HIT AAS Degree

Health Information Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Program Description

TCC's two-year HIT degree 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 2018 AHIMA Health Information Management Curricula Competencies for the profession.

Graduates of an accredited CAHIIM HIT program are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) national accreditation examination.  

The RHIT credential is recognized nationally by health care institutions for medical record and coding roles. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the AHIMA careers website to view career opportunities and resources available in the profession.

This program is offered completely online and admits in the fall. 

Accreditation  CAHIIM logo

The Health Information Management accreditor of Tacoma Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2029-2030.

All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to

CAHIIM
200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100
Chicago, IL, 60601
phone at 312.235.3255
email at info@cahiim.org

Certification Information

In accordance with U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), educational institutions must provide information related to whether their programs will fulfill educational requirements for specific professional licensure or certification and to inform prospective students whether their degree upon graduation will qualify them to work in the state where they are located.  Graduates of the HIT program are eligible to sit for the RHIT exam, which is valid in every state.

Learn More About HIT

Explore our virtual information sessions and research jobs and careers for this area of study.

Program Pathway

TCC’s HIT AAS degree prepares students for a variety of careers in health information technology. The two-year Associates in Applied Sciences (AAS) degree can also lead to the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Health Information Management offered at TCC.
Prerequisites
Technical Core Requirements
Non-Academic Requirements
Program Effectiveness & Learning Outcomes

Associate of Applied Science Degree

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Core Requirements
Number Title Credits
BIOL& 175 Human Biology w/lab 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
MATH& 146
Statistics
5
CU 203
Excel II
3
HIT 105 Comprehensive Medical Terminology 5

The HIT Core Curriculum classes are offered 1 time per year. Students must complete courses in the order described.

109 credits including pre-reqs

Core Requirements
Number Title Credits
Fall Quarter
LS 101
Introduction to Research
2
HIT 120
Information Protection
3
HIT 125 Record Content and Standards I 5
HIT 126 Health Info Technologies
5
Winter Quarter
HIT 141
Introduction to ICD-10-CM Coding
5
HIT 161 Pathopharmacology
5
HIT 195
Health Law
3
HIT 159
Domain Connections: Information Protection
1
Spring Quarter
HIT 145 Healthcare Statistics
2
HIT 173 Data Analytics
5
HIT 221
Introduction to ICD-10-PCS/Impatient Coding
5
HIT 169 Domain Connections: Informatics and Analytics
1
Fall Quarter
HIT 170 Coding for Professional Services
5
HIT 175
Data Quality and Performance Improvement
5
HIT 225 Record Content and Standards II 5
HIT 199
Domain Connections: Data Structure and Content
1
Winter Quarter
HIT 230 Revenue Cycle 5
HIT 245 Coding and Legal Compliance
4
HIT 242 Leadership/Management 5
HIT 239 Domain Connections: Revenue Cycle Management
1
Spring Quarter
HIT 251 Advanced Coding Practicum
3
HIT 254 HIT Capstone 4
HIT 255 HIT Professional Practice Experience 5
HIT 249
Professional Development
1

Professional Practice Experience internships for the program require:

  • Criminal and federal fraud background checks
  • Health insurance
  • Immunizations
  • Vehicle insurance (where applicable)
  • 80 hours of in-person, onsite clinical experience

Program Effectiveness Outcomes

Tacoma Community College strives to provide the best environment for our students to succeed.

Graduation Rate within 150% of Published Time
 
Academic Year Completion Rate
2020 - 2021  
2019 - 2020 57.0%
2018 - 2019 41.0%
2017 - 2018 70.0%
Student Statisfaction Rate  
Academic Year Satisfaction Rate
2020 - 2021 100%
2019 - 2020 93%
2018 - 2019 100%
Retention Rate  
Academic Year Retention Rate
2020 - 2021 93.0%
2019 - 2020 94.4%
2018 - 2019 91.7%
Employment Rate (within 9 months)
 
Academic Year Employment Rate
2020 - 2021 50%
2019 - 2020 100%
2018 - 2019 100%
Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply policies and procedures surrounding data structure, data content, and information governance. (COK,COM, CRT, IIT, RES)
  2. Evaluate health recod, data dictionary and data set regulatory and accreditation compliance. (COK, COM, CRT, IIT, RES)
  3. Apply legal and information protection solutions for maintaining privacy, confidentiality and security of health information. (COK, COM, CRT, IIT, RES)
  4. Apply informatics and analytics concepts to health data use and technologies such as clinical decision support, statistical calculations, graphical representations, research methodologies, and data management. (COK, COM, CRT, IIT, RES)
  5. Evaluate the management of database systems and health information exchange standards. (COK, COM, CRT, IIT, RES)
  6. Apply revenue cycle policies and coding methodologies in accordance with guidelines. (COK, COM, CRT, IIT, RES)
  7. Evaluate revenue cycle processes and compliance with regulatory requirements and reimbursement methodologies. (COK, COM, CRT, IIT, RES)
  8. Identify legislation, legal processes, health policy, and risk management concepts that affect health information. (COK, COM, CRT, IIT, RES)
  9. Demonstrate leadership skills that adhere to equity, diversity and inclusion policies, human resource strategies and performance improvement techniques for workforce training, organizational change, and financial management. (COK, COM, CRT, IIT, ICD, RES)
  10. Evaluate compliance with federal regulations and ethical standards of practice. (COK, COM, CRT, IIT, RES)
  11. Identify major concepts of supportive knowledge to include pathophysiology, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, statistics and computer applications. (COK, COM, CRT)

Our Full Time Faculty

 

Dona Aubrey

Dona Aubrey, BS, RHIT

Professor

 

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Corinne Jarvis, M.ED., RHIA, CHDA

Program Chair

 

 

Jonathan Eastabrooks

Jonathan Eastabrooks, RHIA, MBA

Professor


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Adrienne Commeree, RHIA, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP

Professor

Other Healthcare Programs at TCC

There are a variety of ways to work in the health care industry. TCC is fortunate to offer a number of educational programs in Health Sciences that might be of interest. In order to assist prospective students in fully understanding their training options, we encourage your review of the electronic version of our Health Careers Program Overview Information Session.

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