General Information about Health Information Technology Services (HIT) at WNCC

 

The programs in Health Information Technology Services are designed to prepare the student to enter the health information field with a diploma, or Associate of Applied Science Degree.  Students receiving a diploma will be prepared to work in entry-level positions as a coding specialist in a variety of health care settings.  Those receiving an Associate of Applied Science degree will be able to work in a variety of entry-level positions.

The Associate of Applied Science degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  Students graduating from the program are eligible to take the national qualifying examination for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

Western Nebraska Community College has an articulation agreement with Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte and McCook, Nebraska to offer HIT courses to Mid-Plains Community College students utilizing online courses.  Courses are available entirely online to WNCC and Mid-Plains, with part- or full-time options.

Students can transfer in completed coursework from an accredited institution.  Up to 12 hours of experiential learning credit can also be given with supporting documentation of work experience when appropriate.

Students utilize the Virtual Lab thorough the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) as an adjunct to their coursework.  The Virtual Lab is available to students 24/7 to complete assignments as assigned by their instructors.

The 2014 Annual Program Assessment Report showed a 100% pass rate for graduates of the Associate Degree program who took the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) national board examination.