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Health Information Technology (AAS.HIT)

What is Health Information Technology?

HIT professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. They are experts in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information, including the Electronic Health Record.

Some health information technicians specialize in coding patients' medical information for insurance purposes. These technicians assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure, relying on their knowledge of disease processes and coding guidelines.

HIT professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies and home care provider agencies.

Credentials for the HIT AAS Degree

Most employers prefer to hire Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT), who must pass a written examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). To take the examination, a person must graduate from a 2-year associate degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

For more information on AHIMA credentials, click here.

Program Requirements

THE HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM IS A MOSTLY ONLINE PROGRAM. SOME PROGRAM COURSES ARE ONLY OFFERED IN THE ONLINE FORMAT WHILE OTHERS MAY BE OFFERED IN HYBRID OR CLASSROOM FORMATS.

If you are a full time student, please apply to the HIT program right away.  Full-time students should take general education courses in conjunction with program courses. HIT program courses should be taken in sequence and if you complete the general education courses first, you will not meet the credit requirement for full time.

Recommended Course Sequence

Curriculum is subject to change. The department will make every effort to keep students aware of changes as they occur.**revised 4/2017

Rowan College at Burlington County reserves the right to change course schedule information, including instructor names, at any time as may be warranted by economic considerations, insufficient enrollments, and/or circumstances requiring such administrative action.

 

YEAR ONE

Semester 1 Course Title Credits
HIT 102* Introduction to Health Information 3
HIT 103 Legal Aspects of Health Information 3
HIT 105 Medical Terminology 2
BIO 110 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology I (lecture) 3
BIO 111 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (lab) 1
ENG 101 College Composition I 3

 

Total

15

Semester 2 Course Title Credits
HIT 110* Professional Practice Experience I 2
HIT 115 Pathophysiology 3
HIT 117 Pharmacology 3
BIO 114 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture) 3
BIO 115 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology II (lab) 1
SPE 102 Public Speaking 3

 

Total

15

Semester 3 Course Title Credits
HIT 107* Health Information in Non-Acute Care 3
CIS 161 Computer Applications 3
ENG 106 Business Communications 3

 

Total

9

YEAR TWO

Semester 4 Course Title Credits
HIT 204* Healthcare Management and Personnel 3
HIT 209 ICD-10-CM Coding 3
HIT 210 ICD-10-PCS Coding 3
HIT 224* Healthcare Information Systems 3
MTH 107 Introduction to Statistics 3

 

Total

15

Semester 5 Course Title Credits
HIT 205* HCPCS Coding (CPT-4) 3
HIT 211* Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HIT 212* Professional Practice Experience II 2
HIT 218* Quality and Performance Improvement 3
PSY 101 Psychology I (required) 3

 

Total

14

 

Program Total

68