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 individual with an understanding of quality health records, legal requirements for health information, and verification of complete and accurate health records, as well as coding and reimbursement systems. 

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 68 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 = 16 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. Core and 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
◊ Intercultural Communication Health Care Core IC 200 Developing Cultural Competence OR  IC 250 Advancing Cultural Competence 3
Humanities Health Care Core HU 200 A Cultural History of the Healing Arts OR HU 205 The History of Science, Technology and Medicine OR HU 210 American Social Movements OR HU 215 Academic Travel Abroad Humanities 3
Ethics, Empathy, and Advocacy Health Care Core EA 200 Biomedical Ethics in Health Care OR EA 205 Death and Dying OR EA 210 American Poverty and Health Care OR EA 215 Abnormal Psychology 3
MA 120 College Algebra 3
    Total 15
Support Courses (16 semester hours) Semester Hours
BU 104 Basic Computer Applications 3
BU 205 Advanced Computer Applications 2
GEN 105 Medical Terminology 1
HM 180 Essentials of Pharmacology 2
HM 224 Anatomy and Physiology for HIM 4
HM 324 Disease Process 4
    Total 16
Health Information Major Courses (37 semester hours) Semester Hours
BU 240 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
BU 310 Revenue Cycle Management 3
BU 320 Human Resources Management 3
BU 335 Managing Healthcare Departments 3
HM 108 Concepts and Principles of HIM 3
HM 230 Coding I 3
HM 255 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
HM 260 Data Management and Analytics 3
HM 331 Coding II 3
HM 332 Coding III 3
HM 342 Health Care Information Systems 3
HM 367 ◊ Professional Practice Experience 3
HM 445 HIT Assessment 1
    Total 37

Total Semester Hours in Program 68

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
HM 108 Concepts and Principles of HIM 3
HM 224 Anatomy and Physiology for HIM 4
BU 104 Basic Computer Applications 3
MA 120 College Algebra 3
    Total 14
Spring Semester Semester Hours
HM 180 Essentials of Pharmacology 2
BU 205 Advanced Computer Applications 2
HM 230 Coding I 3
HM 324 Disease Process 4
    Total 11
Summer Semester Semester Hours
HC Core Health Care Core:  ◊ Intercultural Communications IC , Humanities HU, Ethics, Empathy & Advocacy EA. View complete list of Health Care Core Courses. 3
EN 101 English Composition I 3
HM 331 Coding II 3
HM 255 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
    Total 12

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Semester Hours
HC Core Health Care Core:  ◊ Intercultural Communications IC , Humanities HU, Ethics, Empathy & Advocacy EA. View complete list of Health Care Core Courses. 3
HM 332 Coding III 3
BU 335 Managing Healthcare Departments 3
HM 367 ◊ Professional Practice Experience 3
    Total 12
Spring Semester Semester Hours
BU 320 Human Resources Management 3
BU 240 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HC Core Health Care Core:  ◊ Intercultural Communications IC , Humanities HU, Ethics, Empathy & Advocacy EA. View complete list of Health Care Core Courses. 3
HM 342 Health Care Information Systems 3
    Total 12
Summer Semester Semester Hours
HM 260 Data Management and Analytics 3
BU 310 Revenue Cycle Management 3
HM 445 Health Information Technology Assessment 1
    Total 7

Grand Total Semester Hours 68