Aug 08, 2022  
2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog
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HIT 290 - Health Information Technology Internship

3.5 Credits, 9.5 Contact Hours
.5 lecture periods 9 lab periods

Health Information Technology Professional Practice experience (PPE) includes meaningful engagement within the healthcare industry through an approved work site or project-based study. Includes HIT skills development, professional networking and communications, goal setting, employment strategies, values and ethics, and use of health information systems and resources.

Prerequisite(s): HIT 105  and HIT 108 .
Information: Consent of instructor is required before enrolling in this course. Designed for students in their final semester of course work in the Health Information Technology option. Students complete 144 clock hours of supervised placement at approved work site (or project-based study).
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply principles and knowledge to real-world health IT applications
  2. Demonstrate professional communications
  3. Set and achieve goals
  4. Demonstrate professional values and ethics
  5. Apply health information technology to complete tasks

Performance Objectives:
  1. Identify project site or proposal
  2. Develop professional networks within the healthcare industry
  3. Communicate professionally 
  4. Evaluate current health information technologies
  5. Utilize health information technology resources
  6. Develop HIT concepts through real-world applications
  7. Demonstrate HIT ethics and values
  8. Set and achieve goals
  9. Evaluate employment strategies
  10. Demonstrate awareness of HIT employment practices and policies
  11. Demonstrate awareness of professional values and ethics
  12. Apply health information technology to complete tasks
  13. Use HIT resources to develop solutions

  1. Project Identification
    1. Worksite or proposal
    2. Define goals and objectives
    3. Create a timeline
  2. Professional Networking and Communications
    1. Organizational structure
    2. HIT professional roles
    3. Professional associations
    4. Written and oral communications
    5. Relationship building
    6. Established procedures unique or common to various job sites
    7. Job site rules and regulations (dress code, working conditions)
  3. HIT Industry Developments
    1. Information Technology
    2. Meaningful Use
    3. Electronic health records
    4. Vendors and software
    5. Federal, state, and local regulations
    6. Privacy and security
    7. Protected information
    8. Current issues
  4. HIT Industry Resources
    1. Practical investigation
    2. File organization and records analysis
    3. Registries
    4. Secondary data sources
    5. Government agencies
    6. Statistics
  5. HIT Industry Skills
    1. HIT skill development
    2. Problem solving
    3. Accuracy and competence
    4. Workplace collaboration
    5. Professional growth
  6. HIT Ethics and Values
    1. AHIMA Code of Ethics
    2. Cultural and global diversity
    3. Work values
    4. Responsibility
    5. Accountability
  7. Professional Development
  8. Job Seeking Strategies
    1. Resume update
    2. Skills assessment
    3. Successful interviews
    4. Cover letters
    5. Job search techniques
    6. Bridging the gap from student to professional
    7. Developing job advancement opportunities
  9. Final Evaluation
    1. Student review of performance
    2. Job-site supervisor review of student’s performance

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2021/22

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