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Health Information Technology

10-530-1 Associate Degree (AAS) Part Time, Full Time 61 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Online

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

Want a career in the dynamic field of healthcare, but without the patient interaction? With this high-demand degree, you deal more with the patient's healthcare information than with patients. You’ll learn how to collect, code, manage and maintain the health data necessary for proper reimbursement, statistical and quality purposes. You’ll learn how to manage electronic health information in an electronic health record (EHR). You’ll train on current coding and chart management software and you’ll gain valuable field experience that will be helpful as you seek employment.

COURSE LIST

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Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Technical Studies (43 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Medical Terminology
    10-501-101
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10501101
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.

  • Digital Literacy for Healthcare
    10-501-107
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10501107
    • Credits: 2.00

    The focus of this course is the use of technology in healthcare. Learners use common business software applications, including word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and databases. Communication methods using technology are addressed. Learners gain experience with using the electronic health record (EHR). Healthcare EHR security issues, social media use, and digital healthcare resources are examined.

  • Healthcare Revenue Management
    10-530-159
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10530159
    • Credits: 3.00

    Prepares learners to compare and contrast healthcare payers and evaluate the reimbursement cycle and compliance with regulations. Learners assign payment classifications with entry level proficiency using computerized encoding and grouping software.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • MEDICAL 10530184 - CPT Coding (Grade of C or better required)

    • MEDICAL 10530197 - ICD Diagnosis Coding (Grade of C or better required)

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MEDICAL 10530162 - Foundations of HIM

    • MEDICAL 10530199 - ICD Procedure Coding

  • Health Quality Management
    10-530-161
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10530161
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explores the programs and processes used to manage and improve healthcare quality. Addresses regulatory requirements as related to performance measurement, assessment, and improvement, required monitoring activities, risk management and patient safety, utilization management, and medical staff credentialing. Emphasizes the use of critical thinking and data analysis skills in the management and reporting of data.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • MEDICAL 10530163 - Healthcare Stats and Analytics (Grade of C or better required)

  • Foundations of HIM
    10-530-162
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10530162
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduces learners to the healthcare delivery system, and the external forces that influence healthcare delivery. Sets an understanding for the expectations and standards related to professional ethics, confidentiality and security of health information. Differentiates the use and structure of healthcare data elements, data standards, and the relationships between them. Prepares learners to collect and maintain health data to ensure a complete and accurate health record.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • Accuplacer Reading 250+ OR HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACT Reading 18+ OR Reading Level 3 Coursework

    • Accuplacer Sentence 237+ OR HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACT English 15+ OR English Level 1 Coursework

    • Student is in progress in the Program of Study of Health Information Technology (10-530-1) OR Medical Coding Specialist (31-530-2)

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • ​MEDICAL 10501101 - Medical Terminology

    • MEDICAL 10501107 - Digital Literacy for HC

  • Healthcare Stats and Analytics
    10-530-163
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10530163
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explores the management of medical data for statistical purposes focusing on descriptive and inferential statistics including definition, collection, calculation and compilation of numerical data. Examines data analytics, retrieval, presentation and research methodologies.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • MEDICAL 10530162 - Foundations of HIM (Grade of C or better required)

    • MATH 10804135 - Quantitative Reasoning (Grade of C or better is required)

    • Student is in progress in Health Information Technology (10-530-1) Program of Study

    • Department Chair Consent

  • Intro to Health Informatics
    10-530-164
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10530164
    • Credits: 3.00

    Emphasizes the role of information technology in healthcare through an investigation of the electronic health record (EHR), business, and health information software applications. Learners will develop skills to assist in enterprise information management and database architecture design and implementation.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • MEDICAL 10501107 - Digital Literacy for HC (Grade of C or better required)

    • MEDICAL 10530162 - Foundations of HIM (Grade of C or better required)

    • Student is in progress in Health Information Technology (10-530-1) Program of Study

  • Intermediate Coding
    10-530-165
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10530165
    • Credits: 3.00

    Prepares students to assign ICD and CPT/HCPCS codes supported by medical documentation and official coding guidance to support appropriate reimbursement. Students will participate in CDI activities, including preparation of appropriate physician queries in accordance with compliance guidelines.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • MEDICAL 10530184 - CPT Coding (Grade of C or better required)

    • MEDICAL 10530197 - ICD Diagnosis Coding (Grade of C or better required)

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MEDICAL 10530199 - ICD Procedure Coding

  • Health Information Technology Capstone
    10-530-166
    1Credit
    18
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10530166
    • Credits: 1.00

