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Health Information Technology - Admission Criteria

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The applicant must:

  1. If you are not currently enrolled at SCC, complete an application to the college. Designate Health Information Technology AAS Degree (A45360) as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions to complete a change of major form if you wish to apply to the program.
  2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED).
  3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to assure that all necessary records are sent to the College’s Admissions Office.
  4. Have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale of the most recent academic transcript (high school or postsecondary).
  5. Meet the Southwestern Community College Placement requirements. This may be met by one of the following: 

a. High school GPA of 2.8 or higher within the past 10 years
b. High school GPA of 2.2-2.79 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after successful completion of ENG 111 and the corresponding corequisite. This is a required corequisite for the program.
c. High school GPA of below 2.2 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after completion of required transition English and math courses.
d. High school graduation prior to the past 10 years: student will be eligible for Phase II of the selective admission process after successful completion of the RISE placement test or the required transition English and math courses.

 

NOTES:

  1. Applicants should be able to demonstrate typing competence.
  2. Applicants are responsible for submitting all the necessary records to the College Registrar's Office.
  3. Applications must be updated annually by applicants who were not accepted the previous year.
  4. Applicants may take non Health Information Technology general education and related coursework prior to being accepted into the program.
  5. All students admitted into a health science program will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug testing prior to enrollment each academic year.  The results of these tests could affect the student’s ability to progress in the program.
  6. All students completing a health science program may be required, by an external testing agency, to submit to a criminal background check and/ or drug test prior to a state or national licensing/certification board approving the graduate to sit for licensure/certification exams.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE PREREQUISITES
A student must earn a final grade of “C” or better in the HIT and related courses to be able to progress in the program.

Also, prior to Professional Practice, the student must have completed SCC’s health forms by the appropriate medical personnel. These completed forms must indicate that the student is capable of meeting the health requirements of the program. Students must also purchase liability insurance through SCC’s Business Office.

Due to limited Professional Practice slots, the program is limited on the number of students that can participate in these courses. If there are more students ready to enter Professional Practice than there are clinical slots, then selection will be based on objective criteria, including GPA and progression in the program.

 

ACCREDITATION - The Health Information Technology AAS program, accreditor of Southwestern Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Associate degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2027. All inquiries about the program's accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100 | Chicago, IL 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

2020

100% of students in the class of 2020 successfully completed the program and graduated.

100% of the students in the class of 2020 sitting for the RHIT exam successfully earned their credential.

100% of students in the class of 2020 indicated satisfaction with the HIT program on the graduate survey.

100% of students from the 2020 class applying to HIM Bachelor degree programs had transfer credits accepted.

 

2019

Employers surveyed in 2019 reported 100% satisfaction with recent graduates.

100% of students in the class of 2019 successfully completed the program and graduated.

100% of students from the 2019 class applying to HIM Bachelor degree programs had transfer credits accepted.

80% of students sitting for the RHIT exam in 2019 passed.  

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