MVCC adds health professions AAS

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Mohawk Valley Community College has added an all-online degree program to its Health Professions Department.
The Health Information Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, which recently was approved by the New York State Education Department and SUNY, will be offered in fall 2017. The program can be completed entirely online; Health Information Technology core courses are available only online, but students may take general education courses, such as Human Anatomy & Physiology, English, and Math, on campus.

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MVCC’s Health Information Technology program, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education, prepares students to enter a quickly growing field in a variety of health care settings. Health information technicians are responsible for organizing and managing health information data; ensuring the information is accurate, accessible, and secure in both paper files and electronic systems; and using various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories. Students gain knowledge in areas such as accreditation and regulation, coding and reimbursement, data collection and analytics, information management and computer technology, and legal and ethical aspects, including privacy and security. During their last semester of study, students have the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned in a nonpaid professional practice experience at a health care facility. There also are transfer options for students wishing to further their education.

Upon completion of this degree, graduates will be eligible to take the national Registered Health Information Technician certification exam. With experience, this credential holds potential for advancement to management positions, especially when combined with a bachelor’s degree. Although most registered health information technicians work in hospitals, many are employed in a variety of other health care agencies.

MVCC’s Health Information Technology program requires prospective students to complete a separate application. For information on how to apply, visit www.mvcc.edu/health-info-tech.

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