Program Overview

Roane State Community College currently offers an online Associate’s degree in Health Information Technology.  This program will prepare students to become Registered Health Information Technicians, which is a growing field in the medical business.  Upon completing the program, students can take the credentialing exam from the American Health Information Management Association in order to become registered.

The course requires 66 credits and is on a rotating schedule over a period of four semesters.  In order to be accepted into the program, students must first take a series of basic medical courses, including introduction courses in computer, health information technology, medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology.  The second semester continues with these courses and also includes classes in legal aspects and disease processes.  Students go on in the third semester to learn about statistics, reporting, and coding.  The final semester includes classes in advanced health information technology and coding/classification as well as reimbursement methodologies and professional practice.   Students must also include in each semester a general education elective.

Registered Health Information Technicians (RHITs) review medical records to ensure their quality, making sure the records are accurate and properly entered into the computer system.  They can also use applications to analyze patient data in order to improve patient care and costs.  Because this is a rapidly growing field, there are several employment opportunities in almost any type of health care facility.  Most RHITs work in hospitals, though they can also be in other health-care facilities such as physician practices, nursing homes, and various health agencies.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

    School Overview

    Roane State Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Harriman, Tennessee. The school was established in 1969 by the Tennessee General Assembly and operates under the authority of the Tennessee Board of Regents. The first classes at Roane State Community College were offered in 1971 and were moved to the current location in 1973. The main campus is in Harriman but there are other campuses in Oak Ridge, LaFollette, Crossville, Jamestown, Knoxville, Lenoir City, Huntsville, and Wartburg.

    Roane State offers career-preparation programs, transfer programs, and online degrees. Generally, the school aims to provide study options for students who wish to either transfer to a senior institution (4-year college or university) or to acquire a career after college. There are distance education and online degree options available for individuals who are interested in Roane State. Generally, the distance education program allows for a student to take a course completely online. Similarly, Roane State participates in the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system, which offers a full range of graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, and diplomas.


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