Health Information Technology, Associate in Applied Science
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:
- use current knowledge and skills based on industry standards to successfully manage information in the Health Information Technology field.
- demonstrate proficiency in verifying completeness, accuracy, and quality of medical records information management.
- develop a professional strategy in preparation to find employment in the Health Information Technology or related field.
Program of Study
|Career General Education|
|ENG 101||College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)||3|
|COM 101||Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)||3|
|MTH 160||Precalculus Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)||4|
& BIO 208
|Anatomy and Physiology I|
and Anatomy and Physiology II
|XXX xxx||Social Science Elective||3|
|XXX xxx||Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement||3|
|Physical Education Activity|
|Select 2 credit hours||2|
|HIT 101||Medical Terminology and Language||4|
|HIT 104||Basic Principles of Disease||2|
|HIT 105||Pharmacology for Health Information Technology Professionals||1|
|IS 116||Computer Literacy||3|
|Area of Concentration|
|HIT 102||Health Information Management Technology||4|
|HIT 103||Healthcare Delivery Systems||2|
|HIT 106||Diagnosis Coding Systems I||3|
|HIT 107||Procedure Coding Systems I||3|
|HIT 110||Healthcare Legal and Ethical Issues||3|
|HIT 201||Healthcare Reimbursement||3|
|HIT 210||Professional Practice Experience||2|
|HIT 211||Electronic Health Systems||3|
|HIT 213||Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare||3|
|HIT 214||Calculating and Reporting Healthcare Statistics||3|
|HIT 291||Workplace Learning: Health Information Technology||2|
|IS 136||Internet Fundamentals||1|
|IS 151||Computer Applications in Business||4|
|Total Credit Hours||72|
|BIO 207||Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150L)||4||BIO 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 Literacy||3||Reading Proficiency.|
|HIT 101||Medical Terminology||4||Reading Proficiency.|
|BIO 208||Anatomy and Physiology II||4||BIO 207 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.|
|HIT 104||Basic Principles of Disease||2||BIO 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 Professionals||1||BIO 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 Technology||4||HIT 101 and Reading Proficiency.||Offered Fall and Spring only|
|IS 151||Computer Applications in Business||4||IS 122 or IS 123 or IT 102 or equivalent experience.|
|HIT 106||Diagnosis Coding Systems I||3||BIO 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 I||3||BIO 207, BIO 208, HIT 101, HIT 104, HIT 105 and Reading Proficiency.||Take HIT 106 and HIT 107 in same semester|
|IS 136||Internet Fundamentals||1||IS 122 or IS 123 and Reading Proficiency.|
|HIT 103||Healthcare Delivery Systems||2||HIT 101 and Reading Proficiency.||Offered Fall and Spring only|
|HIT 110||Healthcare Legal and Ethical Issues||3||HIT 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 Healthcare||3||IS 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)||3||Reading Proficiency and concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.|
|MTH 160||Precalculus Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)||4||MTH 140 with a grade of "C" or better or satisfactory score on placement test, and Reading Proficiency.|
|HIT 201||Healthcare Reimbursement||3||HIT 102, HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 107 and Reading Proficiency.||Offered Spring only|
|HIT 211||Electronic Health Systems||3||IS 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 Statistics||3||HIT 102, HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 107, MTH 140 and Reading Proficiency.||Offered Spring only|
|ENG 101||College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)||3||ENG 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 Elective||3|
|HIT 210||Professional Practice Experience||2||Concurrent 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 Technology||2||Permission of department chairperson or program coordinator and Reading Proficiency.||Take HIT 210 and HIT 291 in same semester|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement||3|
|Physical Education Elective||2||One credit must be activity|
|Total Credit Hours||72|
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