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Gail Winkler
Director and Associate Professor of Health Information Technology Program
423-585-6990

Sarah J. Shrader
Associate Professor, Health Information Technology
423-318-2364

Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology Department

The Health Information Technology Program is a two year associate of applied science degree designed to prepare individuals to manage and code the medical information obtained in medical records, organize the coded information from the medical records for reimbursement purposes, abstract other data to meet administrative and governmental requirements, and manage medical and legal inquires for medical record information. Employment of individuals with these skills is essential for healthcare providers whether the provider is a hospital, clinic, physician's office, nursing home, or other healthcare agency. Graduates of this program will be prepared for a variety of positions in the health information services market, such as technicians, supervisors, coordinators, assistant directors, and directors. The program is designed to offer a wide variety of learning experiences including classroom lecture, use of computers, and software designed for health information technology, and professional practice experience in various medical settings.

HIT Program Outcomes | Walters State Community College

RHIT Certification Exam Outcomes
Time Period AHIMA National
Mean Pass Rate
WSCC HIT Program
Pass Rate
2011-2012 75% 58%
2010-2011 75% 85%
2009-2010 79% 100%
2008-2009 86% 100%
WSCC HIT Program Graduate Survey Outcomes
Time Period Graduate Satisfaction Rate
2011-2012 85.7%
2010-2011 100%
2009-2010 100%
2008-2009 50%
WSCC HIT Program Employer Satisfaction Survey Outcomes
Time Period Employer Satisfaction Rate
2011-2012 100%
2010-2011 100%
2009-2010 100%
2008-2009 No surveys returned

A.A.S. in Health Information Technology Curriculum and Admission Requirements

Medical Coding Technical Certificate

The Medical Coding Technical Certificate program prepares individuals to understand coding principles and guidelines, medical terminology, and regulatory changes for coding at entry-level competencies for coders in various healthcare settings.

Medical Coding Technical Certificate Curriculum and Admission Requirements
Gainful Employment Disclosure

Medical Insurance Specialist Technical Certificate

The Medical Insurance Specialist Technical Certificate program prepares individuals to follow billing procedures, basic coding, insurance guidelines, medical terminology, and regulatory changes for insurance billing at entry-level competencies for insurance billers in various healthcare settings. Employment of individuals with these skills is essential for healthcare providers, whether the provider is a physician, clinic, hospital or nursing home. A concentrated amount of time is dedicated to those skills to provide the students with optimal knowledge and skill to function in the marketplace. The program is designed to offer a wide variety of learning experiences including classroom lecture, computerized software and clinical practicum.

Medical Insurance Specialist Technical Certificate Curriculum and Admission Requirements
Gainful Employment Disclosure

Healthcare Documentation Specialist Technical Certificate

The Healthcare Documentation Specialist Technical Certificate program prepares individuals who meet entry-level competencies for healthcare documentation specialists in various healthcare settings to understand medical concepts, medical terminology, and accurately transcribe medical reports.

Numerous career opportunities exist in hospitals, physician's offices, clinics, home health agencies and transcription services. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the American Association for Medical Transcription certification examination.

Healthcare Documentation Specialist Technical Certificate Curriculum and Admission Requirements
Gainful Employment Disclosure

Admission Retention and Graduation Requirements

Any student desiring to pursue an associate of applied science degree in Health Information Technology must:

  1. Apply, meet admission requirements and be accepted by WSCC.
  2. Indicate Health Information Technology as the desired major on WSCC Application form.
  3. See an advisor from the Health Information Programs department or division of Health Programs and obtain clearance to register.
  4. Complete all required developmental education courses prior to making application for the Health Information Technology program.
  5. In addition, admission into an allied health program requires the following: (a) a completed physical health form; (b) evidence of malpractice liability insurance; (c) a signed and dated acknowledgement of the Drug/Alcohol Abuse Policy and Consent forms. The physical health form, malpractice insurance, and Tennessee Professional Assistance fees are at the student's expense.
  6. Each student enrolled in the Health Information Technology program will be monitored, advised and counseled. Students' grades will be evaluated at the end of each semester by the director of the program. A student must maintain the following standards or be dismissed from the program: (a) a grade of "C" or better in each course; (b) complete designated prerequisite/corequisite courses.
  7. Program graduation requirements include the successful completion of the courses listed below with a minimum grade of "C" in each course.
  8. Successful completion of BIOL 2010/2011 and BIOL 2020/21 with a grade of "C" or better is a prerequisite to HITC 2050/HITC 2060.

Frequently Asked Questions concerning this program:

  • Beginning salary ranges from $20,000 - $30,000 annually.
  • Pay is better in larger cities such as Knoxville and Johnson City than in the more rural areas.
  • Students will be qualified for supervisory positions in Health Information Management departments in hospitals and supervisory positions in physician office settings.
  • If students have further questions about the profession, pay, etc. refer to www.hicareers.com

Estimated Expenses

Textbooks | $400-500 per semester

Professional Liability Insurance | $40