(Jefferson Davis Campus - Online)
The Health Information Technology program is a 2-year technical program leading to an associate degree that prepares the individual to work as a technical specialist in Health Record Systems. Health Information Technology combines a profession in health care with information technology. Health Information technicians maintain, collect, and analyze data crucial to the delivery of quality patient care.
When accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in cooperation with the American Health Information Management Association's Council on Accreditation, the Health Information Technology program prepares graduates to write the national accreditation examination for the Registered Health Information Technician.
- During the graduation semester, the student is eligible to take the national accreditation exam for Health Information Technicians
- The RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) credential is awarded to those who pass the exam.
- The HIT program is offered as a distance learning (online) and hybrid option.
"The Health Information Technology program is currently non-accredited. As documented in the CAHIIM Accreditation System (CAS) Application Process, "a program must not apply until 6 months before the date of the first graduation class." The first HIT graduating class will be spring semester 2018.
- The goals of the Health Information Technology program include;
- Developing a successful, multi-skilled allied health professional capable of:
- Organizing and managing health information data
- Ensuring the maintenance of quality, accurate, accessible, and secure health information in both paper files and electronic systems.
- Utilizing various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients' medical and treatment histories.
- Adhering to learning EHR computer software, following EHR security and privacy practices, and analyzing electronic data to improve healthcare information.
- Developing collaborative and inter-professional soft-skills to successfully work with others to gain additional information to ensure records are complete and accurate.
- Mastering the student learning outcomes and program outcomes established.
- Make application and be accepted to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Application can be completed online.
- Submit copies of official transcripts of all schools attended to the Office of Admissions. All transcripts must be reviewed by the Office of Admission for determination of course credits.
- Meet all Academic Requirements (listed below) and complete any program pre-requisites or Entry Requirements.
After successful completion and submission of ALL academic and entry requirements (See section below), the student is eligible to complete the Health Information Technology Supplemental Application for Program Admission.
Fall Semester Application Submission:
Between April 15th and July 1 complete and submit the online Supplemental Application.
To complete and submit the online Supplemental Application:
1) Access the college's web page mgccc.edu
2) Click on Web Services (top tab)
3) Enter the GCID (M#) and Password
4) Select Student
5) Select Health Sciences Division Supplemental Application.
Thereafter, the applicant MUST read the guidelines carefully. In order to complete and submit the application, college admission and ALL pre-requisite requirements are required.
HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADMISSIONS CHECKLIST 17/18
Supplemental Application Deadline Dates:
Fall semester - July 1
(If deadline falls on a weekend, holiday, or closing, the deadline is 5 p.m. on the next college business day). ALL required test scores, transcripts, and entry items (CBC, pre-orientation, etc.) must be completed with results placed in Banner (MGCCC's compuer information system) by the appropriate college employee prior to the deadline. In addition, any outstanding college holds must be clear in order for the applicant to complete and submit the supplemental program application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. (MGCCC reserves the right to review additional supplemental applications following the posted deadline).
