From submitting your application to admission to registration, Northwood Tech is available to help guide you through the admissions process. To help you successfully complete this program, Northwood Tech has developed a set of program requirements and functional ability criteria. For students with a disability, reasonable accommodations are available to help you be successful in the program of your choice.
The first step to get admitted is to fill out a Northwood Tech application, and Northwood Tech will guide you from there. If you're not quite ready to become a student, visit a campus to get the full Northwood Tech experience. A campus tour will give you the opportunity to meet staff, instructors and students, tour the campus and get a real feel for the campus culture.
- Complete Online application form
- Have earned a high school diploma or GED certificate; current high school seniors must provide both a current high school transcript and a final (official) transcript with confer date
- Review and sign Background Check Disclosure
- Review and sign Functional Abilities Disclosure
- Complete admissions meeting with a Northwood Tech counselor
- Submit Background Check fee
- Have an acceptable National Criminal Background Check and state-specific caregiver background check for where the HIT clinical experience will be completed.
- Pass a physical exam, have current immunizations and demonstrate negative status for tuberculosis (Tb)
- COVID vaccination---highly recommended
- NOTE: Northwood Technical College cannot guarantee clinical placement or ability to progress in the program if a student is not able to meet the clinical site requirements including but not limited to; influenza vaccine, covid vaccine, negative tb skin test/quantiferon, up to date acceptable background check, or any other clinical requirements required by the clinical site. Northwood Technical College cannot guarantee clinical placement if the clinical site must be changed due to students inability to meet the site specific requirements. Many sites require the student information 4-6 weeks prior to the clinical start date.
- Review and sign Health Sciences Confidentiality Statement
- Review and complete the computer skills inventory
- Review Health Information Technology program orientation materials
- Meet with Health Information Technology program advisor to determine program sequencing and completion goals
2022-2023 Health Information Technology Student Handbook
- Health Sciences Policies
- HS-i Work-based Learning Terms
- HS-ii Code of Conduct
- HS-01 Northwood Tech Mission, Vision, Values, & Tenets
- HS-02 Rules and Regulations-Student Signature
- HS-03 Safety Accountability Statement-Student Signature
- HS-04 Bloodborne Pathogen Risk Statement
- HS-05 CDC Guidelines and Links
- HS-06 Standard Precautions Chart
- HS-07 Exposure Control Procedures (Needle stick)
- HS-08 Performance-Based Instruction
- HS-09 Student Responsibilities
- HS-10 Responsibility of the Learner
- HS-11 Test-Taking
- HS-12 Studying Hints
- HS-13 Important Dispositions for Critical Thinkers
- HS-14 Good Thinking vs. Poor Thinking
- HS-15 Computer Information
- HS-16 Communication Guidelines
- HS-17 Confidentiality-HIPAA
- HS-18 Transfer Credit
- HS-19 Witnessing Legal Documents
- HS-20 Health Status
- HS-21 Health Form
- HS-22 BLS-Medic 1st Aid Requirements
- HS-23 Course Expectations for Assignments
- HS-24 Professional Expectations and Dress Code
- HS-25 Grading Policy
- HS-26 Improvement Plan
- HS-27 Academic Appeals Procedures
- HS-28 Automatic Program Dismissal
- HS-29 Complaints Concerning Health Sciences Programs
HIT Program Policies
Health Information Technology Orientation - Spring 2023
2022-23 HIT Curriculum Checklist - to be used as a guide. Although your academic advisor can provide guidance, you are ultimately responsible for selecting courses that meet a program's graduation requirements.
The clinical agencies that host the Northwood Tech HIT students for practicum courses have significantly increased their demands for background check scrutiny over the past several years. Background checks will not be completed until 90 days prior to start of third semester. In the meantime, we want to ensure students understand, prior to the start of the program, that if there are no clinical agencies that will accept the student based on the background check history, the student must be excused from the HIT program, regardless of the student's academic standing. This is explained in further detail in the Background Check Disclosure form listed above, under Admission Requirements.
All HIT students are required to complete a Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check, a Student ID Form, and a National Criminal Background Check, which must be completed through Verified Credentials, LLC.
In addition to that, if you are a student who will complete a clinical rotation in Minnesota, you will also be required to complete a Minnesota Caregiver Background Check. Your Program Instructor/Advisor will inform you if a Minnesota background check is needed.
- The MN Dept. of Health Services NETStudy 2.0 background study requires all persons who provide services to children and vulnerable adults to be fingerprinted and photographed.
- Students will be required to provide Northwood Tech a copy of an Acceptable Form of ID for DHS Background studies (scroll down to What documents can be used to verify ID?), the completed MN DHS Data Worksheet and $42.
- Northwood Tech staff will verify the information provided and enter it into the MN DHS website. Background Study subjects will receive an email from IDEMIA/IdentoGO that includes an individual specific tracking number called a Universal Enrollment Identification (UE ID). The email will be sent within a few minutes of the background study application being submitted in NETStudy 2.0 by the provider. The email includes instructions for study subjects to use IDEMIA's pre-enrollment system and information on locating a fingerprint location.
- Students MUST present a form of ID to be fingerprinted and photographed. Students will be required to pay the $9.50 fee at the fingerprint and photo location. Visit MN DHS/IDEMIA Transition for information on fingerprinting and photo locations.
- Within 14 days of receiving the email from IDEMIA/IdentoGO, students must be fingerprinted and photographed. If not completed within 14 days, the above process and fee payment will need to be repeated.
- Background Study Notice of Privacy Practices
- After background checks are completed, students are expected to self report any changes.
Health Form and Directions
1. Complete the Health Form and save it.
2. Follow instructions on the form for submission.
Complete & Give to Instructor
Student Biographical Change Request - please print and use this form if you change your name, address, or phone number(s). You should submit it to your local Student Services to be certain that the changes are entered in the main computer system.
Health Information Technology Withdrawal
Instructions for Withdrawal from HIT Core Courses
If you are at this webpage, it means your HIT Academic Advisor has been notified that you dropped your HIT course (530-xxx) courses.
If you are withdrawing from your HIT core (530-xxx) courses, the HIT program would like to gather data regarding your decision to withdraw. This data is useful in the HIT planning process. Thank you for providing this information.
If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Amanda Abrahamson, HIT Program Director, at amanda.abrahamson@NorthwoodTech.edu or 715.246.1801.
If using Macintosh or Linux based computers, coursework must be submitted using your Office365 tools provided with your Northwood Tech email account. It is important to verify with your Program Faculty if non-Windows based computers are acceptable in the program.