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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?

Most of the HIT courses do have prerequisites.

The only exceptions to prerequisites are:

  • HIT 110 Introduction to Health Information Technology
  • HIT 191 Medical Terminology
  • HIT 116 Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology.

How many students are in the HIT program?

Currently we have around 172 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?

HIT has a demanding curriculum to assist student success in future career goals.  In the HIT courses, a 75% (“C”) or better is considered passing.

What is the course repeat policy?

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

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?

Click HERE to find further information on HIT informational sessions.

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 Professional Practice Experience

This is the last course of the Health Information Technology program.  It is not open for students to register on their own.  Students must be approved by the instructor to register for this course.

HIT 290 Prerequisites:

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

HIT 290 Description:

  • Clinical rotations (these rotations provide students with experiences to connect knowledge and understanding by putting academics into action). Transportation is a student responsibility for clinic rotations.
  • Total Clinic Hours – 48 hours (one day a week for six weeks).
  • Review AHIMA Domains (competencies) to reinforce HIT knowledge.
  • Comprehensive Program Exit Exam (CPXE)
  • Must be an AHIMA student member (The cost is $49 annually and is student responsibility.
  • Students will be required to have current immunization records to participate in clinic rotations.  Variable cost is student responsibility.  Student will be notified when time to submit documentation. The following immunizations are required:
    • Hepatitis B (2 doses 30 days apart; 3rd dose 5 months after 2nd)
    • Varicella (2 doses – 30 days apart)
    • MMR (2 doses – 30 days apart)
    • TdaP (1 dose – booster required every 10 years)
    • Influenza (1 dose each fall or winter)
    • TB testing (2 separate readings)
  • The student will complete a “random” drug test – must be negative (paid for by student fees)
  • Criminal Background Check- (paid for by student fees)
  • The student will be required to wear an OTC student badge when attending clinic rotation.

HIT 290 Approval Process:

Step 1 = Announcements are posted with instructions on how to apply in all HIT courses informing students. HIT 290 is only offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. 

Step 2= Student Application Form will be completed by the deadline. 

Step 3 = Instructor will review student application and degree audit to assure the student is qualified and verified to register in HIT 290 course. 

Step 4 = Final Approval from Instructor. You cannot register for HIT 290 (closed registration) until you are approved by the instructor to register for this course.  

Step 5= Once registered the student will participate and provide clinical contract requirement documentation by the deadline provided from the instructor (noted in HIT 290 description – these requirements are subject to change in response to program accreditation standards and/or clinic site contracts. 

IMPORTANT: Communication throughout this application and approval process is by OTC email only. Students are responsible to monitor their emails before, during, and after the process. Once you apply – keep an eye out on your emails for notifications! 

For more information regarding the HIT Program, please contact:

Denise Baer
HIT Program Director

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