Academic and Entry Requirements
- Achieve a minimum Accuplacer English placement score of 175
- Achieve a minimum Accuplacer Math placement score of 53
- Complete prerequisite course BIO 2514 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
- Complete the online mandatory pre-nursing orientation session prior to completing the supplemental application for program ranking. The session can be completed anytime and anywhere you have access to the internet. The Power Point presentation gives you valuable information on topics common to all health science programs at MGCCC. Even without the ability to speak directly or interact immediately with a health sciences advisor, the session speaks to frequently asked questions from program entrance to completion. In order to receive credit for observing, the correct college M# must be included. The session is one (1) hour in length. Click here to begin: PRE-HEALTH SCIENCES ORIENTATION SESSION PPT 8 17/18
- Hold a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 on college work
- Have a consistent and reliable computer with Internet access and required components (Sound card with speakers, printer, microphone, web-camera capable of video web conferencing, DVD/CD-ROM drive)
- Have a basic understanding of computer terminology, specifications, software and applications (Microsoft® Windows® 7 or later/Firefox/Chrome, Microsoft Office® 2010 or later, Adobe® Reader® 9.0 or later, navigating the Internet, sending and receiving emails with and without attachments, and an Antivirus application updated regularly)
- Comply with Mississippi law requiring a Criminal Background History Check with Fingerprinting through the Mississippi Department of Health. All students making application to a Health Science program at MGCCC are required to obtain a clear or acceptable Criminal Background Check from the MGCCC Campus Police Department at JD, JC, Perkinston, or GC Campus. The criminal background check policy (including testing dates and times) can be viewed at Criminal Background Check Updated Form-Spring 2016
Program openings are filled based on Selective Admission; applicants are ranked based on their individual achievement test scores and prior college course work. Student ranking for entry into the HIT program is based on a point system. Students are awarded points for the required Accuplacer, and given points for successful completion of BIO 2514 (prerequisite) and BIO 2524 based on their achieved grades. Bonus points will also be awarded for successful completion of any other college credit courses which could be used to complete degree requirements for the AAS option. Program enrollment is a floating number which can fluctuate each year based on availability of clinical rotation slots. Students who are selected are also held to the following program policies.
Health Information Technology Program Policies
- All Health Science students are required to submit to substance testing in accordance with the substance testing policy and procedures for the Health Sciences Division. The testing policy can be viewed by clicking here: SUBSTANCE TESTING POLICY .
- Review and complete the mandatory Pre-Health Sciences Orientation Session prior to completing the supplemental application for program ranking. The session can be reviewed and completed anytime and anywhere you have access to the internet. The Power Point presentation gives you valuable information on topics common to all health science programs at MGCCC. Even without the ability to speak directly or interact immediately with a health sciences advisor, the session speaks to frequently asked questions from program entrance to completion. In order to receive credit for observing, the correct college M# must be included. The session is one (1) hour in length. Click here to begin PRE-HEALTH SCIENCES ORIENTATION SESSION PPT 17/18
- A physical examination, immunization records, CPR Certification and completed health form, signed by a Medical Physician, are required prior to the first meeting of the program. The physical form can be viewed on-line at: MGCCC Health Sciences Division Pre_Entrance_Health_Form
- Upon admission to the Health Information Technology program, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA on the required courses and complete each course with a C or better.
- Adherence to additional clinical affiliation requirements may be necessary depending on clinical rotation placement. (i.e. hospital orientation, HIPPA training, CPR certification).
HIOT program – Cost List (Estimate only)
College Expenses (Cost may be subject to change)
Full-time Tuition $1,550 per semester (15-21 credit hours)
Part-time Tuition $155 per credit hour
Registration Fee $60
Book Service Fee (Per Book) $40
Technology Fee $4 - $60
Non-resident Fee $155 per credit hour up to 14 hours
Non-resident Fee $1,550 for 15 - 21 hours
Credit card processing fee of 2% of the transaction amount
Online course fee $15 per credit hour
Career and Technical Program of Instruction Fee $60-$450/semester
Out of State & International Fees $1400 - $2000
Additional Miscellaneous Fees may be applicable – See MGCCC website
Perkinston Campus Dormitory Room w/ Meal Plans $2,000 - $2,150 per semester
Housing Deposit - $50.00
A tiered fee schedule is based on facilities
Hayden, Andrews, Moran, and Owen Halls – An additional $100
Bryan and George Halls – An additional $200
Health Information Technology Program Expenses – Non Refundable (Cost may be subject to change)
Prior to Entering Program
Criminal Background Check $65 - $80 (MGCCC Campus Police)
Once Admitted into Program
Program Fee $300.00 per semester
Pre-admission Physical Exam and Immunizations $200 - $300
Books $400 - $600 (plus rental fees, if applicable)
Substance Testing $29 -$35 per semester
Liability Insurance $12 -$15 per semester
Additional purchase items, supplies $50 - $100
Uniform, Accessories $300 - $400
Cost may be subject to change.