The healthcare industry is a great career choice because it is always highly in demand, but what if you aren’t really interested in dealing directly with patients? Become a health information technician with our online* degree program.
Health Information Management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. We will train you in the latest information management technology applications and help you understand the workflow in any healthcare provider organization from large hospital systems to the private physician practice.
After earning your degree, you are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam. Passing this exam will give you the national credential of RHIT.
From the convenience of your own home be an integral part of patient care at every touch point in the healthcare delivery cycle.
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Major Courses 43 Credits
BCIS 1405 Business Computer Applications
HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I HPRS 2301 Pathophysiology HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery Systems HITT 1311 Health Information Systems POFM 1300 Basic Medical Coding HITT 2160 Clinical-Health Information Technology HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems HITT 2261 Clinical - Health Information/Medical Records HITT 2346 Advanced Medical Coding HITT 2339 Health Information Organization and Supervision HITT 2335 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies HITT 2343 Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement General Education Courses 17 Credits
Every Associate of Applied Science degree plan must contain at least 15 semester hours of general education courses. At least one course must be taken from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts (language, philosophy & culture/creative arts), social/behavioral science (social and behavioral sciences/American history/government/ political science), and natural science/mathematics (life and physical sciences/mathematics).
Major Courses: 43
General Education Requirements: 17
Total Semester Hours: 60
Recommended Course Sequence:
Prerequisites Credit Hours BCIS 1405 Business Computer Applications 4 First Semester Credit Hours HPRS 2301 Pathophysiology 3 BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure 3 HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3 Second Semester Credit Hours HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery Systems 3 HITT 1311 Health Information Systems 3 BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 POFM 1300 Basic Medical Coding* 3 xxxx x3xx Government/Political Science Core OR
American History Core OR
Social and Behavioral Sciences Core
3 Third Semester Credit Hours HITT 2160 Clinical-Health Information Technology* 1 ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3 XXXX x3xx Creative Arts Core OR
Language, Philosophy and Culture Core
3 HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems 3 Fourth Semester Credit Hours HITT 2261 Clinical - Health Information/Medical Technology/Technician* 2 HITT 2346 Advanced Medical Coding 3 HITT 2339 Health Information Organization and Supervision 3 HITT 2335 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies 3 HITT 2343 Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement 3 Total Semester Hours 60
Courses titled in bold type represent general education courses.
All general education and courses denoted with * may be taken prior to acceptance into the program.
*Every course in the degree plan can be taken online except BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 labs. The clinical courses HITT 2160 and HITT 2261 are online but require clinical hours at a facility.
Department-specific courses must be taken in sequence and may have a prerequisite course. All required courses of the HIT program must be completed with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress to the next level course.
The HIT Program is a nationally accredited program by CAHIIM. The HIT Program prepares students for the Health Information Management (HIM) Profession in regard to coding and reimbursement, healthcare privacy and security, information governance, health data analysis and various tasks associated with health information. HIM professionals work in various work environments including hospitals, large clinics, physician offices, rehab facilities, behavioral health facilities, nursing homes and long term care facilities, and insurance companies. Upon graduation from an accredited program, graduates are eligible to take the national examinations administered by the American Health Information Management Association (www.ahima.org), in HIM, coding, healthcare privacy and security, or health data analysis. AHIMA credentials are earned through program of education, examinations and experience, and maintained through continuous review and education. AHIMA certifications provide validation of professional competency to employers and are recognized in all 50 states.