Health Care Core

Health Information Technology - AAS

Health Information Technology
Effective term: 
2017 Summer
Final term: 
Total credits required: 
67.5 - 71
Award type: 

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Health Information Technology program is designed to meet the increasing demands for professionally trained Health Information Technicians in health-care agencies such as clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, state health departments, and other organizations that compile or use health information such as large insurance agencies, medical research centers, and law firms. Additional Certificates of Completion (CCL) are available.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150, Chicago, IL, 60601-5800). Graduates are eligible to apply to take the examination of the American Health Information Management Association for the designation RHIT - Registered Health Information Technician.

Program notes: 

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

Students pursuing this program must select either Fulltime (begins Spring) or Parttime (begins Fall) participation.

Credit will not be awarded for both a course and its modular equivalent.

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.)

Admission criteria: 

A high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Completion of Program Prerequisites.

Formal application and admission to the Health Information Technology Program are required.

Applications can be obtained from the Health Professions Advisor, Program Director, or from the Phoenix College website.

Ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, and professional practice in health care settings. Prior to the professional practice experience in a clinical setting, students must provide documented proof of meeting current requirements for: CPR training, health and drug screenings, and immunizations, including proof of current TB (tuberculosis) skin test and submit to a drug screening and demonstrate negative results.

Proof of positive titers or current immunization: Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and varicella.

Proof of one time dose of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) followed by tetanus/diphtheria (Td) booster every 10 years.

Background Check Requirements Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an 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.

