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OFFICE: Cluster A, Room 2023, 516.572.7288 ext. 0

CHAIRPERSON:
Noreen Lowey, Noreen.Lowey@ncc.edu

FACULTY:
L. Bergin, M. Curry, S. Goldson, K. Tamburello

TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS:
J. Madsen, D. Rabbene - Cluster A, Room A115

COURSES OFFERED: Administrative Business Technology (ABT) and Health Information Technology (HIT)

The Administrative Business Technology/Health Information Technology Department provides students with the opportunity to acquire the skills and competencies necessary to use computers for professional and personal use; and to obtain employment in an administrative support technology, legal, or medical office environment.

Using state-of-the-art computers and various software applications, students develop expertise in word processing, desktop publishing, web page formatting, e-commerce, and business presentations. Emphasis is placed on administrative support technology, legal, and medical office procedures. In addition, students who wish to continue their education are able to transfer some or all of their credits to four-year institutions. Courses in Health Information Technology (HIT) train workers to become qualified medical coders. Medical coding (or clinical coding) specialists review and analyze health records to identify relevant diagnoses and procedures.

Each semester students meet on an individual basis with a faculty advisor. This advisement process allows students to become familiar with the specific requirements of their chosen program of study and provides them with an opportunity to review their academic progress and career options.

Along with the career-specific programs listed below, the Administrative Business Technology/Health Information Technology Department offers the following courses to the general public:
ABT 100 Fundamentals of Keyboarding,
ABT 102 College Keyboarding,
ABT 109 Word Processing Applications I,
ABT 110 Integrated Software I,
ABT 113 Word Processing Basics,
ABT 114 Presentation Software Basics,
ABT 115 Spreadsheet Basics,
ABT 116 Database Basics,
ABT 119 Integrated Software II,
ABT 120 Office Technology Desktop Publishing, 
ABT 127 Legal Office Procedures I,
ABT 128 Legal Office Procedures II,
ABT 230 Web Page Formatting,
ABT 235 E-Commerce for Office Professionals,
ABT 244 Business Writing,
ABT 245 Administrative Management,
HIT 151 Medical Terminology,
HIT 154 Computer Software Applications in Health Care, and
HIT 250 Health Care Data Structures and Delivery Systems.

The following curricula are offered by this Department:

Administrative Business Technology/Health Information Technology-Admin Support (A.A.S.)
Administrative Business Technology/Health Information Technology-Admin Support (Cert.)
This curriculum provides students with a broad conceptual framework in office automation and information systems combined with a strong learning experience in communication skills, keyboarding, management, and computer applications. This program includes an up-to-date curriculum that incorporates word processing, spreadsheets, database applications, desktop publishing, web page formatting, and e-commerce. During the final semester, all students participate in an internship program.

Administrative Business Technology/Health Information Technology-Legal (A.A.S.)
Administrative Business Technology/Health Information Technology-Legal (Cert.)
The legal option offers students the opportunity to learn skills in keyboarding, word processing, and legal procedures. The legal curriculum concentrates on the areas of civil litigation, wills and probates, and real estate. In addition, students will learn about the Federal and New York Court Systems. Graduates are qualified to work in law firms, which are engaged in general or specialized practice or in legal departments of large corporations, civil service, insurance companies, law publishers, or the courts. During the final semester, all students participate in a legal internship program. Students intern in law firms, the Nassau County District Attorney's office, the Probation Department, or in the Courts.

Administrative Business Technology/Health Information Technology-Medical (A.A.S.)
Administrative Business Technology/Health Information Technology-Medical (Cert.)
The medical curriculum offers students the opportunity to acquire skills necessary to seek employment in doctors' offices, hospitals, research institutions, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and other health facilities. Students take courses in medical terminology, medical transcription, medical coding, medical billing, and medical office procedures. During the final semester, all students participate in a medical internship program. They intern in doctors' offices, hospitals, research institutions, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and other health facilities.

Health Information Technology (A.A.S.)
The AAS degree in HIT is designed to prepare students, through coursework and internships, for employment as health information technicians. Health Information technicians organize and manage health information data. They ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems. They use various computer applications to assemble, analyze and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment records.
The Associate Degree Health Information Management Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Health Information Technology (Cert.)
The HIT Certificate is an AHIMA-approved coding program. The Health Information Technology (HIT) Medical Coding certificate is designed for individuals who are interested in working in the field of medical coding. Instruction includes courses in medical terminology, CPT coding, ICD coding, computer software applications in healthcare, reimbursement methodologies, healthcare data structure and delivery systems, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. During the final semester, students participate in a medical coding Intership program. They intern in hospitals, physicians' offices, ambulatory care centers, and other healthcare facilities. Successful completion of the certificate prepares students to sit for the entry level national coding certification exam CCA (Certified Coding Associate) and provides the educational coursework required for the mastery coding certification exams CCS (Certified Coding Specialist) and CCS-P (Certified Coding Specialist-Physician based).

Most of these credits may be applied toward a degree in Health Information Technology; students are also eligible to go directly into the workforce.

Reinforcement Learning Center
The Reinforcement Learning Center (Cluster A, Room 115) facility is open Monday through Saturday and is staffed by technical assistants who offer reinforcement for all subjects taught in the Administrative Business Technology/Health Information Technology Department.

Students in need of assistance in various software programs or who wish to reinforce skills are encouraged to use the Reinforcement Learning Center.