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.
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.
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
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 #||Course Title||Credits|
|BIO156||Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR|
|BIO181||General Biology (Majors) I (4)||4|
|BIO201||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIO202||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|BPC110||Computer Usage and Applications||3|
|HCC145||Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals||3|
|HIM101||Introduction to Health Information Management||3|
|HIM106||Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information Management||3|
|HIM160||Health Data and Content||2|
|HIM180||Introduction to Medical Billing and Reimbursement||2|
|HIM200||Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Health Information Management (HIM) Professionals||3|
|HIM203||Healthcare Statistics and Data Analytics||3|
|HIM207||Health Information Organizational Resource Management||3|
|HIM208||ICD-CM Diagnostic Coding||2|
|HIM219||Health Information Management Systems||3|
|Students must select one (1) of the following tracks:|
|Track 1: HEALTH DATA MANAGEMENT Credits:||11|
|HIM209||Procedural Coding Systems for Non-Coders||3|
|HIM225||Health Data Analytics||3|
|HIM231||Health Data Management Seminar||1|
|HIM232||Health Data Management Professional Practice||1|
|Track 2: REVENUE CYCLE MANAGEMENT Credits:||11|
|HIM210||ICD-PCS Coding and ICD Applications||2|
|HIM211||Advanced Applications of Coding and Reimbursement||4|
|HIM213||CPT and HCPCS Coding||3|
|HIM233||Revenue Cycle Management Seminar||1|
|HIM234||Revenue Cycle Data Management Professional Practice||1|
|General Education Requirement||Credits: 18-21|
|General Education Core||Credits: 12-15|
|First-Year Composition||Credits: 6|
|ENG101||First-Year Composition (3) OR|
|ENG107||First-Year Composition for ESL (3)|
|ENG102||First-Year Composition (3) OR|
|ENG108||First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR|
|ENG111||Technical and Professional Writing (3)||6|
|Oral Communication||Credits: 3|
|COM100||Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR|
|COM110||Interpersonal Communication (3) OR|
|COM225||Public Speaking (3) OR|
|COM230||Small Group Communication (3)||3|
|Critical Reading||Credits: 0-3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR|
|Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)||0-3|
|MAT112||Mathematical Concepts and Applications||3|
|General Education Distribution||Credits: 6|
|Humanities and Fine Arts||Credits: 3|
|Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.||3|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences||Credits: 3|
|Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.||3|
|Natural Sciences||Credits: 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)
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