Health Information Technology (HITHI and HITPA)

Health Information Technology involves the exchange of health information in an electronic environment. Widespread use of information technology within the health care industry will improve the quality of health care, prevent medical errors, reduce health care costs, increase administrative efficiencies, decrease paperwork, and expand access to affordable health care.

This program at Cincinnati State, which is offered through collaboration of the Center for Innovative Technologies and the Health and Public Safety Division, prepares students for important roles in varied healthcare settings. Graduates may take on responsibilities such as:

  • Implementing and managing systems for electronic medical records and patient health records.
  • Designing and developing tools and systems to support clinical decision making and research.
  • Safeguarding the security of patient records in compliance with privacy laws and ethical issues related to the sharing of medical data and patient data.
  • Developing standards for the exchange and interoperability of medical data, promoting meaningful use of medical records and data.
  • Selecting and implementing health information systems to provide affordable quality healthcare.

The HIT program offers two majors.

Healthcare Informatics Major (HITHI)

Students in the Healthcare Informatics major gain skills needed to assist organizations with meaningful and efficient use of healthcare data by incorporating information technologies and information management techniques. Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and have the knowledge and skills required to collect, manage, use, and share information to support delivery of healthcare services and to promote healthy living.

Healthcare Programming and Systems Analysis Major (HITPA)

Students in the Healthcare Programming and Systems Analysis major gain the knowledge and skills required to fulfill an essential information technology role in healthcare, either as a developer who designs, implements, and maintains health-based software applications, or as an analyst supporting current healthcare-related applications. Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. Coursework covers healthcare fundamentals as well as IT professional skills in systems analysis, software development, database design, and core technical areas including .NET, Java, HL7, SQL, and SQL Server.

For more information, please contact the Center for Innovative Technologies at (513) 569-1743.

Healthcare Informatics Major (HITHI)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
HIT 100Language and Culture of Healthcare ( B) 303
IT 100Computer Programming Foundations ( B) 233
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
MAT 131Statistics 1 ( G) 223
Semester 2  
HIT 105Information Technology Systems in Healthcare ( B) 303
BPA 130Business Systems Analysis and Design ( T) 233
IT 101.NET Programming 1 ( B) 233
IT 111Database Design and SQL 1 ( T) 233
Semester 3  
IT 210System Design and Implementation ( T) 233
MAT 132Statistics 2 ( T) 223
HIT 210Healthcare Reimbursement ( T) 303
IT 112Database Design and SQL 2 ( T) 233
Semester 4  
COMM 1XX Communications Elective (B)  303
HIT 225Data Mining ( T) 303
HIT 220Health Information Technology in the Continuum of Care ( T) 303
MCH 104Comprehensive Medical Terminology ( T) 303
HIT XXX Health Information Technology Experiential Education Elective (T)  071
Semester 5  
PSY 1XX Psychology Elective (G)  303
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective (G)  303
BPA 290Business Programming and Systems Analysis Capstone ( T) 334
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)  303
Total Credits:  533263

Electives 

First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3
Communication Elective
COMM 105Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 110Public Speaking3
Health Information Technology Experiential Education Elective
HIT 191Part-time Co-op 1: HIT1
HIT 192Part-time Co-op 2: HIT1
HIT 291Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Health Information Technology2
HIT 292Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Health Information Technology2
HIT 294Internship: Health Information Technology1
Psychology Elective
PSY 100Applied Psychology: Human Relations3
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology3
Arts/Humanities Elective
Any Transfer Module course from ART, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, THE, or COMM 1303
English Composition Elective
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication3
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication3

Healthcare Programming and Analysis Major (HITPA)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
HIT 100Language and Culture of Healthcare ( B) 303
IT 100Computer Programming Foundations ( B) 233
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
MAT 1XX Mathematics Elective (G)  223
Semester 2  
HIT 105Information Technology Systems in Healthcare ( B) 303
IT 101.NET Programming 1 ( B) 233
IT 111Database Design and SQL 1 ( B) 233
BPA 130Business Systems Analysis and Design ( T) 233
Semester 3  
HIT 210Healthcare Reimbursement ( T) 303
IT 102.NET Programming 2 ( T) 233
MCH 104Comprehensive Medical Terminology ( T) 303
ENG 1XX English Composition Elective (G)  303
Semester 4  
HIT 215Healthcare Programming ( T) 303
IT 210System Design and Implementation ( T) 233
HIT XXX Health Information Technology Experiential EducationElective (T)  071
IT 161Java Programming 1 ( T) 233
IT 110HTML with CSS and JavaScript ( T) 233
Semester 5  
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective (G)  303
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology ( G) 303
BPA 290Business Programming and Systems Analysis Capstone ( T) 334
IT XXX Information Technology Elective (T)  233
Total Credits:  513963

