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Health Information Technology AAS

Total Credit Hours: 64

Health Information Technology (HIT) is the profession that focuses on healthcare data, validity, and the management of healthcare information in a variety of different healthcare settings. The Health Information Technology (HIT) program prepares students to enter the profession as Health Information Technicians who use knowledge and skills from disciplines such as medicine, information management, and computer technology. Upon completion of this CAHIIM-accredited HIT program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national accreditation examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Students who pass the AHIMA exam receive the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential.
Goals & Outcomes
Domain I. Data Content, Structure & Standards Subdomain I.A. Classification Systems.
  • 1. Apply diagnosis/procedure codes according to current guidelines
  • 2. Evaluate the accuracy of diagnostic and procedural coding
  • 3. Apply diagnostic/procedural groupings
  • 4. Evaluate the accuracy of diagnostic/procedural groupings
Subdomain I.B. Health Record Content and Documentation.
  • 1. Analyze the documentation in the health record to ensure it supports the diagnosis and reflects the patient's progress, clinical findings, and discharge status
  • 2. Verify the documentation in the health record is timely, complete, and accurate
  • 3. Identify a complete health record according to organizational policies, external regulations, and standards
  • 4. Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of various providers and disciplines to support documentation requirements throughout the continuum of healthcare
Subdomain I.C. Data Governance
  • 1. Apply policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy and integrity of health data
Subdomain I.D. Data Management
  • 1. Collect and maintain health data
  • 2. Apply graphical tools for data presentations
Subdomain I.E. Secondary Data Sources
  • 1. Identify and use secondary data presentations
  • 2. Validate the reliability and use secondary data sources Domain II. Information Protection: Access, Disclosure, Archival, Privacy & Security
Subdomain II.A. Health Law
  • 1. Apply healthcare legal terminology
  • 2. Identify the use of legal documents
  • 3. Apply legal concepts and principles to the practice of HIM
Subdomain II.B. Data Privacy, Confidentiality & Security
  • 1. Apply confidentiality, privacy and security measures and policies and procedures for internal and external use and exchange to protect electronic health information
  • 2. Apply retention and destruction policies for health information
  • 3. Apply system security policies according to departmental and organizational data/information standards
Subdomain II.C. Release of Information
  • 1. Apply policies and procedures surrounding issues of access and disclosure of protected health information Domain III. Informatics, Analytics and Data Use
Subdomain III.A. Health Information Technologies
  • 1. Utilize software in the completion of HIM processes
  • 2. Explain policies and procedures of networks, including intranet and Internet to facilitate clinical and administrative applications
Subdomain III.B. Information Management Strategic Planning
  • 1. Explain the process used in the selection and implementation of health information management systems
  • 2. Utilize health information to support enterprise wide decision support for strategic planning
Subdomain III.C. Analytics and Decision Support
  • 1. Explain analytics and decision support
  • 2. Apply report generation technologies to facilitate decision-making
Subdomain III.D. Health Care Statistics
  • 1. Utilize basic descriptive, institutional, and healthcare statistics
  • 2. Analyze data to identify trends
Subdomain III.E. Research Methods
  • 1. Explain common research methodologies and why they are used in healthcare
Subdomain III.F. Consumer Informatics
  • 1. Explain usability and accessibility of health information by patients, including current trends and future challenges
Subdomain III.G. Health Information Exchange
  • 1. Explain current trends and future challenges in health information exchange
Subdomain III.H. Information Integrity and Data Quality
  • 1. Apply policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy and integrity of health data both internal and external to the health system Domain IV. Revenue Management
Subdomain IV. A. Revenue Cycle and Reimbursement
  • 1. Apply policies and procedures for the use of data required in healthcare reimbursement
  • 2. Evaluate the revenue cycle management processes Domain V. Compliance
Subdomain V.A. Regulatory
  • 1. Analyze policies and procedures to ensure organizational compliance with regulations and standards
  • 2. Collaborate with staff in preparing the organization for accreditation, licensure, and/or certification
  • 3. Adhere to the legal and regulatory requirements related to health information management
Subdomain V.B. Coding
  • 1. Analyze current regulations and established guidelines in clinical classification systems
  • 2. Determine accuracy of computer assisted coding assignment and recommend corrective action
Subdomain V.C. Fraud Surveillance
  • 1. Identify potential abuse or fraudulent trends through data analysis
Subdomain V.D. Clinical Documentation Improvement
  • 1. Identify discrepancies between supporting documentation and coded data
  • 2. Develop appropriate physician queries to resolve data and coding discrepancies Domain VI. Leadership
Subdomain VI.A. Leadership Roles
