Health Information Technology Associate in Science

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The Associate in Science Degree in Health Information Technology combines the expanding arena of health care with the cutting edge of technology. As a health information management professional, you are the expert on patient data that physicians, nurses, and other providers rely on to perform their jobs. Health Information Technicians ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems, and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or costs control. HITs often specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research. Students who complete the degree are eligible to sit for the CCA or CCS exam through the American Health Information Management Association -AHIMA. For more information, visit www.AHIMA.org. Health Information 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 providers. All HIT, MOAA, and AH courses must be completed within five years of entry into the program.

Requirements

  • Visual acuity sufficient to read and analyze materials contained in medical records in paper and computer generated formats.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to access and work with records stored in filing and computer systems.
  • Emotional stability sufficient to maintain record completion, to demonstrate good judgment, to deal effectively with conflict situations, and to demonstrate ethical behavior and responsibility for themselves and their actions.
  • Maintain medical confidentiality standards of the profession.
  • Mobility sufficient to allow access to areas within the healthcare facility in which healthcare information is generated, stored, and analyzed.
  • Communication skills sufficient to allow for communication with fellow healthcare information staff and professionals, healthcare facility staff and providers, clients of the facility and their families, and individuals from outside of the facility who seek information regarding clients.
  • Sufficient hearing skills to successfully interact with all team members.
  1. Complete an application for the program.
  2. Provide an official copy of high school transcripts or GED.
  3. Provide an official copy of prior college transcripts if seeking transfer credit.

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
FYE101 First Year Seminar 1 0 1
Classroom 1, Lab 0, Total 1
ENGL110 College Composition I 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
AH110 Medical Terminology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
AH112 Pathophysiology for Allied Health 3 2 4
Classroom 3, Lab 2, Total 4
HIT120 Intro to Health Information Technology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
CIS111 Computer Technologies 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
Total Credits 18

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
HIT130 Electronic Health Record 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
MOAA130 Medical Coding I 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
HIT230 Classification Systems 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
HIT215 Computer Applications in Health Care 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
HUMA150 Critical Thinking 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
BUS114 Management 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 18

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
MATH145 Topics in Applied College Mathematics 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
HIT140 Pharmacology for the HIT Professional 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
HIT210 Quality Improvement 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
MOAA210 Medical Coding II 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
MOAA212 Insurance for the Medical Office 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
Total Credits 16

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
PSYC110 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ENGL210 Oral Communications 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
HIT220 Directed Practices I: PPE 0 6 2
Classroom 0, Lab 6, Total 2
HIT240 Directed Practice II: PPE 0 6 2
Classroom 0, Lab 6, Total 2
PHIL240 Ethics 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Classroom , Lab , Total 3
Total Credits 16

Total Overall Credits : 68

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