Health Information Technology A.S.

Degree Name: Health Information Technology A.S.
Degree or Program: Health
Degree Type: Associate of Science Degree
Description:
Students in Health Information Technology (HIT), will receive the guidance of a talented, caring faculty dedicated to producing competent health care professionals. Training includes courses in general education, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, legal aspects of health care, health care statistics, health information technology, and practical experience in approved health care facilities.

The HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Contact information: CAHIIM c/o AHIMA, 233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150, Chicago, Illinois, 60601-5800, 312-233-1131, www.cahiim.org.

After successfully completing the two-year HIT program, graduates are eligible to write the national exam leading to accreditation as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

Effective Fall 2013 a 2.5 cumulative overall grade point average must be achieved. All grades in the Health Information classes must maintain a 2.5 grade point average as well. All grades in biology courses must be C or better and must be no more than 5 years old at the time of graduation from the program. Students need to have successfully completed Beginning Algebra before taking Health Care Statistics by either placing into Intermediate Algebra on the Academic Skills Assessment or earn a grade of "C" or above in Beginning Algebra.

The Academic Skills Assessment is required before enrolling in math or English courses. If you place into lower level courses than those that are required for the degree, then you must first take those courses before beginning the above curriculum. A student who already has taken college Math or English courses or has taken the assessment tests at another college within the past two years may be able to waive the assessment. If minimum assessment test scores are not met, students will be required to complete ENG 096 and MAT 096 prior to admission and strongly urged to complete MAT 098, beginning algebra prior to admission. MAT 098 must be completed prior to the last semester of the program. Contact the Student Development office for more information.

You must demonstrate acceptable health status and pass drug and background checks in order to participate in directed practicums.

The ACT Test must be taken within the last five years at time of admission to the program. A composite score of 18 or greater must be achieved effective Fall 2013. This requirement may be waived if the student has an Associate or Bachelor's degree.
General Education Requirements: 32
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
Communication ENG 101
ENG 102 or
Any LIT
SPE 101

English Composition I
English Composition II or
Any LIT
Oral Communications 

3
3

3

Social Science

PSY101
SOC 101
Any HIS OR
Any POL

Intro to Psychology
Intro to Sociology
Any US History OR
Any American Government**

3
3

3

Natural Science

BIO 240/243
BIO 241/244
BIO 265

Anatomy & Physiology I*
Anatomy & Physiology II
Pathophysiology

4
4
3

Elective BTC/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS MUST INCLUDE: 37
HIT 110 Medical Terminology I 3
HIT 115 Pharmacology & Diagnostic Procedures 3
HIT 120/121 Health Care Data & Lab 3
  HIT 125/126 Health Care Technology & Lab 3
HIT 128 Electronic Health Records 1
HIT 150 Directed Practicum I 1
HIT 200 Directed Practicum II 3
HIT 220/221 Nosology & Lab 3
HIT 238 Health Care Legal, & Ethical Issues 3
HIT 241 Health Care Statistics + 2
HIT 243 Quality Management & Performance Improvement 3
HIT 250 Directed Practicum III 3
HIT 260 Health Information Management Seminar 2
HIT 270/271 CPT Coding & Lab 2
HIT 280 Healthcare Billing and Reimbursement Issues 2
TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS 69

NOTES:

  1. *Prerequisite:  High School biology or equivalent coursework within the last five years.
  2. **Choose one of the following: HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 115, POL 101, POL 102.
  3. +Students must assess into MAT 121 or have earned a C or higher in MAT 098.
      

To begin Health Information Technology courses, student must be ready to take ENG 101, MAT 098, and BAS/CPT103, if they have not already been taken.

Curriculum subject to revision to meet CAHIIM requirements.

Courses by Semester

FIRST SEMESTER 16
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH
HIT 110 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 120/121 Health Care Data 3
BIO 240/243 Anatomy & Physiology I * 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
SECOND SEMESTER 15
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH
HIT 115 Pharmacology & Diaq. Procedures 3
HIT 125/126 Health Care Technologies 3
HIT 128 Electronic Health Records 1
HIT 150 Directed Practicum I 1
BIO 241/244 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
SPE 101 Oral Communications 3
SUMMER SEMESTER 6
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH
ENG 102 or LIT English Composition II or Literature 3
PSY 101 Intro to Psychology 3
THIRD SEMESTER 15
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH
HIT 200 Directed Practicum II 3
HIT 220/221 Nosology 3
HIT 238 Healthcare Legal and Ethical Issues 3
BIO 265 Pathophysiology 3
HIS/POL History or Government ** 3
FOURTH SEMESTER 17
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH
HIT 241 Health Care Statistics + 2
HIT 243 Quality Management and Performance Improvement 3
HIT 250 Directed Practicum III 3
HIT 260 Health Information Management Seminar 2
HIT 270/271 CPT Coding 2
HIT 280 Healthcare Billing and Reimbursement Issues 2
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3

NOTES:

1. *Prerequisite:   High School biology or equivalent coursework within the last five years.
2. **Choose one of the following: HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 115, POL 101, POL 102.
3. +Students must assess into MAT 121 or have earned a C or higher in MAT 098.

To begin Health Information Technology courses, student must be ready to take ENG 101, MAT 098, and BAS/CPT103, if they have not already been taken.

Curriculum subject to revision to meet CAHIIM requirements.

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Health Information Technology Program


Program Contact

Kathleen Nilson
636-922-8292
knilson@stchas.edu

Office Coordinator

Denise Lammers
636-922-8280
dlammers@stchas.edu

Office Info

Office Hours

8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Hours may vary during summer – please call to confirm.

Office Location

Center for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Suite 102

Office Phone Number

636-922-8292

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Degree Info.

The Associate of Science degree is awarded to students completing the requirements of specifically identified programs with a minimum of 64 semester hours. The work parallels the work done in the first two years of a Bachelor of Science degree at four-year institutions. The programs leading to the Associate of Science degree at SCC include Biology, Chemistry, Health Information Technology, Nursing, Pre-Engineering and Pre-Pharmacy.