  • 1. Summarize health information related leadership roles
  • 2. Apply the fundamentals of team leadership
  • 3. Organize and facilitate meetings
Subdomain VI.B. Change Management
  • 1. Recognize the impact of change management on processes, people and systems
Subdomain VI.C. Work Design and Process Improvement
  • 1. Utilize tools and techniques to monitor, report, and improve processes
  • 2. Identify cost-saving and efficient means of achieving work processes and goals
  • 3. Utilize data for facility-wide outcomes reporting for quality management and performance improvement
Subdomain VI.D. Human Resources Management
  • 1. Report staffing levels and productivity standards for health information functions
  • 2. Interpret compliance with local, state, and federal labor regulations
  • 3. Adhere to work plans, policies, procedures, and resource requisitions in relation to job functions
Subdomain VI.E. Training and Development
  • 1. Explain the methodology of training and development
  • 2. Explain return on investment for employee training/development
Subdomain VI.F. Strategic and Organizational Management
  • 1. Summarize a collection methodology for data to guide strategic and organizational management
  • 2. Understand the importance of healthcare policy-making as it relates to the healthcare delivery system
  • 3. Describe the differing types of organizations, services, and personnel and their interrelationships across the health care delivery system
  • 4. Apply information and data strategies in support of information governance initiatives
  • 5. Utilize enterprise-wide information assets in support of organizational strategies and objectives
Subdomain VI.G. Financial Management
  • 1. Plan budgets
  • 2. Explain accounting methodologies
  • 3. Explain budget variances
Subdomain VI.H. Ethics
  • 1. Comply with ethical standards of practice
  • 2. Evaluate the consequences of a breach of healthcare ethics
  • 3. Assess how cultural issues affect health, healthcare quality, cost, and HIM
  • 4. Create programs and policies that support a culture of diversity
Subdomain VI.I. Project Management
  • 1. Summarize project management methodologies
Subdomain VI.J. Vendor/Contract Management
  • 1. Explain Vendor/Contract Management
Subdomain VI.K. Enterprise Information Management
  • 1. Apply knowledge of database architecture and design
First Semester
4.0
BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1
This course covers the structure and function of the human organism and the regulatory processes that operate within a living system. It introduces general anatomical, physiological, and chemical organization, and includes the integumentary (skin), skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Laboratories involve vertebrate dissection, the use of prosected human cadavers and human skeletal materials, microscope work, non-invasive human experimentation, and possibly animal experimentation. Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry or equivalent preparation, or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences. High School Biology or its equivalent recommended. Students enrolled in Life and Health Sciences Center programs are recommended to complete this course before beginning their specialized program coursework. See when this course is offered ...
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1: Composition
EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3 This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading), and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. Student Learning Outcomes: 1) Demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas in a clear and concise manner through informative, argumentative, formal and informal writing at a level suitable for successful college students. 2) Develop a practical and fundamental understanding of the relationship and interaction between the writer and the reader while exploring human knowledge, values, ethics, language, and social institutions. 3) Broaden the student’s intellectual autonomy and their ability to use language for the purposes of reading, writing, learning, communicating, and critical thinking. 4) Gain a practical understanding of primary and secondary sources and how to properly utilize and cite these sources. 5) Discuss the history and methodology of rhetoric and composition. 6) Exhibit clear concise writing skills in both professional and academic writing. 7) Achieve a level of writing fluency satisfactory for success in college courses. 8) Display a clear understanding of proper documentation procedures to avoid plagiarism. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HM100 Medical Term for Hlth Prof
This course includes a study of the language of medicine, including roots, prefixes and suffixes and the proper pronunciation and spelling of medical terms. All body systems and functions, including the structure, meaning, and use of medical terms related to diseases and operations of the human body are covered. An introduction to pharmacology (medications) is included. (Online Only) See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HM101 Hlth Info Mgt Intro Concepts
This course includes a study of the health information management profession, functions, technologies, and purposes; health care delivery systems; health record content and documentation; data management, governance, privacy, and security; health law, including release of information processing; health information technologies; and healthcare information, including the health information exchange. (Online Only) See when this course is offered ...
