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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.


Academic Plan Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2020 Fall
Award notes

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

Students in this program participate in mandatory professional practice placements in health care settings.

Students must be willing to undergo a background check performed by the MCCCD approved vendor. (Students who are unsure of their background status may take a preliminary background check at their own expense before entering the program, results of which will not be sent to the college.)

The following Prerequisite courses must be completed within five (5) years of the Required Course(s) for which they are requisite requirements: BIO201, BIO202, BPC110, HCC145, HCC164, HCC204, and HIM200.

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
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.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4)4
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications3
HCC145Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals3
HIM101Introduction to Health Information Management3
HIM106Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information Management3
HIM160Health Data and Content2
HIM180Introduction to Medical Billing and Reimbursement2
HIM200Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Health Information Management (HIM) Professionals3
HIM203Healthcare Statistics and Data Analytics3
HIM207Health Information Organizational Resource Management3
HIM208ICD-CM Diagnostic Coding2
HIM219Health Information Management Systems3
Students must select one (1) of the following tracks:
CIS114DEExcel Spreadsheet3
HIM209Procedural Coding Systems for Non-Coders3
HIM225Health Data Analytics3
HIM231Health Data Management Seminar1
HIM232Health Data Management Professional Practice1
HIM210ICD-PCS Coding and ICD Applications2
HIM211Advanced Applications of Coding and Reimbursement4
HIM213CPT and HCPCS Coding3
HIM233Revenue Cycle Management Seminar1
HIM234Revenue Cycle Data Management Professional Practice1
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 18-21
General Education CoreCredits: 12-15
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3
MAT112Mathematical Concepts and Applications3
General Education DistributionCredits: 6
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.3
Natural SciencesCredits: 0
Met by BIO156 or BIO181 in the Required Courses area.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, and cultural competency skills according to health information management professional practice standards. (HIM101, HIM103, HIM180, HIM207, HIM208, HIM210, HIM211, HIM213, HIM231, HIM232, HIM233, HIM234), (COM))
  • Promote awareness of the health information management profession. (HIM101, HIM207, HIM231, HIM232, HIM233, HIM234)
  • Communicate oral and written communication that corresponds to health information management professional practice standards. (HIM101, HIM106, HIM160, HIM180, HIM200, HIM203, HIM207, HIM219, HIM225, HIM231, HIM232, HIM233, HIM234, [FYC], (COM))
  • Work effectively within health information management departmental and interdisciplinary teams and committees. (HIM207, HIM231, HIM232, HIM233, HIM234, [COM])
  • Use critical and creative thinking skills in decision-making and problem-solving processes in accordance with health information management best practices. (HIM101, HIM106, HIM160, HIM203, HIM207, HIM208, HIM210, HIM211, HIM213, HIM219, HIM225, HIM231, HIM232, HIM233, HIM234, (COM), (CRE))
  • Interpret health data for statistical functions, and research and quality improvement efforts. (CIS114DE, HIM203, HIM207, HIM225, HIM231, HIM232, (CRE))
  • Evaluate health information according to legal and ethical principles and regulatory guidelines. (HIM106, HIM203, HIM207, HIM208, HIM209, HIM210, HIM211, HIM213, HIM219, HIM225, HIM231, HIM232, HIM233, HIM234)
  • Evaluate health informatics, health information technologies, and health information systems in accordance with federal, state, local, and HIM industry standards. (BPC110, HIM101, HIM106, HIM160, HIM203, HIM211, HIM213, HIM219, HIM232, HIM234)
  • Use health informatics, health information technologies, and health information systems in accordance with federal, state, local, and health information management industry standards. (BPC110, CIS114DE, HIM101, HIM106, HIM160, HIM203, HIM211, HIM213, HIM219, HIM232, HIM234)
  • Apply anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology concepts in the management of health information. (BIO201, BIO202, HCC145, HIM180, HIM200, HIM208, HIM209, HIM210, HIM211, HIM213, HIM234)
  • Apply clinical nomenclatures, vocabularies, classification systems, revenue cycle management, and coding compliance concepts according to acute, ambulatory, and alternative care standards. (BIO156, BIO181, BIO201, BIO202, HCC145, HIM180, HIM208, HIM209, HIM210, HIM211, HIM213, HIM234)
  • Manage health information services in accordance with strategic, project, financial, and human resource management principles, practices, and legislation. (HIM207, HIM231, HIM232, HIM233, HIM234)

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.