Health Information Technology

Associate Degree

A.S. in Health Information Technology

The CRC Health Information Technology A.S. degree program is designed to train health information professionals with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, disseminate and maintain health care information. A career as a health information professional offers a unique opportunity to combine an interest in health information, business, and computer information science. Employment opportunities are available in long-term care, ambulatory care, and acute care facilities; state and federal health agencies; and private industry.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • The HIT A.S. Degree Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in cooperation with the Council on Accreditation of the American Health Information Management Association
  • (The Certificate of Achievement Health Information Coding Specialist Program is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Education (CAHIIM)).
  • A Non-paid clinical experience at an affiliated health-related agency is required as part of this Program.
  • This is an online program

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • A grade of "C" or better in the following courses; AH 110, AH 124, and BIOL 100 or 102.
  • Completion of a pre-enrollment form. See the Program website for more information.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
Semester 1 - Fall:
HIT 100 Introduction to Health Information Technology: Hospital Settings 31
HIT 102 Introduction to Health Information Technology: Alternative Settings 2
HIT 120 Basic ICD-CM Coding 2
AH 120 Human Disease 3
CISC 302 Computer Familiarization 2
Semester 2 - Spring:
HIT 122 Advanced ICD Coding 4
HIT 123 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding 2
HIT 130 Health Statistics 2
HIT 140 Computerized Health Information Systems 2
Semester 3 - Fall:
HIT 110 Medical Legal Aspects of Health Information 2
HIT 150 Continuous Quality Improvement 2
HIT 170 Health Information Technology Directed Practice I 4
Semester 4 - Spring:
HIT 160 Supervision for the Allied Health Professional 2
CISA 315 Introduction to Electronic Spreadsheets 2
CISA 320 Introduction to Database Management 1
Total Units: 35

1AH 110 and AH 124 and BIOL 100 or 102 must be completed prior to enrolling in the AH program as part of the pre-enrollment process. Contact the Careers and Technology Division Office for more information.

The Health Information Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of AH 110, AH 124, and Biology 100 or 102 with grades of C or better.
  • Completion of a pre-enrollment form. Forms are available online on the Health Information Technology website.

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • Only students who meet the enrollment eligibility criteria will be considered for the program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1 Recognize and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the national Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) examination.
  • SLO #2 Demonstrate certifiable skills and knowledge to be employable in the health information field.

Career Information

Employment Opportunities are possible in the Following Settings

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Long-Term Care/Rehabilitation
  • State and Federal Health Agencies
  • Professional Review Organizations
  • Insurance Companies
  • Educational Settings
  • Consulting Firms
  • Mental Health/Chemical Dependency
  • Acute Care

Some career options may require experience in addition to two years of college study.

Certificate of Achievement

Health Information Coding Specialist Certificate

The Health Information Coding Specialist Certificate prepares the student to apply medical coding classifications to health care encounters using industry standards through both theory and practical (externship) applications for the purpose of: meeting health care industry needs; preparing students for appropriate certification exams; and providing career ladder opportunities for health care workers.

A career as a health information coding specialist offers a unique opportunity to combine an interest in health information, business, and computer information science. Employment opportunities are available in long-term care, ambulatory care, and acute care facilities; state and federal health agencies; and private industry.

The Certificate of Achievement Health Information Coding Specialist Program is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Education (CAHIIM).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • This is an online program.

Enrollment Eligibility:
To be eligible for enrollment in the Health Information Coding Specialist Program, the student must meet the following criteria: A grade of "C" or better in the following courses; AH 110, AH 124, and BIOL 100 or 102.

Completion of a pre-enrollment form. The form is available online on the Health Information Technology website.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HIT 100 Introduction to Health Information Technology: Hospital Settings 3
HIT 120 Basic ICD-CM Coding 2
AH 120 Human Disease 31
CISC 302 Computer Familiarization 2
HIT 122 Advanced ICD Coding 4
HIT 123 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding 2
HIT 130 Health Statistics 2
HIT 110 Medical Legal Aspects of Health Information 2
HIT 150 Continuous Quality Improvement 2
HIT 172 Directed Practice: Health Information Coding Specialist 2
CISA 315 Introduction to Electronic Spreadsheets 2
CISA 320 Introduction to Database Management 1
Total Units: 27

1AH 110, AH 124, and BIOL 100 or 102 must be taken prior to enrolling in the HIT program as part of the pre-enrollment process. Contact the Careers and Technology Division Office for more information.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of AH 110, AH 124, and Biology 100 or 102 with grades of C or better.
  • Completion of a pre-enrollment form.

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • Only students who meet the enrollment eligibility criteria will be considered for the program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1 Recognize and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the national Certified Coding Associate (CCA) examination.
  • SLO #2 Demonstrate certifiable skills and knowledge to be employable in the health information field.

Career Information

Employment Opportunities Are Possible in the Following Settings

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Long-Term Care/Rehabilitation
  • State and Federal Health Agencies
  • Professional Review Organizations
  • Insurance Companies
  • Consulting Firms
  • Mental Health/Chemical Dependency
  • Acute Care

Some career options may require experience in addition to at least one year of college study.