Program of Study

Health Information Technology, AAS

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Fall Semester 1
Prefix Number Title Class Lab Clinical Credit
ACA 111 College Student Success 1 0 0 1
BIO 168  Anatomy and Physiology I
ENG 111  Writing and Inquiry
HIT 110  Fundamentals of HIM
MED 121  Medical Terminology I
MED 122 Medical Terminology II 3 0 0 3
    Totals 16 3 17
Spring Semester 1
BIO 169  Anatomy and Physiology II
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 0 3
ENG 114  Professional Research and Reporting
HIT 114  Health Data Systems/Standards
Choose one of the following:        
MAT 110  Mathematical Measurement
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 0 3
    Totals 12 10 16 
Summer Semester 1
HIT 112  Health Law & Ethics
HIT 216  Quality Management
HIT 226  Principles of Disease
PSY 150  General Psychology
    Totals 10 11 
Fall Semester 2
HIT  122  Professional Practice I
HIT 211  ICD - Coding
HIT 218  Management Principles in HIT
HIT 220 Health Informatics & EHR's 1 2 0 2
HIT 221  Life Cycle of EHR
HUM 110 Technology and Society
    Totals 11 10  3 16 
Spring Semester 2
HIT 124  Professional Practice Experience II 0 1
HIT 210  Healthcare Statistics
HIT 214  CPT/Other Coding Systems
HIT 215  Reimbursement Methodology 2
HIT 222  Professional Practice Experience III
HIT 280  Professional Issues
Choose one of the following:  
HIT 225 Healthcare Informatics 3 2 0 4
HIT 227 Informatics Project Management 2 2 0 3
    Totals 8-9 9 9 15-16

 

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The applicant must:

  1. If you are not currently enrolled at SCC, complete an application to the college. Designate Health Information Technology AAS Degree (A45360) as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions to complete a change of major form if you wish to apply to the program.
  2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED).
  3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to assure that all necessary records are sent to the College’s Admissions Office.
  4. Have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale of the most recent academic transcript (high school or postsecondary).
  5. Meet the Southwestern Community College Placement requirements. This may be met by one of the following: 
a. High school GPA of 2.8 or higher within the past 10 years
b. High school GPA of 2.2-2.79 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after successful completion of ENG 111 and the corresponding corequisite. This is a required corequisite for the program.
c. High school GPA of below 2.2 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after completion of required transition English and math courses.
d. High school graduation prior to the past 10 years: student will be eligible for Phase II of the selective admission process after successful completion of the RISE placement test or the required transition English and math courses.
 

NOTES:

  1. Applicants should be able to demonstrate typing competence.
  2. Applicants are responsible for submitting all the necessary records to the College Registrar's Office.
  3. Applications must be updated annually by applicants who were not accepted the previous year.
  4. Applicants may take non Health Information Technology general education and related coursework prior to being accepted into the program.
  5. All students admitted into a health science program will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug testing prior to enrollment each academic year.  The results of these tests could affect the student’s ability to progress in the program.
  6. All students completing a health science program may be required, by an external testing agency, to submit to a criminal background check and/ or drug test prior to a state or national licensing/certification board approving the graduate to sit for licensure/certification exams.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE PREREQUISITES
A student must earn a final grade of “C” or better in the HIT and related courses to be able to progress in the program.

Also, prior to Professional Practice, the student must have completed SCC’s health forms by the appropriate medical personnel. These completed forms must indicate that the student is capable of meeting the health requirements of the program. Students must also purchase liability insurance through SCC’s Business Office.

Due to limited Professional Practice slots, the program is limited on the number of students that can participate in these courses. If there are more students ready to enter Professional Practice than there are clinical slots, then selection will be based on objective criteria, including GPA and progression in the program.

Yes

Degree: 

AAS

Program ID: 

A45360

Total Credits (Min): 

75

Total Credits (Max): 

76

Eligible for Financial Aid: 

Yes

Online Percentage: 

59%

Advisor(s)

Penny Wells
Health Information Technology Program Coordinator/Instructor
PWells@southwesterncc.edu
828.339.4362
800.447.4091, ext. 4362
Amber Sutton Photo
Health Information Technology Instructor
828.339.4263
800.447.4091, ext. 4263