Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

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Health Information Technology Associate's Degree

ALLEGHENY  
Associate of Science (550.4)

This program provides education in the development, maintenance and use of patient health information for medical care, health planning, quality improvement, medical research, professional education and financial reimbursement.   

Employment opportunities exist in hospitals, ambulatory care centers, long-term care, behavioral health care facilities and physician practices.

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the national examination of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to qualify as a registered health information technician (RHIT).

Admission is limited by the availability of clinical sites. Students must make separate application to this program.   

Applicants must be eligible for college-level courses with a C or better in BIO-110 Introduction to Biological Science.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 N. Michigan Avenue,  21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601; 312.233.1100, www.cahiim.org.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Apply technical proficiency in the entry-level competencies for health information technicians.
  2. Identify and demonstrate the professional attitudes and ethical behaviors consistent with the Code of Ethics of the American Health Information Management Association.
  3. Use effective written and oral communication skills appropriate for interpersonal and group environments.
  4. Employ critical thinking and problem-solving skills in professional practice.
  5. Meet eligibility requirements to sit for the national credentialing exam of the American Health Information Management Association to qualify as a Registered Health Information Technician.

See the 2010–2012 Summary of Program Outcome data for the Health Information Technology program. 

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 67–68

First Semester

Course #       

Course Name

Credits

ALH-140

Medical Terminology

3

BIO-161

Anatomy & Physiology 1

4

CIT-100

Computer Fundamentals & Applications

3

MDR-100

Introduction to Health Data Content & Structure 

4

 

Mathematics Elective 
(Refer to the mathematics course descriptions in the
CCAC academic catalog for mathematics courses
appropriate to specific program areas.)

3–4

    

Total Credits

17–18

Second Semester

ALH-125
BIO-107

Pharmacology -or-
Pharmacology

3

BIO-162

Anatomy & Physiology 2

4

CIT-140

Office Productivity Applications

4

MDR-103

Healthcare Statistics

2

MDR-206

Legal Aspects of Health Information

2

PSY-101

Introduction to Psychology

3

    

  Total Credits

18

Third Semester

BIO-241

Pathophysiology

4

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

MDR-102

Inpatient Clinical Coding & Secondary Records

4

MDR-202

Health Information Technology Directed Practice 1    

3

MDR-207

Clinical Quality Improvement, Regulatory
Agencies & Specialty Facilities
 

3

    

Total Credits

17

Fourth Semester

ENG-102

English Composition 2

3

MDR-203

Health Information Technology Directed Practice 2

3

MDR-208

Health Information Management

3

MDR-210

Ambulatory Care Clinical Coding &
Reimbursement Systems

3

SPH-101

Oral Communication

3

    

Total Credits

15

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