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HIT AAS Degree

Health Information Technology
Associate in Applied Science Degree

(111 credits)

The next admission into the Health Information Technology (HIT) associate degree is Fall Quarter 2017. Full-time students can expect to finish the degree in Spring Quarter 2019. ENROLLMENT UPDATE 6/6: The Fall 2017 cohort is currently full. You can add your name to the waitlist but we would urge you to consider having a backup plan in case you don't get in.

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.

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). 

2017-18 Curriculum

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
MATH 146* or MATH 93/136Statistics / Inferential Statistics5
HIT 105Comprehensive Medical Terminology5

Technical Core Requirements

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


1st Quarter  
CU 103Excel I3
HIT 110Healthcare Delivery Systems5
HIT 125Record Content and Standards I5
HIT 179Ethical Issues in HIT Seminar1
2nd Quarter  
HIT 126Health Information Technologies5
HIT 141Beginning ICD-10 Coding2
HIT 145Healthcare Statistics2
HIT 160Pathophysiology for HIT5
HIT 179Ethical Issues in HIT Seminar1
3rd Quarter  
HIT 170Outpatient Procedural Coding5
HIT 173Data Analytics5
HIT 195Health Law and Ethics3
HIT 179Ethical Issues in HIT Seminar1
4th Quarter  
HIT 175Data Quality and Performance Imprvoment5
HIT 221Inpatient Coding5
HIT 225Record Content and Standards II5
HIT 279Ethical Issues in HC Leadership Seminar1
5th Quarter  
HIT 230Revenue Cycle5
HIT 235Health Records in Alternate Care2
HIT 242HIT Leadership and Management5
HIT 279Ethical Issues in HC Leadership1
6th Quarter  
HIT 245Advanced Coding and Compliance5
HIT 254HIT Capstone5
HIT 255HIT Professional Practice Experience5
IT 230Project Management2
Elective Summer OptionsOptional add ons 
HIT 165Pharmacology2
HIT 176Advanced Ouptatient Coding (offered summers)5
HIT 186Outpatient Coding Professional Practice (offered summers)2-5
HIT 250Inpatient Coding Professional Practice (offered Spring)2

106 credits including pre-reqs

We do not offer CORE courses during the summer - but we do have electives for those wishing more instruction in coding. 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 176 Advanced Outpatient Coding and/or HIT 186 Outpatient Coding Clinical offered summer quarters. HIT 250 can be taken with HIT 245 for additional inpatient coding practice as well. We also offer an additional 2 credit class in pharmacology HIT 165 for those who want more training.

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 http://www.tacomacc.edu/areasofstudy/careertraining/healthinformationtechnology/ehimcertificateprogram/.

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