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HIT 275 HIT Practicum

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When should I start the process of lining up a site for my practicum?
Once registered for HIT 275, the instructor will email you to ask for 3-5 potential sites in your area. The email will be sent in December for the spring semester and in July for the fall semester.

2. How do I identify potential sites?
Determine acute care hospital sites that are close to you and begin contacting the HIM Director or Manager to introduce yourself and inquire as to the possibility of them hosting your practicum. The email sent by the instructor will include details regarding the practicum and documents that should be shared with the sites so that they can make a decision. If the site is able to host or considering hosting a practicum, let them know that the instructor will be contacting them. The student will send contact information regarding the site to the instructor. The contact information should include hospital name, address, HIM Director/Manager name, phone number and email address if possible.
HINT: If you had a positive experience with your HIT 101 department tour, you may want to consider that facility as a possible site.

3. Who do I contact at the site?
The student should first contact the HIM Director or Manager.

4. Is it okay to contact the practicum instructor in the semester prior to taking the class to get everything lined up?
Yes, that is fine. However, the instructor will be contacting all registered students in the prior semester or summer before the start of the semester.

5. Can I do the practicum at a facility where I currently work?
Students can complete the practicum at a facility where they work as long as they are not performing their daily function and are not being paid for the hours. For example, a coder could not do the coding portion of the HIT Degree Practicum at their facility.

6. Can work hours count toward practicum hours?
No.

7. How many hours must be completed at the facility?
The student is required to complete 140 hours for the practicum.  It can all be completed on site, however, if the student is having difficulty finding a site and/or the site is unable to provide the total hours, part of the practicum can be completed virtually. In those cases, the student can participate in the partial virtual practicum set up in the HIT 275 class. The partial virtual practicum could provide between 40-60 hours.  At least 80 hours must be completed onsite.

8. Can hours be done through any virtual practicum experience?
Only part of the hours can be done virtually.  The student is required to complete at least 80 of the 140 hours onsite. The partial virtual practicum in the HIT 275 class is designed to provide between 40-60 hours for those students who decide to complete only 80 hours onsite.

 


HIT 280 Coding Practicum

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When to start the process?
Start the process in the current term for which you have registered for HIT 280 at the beginning of the semester. It is vital that you login to course are review all posted/provided course materials.

2. How to identify sites:
Students are asked to provide 5 possible sites in their specific geographical area to course instructor.

3. Who to make contact with:
Course instructor is contacted via course email.

4. It is okay to contact the practicum instructor in the semester prior to taking the class to get everything lined up?
No, please wait until the beginning of the term for which you have registered for HIT 280.

5. How much time outside of the work at the facilities should be dedicated to the practicum class?
Students who go onsite to a healthcare facility for HIT 280 also have to complete several online assignments and submit a research paper. There is a total minimum amount of hours and a total minimum amount of records required for all students to complete in this course.  Please refer to course syllabus which is provided to all registered students in course.  Also, all students including those going on site to a facility are required to complete and submit a log of time spent coding, which is submitted in the course.

6. Can students do the practicum at a facility where they work currently, for example, as a coder (for HIT 280)?
Students can do practicum at facility where they work but it cannot be during their normal work hours nor can the student code the same charts he/she would normally code if they are employed as a coder at the facility. The student going on site to a facility must still code the course required minimum amount of records and log the minimum amount of coding time.

7. Can work hours count toward practicum hours?
No, per AHIMA and CAHIIM work hours cannot count toward practicum required work.

8. How many hours must be completed at the facility?
Currently, the minimum amount of required hours spent coding health records is 40, and also a minimum amount of 50 records which includes inpatient records and outpatient records.  

9. Can hours be done through any virtual practicum experience?
Yes, students can complete all course requirements online, all students even those going on site to a facility will have online work/assignments to complete and submit.

 

 

CIM 275 CIM Practicum

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When should I start the process of organizing my practicum?
CIM 275 is offered every semester – fall, spring and summer. You should contact the practicum instructor via email the semester prior to enrolling in CIM 275. The instructor will provide you with more specific information about the expectations and nature of the practicum in the email response. This email will include the details of the practicum as well as a handbook for site supervisors which will give these individuals an outline of exactly what must be included in the practicum activities. You will want to provide any potential site supervisor with a copy of the handbook for site supervisors. This will aid the site in making the decision.

2. How do I identify a site for my practicum?
Go to the Commission on Cancer website Hospital Locator tool at http://datalinks.facs.org/cpm/CPMApprovedHospitals_Search.htm Enter your city, state, zip code and radius (5 to 50 miles). Click the “Start Search” button. The search results will appear, along with the distance from the zip code you provided. If you click on the “detail” button next to the name of one of the facilities listed, the address, phone number and website of that facility will come up. Go to the facility’s website and find the contact information for the cancer registry. Call (or email) the registry office to introduce yourself and inquire as to the possibility of them hosting your practicum. If the site is willing to host your practicum, let the potential site supervisor know that your instructor will be contacting them. At that point, you will send the instructor the contact information regarding the site including the hospital name and address, as well as the phone number and email address of the CTR who will be supervising the clinical practicum.
HINT:
If you had a positive experience with your CIM 100 site visit, you may want to consider that facility as a possible site.

3. Who do I contact first?
The student should first contact the CTR who will be supervising the clinical practicum.

4. Is it okay to contact the practicum instructor in the semester prior to taking the class to get everything lined up?
Yes, that is the best way to ensure everything is ready for your practicum prior to the semester in which you plan to complete your practicum begins.

5. Can students do the practicum at a facility where they currently work?

Students may complete the practicum at a facility where they work as long as they are not performing their daily function and are not being paid for the hours.

6. Can work hours count toward practicum hours?
No.

7. How many hours must be completed at the facility?
You are required to complete 160 hours for your practicum class. If placed at the beginning of the semester, that is 10 hours per week. The schedule is determined by the student and the site. Most sites require students to be available week days during the day shift, although there are limited opportunities to do a portion of the practicum remotely and/or on weekends.

8. Can hours be done through any virtual practicum experience?
The NCRA currently allows 7 hours to be completed through the CDC Cyber Cancer Registry Casefinding Module. Once the CDC completes the Cyber Cancer Registry, students may be allowed to complete some of the abstracting hours of their clinical practice through the Cyber Registry.

 

 

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