Associate in Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology (CIP Code: 51.0707, 51.0710)

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Program Title: Health Information Technology
Completion Award: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Contact Hours: 900
Outside Study Hours: 1800
Pre-requisite: Highschool Diploma, GED or its equivalent is required for admission.
Semester Credits: 60 hours (including 15 semester credits of General Studies)
Program Duration: 120 weeks
Cost per Credit Hour: $249
Total Tuition: $14,940
Course Materials and Fees: $125
Total Course Materials and Fees: $2,500**
Total Cost of AAS Program: $17,440 (including course materials and fees)

** For a detailed breakdown and description of the course materials, please refer to Course Materials under the Student Services section of the catalog.

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology program prepares individuals to perform functions and processes in healthcare facilities related to managing, analyzing, and organizing patient medical records both electronic health records and paper-based health records. The primary program focus is ensuring the quality of medical records by verifying completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems. The graduate will demonstrate the basic understanding of the electronic healthcare record, medical law and HIPAA standards, insurance billing and coding practices, abstraction of data, general office duties, and customer service.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate should be able to:

  • ✓ Define medical terms related to common diseases and pathology by utilizing the learned foundations of medical word structure and abbreviations.
  • ✓ Identify and describe the various body systems and the effects of medications and disease on these systems.
  • ✓ Summarize all types of insurance plans, filing guidelines, precertification and authorization procedures, and perform basic procedure and diagnostic coding for reimbursement.
  • ✓ Perform general office duties relating to communication, supply and equipment maintenance, financial management, mail handling, and employment laws.
  • ✓ Employ HIPAA standards in relationship to administrative, physical, and technical safeguards, ensure adherence to medical, legal, and ethical standards, and understand penalties associated with HIPAA.
  • ✓ Manipulate and manage medical records and databases for the purpose of patient demographic information, scheduling, documentation, and financial obligations as well as all general practice record keeping utilizing software applications.
  • ✓ Identify the core functions/capabilities of an electronic health record, understand how accuracy, completeness, and currency of summary lists is best maintained in the electronic health record, and how to utilize an electronic health record to facilitate secure and confidential communications.


Potential Employment

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates should possess the knowledge and skills required for employment as a Medical Office Assistant, Healthcare Access Associate, Health Information Clerk or focus on specialized entry-level positions such as Medical Transcriptionist, Medical Biller and Coder, or other similar positions within the healthcare field.

Disclaimer: Many companies, particularly within the Healthcare field, may require background checks and/or drug screenings as a qualification for employment.


Health Information Technology – Core Courses

Course CodeCourse NameCourse TypeCredits
CIS-100IT (Information Technology) FundamentalsCore3
CIS-110Integrated Business ApplicationsCore3
CIS-120Microsoft ExcelCore3
HIT-100Introduction to Healthcare Core 3*
HIT-110Medical Terminology I Core3
HIT-120Medical Terminology II Core 3*
HIT-135Anatomy & Physiology with Pathophysiology Core3
HIT-145Pharmacology for Medical Support ProfessionalsCore3
HIT-150Health Insurance Billing and Coding I Core3
HIT-160Health Insurance Billing and Coding IICore 3*
HIT-205Administrative Healthcare Core 3*
HIT-220Medical Law and HIPAA Compliance Core3
HIT-230Health Information Management I Core3
HIT-240Health Information Management II Core3
HIT-250Electronic Health Records Core 3*
Total Core Credits45


General Education Courses

Course CodeCourse NameCourse TypeCredits
English & Communications: select 2 courses from the following 3 course options
GEC-100Basic English & CommunicationsGen-Ed3
GBC-110Business CommunicationsGen-Ed 3
GTW-400Technical Writing
Mathematics: select 2 courses from the following 5 course options
GMA-100College MathematicsGen-Ed3
GMA-150Introductory AlgebraGen-Ed3
GBM-200Business MathGen-Ed3
GCA-200College AlgebraGen-Ed3
STS-300Business StatisticsGen-Ed3
Social / Natural Sciences: select 1 course from the following 6 course options
GGS-200Global SociologyGen-ED 3*
PSY-100Essentials of PsychologyGen-Ed3
GPS-300Political ScienceGen-Ed3
GSH-300Safety & Health in the WorkplaceGen-Ed3
GES-300Environmental ScienceGen-Ed3
Total General Education Credits15
Total AAS Program Credits:60

* This course has a proctored final exam. Please refer to the Proctored Examination Policy and Procedure in the College Catalog or on the website at:

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