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Frequently Asked Questions

Sunday, October 24, 2021

UA-PTC Student

1. How long is the program?

Approximately two years; exactly eight semesters, and this is year round (includes going in the summers)

2. How many students are in each class?

We accept 25 students per semester, so each class year has about 75 students.

3. Can out of state students apply and be accepted?

Yes, as long as their state is a member of the SARA agreement and there is a proctor agreeable for this student in a neutral environment, such as a hospital or community library, etc.

4. Can I work while going through the HIT Program?

Yes, students may work while completing the HIT program. The program is offered on a full-time and part-time basis to meet the needs of our students. Most courses in the program are online, with the exception of the required clinical rotations.

5. What hours will be in attendance at school while enrolled in the HIT Program?

All HIMT courses are taught online with the exception of the required clinical rotations.

6. What is the deadline for admission applications?

July 1 for fall admission, April 1 for summer, and December 1 for spring.

7. When do classes begin?

Students are admitted three times a year, in the spring, summer extended, and fall. The first day of class is the same first day for the academic term.

8. 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 (the actual number of students accepted each semester and year vary due to other factors, such as a new class, attrition, etc).

9. Should I send a college transcript for all college coursework?

Yes, it is a requirement for admission.

10. Is financial aid available?

Yes. Interested individuals may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid or call (501) 812-2289 for information concerning available grants, loans, and scholarships.

11. Is experience as a Medical Coder helpful?

Yes. Familiarity with the hospital/clinical setting and terminology is helpful, but not required.

12. Do I have to have every prerequisite course completed before I can apply for admission?

Yes, starting Fall 2021 applicants applying to the HIT program must have completed all of the general education prerequisite courses. If applying before Fall 2021, students may be accepted to the program but must complete all general education prerequisites before starting on HIMT courses.

13. If I'm past the traditional college age, am I too old to enter into the HIT program?

Certainly not. Student ages in the program range from 19-65. Most of our students are considered "non-traditional."

14. Are Health Information Technologists at risk for infectious diseases?

Health information professionals are at no greater risk than any other individual within a medical facility. There is an expectation of limited to no direct patient contact.