Health Information Technology

Medical Coding and Medical Transcription

The HIT programs at SouthArk consist of a one-semester certificate of proficiency in medical coding and or a one-semester certificate of proficiency in medical transcription. Additionally, the college offers one-year technical certificates in these areas. The programs will prepare individuals for diagnostic and procedural coding positions and/or medical transcription positions in hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, home care agencies, managed care organizations, and surgical centers. Both programs consist of classroom instruction on campus and clinical instruction in clinic and hospital settings in the surrounding area.

Technical Certificate - Medical Coding

FALL SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM.HR.
BIOL 2064/L Human Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab 4
HIT 1003 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 1153 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HIT2073 Basic Medical Coding I 3
HIT 2081 Laboratory Practice in Coding 1
HIT 2803 Introduction to Medical Science 3
Semester Total 17
 
Following successful completion of the 17 semester credit hours of the fall semester, students will earn the certificate of proficiency in medical coding.
 
SPRING SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM.HR.
CSCI 1003 Computers and Information Processing 3
BIOL 2074/L Human Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 4
HIT 2173 Reimbursement Methodology 3
HIT 2183 Advanced Medical Coding II 3
HIT 2262 Medical Ethics and Law 2
HIT 2191 Practice Coding II 1
Semester Total 16
 
SUMMER TERM
COURSE   SEM.HR.
HIT 2773 Medical Coding Practicum 3
 
Total Program Credits 36

Technical Certificate - Medical Transcription

MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION
Technical Certificate
34 credit hour program. The curriculum at South Arkansas Community College is based on the guidelines provided by the American Association for Medical Transcription Model Curriculum for Medical Transcription. After completing the program students should be prepared to sit for and successfully complete the Registered Medical Transcriptionist exam with the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity.
 
FALL SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM.HR.
BIOL 2064/L Human Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab 4
HIT 1003 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 1153 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HIT 2144 Basic Medical Transcription / Lab 4
HIT 2803 Introduction to Medical Science  
Semester Total 17
 
Following successful completion of the 17 semester credit hours of the fall semester,students will earn the certificate of proficiency in medical transcription.
 
SPRING SEMESTER
COURSE    
BIOL 2074/L Human Anatomy and Physicology II / Lab 4
CSCI 2143 Microcomputer: Business Applications 3
ENG 1113 Composition I 3
HIT 2154 Advanced Medical Transcription / Lab 4
Semester Total 14
 
SUMMER TERM
COURSE   SEM. HR.
HIT 2783 Medial Transcription Practicum 3
Semester Total 3
 
Total Program Credits 34

Basic Studies Requirements:

Reading - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 41 or above (or) COMPASS 82 or above (or) complete BSTD 0113 Reading Skills II. Students testing into basic studies
reading are required to take the Nelson-Denny reading test for placement into the appropriate reading class.

Writing - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 42 or above (or) COMPASS 75 or above (or) complete BSTD 0213 Fundamentals of Writing II.

Math - ACT 16 or above (or) ASSET Elementary Algebra Skills 39 or above (or) COMPASS 50 or above (or) complete BSTD 0413 Elementary Algebra.

SAS - A course required for all first-time, full-time degree-seeking students and students who test into two or more basic studies courses.

ALL courses in the program MUST be completed with a minimum grade of “C.”

 

If you are interested in further information regarding these programs, contact:

Debra Moring, Program Director
South Arkansas Community College
300 South West Avenue, El Dorado AR 71730
Phone (870) 862-8131 extension 165 Fax (870) 864-7140

Statistics

Year
Accept
#
Grads
%
Retained
#
Taking
Exam
Pass 
1st
Time
Pass
Later
#
Not 
Pass
%
Pass
Natl.
Avg.
Pass

Rate
2004-05

9

6

67

2

2

0

0

100

NA

2005-06

16

15

94

3

3

0

0

100

NA

2006-07

21

18

86

4

4

0

0

100

NA

2007-08

15

11

73









75 

NA 

2008-09

14

8

57

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009-10 

 
11
 
6
 
55
 

 

 

 

 

 
2010-11 14 12 86            
2011-12                  

Application Process

There is no application process. To register for courses or obtain information about the HIT Program please contact Mrs. Debra Moring, Program Director, Health Science Center, Office #374, (870) 864-7165 or SouthArk's Health and Natural Science Career Advisor, HSC Room 217, (870) 875-7207.

