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2021-2022 College Catalog 
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Health Information Technology, A.A.S.

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Major Code: 262

The Health Information Technology, A.A.S. program is designed as a 1+1 program.  Students will enroll in the Medical Billing and Coding, C.A.S.    program for the first year following which they qualify to apply for selective admission to the H.I.T. program for the second year.  This design provides students the opportunity to attain progressive credentials.  The curriculum provides a solid background in various aspects of health records management, collection and dissemination of health data, revenue and reimbursement procedures, fraud and abuse, confidentiality and privacy, medical coding, informational governance, and statistical outcomes.

Upon completion of the program graduates should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of data content, structure and information governance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legal process related to the access, use, disclosure, privacy and security of health care documentation.
  • Demonstrate ability to utilize and analyze patient data.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of revenue cycle management.
  • Demonstrate leadership and organizational management skills.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the application of diagnostic and procedural coding to support reimbursement in multiple healthcare settings.

The graduates of the program will be eligible to take the credentialing examination to become credentialed as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).  The graduate of this program will qualify for employment opportunities in a variety of positions including medical coders/health information technologists, consultants, data analysts, disease registrars, and EHR specialists.  Employment can be found in acute care healthcare facilities, government agencies, medical offices, clinics, nursing homes, home health agencies, and education.

Employment of Health Information Technicians is expected to increase by 11 percent through 2028 - faster than the average for all occupations.  Health Information Technicians are a critical component of the health care team.

The Health Information Technology, A.A.S. program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for any reason, State or National credentialing boards, licensing boards and agencies which require criminal background checks on potential employees and students may deny you employment or placement in certain settings, even if you have completed all academic requirements.  If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, please contact the Health Information Technology Program Director.

CIP Code: 510707

First Year

Second Year

Total Credits (60)

**Students who plan to transfer to a four year institution should take SPCH 105 .

A minimum grade of a “C” is required in all courses to remain in the program and graduate.

IMPORTANT GRADUATION INFORMATION: ORNT 090 is a graduation requirement.  See your advisor to determine if you have met this requirement.

Refer to General Education Core Requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Program listed below for acceptable core requirements.

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