Electives 

First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3
Mathematics Elective
MAT 115Pre-Statistics3
MAT 125Algebra and Trigonometry4
MAT 131Statistics 13
MAT 151College Algebra4
English Composition Elective
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication3
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication3
Health Information Technology Experiential Education Elective
HIT 191Part-time Co-op 1: HIT1
HIT 192Part-time Co-op 2: HIT1
HIT 291Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Health Information Technology2
HIT 292Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Health Information Technology2
HIT 294Internship: Health Information Technology1
Arts/Humanities Elective
Any Transfer Module course from ART, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, THE, or COMM 130
Information Technology Elective *
IT 140PHP and MySQL4
IT 112Database Design and SQL 23
IT 220Emerging Topics in Computer Software Development3
HIT 220Health Information Technology in the Continuum of Care3
BPA 230Mobile Application Development4
*

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HIT Courses

HIT 100 Language and Culture of Healthcare
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on key elements of the U.S. healthcare system. Topics include: basic operations; in-patient, ambulatory, and mental health services; government influence on healthcare delivery; roles of healthcare professionals; and legal and ethical aspects of healthcare.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 or appropriate placement test score
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HIT 105 Information Technology Systems in Healthcare
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on the use and value of information system technology in healthcare settings. Topics include: choosing and implementing health IT systems, clinical care delivery, and tracking and reporting healthcare delivery outcomes.
Prerequisites: HIT 100
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HIT 191 Part-time Co-op 1: HIT
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their first part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: HIT 100 (minimum grade C)
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Instructor Consent Required

HIT 192 Part-time Co-op 2: HIT
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their second part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: HIT 191
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Instructor Consent Required

HIT 198 First Year Special Topics in Health Information Technology
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Health Information Technology, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: None
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HIT 199 First Year Independent Project in Health Information Technology
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Health Information Technology that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Health Information Technology faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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HIT 210 Healthcare Reimbursement
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on the history and use of healthcare reimbursement systems. Topics include: current structure and future directions for private and public healthcare reimbursement systems, and the computer systems and business processes involved in healthcare reimbursement.
Prerequisites: HIT 105
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HIT 215 Healthcare Programming
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on basic theory of healthcare information system integration. Topics include: designing, coding, implementing and supporting HL7 transactions, and the value of health information system integration within an organization and across disparate organizations.
Prerequisites: HIT 105
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HIT 220 Health Information Technology in the Continuum of Care
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on health information systems in non-hospital healthcare settings. Topics include: integrating and exchanging patient information across care settings, using health information to improve patient care and public health outcomes, and protecting health information security and integrity.
Prerequisites: HIT 105
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HIT 225 Data Mining
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on concepts and techniques of data mining, the computer-assisted process of evaluating sets of data to find previously undiscovered patterns, draw conclusions, and make decisions based on those patterns.
Prerequisites: IT 112, MAT 131
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HIT 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Health Information Technology
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their first full-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: HIT 105, IT 111, BPA 130, CIT 190 (minimum grade C for all)
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HIT 292 Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Health Information Technology
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their second full-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: HIT 291
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HIT 294 Internship: Health Information Technology
1 Credit. 0 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students participate in an unpaid field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow applicable policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: IT 111 and HIT 210 and IT 101
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HIT 298 Second Year Special Topics in Health Information Technology
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Health Information Technology, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: None
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HIT 299 Second Year Independent Project in Health Information Technology
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Health Information Technology that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Health Information Technology faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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IT Courses

IT 100 Computer Programming Foundations
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on fundamental concepts related to programming. Topics include: problem solving and developmental tools, design techniques such as flow charting and pseudo coding, and testing techniques used in programming.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092 or appropriate placement test scores
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IT 101 .NET Programming 1
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