 

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Outcomes

Medical Coding Program
Student Learner Outcomes (SLOs)

Graduates of South Arkansas Community College, the Division of Health and Natural Sciences, and the Medical Coding degree program should exhibit the ability to perform each of the following:

Medical Coding(Certificate of
Proficiency,
Technical Certificate

Medical
Coding I
HIT 2073
Practice
Coding
HIT 2081
Reimbursement
Methods
HIT 2173
Medical
Coding II
HIT 2183
Practice
Coding II
HIT 2191
Medical
Ethics
and Law
HIT 2262
Medical
Coding
Pract.
HIT 2773
Learner Outcomes              
1. Conduct qualitative analysis to assure that documentation in the health record supports the diagnosis and reflects the progress, clinical findings, and discharge status of the patient.              
2. Request patient-specific information from other sources.              
3. Perform quantitative analysis of health records to evaluate compliance with regulations and standards.              
4. Ensure facility-wide adherence to health information services’ regulatory requirements (e.g.,, HCFGA Compliance Plan, Correct Coding Initiative).              
5. Assign diagnosis/procedure codes using ICD-9-CM and CPT/HCPCS.              
6. Validate coding accuracy using clinical information found in the health record.              
7. Validate reimbursement classification system assignments.              
8. Collect the data necessary to assign patients to severity of illness categories.              
9. Analyze the facility’s patient case mix and payment rates to assure accurate/appropriate reimbursement.              
10. Protect data integrity and validity using software or hardware technology.              

 

Medical Transcription Program
Student Learner Outcomes (SLOs)

Graduates of South Arkansas Community College, the Division of Health and Natural Sciences, and the Medical Transcription degree program should exhibit the ability to perform each of the following:

Medical Transcription(Certificate of
Proficiency,
Technical Certificate

Medical
Terminology
HIT 1003
Basic
Medical
Transcription
HIT 2144
Adv. Med.
Transcription
HIT 2154
Health
Care
Deliv
Systems
HIT 1153
Medical
Transcription
Pract.
HIT 2783
Intro
Medical
Science
HIT 2803
Learner Outcomes            
1. Demonstrate correct English usage, applying rules of proper grammar, punctuation, and style and using correct spelling and logical sentence structure.            
2. Appropriately use related references and other resources for research and practice.            
3. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and medical word research techniques.            
4. Demonstrate a general knowledge of word processing, computers, dictation and transcription equipment, and related technologies.            
5. Apply understanding of the content, purpose, and legal aspects of health records.            
6. Demonstrate professionalism and ethical conduct in the workplace.            

Application Deadlines

To apply for admission to a HNS Professional Program, applicants must have completed:

  • all basic studies requirements,
  • all prerequisite classes (or be currently enrolled in) as specified in the SouthArk catalog for each professional program.

See SouthArk catalog for specifics regarding each program's requirements and/or consult program advisor.

Program

Class Begins

Application Deadline

LPN – Spring Days and Warren

January, 2015
Spring Semester

September 25, 2014
By 5:00 p.m.

LPN -Evenings

January, 2016
Fall Semester

TBA

RN

January, 2015
Spring Semester

  August 31, 2014

Surgical Technology

Fall Semester
2014

Currently Accepting Apps until filled

OTA

Summer Semester
2015

April 01, 2015

PTA

Summer Semester
2015

March 1, 2015

Radiologic Technology

Fall Semester
2015

 March 30, 2015

EMT

  Fall & Spring
Semester

 No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Paramedic

August, 2013
Fall Semester

 Applications Due
 July 18, 2014

CNA

 CNA Classes offered each Semester
Fall/Spring/Summer

 Applications Available 
until filled 

Respiratory Therapy

Summer
2015

TBA

Coding - HIT

August, 2014

No Application Process –
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Transcription - HIT

August, 2014

No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled

MLS

Fall Semester
2014

Applications Available until filled

Phlebotomy/EKG

Fall Semster
2014

Applications Available until filled

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