Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology

What is the Standard certificate for this program?

The Health Information Technology curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, abstract, compile, maintain, manage and report health information.

What type of work would I do if I studied this field?

Health Information Technicians (HITs) are professionals who:

  • Ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy and proper entry into computer systems as directed by Federal and State regulations.
  • Use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient care or controlling costs.
  • Often specialize in coding and diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research. An additional role for HITs is cancer registrars - compiling and maintaining data on cancer patients.

With experience, the HIT credential holds solid potential for advancement to management positions, especially when combined with a bachelor's degree.

Although most HITs work in hospitals,  they are also found in other healthcare settings including office based physical practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities and public health agencies. In fact, HITs may be employed in any organization that uses patient data or health information, such as ch as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms and health product vendors.

What is the employment outlook for this field?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Handbook, "Employment of health information technicians of projected to grow 22% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population rises."

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

Health Information Technology (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science

The AAS in Health Information Technology is designed as a program for students interested in the field of health care information systems; health information privacy and security; compliance with medical reimbursement laws and regulations; management of health information. Pathways for certification may be completed through the AAPC at this time.

Foundational CoursesCredit Hours
ENG 110 Writing I 3
  • ENG 210 Writing II: Academic Writing
  • ENG 221 Writing II Writing for the Professions
3
IDS 110 Student Success 2
MTH 100 Intermediate Applied Mathematics or higher (except MTH 197 or MTH 297) 3
PLS 101 Political Science 3
PSY 121 Introduction to Psychology 3
Total Foundational Course Hours 17
The Foundations block constitutes preparatory courses necessary for completing a college education and should therefore be completed as soon as possible.
Computer Information SystemsCredit Hours
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 3
CIS 290 Advanced Microcomputer Applications 3
Total Computer Information System Hours 6
Health Information TechnologyCredit Hours
HIT 100 Introduction to Health Information Technology 2
HIT 110 Diagnosis Coding I 3
HIT 115 Health Systems 3
HIT 120 Records Management 1
HIT 140 Pathopharmacology 3
HIT 150 CPT/HCPCS Coding I 3
HIT 170 Electronic Health Records 3
HIT 180 Anatomy & Physiology for Health Information Technology 3
HIT 190 Principals of Healthcare Reimbursement 1
HIT 200 Comparative Health Records 3
HIT 201 Healthcare Quality Management 3
HIT 210 Diagnosis Coding II 3
HIT 250 CPT/HCPCS Coding II 3
HIT 260 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare 1
HIT 297 Professional Practice of Health Information Technology 3
Total Health Information Technology Hours 38
Allied HealthCredit Hours
ALH 116 Medical Terminology 3
Total Allied Health Hours 3
Total Degree Hours 64

Courses taken under the pass/not pass option cannot be used to satisfy general education, professional education or specific degree requirements except as noted in the pass/not pass policy.

Students are strongly encouraged to confirm the transferability of individual courses to other institutions prior to enrollment. Not all courses will transfer or satisfy specific degree requirements for bachelor’s degrees

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