AAS Degree in HIT

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Health Information Technology (HIT) program is a 60-credit hour curriculum that prepares students to identify and use a variety of informational resources and technologies to perform entry-level skills in health information positions.

Students need a wide variety of knowledge, skills and experience to prepare for a career in health information technology.

  • Coding and billing
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Medical terminology
  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Diseases, treatment procedures and medications
  • Computer software applications

The program provides basic training in computers, health information content and management, quality improvement, coding and reimbursement, legal aspects of health information, and management of health care delivery systems.

According to the American Health Information Management Association, AHIMA, professionals credentialed as Registered Health Information Technicians have the following skills.

  • Ensure health records and information is complete, accurate and timely
  • Use computer applications to enter and analyze patient data to improve patient care or control costs
  • Code patient diagnoses and procedures for insurance reimbursement, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients' medical and treatment histories or for use in research

A specialized role for these professionals is as a cancer registrar, responsible for collecting and maintaining data on cancer patients

See the degree plan for the Health Information Technology, AAS