School of Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences

Health Information Technology: Associate of Science Degree
San Dimas, CA Campus

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Objectives

The program in Health Information Technology teaches how to collect, analyze, monitor, maintain and report health data in accordance with established data quality principles, legal and information security standards and professional best practice guidelines. These functions encompass, among other duties, processing requests for the release of personal health information, the coding of clinical information, processing and using health data for clinical quality management, billing/reimbursement and compliance with patient privacy regulations.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program* may pursue careers as health information technicians in a variety of health care settings. Entry-level positions may include medical records technician, health information technician, patient information coordinator and reimbursement specialist.

*Many employers of health information technicians either limit their hiring, or give hiring preference, to candidates who are Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). In order for a student to become an RHIT upon graduation, the student must pass a certification examination for RHIT administered by the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (the Certification Exam). In order for a student to be allowed to take the Certification Exam to become an RHIT, the student must: (a) graduate from a program of study in health information technology that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM); and (b) pay an examination fee, for which the student is solely responsible. At this time, this program is accredited by CAHIIM. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Certification Exam to become an RHIT. A graduate of this program is unlikely to qualify for any employment opportunities involving the management of health information, unless and until he or she is able to pass the Certification Exam.

National Passage Rate Data
http://www.ahima.org/downloads/pdfs/certification/Summary%20of%20Certification%20Activities.pdf

Admission Requirements

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

School Equipment

Students will have the opportunity to use the following school equipment as required throughout the program: computer systems, network hubs, patch panels, printers and other common computer peripherals. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Class Size

Classes generally range in size from 15 to 30 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

To view a list of the course descriptions, please click here.

Course Number Course Credit Hours  
Program Total 96
General Education Courses
GE117 Composition I+ 4
GE127 College Mathematics I+ 4
GE150 Survey of the Sciences+ 4
GE217 Composition II+ 4
GE347 Group Dynamics+ 4
GE375 Psychology+ 4
HS210 Anatomy and Physiology I+ 4
HS220 Anatomy and Physiology II+ 4
Subtotal 32
Core Courses
HT100 Medical Terminology+ 4
HT102 Introduction to the Health Care Record+ 4
HT104 Release of Personal Health Information+ 4
HT105 Alternative Health Records+ 4
HT112 Human Diseases with Pharmacology+ 4
HT113 Computers in Health Care+ 4
HT200 Professional Practicum** 4
HT201 Health Care Statistics+ 4
HT203 Health Care Data Sets and Specialized Registries+ 4
HT204 CPT Coding+ 4
HT205 Health Care Reimbursement Systems+ 4
HT207 Coding I+ 4
HT208 Coding II with Practicum** 4
HT211 Utilization, Risk and Compliance Management+ 4
HT212 Supervision and Personnel Management in Health Care+ 4
Subtotal 60
Technical Basic Courses
TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional+ 4

+In this program, this course may be taught either completely in residence at the school, completely online over the Internet as a distance education course or partially in residence and partially online, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to the courses that the school decides to teach all or partially online over the Internet. In order to help students become familiar with fundamentals of taking courses online over the Internet, the school may determine that a portion of the first online course that a student takes in this program must be taken online at the school in a supervised setting.

**This course includes a practicum component that must be successfully completed by the student at one or more medical care facilities that are assigned to the student by the school.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.

Program Outcome Measure

To view the percent of total graduates represented by Employed Graduates listed on the Graduate Employment Information disclosure form, please click here.

Employed Graduates are those graduates who obtained employment by April 30 of the year following their graduation in a position that requires the direct or indirect use of the skills taught in the Health Information Technology program, including graduates who obtained this employment prior to enrolling in the Health Information Technology program, while enrolled in the Health Information Technology program or after graduating from the Health Information Technology program.

 
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