Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the program?
- Approximately two years; eight semesters.
How many students are in each class?
- We accept 20 students in the fall and 12 in the spring, so each class year has about 25 students.
When can I come for a tour of the campus?
- Anytime. Just call ahead at (501) 296-1059 so we can schedule an interview with our Coding Instructors and/or the Chairman for any questions you might have.
Can I work while going through the HIT Program?
- Most of our students are full-time employees, and our program is on a part-time basis.
What hours will be in attendance at school while enrolled in the HIT Program?
- All classes are online, except when a guest speaker is scheduled for a particular class, and since most of our guest speakers come after their own work schedule; those classes will be held in the evening.
What is the deadline for admission applications?
- June 1 for fall admission, December 1 for spring.
When do classes begin?
- Students are admitted twice a year, in the fall and spring, so classes begin in August and January.
Is it “hard” to get accepted into the program?
- Admission to the program is competitive with the advantage going to those students with higher cumulative and prerequisite GPAs.
Should I send a college transcript for all college coursework?
- Yes, it is a requirement for admission.
Is financial aid available?
- Yes. Interested individuals may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (telephone 501-686-5451) for information concerning available grants, loans and scholarships.
Is experience as a Medical Coder helpful?
- Yes. Familiarity with the hospital/clinical setting and terminology is helpful, but not required.
Do I have to have every prerequisite course completed before I can apply for admission?
- The only prerequisite course needed is the Introduction to Computers course.
If I am past the traditional college age, am I too old to enter into the HIM Program?
- Certainly not. Student ages in the program range from 19 to 55. Most of our students are considered “non-traditional”.
Are Health Information Technologists at risk for infectious diseases?
- HITs are at no greater risk than anybody else that ever walked into a hospital. There is no direct patient contact.