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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.