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HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY?
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Health information technology (HIT) professionals are experts in collecting health data and analyzing the content of medical patient records and patient information systems. Graduates are specialists working with health information systems, managing medical records, and coding information for reimbursement and research. As the guardians of patient health information, HIT professionals safeguard confidential medical information in a variety of health care settings, including acute care facilities, extended care facilities, nursing homes, clinics, physician offices and other health care providers. Common job titles include clinical coder, coding manager, clinical data collection and reporting specialist, cancer registrar, data integrity specialist, and reimbursement specialist.
This program prepares health information technicians to support health information management in an electronic environment (e-HIM) and adheres to the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) Framework for HIM education.
Is the program accredited by CAHIIM?
Yes. The AAS degree in Health Information Technology at St. Louis Community College: Forest Park is now accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Certification Exam Pass Rate: 90%
- For information on the job outlook in the health information technology profession, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
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Patricia A. Sherman, M.Ed., RHIA
HIT Program Coordinator
Health Information Technology (AAS) 69 Credits
|Program total:||69 credits|
|I. Career General Education||21 credits|
|ENG:101||College Composition I||3|
|COM:101||Oral Communication I||3|
|XXX:xxx||Missouri State Requirement||3|
MTH:160A or MTH:160B or MTH:160C
|BIO:215||Human Body Systems||5|
|XXX:xxx||Social Science Elective||3|
|II. Physical Education Activity||2 credits|
|III. Area of Concentration||38 credits|
|HIT:102||Health Information Management Technology||4|
|HIT:103||Healthcare Delivery Systems||2|
|HIT:104||Basic Principles of Disease||2|
|HIT:105||Pharmacology Health Information Technology Professionals||1|
|HIT:106||Diagnosis Coding Systems I||3|
|HIT:107||Procedure Coding Systems I||3|
|HIT:110||Healthcare Legal and Ethical Issues||3|
|HIT:201||Health Insurance Billing and Reimbursement||3|
|HIT:210||Professional Practice Experience||2|
|HIT:213||Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare||3|
|HIT:214||Calculating and Reporting Healthcare Statistics||3|
|HIT:211||Electronic Health Systems||3|
|HIT:291||Workplace Learning: Health Information Technology||2|
|IV. Information Systems Component||8 credits|
|IS:103||Information Systems for Business||3|
|IS:151||Microcomputer Apps in Business||4|
The Health Information Technology program is offered at our Forest Park campus. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.