3.0
IS101 Computers and Society
This course provides knowledge of relevant computer skills and a solid foundation in the terminology and concepts of computer technology. Experience is provided with a variety of microcomputer software applications, including word processing, electronic spreadsheets, graphics, file management, and integrated software. Concepts and terms focus on preparing for a technologically oriented society and using the computer as a tool for productivity, research, and communication. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
4.0
BI217 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2
This course, which is a continuation of BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, involves the study of structure, function, and regulation in the human organism. Topics include blood, peripheral nerves, the cardiovascular system, lymphatics, the respiratory system, the excretory system, the endocrine system, the reproductive systems, the digestive system, and metabolism. Laboratories involve vertebrate dissection, the use of prosected human cadavers and human skeletal materials, microscope work, non-invasive human experimentation, and possibly animal experimentation. Prerequisite: BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences.. Students enrolled in Life and Health Sciences Center programs are recommended to complete this course before beginning their specialized program coursework. Students with transfer credit for BI216 Anatomy and Physiology 1 must complete a three-hour orientation to the use of prosected human cadavers before participating in the BI217 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 laboratory. Transfer students must meet with the Associate Dean of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HM120 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology
This course covers pathophysiological, pharmacological, therapeutic, and diagnostic aspects of medicine. It includes concepts and medical word components for body systems and disorders encountered in health care. Pathophysiology of the normal body systems is covered. Topics include pharmacological agents, diagnostic tests and interventions, pharmacological intervention selection, and value of laboratory tests. (Online Only) Prerequisites: BI216 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and HM100 Medical Terminology for Health Professionals. Corequisite: BI217 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
HM121 ICD-10-CM & ICD-10-PCS Coding
This course includes a study of the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS clinical classification systems and the inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS), which utilizes Medicare-severity diagnosis-related groups (MS-DRGs). Topics covered include the assignment of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) official coding guidelines, assignment of DRGs and MS-DRGs, encoder software and references (e.g., AHA Coding Clinic), accuracy of coding and DRG assignment, and physician query process. (Online Only) Prerequisites: BI216 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, HM100 Medical Terminology for Health Professionals, and HM101 Health Information Management Introductory Concepts. Corequisites: BI217 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 and HM120 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HM122 Leg & Eth Asp of Hlth Info Mgt
This course introduces the legal and ethical aspects of health information management with an emphasis on civil law and how health care settings are affected by law and non-governmental rulemaking bodies. Topics include the general study of law and an overview of ethics. (Online Only) Prerequisite: HM101 Health Information Management Introductory Concepts. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MA110 Elementary Statistics
This course introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or MA096 Mathematical Literacy. See when this course is offered ...
Third Semester
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HM201 CPT and HCPCS Level II Coding
This course is a study of the CPT and HCPCS level II coding systems and outpatient and physician office payment methodologies. Topics covered include assignment of CPT codes according to coding guidelines, HCPCS level II coding, ambulatory payment classifications, accuracy of coding and APC assignment, use of encoders and references, accuracy of computer-assisted coding assignment, and physician query process. (Online Only) Prerequisites: BI217 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, and HM121 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HM202 Health Data & Quality Manage
This course includes a study of health care information requirements and standards, hospital and vital statistics, data quality and integrity, data analytics, quality management, and performance improvement. (Online Only) Prerequisites: HM121 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding, HM122 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information Management. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HM203 Electronic Health Record Mgt
This course includes a study of health information technologies, information management strategic planning, analytics and decision support, consumer informatics, health information exchange, information integrity and data quality, and enterprise information management. (Online Only) Prerequisite: HM101 Health Information Management Introductory Concepts. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HM204 Alternate Care Health Info Mgt
This course provides a comparative analysis of HIM practices and information management across the spectrum of health care settings. (Online Only) Two class hours and three lab hours weekly. Prerequisite: HM121 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding. Corequisite: HM201 CPT and HCPCS Level II Coding. See when this course is offered ...
Fourth Semester
3.0
IS210 Database Design & Mngmnt
This course will introduce students to basic database concepts. The course will focus on designing and structuring databases to meet the objectives of management. Students will use a database management system to complete an in-depth exploration of query capabilities and report generation. The student will learn the creation and management of a working database from the ground up. When the student completes this course, they will have the ability to create tables, queries, forms, and reports within database software and understand the role of a database within a business setting. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HM220 Health Info Mgt Leadership
This course includes a study of health information management leadership. Topics include leadership roles, change management, work design and process improvement, human resources management, training and development, strategic and organizational management, financial management, ethics, project management, vendor/contract management, and enterprise information management. (Online Only) Prerequisites: HM202 Health Data and Quality Management and HM203 Electronic Health Record Management. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HM221 Reimbursement Methodologies
This course includes a study of health information management leadership. Topics include leadership roles, change management, work design and process improvement, human resources management, training and development, strategic and organizational management, financial management, ethics, project management, vendor/contract management, and enterprise information management. (Online Only) Prerequisites: HM202 Health Data and Quality Management and HM203 Electronic Health Record Management. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HM230 HIT Prof Practice Experience
This professional practice experience includes online laboratory assignments and projects and the completion of on-site hours in the health information department of a health care agency with adequate facilities to provide varied work opportunities. Students complete on-site hours under the supervision of a qualified Registered Health Information Administrator, Registered Health Information Technician, or other qualified personnel to whom they are assigned. The professional practice experience is designed to enable students to obtain actual work experience in health care agencies. Students will complete a minimum of 100 hours on site, which can be completed a full-time basis or part-time basis. Prerequisites: HM201 CPT and HCPCS Level II Coding, HM202 Health Data and Quality Management, HM203 Electronic Health Record Management, and HM204 Alternate Care Health Information Management. Corequisites: HM220 Health Information Management Leadership and HM221 Reimbursement Methodologies. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY101 Intro General Psychology
This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training. See when this course is offered ...


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