South Suburban College
South Suburban College

Health Information Technology Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


HIT 100 - Foundations of Health Information Technology (1, 2)

This course is intended for those individuals that are interested in applying to the Coding Specialist Certificate program. An overview of the coding specialist profession is provided with an emphasis on the day to day role, employment settings, salaries and opportunities, membership in professional organizations, program completion requirements, overview of the certification process and the process for maintaining the coding specialist credential (2 contact hours per week)

HIT 101 - Introduction to Medical Records (3, 4)

Prerequisite: Admission to the program, HIT 100, HIT 103, BIO 115 or BIO 185/186, ENG 101. Concurrent with HIT 105, HIT 108, HIT 117

This course introduces the student to the contents of the health record in paper - and electronic - based formats. The student will analyze, synthesize and evaluate the contents of the health record gaining a detailed understanding of documentation requirements, health care data sets, data monitoring and compliance reporting, data definitions, vocabularies, terminologies, nomenclatures, and dictionaries. The student will comprehend the difference between data and information, classification systems and nomenclatures, and primary and secondary data sources. Through hands-on experiences the student will gain a detailed understanding of health information specialty systems for release of information (ROI), coding, chart management, registries, etc. A $200.00 lab fee is charged in this course. This course requires two hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week.  Fee.

HIT 105 - Introduction to ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding (3, 4)

Prerequisite: Admission to the program, HIT 100, HIT 103, BIO 115 or BIO 185/186, ENG 101. Concurrent with HIT 101, HIT 108, HIT 117

The course introduces the theory, structure, and organization of the International classification of disease using ICD-10-CM/PCS. Emphasis is placed on the importance of body structure, procedures, application of coding principles and official guidelines for coding and reporting. The student is introduced to diagnosis related groups (DRGs) and will operate encoder and MS-DRG grouper software programs in the lab. This course requires two hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week (4 contact hours).

HIT 106 - Introduction to CPT/HCPCS Coding (3, 4)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of semester 1 courses, concurrent with HIT 107, HIT 114, HIT116

The course introduces coding and reporting diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the ambulatory care setting. Students will learn to read and interpret ambulatory health care documentation to code services and procedures using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) nomenclature. Students will code from workbooks, and non-acute care cases using CPT-4. Students will operate encoder and APC grouper software programs in the lab. This course requires two hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week (4 contact hours).

HIT 107 - Intermediate ICD-10-CM & CPT Coding (3, 3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the program, MAS 101, MDR 101, MDR 105, MDR 115, MDR 116 and MDR 210, concurrent with MDR 118

This course builds on coding principles using the ICD-10-CM and CPT coding systems. The student will apply coding theory by applying coding guidelines.

HIT 108 - Pathophysiology with Pharmacology (3, 3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the program, HIT 100, HIT 103, BIO 115 or BIO 185/186, ENG 101. Concurrent with HIT 101, HIT 105, HIT 117

The mechanism of disease and its effect on the human body will be studied, with emphasis on etiology, symptoms, signs, diagnostic findings, and treatment. Special topics in pharmacology will be introduced, including terminology, drug category, uses, side effects, contraindications, and interactions of each body system in relation to the most common diseases, and common dosage ranges and routes.

HIT 114 - Legal & Compliance Issues for Health Information Technology (3, 3)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of semester 1 courses, concurrent with HIT 106, HIT 107, HIT 116

This course focuses on the legal aspects of the health record, health information, and the health information department. It emphasizes the implications of legal aspects for the health information practitioner; gives an in-depth study of the confidentiality of health information as well as the standards, regulations, and laws that govern the release of health information. It also covers how to monitor and implement legal changes, liability issues, and the risk management function.

HIT 116 - Outpatient Billing & Reimbursement (3, 3)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of semester 1 courses, concurrent with HIT 106, HIT 114, HIT117

This course provides the student with the basics of filing insurance claim forms in an outpatient setting. Students are introduced to processing insurance claims, insurance terminology, reimbursement methodologies and completion/submission of the appropriate billing forms (3 contact hours). A $30.00 lab fee is charged in this course.  Fee.

HIT 117 - Inpatient Billing & Reimbursement (3, 3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the program, HIT 100, HIT 103, BIO 115 or BIO 185/186, ENG 101. Concurrent with HIT 101, HIT 105, HIT 108

This course provides the student with the basics of filing insurance claim forms in an inpatient setting. Students are introduced to billing systems for hospitals, nursing homes, surgical centers, and rehabilitation centers including completion/submission of the appropriate billing forms (3 contract hours). A $30.00 lab fee is charged in this course.  Fee.

HIT 118 - Clinical Coding Practicum (3, 5)

Prerequisite: Admission to the program, HIT 101, 105, 106, 107, 108, 114, 116, 117. Concurrent with HIT 119

This clinical coding practicum provides extensive hand-on experience with coding with 200 authentic health records from a variety of settings which include but are not limited to: ancillary services, physician office visits, emergency room vists, ambulatory surgery and inpatient services following official coding guidelines along. In addition, students will assign codes using the resources available in AHIMAs virtual lab software (3M and Quantim) in addition to any applicable APC or MS-DRG assignment. Students successfully completing this course are academically prepared for the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Based (CCS-P) exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). This course consists of 40 hours of hands-on experience. A grade of C of better is required to pass this course successfully. This course requires five hours of lab time per week (5 contact hours).  Fee.

HIT 119 - Coding Exam Review (3, 6)

Prerequisite: Completion of SSCs AHIMA approved Coding Specialist program, other AHIMA approved programs or completion of other coding training programs (e.g. AAPC Professional Medical Coding Curriculum program).

The course is designed to prepare students for the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Based (CCS-P) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Upon completion of this course participants will be registered for the exam of their choice (CCS-P or CPC only). The cost of the exam and membership is included with this course. (6 contract hours per week). A $450.00 lab fee is charged in this course, which covers the cost of one exam and membership with the professional organization.  Fee.

For more information, contact Lisa L. Campbell, Program Coordinator, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2204.

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