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Mission Statement

The mission of the Health Sciences Division is to provide students with didactic education and practical experiences necessary to create a solid foundation for graduates to qualify as contributing members of their chosen profession.

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Description of Programs
To apply to NPCC's Health Sciences program, you can submit an application via email or U.S. Postal Service.

Applications for the Health Information Technology program are accepted from September 1st until October 20th for spring admission. Please contact Debby Hunt at 501-760-4182 or at dehunt@npcc.edu for more information.

Program Goals

  1. Faculty will demonstrate current knowledge, skills, qualifications, and professional development in the content areas they teach.
  2. Program graduates will demonstrate the HIM entry-level competencies.
  3. The HIM curriculum will include, at minimum, the required knowledge clusters with content and experiences to enable students to meet current entry-level competencies.
  4. The HIM program will demonstrate responsiveness to the needs of the community (ies) of interest.

Health Information Technology (A.A.S.) (66 SSCH)
HIT Brochure

A health information technician performs a variety of functions including: organizing, analyzing and technically evaluating health information; compiling various administrative and health statistics; and coding diseases, operations, procedures and other therapies. They also maintain and use a variety of health information indexes, special registries and storage and retrieval systems; input and retrieve computerized health data; and control the use and release of health information. Graduates are eligible to take a national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

MEDIAN LOAN AMOUNT
$9772.50
The above Median Loan Amount represents the median amount of loans incurred by students who have completed this degree/program.

View Degree Plan for HIT A.A.S. Degree

Applications for the Professional Medical Coding courses are accepted from February 1st until March 20th for fall admission. Please contact Debby Hunt at 501-760-4182 or at dehunt@npcc.edu for more information.

PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL CODING (TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE) (35 SSCH)coding approval
Click here for the HIT Medical Coding Brochure

View Degree Plan for Medical Coding Certificate

Medical coding is the transformation of verbal descriptions of diseases and procedures into alphanumeric codes. The coding of health-related data permits access to medical records by diagnoses and procedures for use in clinical care research and education. Accurate coding is also required for reimbursement from Medicare and other insurance plans. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam to be a Certified Coding Associate.

 

The National Park Community College Medical Coding Program is approved by the AHIMA Foundation’s Professional Certificate Approval Program.  This designation acknowledges the coding program as having been evaluated by a peer review process against a national minimum set of standards for entry-level coding professionals.  This process allows academic institutions, healthcare organizations, and private companies to be acknowledged as offering an approved coding certificate program.

The AHIMA Foundation’s Professional Certificate Approval Program designation:

a. Identifies specialized programs that meet established coding educational standards

b. Stimulates improvement of educational standards through faculty development opportunities, and by involving faculty and staff in program evaluation and planning

c. Promotes a better understanding of the goals of professional coding education

d. Provides reasonable assurance that practitioners possess the necessary job skills upon entry into the profession.

NPCC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org or (800) 621-7440. The HIT Associate of Applied Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

If you have questions about this program, please contact Debby Hunt at 501-760-4182.

MEDIAN LOAN AMOUNT
$9,500.00
The above Median Loan Amount represents the median amount of loans incurred by students who have completed this degree/program.
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Health Informatics (Certificate of Proficiency) (17 SSCH)
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Job description
Workers in this role will:
• Apply project management and change management principles to create implementation project plans to achieve the project goals.
• Interact with office/hospital personnel to ensure open communication with the support team.
• Lead implementation teams consisting of workers in the roles described above.
• Manage vendor relations, providing feedback to health IT vendors for product improvement.
Skills and personality traits
Workers in this role provide on‐site management of mobile adoption support teams for the period of time before and during implementation of health IT systems in clinical and public health settings.
Workers in this role will, prior to training, have experience in health and/or IT environments as well as administrative and managerial experience.

Electronic Health Record Management (Certificate of Proficiency) (18 SSCH)
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Job Description
Workers in this role will:
• Conduct user requirements analysis to facilitate workflow design.
• Integrate information technology functions into workflow.
• Document health information exchange needs.
• Design processes and information flows that accommodate quality improvement and reporting.
• Work with provider personnel to implement revised workflows.
• Evaluate process workflows to validate or improve practice's systems.
Skills and personality traits
Workers in this role assist in reorganizing the work of a provider to take full advantage of the features of health IT in pursuit of meaningful use of health IT to improve health and care. Individuals in this role may have backgrounds in health care (for example, as a practice administrator) or in information technology, but are not licensed clinical professionals.