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Consult the drop down menu for answers to frequently asked questions (HIT FAQs) about the Health Information Technology Program.

What is the OTC Certificate in Coding Specialist?

Don’t confuse the OTC certificate with a coding credential!

 If you receive the OTC “Certificate in Coding Specialist” you may have met the education requirements  to sit for the AHIMA “ Certified Coding Specialist (CCS or CCS-P)” credential exam.

Coding accuracy is highly important to healthcare organizations, and has an impact on revenues and describing health outcomes. In fact, a CCS credential has become an implicit industry standard.

 Link to the AHIMA CCS and CCS-P test-taking requirements:

Is the HIT Program completely online?

Yes. A student can complete the HIT program online from start to finish!

Are there seated classes in the HIT program?

Yes. OTC offers seated general education courses.

Do HIT courses have prerequisites?

Yes – most of our courses do have prerequisites. Only exceptions to prerequisites are HIT 110 Introduction to Health Information Technology and HIT 191 Medical Terminology.

How many students are in the HIT program?

Currently we have around 175 students enrolled in the HIT Program.

Do I need to apply for admission into the HIT program?

No. HIT is an “open admission” program.

Do I need to be a full time student to be in the HIT program?

No. You can be a part time or full time student. You should anticipate completing the program within 3 ½ years.

What are the student grade requirements in the program?

2.50 GPA or higher with a minimum of a grade of “C” in all required courses. All HIT courses must be passed with a grade of 77% or better. HIT demanding curriculum is expected throughout the course of study.

What is the course repeat policy?

If this is student’s third attempt, they are requested to email the Program Director, Denise Baer.

If I not enrolled in a HIT course for more than 12 months (absent) what do I need to do?

Students not enrolled in HIT courses more than twelve (12) months will be required to demonstrate retention of knowledge of their previous coursework through proficiency examination “prior” to continuation of the HIT program.

Which courses must be completed within 5 years of starting the HIT program?

Survey of Anatomy, Computer Technology and Math

Whom do I need to have as my academic advisor?

You need to have one of the HIT Program faculty as your advisor in order to keep informed about any changes within the HIT Program curriculum.  Here is the HIT Faculty  information.

If you currently do not have a HIT faculty advisor, you can request to change your assigned Academic Advisor by completing the Change of Advisor form.

Should I attend a HIT Program Informational & Academic Advising Session?

Yes. OTC strongly encourages students to attend these sessions to stay current with program requirements.

Click here for additional information and click on the Health Information Technology link.

Do I have to pass a program exam to graduate?

Yes. To successfully complete the HIT program, students must pass a comprehensive program exit exam.

Where is information about financial assistance or student services available?

The Student Affairs office is responsible for Student Development, Financial Aid, Records and Registration, Student Services and Veteran’s Affairs. They work diligently to provide students with the resources they need to make the college process easier, friendlier and more pleasant. If you have any questions:

What is the HIT Civility Policy?

Will I have the opportunity to participate in a professional experience in the program?

Yes, you will! The HIT 290 Professional Practice Experience facilitates supervised field-based learning in affiliated healthcare and health-care-related agencies. The course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to integrate classroom and clinical experience with the Health Information Management Department and other associated departments. Students will be expected to complete a defined number of hours of nonpaid practical experience.


HIT 290 Prerequisites:

Grade of “C” or better in all first, second, third, and fourth semester HIT courses. Grade of “C” or better or currently enrolled in HIT 200, HIT 201, HIT 280. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 Permission of Program Director

HIT 290 Description:

  • Two clinical site rotations (may include acute care, non-acute care, or project based)
  • Current employer is not eligible as a clinical site
  • One day a week – (Tues, Wed, Thurs; Day Shift; 8 hours-not including lunch/breaks)
  • Total clinic hours – 96 hours
  • Modules may be used to reinforce HIT knowledge
  • Must have own transportation to and from clinical sites.
  • Comprehensive Program Exit Exam (CPXE) – must pass to graduate

HIT 290 Approval Process:

Step 1 – ANNOUNCEMENTS – Announcements with instructions on how to apply are placed on all second year HIT courses informing students of an upcoming HIT 290 Professional Practice Experience.

Step 2 – APPLICATION FORM – Student Application Form – will include student contact Information; availability; courses completed; smart card (need photo id, etc.)

Step 3- REVIEW APPLICATION & DEGREE AUDIT – Program Director will review student’s application form and student degree audit – this will include the review of prerequisites (mentioned above); review of courses attempted twice or more; and absence from the HIT program no longer than 12 months.


IMMUNIZATIONS – COSTS VARY (depending on student’s immunization record status)

  1. Two –step TB Test/CXR
  2. Hepatitis B (3 dose series)
  3. MMR (2 dose series or positive titer)
  4. Varicella (2 dose series or positive titer)
  5. Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) – within last 10 years
  6. Flu Vaccine (current season)

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK- Student approximate cost is $100.00


Step 5 – FINALLY APPROVED (what will happen next)

  1. Register for HIT 290 – You are not able to register on your own – program director will open up registration at the appropriate time
  2. Orientation
  3. ROI Authorization
  4. Photo ID Badge
  5. Random Drug Test – must be negative
  6. Confidentiality Statement



For more information regarding the HIT Program, please contact:

Denise Baer
HIT Program Director

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