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HIT AAS Degree

Health Information Technology
Associate in Applied Science Degree

(101-102 credits)

The HIT program provides a combination of medical knowledge and business applications and leads to an Associate of Applied Sciences Degree. TCC's program prepares students for employment in hospitals, ambulatory health care facilities, physician practices, skilled nursing facilities, and state or federal health agencies. Read more ...

This program is fully accredited (CAHIIM) and is completely ONLINE!

Successful graduates are eligible to write the national certification exam for Health Information Technicians sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Upon passing this exam, graduates will receive the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential from AHIMA, which are recognized nationally by health care institutions. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the AHIMA careers website and job map to view career opportunities and extensive resources available in the profession.

Degree completion and successfully obtaining the RHIT credential may provide the opportunity to enter a 2+2 Health Information Administration program at the university level and become eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential from AHIMA. Students who wish to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities should work closely with their TCC advisor and contact their transfer institution to determine transfer requirements.

TCC's HIT program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). Skills students acquire in this program are outlined in the AHIMA Associate Degree Entry-Level Competencies for the profession (http://www.cahima.org).

This program is offered completely online.  For those new to online learning or are feeling unsure about your online expertise, we suggest taking the 2-credit TCC course OLL 101 (Online Learning 101). 

Associate in Applied Sciences Degree
(101-102 credits)

All prerequisite courses must be completed with passing grades within 2 attempts before enrolling in HIM core courses.

General Core Requirements

These courses must be completed before beginning the HIT technical core requirements. All of the courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better within two attempts.

BIOL& 175Human Biology w/lab5
ENGL& 101English Composition I5
BUS 110Business Math5

Technical Core Requirements

Students can only enter 1st Quarter HIT classes in the Fall and Spring.

1st Quarter
CU 105Word/Excel I5
HIT 105Medical Terminology5
HIT 110Healthcare Delivery Systems5
 2nd Quarter
HIT 115Health Information Technologies5
HIT 125Record Content and Standards I5
HIT 141OP DX Coding2
HIT 195Health Law and Ethics3
3rd Quarter
HIT 160Pathophysiology5
HIT 170CPT Coding5
HIT 175Healthcare Statistics and Data Quality5
 4th Quarter 
HIT 200Pharmacology for Health Information Technology2
HIT 221Intermediate Coding5
HIT 225Record Content and Standards II5
 5th Quarter
HIT 210Revenue Cycle5
HIT 245Advanced Coding5
HIT 242Leadership and Management I5
IT 230Project Management2
 6th Quarter
HIT 254Leadership and Management II5
HIT 255Professional Practice Experience5
Elective  
HIT 250CCS5
HIT 251CDIP5
     

Students who wish to sit for the outpatient coding credential of CPC or CCS-P to complement their AAS degree and RHIT credential may wish to take the additional elective of HIT 152 Advanced Outpatient Coding and/or HIT 186 Outpatient Coding Clinical.

Post-Associate Degree Certificate Option Available

An e-HIM (electronic-Health Information Management) certificate is also offered in collaboration with TCC’s Networking & Convergence Technologies program. This certificate is designed to complement the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) or Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential. The certificate program provides information technology skills that allow HIM professionals to participate on health information management IT teams working in electronic development and/or management of health information. For more information, visit www.tacomacc.edu/ehimcertificateprogram.

 

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