Health Information Technology

Program Director: Staci Waldrep

Office: Multipurpose Building, Room 247

Address: 802 E. Lavaca St., Beaumont, TX 77705

Phone: (409) 839-2918 / 880-8845

E-mail: healthinfotech@lit.edu

Health Information Technology professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting, and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. They are experts in managing patient health information and health records, administering computer information systems, coding the diagnoses and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients, preparing health-care statistics, and providing continuous quality improvement.

The Health Information Technology Program (HITT) is a two year program. The 60 SCH HITT Program prepares students for employment in multiple workplace settings in the healthcare industry including hospitals, physicians’ offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies, cancer registries, and home care providers. Graduates are prepared to serve as health information technicians. Practicums are non-paid and require attendance at select health care facilities. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Also available is a Certificate in Health Informatics. The Certificate of Completion in Health Informatics is designed to prepare students for employment as entry level Health Informatics personnel or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in related health record occupations. Students will learn the fundamentals of healthcare informatics by focusing on resources, devices, and methods used to acquire, store, retrieve, and utilize electronic health records.

The Health Information Technology Program and the Health Informatics Program are selective enrollment programs. Students must apply and be accepted into the program to register for classes. Each program begins in the fall each year. The number of students is limited to space available in clinical agencies. Admission to the program is based on academic success and past medical experiences. Applicants must complete all the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative to be accepted into the Health Information Technology Program. Those students who have not completed the requirements of Texas Success Initiative (TSI) may reapply one year later during the normal admission cycle. Students are required to obtain a criminal background screening and must meet acceptable established criteria.

Applications and information for selection criteria for admission are available in the Health Information Program office. Applications and supporting documentation are due April 15 of each year. Students are encouraged to take supporting courses prior to applying to the program. Each semester all courses in the curriculum must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to progress in the program. Health Information Technology (HITT) courses must be taken in the order listed in the program of study.

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At this time each program is available in an on-line format. Future options may include traditional classes, as demand necessitates.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. (http://cahiim.org). Students enrolled in their final term of study are eligible to apply for admission to the national examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association (http://www.ahima.org).

Students who complete their Associate Degree may continue their education to acquire a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Management (HIM) through a progression agreement established with Texas State University.