    Explore technical skills and professional attributes desired for the HIM profession, and conduct activities to assess one’s own readiness to enter the health information industry.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MEDICAL 10530196 - Professional Practice

    • Department Chair Consent

  • Management of HIM Resources
    10-530-167
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10530167
    • Credits: 3.00

    Examines the principles of management to include planning, organizing, human resource management, directing, and controlling as related to the health information department.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • MEDICAL 10530162 - Foundations of HIM (Grade of C or better required)

    • MEDICAL 10530163 - Healthcare Stats and Analytics (Grade of C or better required)

  • Healthcare Law & Ethics
    10-530-178
    2Credit
    36
    72

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10530178
    • Credits: 2.00

    Examines regulations for the content, use, confidentiality, disclosure and retention of health information. An overview of the legal system and ethical issues are addressed.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MEDICAL 10530162 - Foundations of HIM

  • Human Disease for the Health Professions
    10-530-182
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10530182
    • Credits: 3.00

    Prepares learners to interpret clinical documentation that they will encounter in a variety of healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding the common disorders and diseases of each body system to include the etiology (cause), signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and results, and medical treatments and surgical procedures.

    Prereq: Students has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • MEDICAL 10501101 - Medical Terminology (Grade of C or better required)

    • Student is in progress in the Program of Study of Health Information Technology (10-530-1) OR Medical Coding Specialist (31-530-2)

    AND ANY of the following options:

    • SCIENCE 10806177 - Gen Anatomy & Physiology (Grade of C or better required)

    • SCIENCE 10806189 - Basic Anatomy (Grade of C or better required)

  • CPT Coding
    10-530-184
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10530184
    • Credits: 3.00

    Prepares learners to assign CPT codes, supported by medical documentation, with entry level proficiency. Learners apply CPT instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning CPT codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MEDICAL 10501101 - Medical Terminology

    • SCIENCE 10806177 - Gen Anatomy & Physiology OR SCIENCE 10806189 - Basic Anatomy

  • Professional Practice
    10-530-196
    3Credit
    126
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 126
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10530196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Applies previously acquired skills and knowledge by means of clinical experiences in the technical procedures of health record systems and discussion of clinical situations. Student may participate in a supervised clinical experience in healthcare facilities.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MEDICAL 10530161 - Health Quality Management

    • MEDICAL 10530165 - Intermediate Coding

    • MEDICAL 10530167 - Management of HIM Resources

    • Department Chair Consent

  • ICD Diagnosis Coding
    10-530-197
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10530197
    • Credits: 3.00

    Prepares students to assign ICD diagnosis codes supported by medical documentation. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD diagnosis codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MEDICAL 10501101 - Medical Terminology

    • SCIENCE 10806177 - Gen Anatomy & Physiology OR SCIENCE 10806189 - Basic Anatomy

  • ICD Procedure Coding
    10-530-199
    2Credit
    36
    72

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10530199
    • Credits: 2.00

    Prepares students to assign ICD procedure codes supported by medical documentation with entry level proficiency. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD procedure codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • MEDICAL 10501101 - Medical Terminology (Grade of C or better required)

    AND ANY of the following options:

    • SCIENCE 10806177 - Gen Anatomy & Physiology (Grade of C or better required)

    • SCIENCE 10806189 - Basic Anatomy (Grade of C or better required)

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MEDICAL 10530182 - Human Diseases for Hlth Profes

    General Studies (18 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Written Communication
    10-801-195
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801195
    • Credits: 3.00

    Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Oral/Interpersonal Comm
    10-801-196
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Quantitative Reasoning
    10-804-135
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10804135
    • Credits: 3.00

    This course is intended to develop analytic reasoning and the ability to solve quantitative problems. Topics to be covered may include: construction & interpretation of graphs; descriptive statistics; geometry & spatial visualizations; math of finance; functions and modeling; probability; and logic. Appropriate use of units and dimensions, estimates, mathematical notation, and available technology will be emphasized throughout the course.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • Accuplacer Arithmetic 263+ OR HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACT Math 18+ OR Arithmetic Level 2 Coursework

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Basic Anatomy
    10-806-189
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10806189
    • Credits: 3.00

    Examines basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology. Learners explore the structure and function of all body systems.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Economics
    10-809-195
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809195
    • Credits: 3.00

    This course is designed to give an overview of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international economics. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Intro to Psychology
    10-809-198
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809198
    • Credits: 3.00

    This science of psychology course is a survey of multiple aspects of behavior and mental processes. It provides an overview of topics such as research methods, theoretical perspectives, learning, cognition, memory, motivation, emotions, personality, abnormal psychology, physiological factors, social influences, and development.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

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