Dec 16, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2017-2018 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Information Technology, AAS

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Program of Study

Health information management is the profession that focuses on healthcare data and the management of healthcare information resources. The Health Information Technology (HIT) program combines the knowledge of and skills from the disciplines of medicine, information management, business applications and computer technology within the healthcare industry. The HIT program is appropriate for individuals interested in preparing themselves for employment in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

The faculty has identified the following Learning Outcomes for all graduates:

  • Apply legal principles, policies, regulations, and standards for the control and use of health information.
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis of health records.
  • Code, classify, and index diagnoses and procedures for the purpose of reimbursement, standardization, retrieval, and statistical analysis.
  • Abstract health records for department indices, databases, and registries.
  • Perform functions related to collection, storage, and retrieval of healthcare data; query databases to retrieve information.
  • Collect, compute, analyze, interpret, and present statistical data related to healthcare services.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor procedures to ensure healthcare data integrity.
  • Apply quality improvement tools and techniques to improve departmental processes.
  • Interpret and apply laws, statutes, licensure, and accreditation standards affecting healthcare data.


  • Health Data/EHR Analyst
  • Clinical Coding Specialist
  • Records Technician/Specialist
  • Insurance Claims Analyst
  • Physician Practice Manager
  • Department Manager
  • Patient Information Coordinator

Total Technical Credit Hours: 34

Total General Education and Related Credit Hours: 29

Total Credit Hours: 63

Entry Level Requirements for HIT Degree and Medical Coding Certificate:

  1. Placement testing into ENG 1050 - College Composition I   or ENG 1060 - College Composition II   
  2. Placement into MTH 2010 - Statistics  or ACT score of 22

HIT Program Graduation Requirements: Students must complete all HIT courses with a grade of “C” or better to meet graduation requirements. The “C” or better standard for HIT courses also applies to prerequisite requirements.

HIT Program Accreditation: The HIT Associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

All students graduating from Terra State Community College with an Associate degree of any kind will be functionally proficient in common computer operations and applications. Please see your academic advisor or academic division office for further details.

See your advisor for appropriate course selection.

Recommended Course Sequence - 2 year
Recommended Course Sequence - 3 year

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