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CAHIM Accredited Program

The UNM Health Information Technology Associates Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management. CAHIIM-accredited programs have undergone a rigorous process of voluntary peer review and have met or exceeded the minimum Associate-level Accreditation Standards as set by the CAHIIM. The UNM-Gallup HIT Associates' Program is proud of its CAHIIM accreditation, with our original accreditation date of May 2005.

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Associate of Science - Health Information Technology (71 credits)

The Associate of Science degree in Health Information Technology (HIT) is designed to prepare students to maintain patient records and health patient records and health information data in every health care setting including acute care, long-term, ambulatory care, insurance and federal agencies. After successful completion of the HIT Associate program, the graduate is awarded an Associate of Science in Health Information Technology, and is eligible to take the national RHIT certification examination through AHIMA ( American Health Information Management Association). Upon successfully passing the RHIT examination through AHIMA, the graduate is certified through AHIMA as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). (Note: HIT Associates students are eligible to take the RHIT examination in their final semester of their Associate coursework, as long as in good academic standing). Individuals with an RHIT certification, who lack paid coding experience but wish to further their certifications, are eligible to take the AHIMA CCS (Certified Coding Specialist) certification exam.
(Note: HIT Associates students are eligible to take the RHIT examination in their final semester of their Associate coursework, as long as in good academic standing). Individuals with an RHIT certification, who lack paid coding experience but wish to further their certifications, are eligible to take the AHIMA CCS (Certified Coding Specialist) certification exam. More information about What Are Certifications, and about the different certifications, can be found on the HIT Facebook page - please see link on the right.

Students who have completed the Coding Certificate program receive a UNM Coding Certificate, and the training provided in the HIT Coding Certificate program prepares them to sit for the AHIMA CCA exam (Certified Coding Apprentice certification), which certifies individuals for entry-level coding positions at some healthcare facilities (check with each employer on their hiring guidelines). Further information can be found at: www.ahima.org , then click "Certification".

Courses in the HIT Associate or HIT Coding program with an asterisk (*) before the course number are considered technical, vocational, occupational, or developmental and may not be transferable to a non-HIM baccalaureate program. The CAHIIM website (www.cahiim.org ) lists Baccalaureate four-year HIM programs - please consult this site if you are interested in transferring your Associate HIT coursework into a four-year HIM Baccalaureate program. Please consult with your advisor for current transferability information. For students transferring from another CAHIIM-accredited HIT Associates program, please contact the HIT Program Office regarding your HIT coursework from another HIT program.

HIT Department 2014 Registration for Associates and Coding Students

Registration is now open for the UNM-Gallup HIT Program.

The Fall 2014 term of HIT classes that will be offered will include:

*HCHT 213 Principles of Disease;
*HCHT 219 Advanced Inpatient Coding (Vlab)
*HCHT 222 Health Tech II (Vlab)
*HCHT 231 Health Stats/Computer Applications,
*HCHT 232 Reimbursement Methodologies, and
*HCHT 233 Practicum for Associate Degree HIT students.

If you are a new student entering the program, please meet with the Student Services Advisement Office to evaluate your placement into the prerequisite courses (please see link on right "Links to our HIT and Coding Programs." The UNM Advisement Office may request COMPASS or other placement testing in order to determine which level of prerequisite or General Ed requirements. After meeting with Advisement, please contact Laura Blalock at the HIT Program Office 505-863-7659 to complete an HIT Program Admissions Form for formal admission to our program, and prior to signing up for HIT courses. Due to the fact that each of the HIT courses is offered only once per year, it is very important to meet and develop a plan for sequential HIT coursework, and to refer to any needed HIT course prerequisites.

Please refer to the HIT Program Handbook for information on the HIT Associates Program. The HIT Program Handbook also contains information on the HIT Coding Certificate Program. The following will be needed for successful completion of courses in the HIT Program following program entrance.

*Students taking HIT online courses will need regular and consistent access to the internet in order to submit and complete assignments if a course is online. The HIT Program has a hybrid program, meaning some courses are offered in person while others are offered online. This may change each time a class is offered, so although one course may be offered online one term, it may be taught in person the next time the course is offered.

*Some courses will require a "Vlab Access Code". The Vlab is the Virtual Lab through AHIMA, that allows students to electronically access and use a variety of HIM Medical Records Office tools, similar to those in healthcare settings, including an encoder, a Master Patient Index, an Electronic Document System, and the Cerner Electronic Health Record system. Vlab Access Codes are available for sale at the UNM Bookstore. Beginning September 1, 2014, only one-year Vlab Access codes can be sold to students. If your course has Vlab in it, this will be listed as a "required" book or subscription.

Criminal and/or background checks, Drug Screenings, Health Screenings for Associate Practicum Placement Sites - HIT Associate students completing their final HIT course (the HCHT 233 Practicum HIT Associates) will be placed at a 96-hour on-site Practicum site at a local inpatient or outpatient healthcare setting. Each healthcare setting will determine its own screening requirements, but students may be asked to submit to a criminal and/or background screen, to submit to a drug screen, or to submit to a health screen in order to be placed in a healthcare setting, at the student's own expense.

AS Health Information Technology - HIT

GRADUATION - May 2013!  Red Rock State Park - 7 of our 17 HIT Spring 2013 Associate Degree and Coding Certificate Students