Director of Healthcare 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 Specific Competency Goals

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

  • Communicate effectively within the health care environment. (Communication)**
  • Apply Information Governance standards across the health care continuum. (Critical Thinking, Technology)**
  • Comply with appropriate policies and procedures for the protection and security of health data. (Critical Thinking, Professionalism, Communication)**
  • Make use of processes and systems to retrieve health data, monitor accuracy, and perform data analytics.(Critical Thinking, Communication, Technology)**
  • Monitor revenue cycle processes within healthcare environments. (Critical Thinking, Technology)**
  • Adhere to national, state, and organization-wide compliance regulations. (Critical Thinking, Communication)**
  • Demonstrate knowledge and behaviors compatible for leadership positions with the HIM community. (Critical Thinking, Communication, Technology, Professionalism, Diversity)**
  • Use appropriate technology and decision support tools in order to succeed in the HIM environment. (Technology)**
  • Demonstrate professional, ethical, and legal standards of conduct appropriate in the HIM setting. (Professionalism)**
  • Respect cultural, ethnic, gender, and lifestyle differences in the workplace and community. (Diversity)**

**Categories denoted in the parentheses represent relationship to the Clarkson College student success skills, which are our institutional student learning outcomes, and include Communication, Technology, Critical Thinking, Diversity, and Professionalism. 

Admission Policies

Enrollment in Clarkson College degree programs is limited through a selective admissions process. Admission policies and procedures are available from: the Admissions office, the College website, or in the Academic Policies & Procedures section (AD-1).

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 64 semester hours. These hours must be completed as follows:

  • General Education = 15 semester hours (which include nine semester hours of the Clarkson College core curriculum).
  • Support Courses = 14 semester hours
  • Major Courses = 17 semester hours
  • Revenue Management Track = 9 semester hours
  • Data Management Track = 9 semester hours

Clarkson College's Associate degree in Health Information Management operates on an academic calendar using semester hours.  In addition, the program operates using an accelerated course format with classes as 7.5 weeks in length in the fall and spring and 6 weeks in the summer. 

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

General Education Courses

(15 semester hours) IC, HU, EA courses are offered in the 7.5-week or 6-week format or full-semester format (15 or 12 weeks in duration) depending on the course.

Courses Semester Hours
EN 101 - English Composition I 3
IC HU EA - Healthcare Core Courses 3
IC HU EA - Healthcare Core Courses 3
IC HU EA - Healthcare Core Courses 3
MA 130 - College Algebra 3
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 15
Support Courses

(14 semester hours) All courses are 7.5 week or 6 week in duration.

Courses Semester Hours
BU 110 - Microsoft Office Applications 4
GEN 105 - Medical Terminology 1
HM 180 - Essentials of Pharmacology 2
HM 224 - Anatomy and Physiology 4
HM 226 - Human Disease and Conditions 3
Total Semester Hours 14
Health Information Major Courses

(17 semester hours) All courses are 7.5 week or 6 week in duration besides HM445 which is only offered in a full-semester format (15 or 12 weeks in duration).

Courses Semester Hours
BU 140 - Healthcare Delivery Systems 2
BU 335 - Managing Healthcare Departments 3
HM 108 - Concepts and Principles of HIM 3
HM 240 - Introduction to Informatics 3
HM 255 - Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
◊ HM 368 - Professional Practice Experience I 2
HM 445 - Health Information Technology Assessment 1
Total Semester Hours 17
Revenue Management Track Courses

(9 semester hours) All courses are 7.5 week or 6 week in duration.

Courses Semester Hours
HM 230 - Coding I: Foundation of Coding 3
HM 331 - Coding II: Principles of Coding 3
HM 333 - Classification Systems and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
Total Semester Hours 9
Data Management Track Courses

(9 semester hours) All courses are 7.5 week or 6 week in duration besides ST310 which is only offered in a full-semester format (15 or 12 weeks in duration).

Courses Semester Hours
HM 215 - Data Management 3
HM 218 - Data Analysis and Visualization 3
ST 310 - Statistics 3
Total Semester Hours 9

Sample Curriculum Plan for the Associate of Health Information Technology Program

First Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
BU 110 - Microsoft Office Applications 4
HM 224 - Anatomy and Physiology 4
HM 108 - Concepts and Principles of HIM 3
IC HU EA - Healthcare Core Courses 3
GEN 105 - Medical Terminology 1
Total Semester Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
HM 180 - Essentials of Pharmacology 2
HM 226 - Human Disease and Conditions 3
BU 140 - Healthcare Delivery Systems 2
HM 240 - Introduction to Informatics 3
EN 101 - English Composition I 3
Total Semester Hours 13

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
HM 255 - Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
HM 230 - Coding I: Foundation of Coding 3
HM 331 - Coding II: Principles of Coding 3
Total Semester Hours 9
Second Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
MA 130 - College Algebra 3
BU 335 - Managing Healthcare Departments 3
HM 333 - Classification Systems and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
Total Semester Hours 9

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
HM 215 - Data Management 3
IC HU EA - Healthcare Core Courses 3
◊ HM 368 - Professional Practice Experience I 2
ST 310 - Statistics 3
Total Semester Hours 11

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
IC HU EA - Healthcare Core Courses 3
HM 218 - Data Analysis and Visualization 3
HM 445 - Health Information Technology Assessment 1
Total Semester Hours 7

Total Semester Hours - 64

Last updated: 06/08/2021