ARE YOU READY FOR A JOB INHEALTH 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%
- Career Opportunities
- 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.
- To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
- For specific real-time information on wages and job prospects in the STLCC region, visit STLCC Career Coach.
- Program Curriculum
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:160x College Algebra
MTH:160A or MTH:160B or MTH:160C
4 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:101 Medical Terminology 4 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:136 Internet Fundamentals 1 IS:151 Microcomputer Apps in Business 4
- Additional Information
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.