with very specific skill sets in anticipation of employment. These courses may not be transferable to other institutions. 

The Core Certificate is intended to be a starting point for a career in health information technology or coding. On completion of this certificate, students with no previous healthcare experience will have the skills to seek employment in entry-level positions, including: 

  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Office Receptionist
  • Outpatient Coding Specialist 

Students with previous work experience in healthcare may be eligible for other types of positions. Once you have completed the Core Certificate, consider working towards the HIT Advanced Certificate or Associate degree to improve your employment options.

With the demand for health services increasing as the population ages, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is predicting much faster than average job growth for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians through 2026, making job prospects in this field very favorable.

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How long does it take to earn the HIT Core Certificate?

Carroll’s Core Certificate in Health Information Technology consists of five courses that can be completed in about 15 months.

I am interested in advancing my education beyond what is offered in the Core Certificate. Do I need to complete the Core before enrolling in HIT courses offered in the Advanced Certificate/AAS degree?  

A number of courses in the Advanced Certificate and AAS degree have prerequisites but others do not. As long as you have met prerequisites, you can register for any HIT course, even if you have not yet completed the Core.

Should I get a Core Certificate once I have completed the 5-course sequence even if I plan to go further in the HIT program?

If you will be seeking a job in healthcare while still in the program, you may want to consider doing this. The certificate shows potential employers that you have completed some credit courses in your area of study. Think of it as a way to start building (or adding to) your health care résumé.

Will I be eligible to sit for a coding certification exam such as Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or Certified Professional Coder (CPC) after completing the Core Certificate?

To make this determination, you will need to refer to the website for the association sponsoring the specific coding exam you are considering. Review the eligibility requirements to sit for the exam and the content areas that are covered on the exam. A comparison with the Core Certificate courses should help you with this.

Some content areas included on coding exams are not covered in the Core courses. However, the content areas included on the CCA and CPC exams are covered in the 200-level courses completed in the Advanced Certificate and AAS degree program.

I am a nursing professional (RN) interested in becoming a clinical documentation specialist. Would this certificate be useful for me?

As a nurse, you have the clinical knowledge needed for this role. After completing the two basic coding courses, you will also have an understanding of coding guidelines and how to apply them for accurate inpatient/outpatient coding. This is an essential part of “connecting the dots” between documentation and the coding process in your role as a documentation specialist.

Mission Statement

The Health Information Technology program, with an emphasis on health record coding, prepares students for employment as health information technicians in a variety of healthcare settings. Students are provided with a core knowledge base and develop basic skills in health record coding. At the advanced level, the program is designed to take students to a higher level of proficiency through additional hands-on experience in an electronic environment and a broader knowledge of diverse topics relevant to today’s healthcare environment. The program provides the knowledge and skill-based competencies required for successful completion of national coding certification exams.

Program Goals

  1. Students will demonstrate comprehension and correct application of medical terminology.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic health care information needs.
  3. Students will demonstrate written communication skills in applicable healthcare-related situations.
  4. Student will utilize critical thinking and problems-solving skills in coding.
  5. Students will demonstrate advanced coding skills.
  6. Students will demonstrate awareness of current issues in healthcare.

 

 

 

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