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Academic Programs - School of Business

Health Information Management and Technology
Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5005
Chairperson: James G. Looby
Brahan Hall, Room 206, (518) 629-7225

Today’s health information technician needs a variety of skills to keep pace with the highly technical emergent medical office work place that is currently evolving to support Electronic Medical Records (EMR). The Health Information Management and Technology A.A.S. program is a relevant up-to-date curriculum designed for students to gain the skills necessary to become an administrative medical office professional in either a private practice or health care facility. The program is modeled after the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) curriculum and program graduates are prepared and eligible to take the AHIMA Certified Coding Specialists (CCS) examination. Program graduates are also prepared to take the Internet and Core Computing (IC3) exam. It must be noted that the program goes far beyond computer skills and knowledge of office software, as course content also focuses on ethics, security, and the necessary collaboration skills needed in the technical health field. The program concludes with an industry internship.

Highlights:

  • Coursework prepares students to enter the health administration field, which is expected to face a shortage of trained workers due to the rapid retirement of the Baby Boom generation.
  • Students can complete the degree through full-time or part-time study.
  • Those skilled in medical transcription or medical encoding can find positions that pay in excess of $30,000.

Full-time students who wish to complete this program in exactly four terms of study must begin their studies in the fall semester and complete five to six courses each term. Degree requirements can be completed through either full-time or part-time study through on campus or distance learning courses.

All HITC, AITC and CMPT courses must have been taken within seven years in order to be applicable toward this degree program.

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Courses Notes High School Average
Math I, Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math (70 or above in the course) Business and software courses recommended. 70+

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $750.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*  

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

FORM 104 College Forum** (1)
AITC 166 Internship*** 3
BIOL 109 Biology of the Human Organism 4
CMPT 110 Document Formatting on Microcomputers 3
CMPT 111 Information Processing 3
CMPT 112 Advanced Information Processing with Business Communication 3
CMPT 115 Excel 3
CMPT 120 Database Concepts and Applications 3
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 115 Library Skills for Research 1
HITC 100 Introduction to Medical Office Procedures 4
HITC 101 Medical Record Review, Transcription and Terminology 4
HITC 103 Intro to Medical Coding, Health Insurance and Reimbursement 3
HITC 104 Advanced Medical Coding and Reimbursement 3
HITC 107 Health Information Management 3
______ HITC 105 Clinical Office Procedures or 4-7
EMSP 100 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
______ (1) Restricted English Elective 3
______ (2) Liberal Arts and Sciences Health Science Elective 3
______ (3) Liberal Arts Electives 6
______ (4) Social Science Elective 3
______ (5) Restricted Elective 3-4
  Total Credits Required 65-69

*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.
**Required of first-time, full-time students
***May be replaced with Business Elective by permission of department chair.

(1) Restricted English Elective - ENGL 102, ENGL 104, ENGL 106, ENGL 108, ENGL 120, ENGL 125, ENGL 130, ESLS 102 or by permission of department chair.

(2) Health Science Electives – Recommended Courses – BIOL 104, BIOL 105, BIOL 120, BIOL 121, BIOL 125, BIOL 126, BIOL 127, BIOL 207, BIOL 230, PSYC 100.

(3) Liberal Arts Elective – Recommended Courses – ECON 100, ECON 101, POLS 100.

(4) Social Science Elective – Recommended Courses – PSYC 100, PSYC 215, SOCL 100, SOCL 110, SOCL 115, SOCL 120.

(5) Restricted Electives - Recommended courses- ACTG 100 or ACTG 110, BADM 100, BADM 110, BADM 111, BADM 130, BADM 131, BADM 140, CISS 100, CMPT 118, CMPT 125.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY
FIRST TERM
FORM 104 College Forum (1)
BIOL 109 Biology of the Human Organism 4
CMPT 110 Document Formatting on Microcomputers 3
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
HITC 100 Introduction to Medical Office Procedures 4
  Liberal Arts Elective 3
  Term Total 17
SECOND TERM
CMPT 111 Information Processing 3
CMPT 115 Excel 3
HITC 101 Medical Record Review, Transcription and Terminology 4
HITC 103 Intro to Medical Coding, Health Insurance and Reimbursement 3
  Restricted English Elective 3
  Term Total 16
THIRD TERM
CMPT 112 Advanced Information Processing with Business Communication 3
ENGL 115 Library Skills for Research 1
HITC 104 Advanced Medical Coding and Reimbursement 3
  HITC 105 Clinical Office Procedures or 4-7
EMSP 100 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
Liberal Arts Elective 3
  Liberal Arts and Sciences Health Science Elective 3
  Term Total 17-20
FOURTH TERM
AITC 166 Internship 3
CMPT 120 Database Concepts and Applications 3
HITC 107 Health Information Management 3
  Restricted Elective 3-4
  Social Science Elective 3
  Term Total 15-16