Health Information Technology, Associate in Applied Science

Forest Park

The Health Information Technology program provides students with the technical skills and knowledge required to provide reliable and valid information essential to the healthcare industry. Graduates are specialists working with health information systems, managing medical records, and coding information for reimbursement and research. Health information technology professionals work throughout the healthcare industry in a variety of settings. Common job titles include HIM supervisor, clinical coder, coding manager, clinical data collection and reporting specialist, cancer registrar, data integrity specialist, and reimbursement specialist. This program prepares health information technicians to support health information management in an electronic environment (e-HIM) and adheres to the American Health Information Management Association’s Framework for Health Information Management (HIM) education. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

A background check and drug screen test are required for all healthcare professions. Students will be required to complete both the background check and drug screen test prior to enrollment in HIT:102. See Health Information Technology Handbook for additional information.

Students are required to complete the Foundation Courses prior to moving forward to the Area of Concentration courses for the Health Information Technology Program.

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At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. use current knowledge and skills based on industry standards to successfully manage information in the Health Information Technology field.
  2. demonstrate proficiency in verifying completeness, accuracy, and quality of medical records information management.
  3. develop a professional strategy in preparation to find employment in the Health Information Technology or related field.

Program of Study

Career General Education
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
COM 101Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3
MTH 160Precalculus Algebra (MOTR MATH 130) (or higher)4
BIO 207
BIO 208
Anatomy and Physiology I
and Anatomy and Physiology II
8
XXX xxxSocial Science Elective3
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
Physical Education Activity
Select 2 credit hours2
Foundation Courses
HIT 101Medical Terminology and Language4
HIT 104Basic Principles of Disease2
HIT 105Pharmacology for Health Information Technology Professionals1
IS 116Computer Literacy3
Area of Concentration
HIT 102Health Information Management Technology4
HIT 103Healthcare Delivery Systems2
HIT 106Diagnosis Coding Systems I3
HIT 107Procedure Coding Systems I3
HIT 110Healthcare Legal and Ethical Issues3
HIT 201Healthcare Reimbursement3
HIT 210Professional Practice Experience2
HIT 211Electronic Health Systems3
HIT 213Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare3
HIT 214Calculating and Reporting Healthcare Statistics3
HIT 291Workplace Learning: Health Information Technology2
IS 136Internet Fundamentals1
IS 151Computer Applications in Business4
Total Credit Hours72
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 207 Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150LAP)4BIO 111 with grade of "C" or better; or one year of high school biology and chemistry (with labs) within previous five years of registration date; or permission of the department chairperson of Biology and Reading Proficiency.
IS 116 Computer Literacy3Reading Proficiency.
HIT 101 Medical Terminology4Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours11
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 208 Anatomy and Physiology II4BIO 207 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
HIT 104 Basic Principles of Disease2BIO 207, BIO 208, HIT 101, and Reading Proficiency.May take BIO 208 concurrently; Offered Fall and Spring only; Contact IS department for prerequisite BIO 208 override; Take HIT 104 and HIT 105 in same semester
HIT 105 Pharmacology for Health Information Technology Professionals1BIO 207, BIO 208, HIT 101 and Reading Proficiency.May take BIO 208 concurrently; Offered Fall and Spring only; Contact IS department for prerequisite BIO 208 override; Take HIT 104 and HIT 105 in same semester
HIT 102 Health Information Management Technology4HIT 101 and Reading Proficiency.Offered Fall and Spring only
IS 151 Computer Applications in Business4IS 122 or IS 123 or IT 102 or equivalent experience.
Credit Hours15
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HIT 106 Diagnosis Coding Systems I3BIO 207, BIO 208, HIT 101, HIT 104, HIT 105 and Reading Proficiency.Take HIT 106 and HIT 107 in same semester
HIT 107 Procedure Coding Systems I3BIO 207, BIO 208, HIT 101, HIT 104, HIT 105 and Reading Proficiency.Take HIT 106 and HIT 107 in same semester
IS 136 Internet Fundamentals1IS 122 or IS 123 and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours7
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HIT 103 Healthcare Delivery Systems2HIT 101 and Reading Proficiency.Offered Fall and Spring only
HIT 110 Healthcare Legal and Ethical Issues3HIT 102, HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 107 and Reading Proficiency.Offered Fall only; Contact IS Department for prerequisite HIT 103 override
HIT 213 Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare3IS 103 or IS 116, IS 136, IS 151, HIT 102, HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 107 and Reading Proficiency.Offered Fall only
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3Reading Proficiency and concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.
MTH 160 Precalculus Algebra (MOTR MATH 130) (or higher)4MTH 140 with a grade of "C" or better or satisfactory score on placement test, and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours15
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HIT 201 Healthcare Reimbursement3HIT 102, HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 107 and Reading Proficiency.Offered Spring only
HIT 211 Electronic Health Systems3IS 103 or IS 116, IS 136, IS 151, HIT 102, HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 107, HIT 110, HIT 201 and Reading Proficiency.Offered Spring only; Contact IS department for prerequisite HIT 201 override
HIT 214 Calculating and Reporting Healthcare Statistics3HIT 102, HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 107, MTH 140 and Reading Proficiency.Offered Spring only
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030.
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective3  
Credit Hours15
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HIT 210 Professional Practice Experience2Concurrent enrollment in HIT 208 or HIT 291, permission of department chairperson or program coordinator and Reading Proficiency.Apply for graduation; Take HIT 210 and HIT 291 in same semester
HIT 291 Workplace Learning: Health Information Technology2Permission of department chairperson or program coordinator and Reading Proficiency.Take HIT 210 and HIT 291 in same semester
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
Physical Education Elective2 One credit must be activity
Credit Hours9
Total Credit Hours72

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