Associate of Science in Health Information Technology

Director of Health Care Business
Carla Dirkschneider, M.S., RHIA
PH 402.552.6295  TF 800.647.5500 
dirkschneider@clarksoncollege.edu

Introduction

The Associate of Science in Health Information Technology (HIT) is designed to provide a highly motivated, critical-thinking individual with an understanding of patient and organizational needs.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Associate of Science in Health Information Technology degree, graduates will:

  • Ascertain the entry-level competencies of AHIMA’s domains and sub-domains for a Registered Health Information Management Technician (RHIT).
  • Identify cultural, ethnic, gender and lifestyle differences.
  • Demonstrate proficiency of written and verbal communication skills necessary for the HIM environment.
  • Apply and use the necessary technology and decision support tools in order to succeed in the health care and business setting.
  • Exhibit ethical, professional and legal standards of conduct appropriate for the environment of HIM.

Curriculum Requirements

In order to complete an Associate of Science in Health Information Technology degree at Clarkson College, students must successfully complete a total of 73 semester hours. These hours must be completed as follows: 

  • General Education = 15 semester hours (which must include nine semester hours of the Clarkson College core curriculum).
  • Support Courses = 21 semester hours
  • Major Courses = 37 semester hours

Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

All students are required to complete designated service courses as a component of their program of study. Successful completion of service experiences is required to pass the designated service courses. Designated service courses are identified using the following symbol: ◊

Required courses for Associate of Science in Health Information Technology Program

View course descriptions for Health Care Business Program or General Education

General Education Courses (15 semester hours) Semester Hours
EN 101 English Composition I 3
HC 104  ◊ Core I: Effective Interactions in the World of Health Care 3
HC 204  Core II: A Cultural History of the Healing Arts 3
HC 304  Core III: Ethical and Cultural Frontiers in U.S. Health Care 3
MA 120 College Algebra 3
    Total 15
Support Courses (21 semester hours) Semester Hours
BU 104 Basic Computer Applications 3
BU 204 Advanced Computer Applications 3
GEN 105 Medical Terminology 1
HM 224 Anatomy and Physiology for HIM 4
HM 304 Pharmacology and Drug Administration 3
BU 306 Principles of Management 3
HM 324 Disease Process 4
    Total 21
Business Major Core Courses (37 semester hours) Semester Hours
BU 240 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
BU 310 Revenue Cycle Management 3
HM 163 Introduction to Health Information Management 2
HM 164 Health Information Management Applications 3
HM 230 Coding I 3
HM 266 Health Care Statistics 2
HM 280 Electronic Health Record 2
HM 331 Coding II 3
HM 332 Coding III 3
HM 342 Health Care Information Systems 3
HM 344 Legal and Compliance Issues 3
HM 367 ◊ Professional Practice Experience 3
HM 410 Quality Management and Process Improvement 3
HM 445 Health Information Technology Assessment 1
    Total 37

Total Semester Hours in Program 73

Sample curriculum pan for Associate of Science in Health Information Technology Program

The following sample curriculum plan is provided to guide students in planning their college coursework. This sample plan is designed for a full-time student. All students should seek the advice of their advisor to plan/customize their degree plan.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Semester Hours
GEN 105 Medical Terminology 1
HC 104 ◊ Core I: Effective Interaction in the World of Health Care 3
HM 224 Anatomy and Physiology for HIM 4
HM 163 Introduction to Health Information Management 2
HM 304 Pharmacology and Drug Administration 3
    Total 13
Spring Semester Semester Hours
HM 164 Health Information Management Applications 3
EN 101 English Composition I 3
HM 230 Coding I 3
HM 324 Disease Process 4
    Total 13
Summer Semester Semester Hours
BU 204 Advanced Computer Applications 3
HM 280 Electronic Health Records 2
HM 331 Coding II 3
BU 310 Revenue Cycle Management 3
    Total 11

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Semester Hours
BU 104 Basic Computer Applications 3
HM 332 Coding III 3
MA 120 College Algebra 3
HM 410 Quality Management and Process Improvement 3
    Total 12
Spring Semester Semester Hours
HC 204 Core II: A Cultural History of the Healing Arts 3
BU 240 Health Care Delivery Systems

3

HM 344 Legal and Compliance Issues 3
HM 342 Health Care Information Systems 3
    Total 12
Summer Semester Semester Hours
HM 266 Health Care Statistics 2
HC 304 Core III: Ethical and Cultural Frontiers in U.S. Health Care 3
BU 306 Principles of Management 3
HM 445 Health Information Technology Assessment 1
HM 367 Professional Practice Experience 3
    Total 12

Grand Total Semester Hours 73