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Health Information Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Health Information Technology prepares students to meet the increasing demands for formally trained health information management professionals in healthcare agencies such as clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, state health departments, and other organizations. Health information technicians are trained in the domains of health informatics, revenue cycle management, data analytics, and information governance. Certificates of Completion (CCL) in Medical Billing and Coding: Physician-Based, Medical Coding: Hospital-Based, or Health Information: Long Term Care Settings are also available.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the examination of the American Health Information Management Association for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) designation.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Health Information Technology (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3324
Total Credits Required
71-74
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, and cultural competency skills according to health information management professional practice standards.
  2. Promote awareness of the health information management profession.
  3. Communicate oral and written communication that corresponds to health information management professional practice standards.
  4. Work effectively within health information management departmental and interdisciplinary teams and committees.
  5. Use critical and creative thinking skills in decision-making and problem-solving processes in accordance with health information management best practices.
  6. Interpret health data for statistical functions, and research and quality improvement efforts.
  7. Evaluate health information according to legal and ethical principles and regulatory guidelines.
  8. Evaluate health informatics, health information technologies, and health information systems in accordance with federal, state, local, and HIM industry standards.
  9. Use health informatics, health information technologies, and health information systems in accordance with federal, state, local, and health information management industry standards.
  10. Apply anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology concepts in the management of health information.
  11. Apply clinical nomenclatures, vocabularies, classification systems, revenue cycle management, and coding compliance concepts according to acute, ambulatory, and alternative care standards.
  12. Manage health information services in accordance with strategic, project, financial, and human resource management principles, practices, and legislation.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialists, and Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other

$41,570

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

High school diploma, OR GED equivalent.

Formal application and admission to the Health Information Technology program is required.

Ability to participate fully in classroom, laboratory settings, if applicable.

Applications available from advisement or the College website.

Background Check Requirements
Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of the Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the program.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border.

Note: You will have to select one of the options below to view available course sequences.

Full-time Sequence

To view course sequences, select one of the pathway map options above.

Part-time Sequence

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Pathway Map Option Details

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Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=149380).


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.