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


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 healthcare environment. (Communication)**
  • Apply Information Governance standards across the healthcare 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 Clarkson College’s 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 68 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 = 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: ◊

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.

First Year

First Semester

Course Name 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
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 14

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
HM 180 - Essentials of Pharmacology 2
BU 205 - Advanced Computer Applications 2
HM 230 - Coding I: Foundation of Coding 3
HM 324 - Disease Process 4
Total Semester Hours 11

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
EN 101 - English Composition I 3
HM 331 - Coding II: Principles of Coding 3
HM 255 - Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
Total Semester Hours 12
Second Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
HM 332 - Coding III: Principles of Coding 3
BU 335 - Managing Healthcare Departments 3
◊ HM 367 - Professional Practice Experience 3
Total Semester Hours 12

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
BU 320 - Human Resources Management 3
BU 240 - Health Care Delivery Systems 3
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
HM 342 - Health Care Information Systems 3
Total Semester Hours 12

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
HM 260 - Data Management and Analytics 3
BU 310 - Revenue Cycle Management 3
HM 445 - Health Information Technology Assessment 1
Total Semester Hours 7

Total Semester Hours - 68

Last updated: 08/27/2018