An introduction to concepts of object-oriented software development using Visual Basic .NET. Topics include: application design methods, stages of software development, interaction with the .NET framework, and modular programming concepts utilizing procedures and functions.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092, or equivalent placement test scores
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IT 102 .NET Programming 2
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A continuation of IT 101. Topics include: object-oriented design and implementation using the .NET framework, developing class modules, and accessing and writing to external data storage and databases using ADO.NET and SQL.
Prerequisites: IT 101
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IT 103 .NET Programming 3
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A continuation of IT 102. Topics include: creating, debugging, and maintaining web-based database applications using the .NET framework.
Prerequisites: IT 102 and IT 111
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IT 105 Information Technology Concepts
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on information technology fundamentals. Topics include: the internet, software, hardware, input/output (I/O) and storage, operating systems, communications and networks, database management, security, system development, programming, enterprise computing, and numbering systems. The course is delivered through online instruction only.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092, or appropriate placement test scores
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IT 110 HTML with CSS and JavaScript
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on internet programming using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Topics include: HTML commands, cascading style sheets, JavaScript commands, web applications (apps), and dynamic web pages.
Prerequisites: None
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IT 111 Database Design and SQL 1
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on fundamentals of relational database design and implementation using Microsoft SQL Server. Topics include: SQL Enterprise Manager, fundamentals of database design and normalization, data import and export, Structured Query Language (SQL), indexes and keys, views, and stored procedures.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092, or appropriate placement test scores
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IT 112 Database Design and SQL 2
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A continuation of IT 111. Topics include: advanced stored procedures using transact SQL, user defined functions, triggers, user defined data types, full text searching, replication, database maintenance plans, and designing data models from abstract requirements.
Prerequisites: IT 111 (minimum grade C)
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IT 115 Operating Systems Administration 1
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on the Windows operating system used on PCs. Topics include Windows utilization and management, utilities, managing disks, disaster recovery, troubleshooting, user management, productivity tools, and performance issues. This course prepares students for a Microsoft Certification exam.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 or appropriate placement test score
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IT 116 Operating Systems Administration 2
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A continuation of IT 115. Topics include: managing software problems; managing virtualization; and client configuration, development, deployment, and security. This course prepares students for a Microsoft Certification exam.
Prerequisites: IT 115
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IT 140 PHP and MySQL
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course in PHP web programming with a MySQL database. Topics include: PHP language, syntax, variables, and forms; MySQL database design; connecting to a MySQL database using PHP; inserting, editing, and deleting MySQL data using PHP; and building dynamic web pages using PHP and MySQL.
Prerequisites: Take IT 101, IT 110 and IT 111 (minimum grade of C for all)
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IT 150 Logistics and Distribution Technology
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on technologies and software used in supply chain management for freight, air, and maritime logistics operations. Topics include: barcodes, RFID, Wi-Fi tags, logistics and inventory software, high frequency tracking, and passive/active tracking.
Prerequisites: SCM 105
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IT 161 Java Programming 1
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on fundamentals of the Java programming language. Topics include: data types, variables, basic command line input/output, decisions, loops, procedures, string manipulation, arrays, object-oriented development, event programming, and database programming.
Prerequisites: IT 101
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IT 162 Java Programming 2
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A continuation of IT 161. Topics include: Java Server Pages (JSP) and complex database applications using Java and JSP.
Prerequisites: IT 161
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IT 210 System Design and Implementation
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on methodologies and techniques of the system development life cycle. Topics include: system design, project management for IT, system implementation, programming design, and system testing techniques.
Prerequisites: BPA 130
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IT 215 Scripting
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on task automation and configuration management using Microsoft PowerShell programming language. Topics include: modifying existing PowerShell scripts, and creating new scripts to automate common tasks.
Prerequisites: NETB 155
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IT 220 Emerging Topics in Computer Software Development
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on current topics related to Computer Software Development such as data reporting, XML, and other new concerns.
Prerequisites: IT 101, IT 110, IT 111
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Faculty

Program Chairs/Advisors

Professor Robert Nields, MBA
robert.nields@cincinnatistate.edu

Professor Cindy Kneip, RHIA
cindy.kneip@cincinnatistatee.edu