Health Information Technology, AAS

The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology degree program at National American University prepares students from diverse backgrounds to perform entry-level technical and managerial functions in various healthcare settings. The program is offered in a flexible online format that prepares students for the RHIT certification examination. Through a student-centered, performance-based curriculum, the AHIMA Domains, Subdomains, and Tasks are utilized to prepare students for a career in health information technology, a profession in which employment is projected to grow faster than average.

Health information professionals provide reliable and valid information that drives health care. Health information technicians are specialists in managing medical records, coding and reimbursement, and possess the skills to think critically and problem solve. These professionals play a key role in preparing, analyzing, and maintaining health records and are considered experts in assuring the privacy and security of health data.

The health information field is increasingly focusing on electronic patient records, database management, and information privacy and security. HIT professionals work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, physician practices, long-term care, home health care, insurance, managed care, health technology firms, and pharmaceutical companies.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree, Health Information Technology Program at National American University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), www.cahiim.org.

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduates of the program will be able to:
  • Apply healthcare laws, regulations, accreditation, licensure, certification standards, and ethics in the health information technology profession.
  • Collect, analyze, and maintain health record content in paper or electronic mediums.
  • Assign ICD and CPT codes on inpatient and outpatient records.
  • Apply healthcare billing and reimbursement processes for inpatient and outpatient encounters.
  • Apply quality management, utilization management, risk management, and healthcare vital statistics in the health information technology profession.
  • Create a professional development plan to achieve and maintain certification.

Health Information Technology: Associate of Applied Science Degree Requirements

99 Credits

Health Information Technology Major Core (48)

HT1000DIntroduction to Health Information Management and Health Care

4

HT2117DICD Coding and Pathophysiology I with Lab

6

HT2127DICD Coding and Pathophysiology II with Lab

6

HT2130DCurrent Procedural Terminology Coding with Lab

3

HT2135DAdvanced Coding With Lab

3

HT2200DHealth Information Management Systems

4

HT2210DHealthcare Data Quality and Management

4

HT2230DHealthcare Reimbursement

3

HT2240DHealth Information Management and Supervision

3

HT2250DMedical Law and Ethics for Health Information Professionals

4

HT2500DHealth Information Technology Practicum

6

ME1140Medical Terminology for Health Professions

2

HT1000D, HT2117D, HT2127D, HT2135D, HT2200D, HT2210D, HT2230D, HT2240D, HT2250D, HT2250D, ME1140: Professional course (Minimum "C" grade required)

General Education Core (51)

Communications

EN1150Composition I

4.5

EN1300Composition II

4.5

 

EN2100Speech

4.5

OR

EN2150Interpersonal Professional Communication

4.5

Science

SC1221Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

6

SC1224DAdvanced Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

6

SC1221, SC1224D: Professional course (Minimum "C" grade required)

Mathematics

MA2000Quantitative Reasoning

4.5

Humanities

HU2000Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

4.5

Behavioral/Social Science

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

4.5

General Education

CS1201Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success!

5

OR

CS1203Bridge to Success: Creating Your Future at NAU

5

 

CS1301Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

5

CS2086Career Path Planning

2

Graduation Requirements: A minimum 2.0 GPA is required overall and in the Health Information Technology Major Core. See the "Graduation Requirements" section of the catalog for additional requirements.

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