• HIT Program  

AAS Degree Health Information Technology

 

What is Health Information Management?

HIM professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. They are experts in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information, including the Electronic Health Record.

 

Some health information technicians specialize in coding patients' medical information for insurance purposes. These technicians assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure, relying on their knowledge of disease processes and coding guidelines.

 

HIM professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies and home care provider agencies.

 

Credentials for the HIT AAS Degree

Most employers prefer to hire Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT), who must pass a written examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). To take the examination, a person must graduate from a 2-year associate degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

 

Program Requirements

THE HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM IS A MOSTLY ONLINE PROGRAM. ALL PROGRAM COURSES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF BIO114, BIO115, HIT105, HIT110, AND HIT212 ARE ONLY OFFERED IN THE DISTANCE LEARNING FORMAT.

 

*Curriculum is subject to change between catalog versions. The department will make every effort to keep students aware of changes as they occur.

Course #

Description

Credits

 

General Education Courses

 

ENG101

College Composition I

3

SPE102

Public Speaking

3

PSY101

Psychology I (required)

3

MTH107

Statistics

3

CIS101

Introduction to Computers

3

BIO110

Fund. of Anatomy and Physiology I (lecture)

3

BIO111

Fund. of Anatomy and Physiology I (lab)

1

BIO114

Fund. of Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture)

3

TOTAL

 

22

 

Program Courses

 

BIO115

Fund. of Anatomy and Physiology II (lab)

1

ENG106

Business Communications

3

HIT101

Introduction to Health Information

4

HIT103

Legal Aspects of Health Information

3

HIT105

Medical Terminology

2

HIT107

Health Information in Non Acute Care

3

HIT110

Professional Practice Experience I

2

HIT115

Pathology

3

HIT116

Pharmacology

2

HIT209

ICD-10-CM Coding

3

HIT210

ICD-10-PCS Coding

3

HIT218

Quality and Performance Improvement

3

HIT204

Healthcare Management and Personnel

3

HIT205

HCPCS Coding (CPT-4)

3

HIT208

Reimbursement Methodologies

2

HIT212

Professional Practice Experience II

2

HIT219

Healthcare Information Systems

4

TOTAL

 

68

**revised 7/2011