The credit hour range is subject to change depending on the student's educational experiences.
Students must select Option 1 or Option 2.
Option I Credits: 7
Option 1 is available for students who have completed an Associate in Applied Science degree or higher degree in a health science discipline from a regionally accredited institution of higher education recognized by Maricopa County Community College District.
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) (recommended) OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4) 4
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) 3
Option 2: Credits: 13
Option 2 is available for students who do not have an Associate in Applied Science degree or higher degree in a health science discipline.
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) (recommended) OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4) 4
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) 3
HCC130Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery 3
HCC145Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals 3
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications 3
HCC/RES109CPR for Health Care Provider (0.5) OR
Current CPR certification at the health care provider OR
Professional rescuer level 0-0.5
HCC164Pharmacology for Allied Health 0.5
HCC204Clinical Pathophysiology 3
HCC208Health Care Leadership 1
HIM101Introduction to Health Information Management 1
HIM106Legal Aspects of Health Information Management (3) OR
HIM106AALegal Aspects of Health Information Management I (1.5) AND
HIM106ABLegal Aspects of Health Information Management II (1.5) 3
HIM140Acute Care Documentation and Standards 2
HIM150Health Care Data 2
HIM180Introduction to Medical Billing and Reimbursement 2
HIM201Health Information Statistics and Research 2
HIM206Health Information Management in Alternative Care Settings (2) OR
HIM206AAHealth Information Management in Alternative Care Settings: Long Term (1) AND
HIM206ABHealth Information Management in Alternative Care Settings: Non-long Term (1) 2
HIM207Health Information Organizational Resource Management 2
HIM208ICD-CM Diagnostic Coding (2) AND
HIM210ICD-PCS Coding and ICD Applications (2) 4
HIM211Advanced Applications of Coding and Reimbursement 4
HIM212CPT Coding I 2
HIM214CPT Coding II 2
HIM217Health Information Management Seminar I 1
HIM218Professional Practice 1
HIM219Health Information Management Systems 3
HIM220Health Information Management Seminar II 1
HIM224Advanced Professional Practice 1
HIM230Quality Management and Performance Improvement 2
General Education
General Education RequirementCredits 15-18
General Education CoreCredits 9-12
First-Year CompositionCredits 3
Met by ENG101 or ENG107, in Program Prerequisites area.
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3) 3
Oral CommunicationCredits 3
COM110Interpersonal Communication 3
Critical ReadingCredits 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
CRE111Critical Reading for Business and Industry (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment. 0-3
MathematicsCredits 3
MAT112Mathematical Concepts and Applications 3
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 Program Prerequisites area. 0
  1. Relate the development, histology, and structure of the human body systems to their respective physiological functions. (BIO201, BIO202)
  2. Enter and retrieve patient data using computerized health information systems. (BPC110, HIM101, HIM106, HIM106AA, HIM106AB, HIM140, HIM150, HIM201, HIM206, HIM206AA, HIM206AB, HIM211, HIM214, HIM218, HIM224)
  3. Perform CPR at the health care provider level. (HCC/RES109)
  4. Identify and describe the most frequently used drugs, laboratory tests, and clinical procedures used in health care. (HCC164, HCC204, HIM208, HIM210)
  5. Describe various types of, causes for, treatments of, and methods of preventing diseases of the human body. (HCC204)
  6. Coordinate and participate on health information teams by using appropriate leadership and management techniques. (HCC208, HIM207, HIM224)
  7. Describe and apply professionalism and ethical behavior as related to the health information and related professions. (HIM101, HIM180, HIM208, HIM210, HIM218, HIM224)
  8. Organize and maintain manual or automated systems for primary and secondary health information. (HIM101, HIM150, HIM219, HIM224)
  9. Monitor record control within the organization. (HIM101, HIM218)
  10. Prepare and apply policies and procedures used in health information management systems. (HIM106, HIM140, HIM150, HIM206, HIM206AA, HIM206AB, HIM207, HIM218, HIM224)
  11. Release or withhold health information, following written procedures and federal and state guidelines. (HIM106, HIM106AA, HIM106AB, HIM180, HIM218)
  12. Prepare health information for use in legal proceedings. (HIM106, HIM106AA, HIM106AB, HIM218)
  13. Develop and evaluate policies and procedures designed to assure confidentiality and security of health information. (HIM106, HIM106AA, HIM106AB, HIM218, HIM219)
  14. Follow policies and procedures to assemble, quantitatively analyze, and evaluate the quality of patient information. (HIM140, HIM150, HIM206, HIM206AA, HIM206AB, HIM218, HIM230)
  15. Prepare documents and reports which reflect the status of a health information management service. (HIM140, HIM206, HIM206AA, HIM206AB, HIM207, HIM211, HIM217, HIM220, HIM224)
  16. Gather and organize pertinent data for required committees and health professional credentialing. (HIM140, HIM206, HIM206AA, HIM206AB, HIM217, HIM218, HIM224, HIM230)
  17. Identify and describe the regulators of health care and outline the role of federal, state, and local governments in providing health care. (HIM140, HIM206, HIM206AA, HIM206AB, HIM208, HIM210, HIM212, HIM218)
  18. Organize, gather, and evaluate data used in datasets, databases, indexes, and registers. (HIM150, HIM218)
  19. Describe the major health care third-party payers in terms of programs offered, populations served, and reimbursement methodologies. (HIM180, HIM218)
  20. Define and describe the roles of the coder and biller in third-party health care reimbursement. (HIM180, HIM208, HIM210, HIM211, HIM212, HIM214)
  21. Apply various nomenclatures and classification systems when coding diseases and procedures. (HIM208, HIM210, HIM211, HIM212, HIM214)
  22. Interpret and use source documents when coding diseases and operations. (HIM208, HIM210, HIM211, HIM212, HIM214)
  23. Code, sequence, and index diagnoses, procedures, and symptoms accurately. (HIM208, HIM210, HIM211, HIM212, HIM214)
  24. Collect health care information for administrative reporting, quality management studies, research projects, and educational programs. (HIM201, HIM217, HIM220, HIM224, HIM230)
  25. Collect data for and compute health care statistics using manual or automated systems. (HIM201, HIM218)
  26. Retrieve and enter birth and/or death certificate information completely and accurately. (HIM201, HIM218)
  27. Monitor the accuracy, consistency, and completeness of health care statistics. (HIM201, HIM218)
  28. Apply health information research and monitor compliance with research guidelines and regulations. (HIM201, HIM224)
  29. Apply appropriate health information standards to enhance services provided by health information practitioners. (HIM207, HIM220, HIM224)
  30. Plan, organize, and evaluate health information services. (HIM207, HIM224)
  31. Maintain a systematic health information service work flow by using established quality, quantity, and space standards. (HIM207, HIM224)
  32. Enter coding data into a computerized system to determine the appropriate payment group. (HIM211, HIM214)
  33. Monitor coding and revenue cycle processes. (HIM211, HIM214)
  34. Describe various computer applications and systems used in health information management. (HIM208, HIM210, HIM211, HIM214, HIM219, HIM224)
  35. Distinguish among financial, administrative, and clinical applications of computers in health care facilities. (HIM219, HIM224)
  36. Follow organizational policies and procedures to meet the guidelines required for health care quality improvement programs. (HIM224, HIM230)