Award Type: AAS
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.
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.)
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.