Health Information Technician Associate's Degree

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Health Information Technician Associate's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

Lower Division

  • Medical Terminology
  • Coding Foundations
  • Health Information Law and Ethics
  • Revenue Cycle and Billing
  • ICD-CM Coding
  • ICD-PCS Coding
  • Ambulatory Care Coding
  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Health Information
  • ICD-10 Coding Practicum
  • Career Development
  • Introduction to Health Information Management
  • Healthcare Information Technologies
  • Health Information Compliance
  • Healthcare Data Management and Statistics
  • Management of Health Information Services
  • Health Information Professional Practicum
  • Health Information Technician Capstone

This is a basic medical vocabulary-building course. An emphasis will be placed on the most common medical terms based on prefixes and suffixes, Latin and Greek origins, and anatomic roots denoting body structures. All body systems will be covered with a focus on word parts, terms built from word parts, abbreviations, and basic disease and surgical terms. Students will be expected to focus on spelling and pronunciation.


Course ID: HSC 1531
Credits: 4

This course provides the foundational aspects of the health information field along with coding and billing for inpatient, outpatient, and physicians settings. The focus will be on learning to use all of the code books and the encoder software along with coding guidelines and standards to insure a student is prepared to learn how to code accurately and develop coding skills.

Pre- or Co-requisites:Medical Terminology; Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: HIM 1103
Credits: 4

This course is an introduction to the study and impact of the United States legal system and healthcare laws, regulations and ethical consideration on the health information environment.  Topics covered will be healthcare law, fraud and abuse, patient privacy and confidentiality, protected health information, release of information, fraud and abuse and professional practice law and ethics will be explored. Students will learn to identify potential ethical dilemmas in health information management and how to respond in a professional and ethical manner.


Course ID: HIM 2410
Credits: 4

This course will  prepare the student to understand the components of the revenue cycle and their interconnectivity.  Students will be introduced to common third party payers, insurance terminology, and medical billing.  Plan options, payer requirements and  state and federal regulations relating to the revenue cycle will be examined.  They will learn skills including claim form preparation and processing, and electronic claim submission and the management of these revenue cycle processes.  The focus will be on accuracy of data collected and data processed for proper and timely payment.  

Prerequisite:Medical Terminology

Course ID: HIM 2133
Credits: 4

This course provides indepth study of the International Classification of Diseases-Clinical Modification (ICD-CM) using sample exercises and health records to develop skill and accuracy in assigning codes in inpatient, outpatient, and physician care settings. Students will apply ICD-CM coding guidelines appropriate to the coding situation and will cover diagnostic coding of all body systems. Use of coding and grouper software will be introduced as well as the use of registries and indices.

Prerequisite:Coding Foundations

Pre- or Co-requisites:Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Health Information

Course ID: HIM 1125
Credits: 4

This course provides in depth study of the International Classification of Diseases-Procedure Coding System (ICD-PCS) using sample exercises and health records to develop skill and accuracy in assigning codes in the inpatient setting. Students will apply ICD 10-PCS coding guidelines appropriate to the coding situation and will cover inpatient procedural coding of all body systems. Use of the coding and grouper software will be introduced.

Prerequisite:Coding Foundations

Pre- or Co-requisite:Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Health Information

Course ID: HIM 1126C
Credits: 4

This course is the study of physician and outpatient coding systems including CPT/HCPCS. Topics covered include coding and reimbursement practices in outpatient settings. This course will prepare students to use CPT/HCPCS coding systems, including Encoders, in various healthcare settings.

Prerequisite:Coding Foundations

Pre- or Co-requisite:Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Health Information

Course ID: HIM 1258C
Credits: 3

This course provides an exploration of human pathophysiology as well as pharmacology to prepare students for careers in health information. Students will learn concepts and terminology related to the structure, nature and causes of diseases and disorders of the human body. Additionally, students will learn about the diagnostic, preventative and therapeutic application of drugs and procedures used in treatment. Finally, the student will practice identification of key information from the health record related to the diagnosis and treatment of disease in order to support the correct management and coding of a medical record.

Pre- or Co-requisite:Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: HIM 2214
Credits: 4

This course offers a simulated practical experience utilizing medical records and coding software in an online setting under the direction of a coding instructor.

Prerequisite:Ambulatory Care Coding; ICD-CM Coding

Pre- or Co-requisite: ICD-PCS Coding

Course ID: HIM 2942
Credits: 1

This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete jobseeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an indepth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.


Course ID: E242
Credits: 2

This course introduces students to the field of health information management and concentrates on the different roles and healthcare providers in different clinical settings as well and the varying organizations of healthcare facilities. Focusing on fundamental health information management concepts, students will learn how to identify and apply proper format and health record content based on external and internal regulations and accreditation standards. Data quality characteristics and data governance will be introduced to students emphasizing the importance of data accuracy and integrity. At the end of this course, students will be able to effectively apply standards and regulatory requirements to patient records in any format, to ensure accurate and integral health record data management in support of multiple HIM operational functions.


Course ID: HIM 2000
Credits: 4

This course covers the elements of the electronic health record planning and implementation process as well as the ongoing management of systems. It provides a solid background about EHR history, trends, applicable EHR regulations and common challenges. Students will also explore technology and software applications in various healthcare disciplines. This course will prepare students to demonstrate entry-level proficiency in HIT system usage and support.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Health Information Management

Course ID: HIM 2652
Credits: 4

This course is the study of compliance as it relates to health information management activities.  It places focus on integrating the knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations and compliance requirements to assess compliance programs usefulness in identifying organizational compliance in areas such as HIPAA, Stark Laws and Fraud and Abuse.   Topics covered will be compliance programs, policy development, fraud surveillance, risk management, quality improvement, patient safety, accreditation/licensure processes, and training programs.  This course will prepare students to be able to collaborate in preparing for, analyzing and adhering to compliance and regulatory requirements related to health information management within a healthcare organization.

Prerequisite:Health Information Law and Ethics

Course ID: HIM 2429
Credits: 3

This course is the study of the calculation, analysis, and management of healthcare data and statistics. It places focus on the general principles of hospital statistics, use of internal and external healthcare data, research techniques, data presentation, and data management. Topics will include basic statistical principles and calculations, applications of policies and procedures related to data, research methodologies, software and graphical tools, analysis techniques, and data governance principles. This course will prepare student to be able to apply and interpret healthcare statistics, utilize research techniques to gather and interpret healthcare data, prepare reports and graphs, analyze data for healthcare operations, and effective manage the standardization, storage, and use of data.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Health Information Management

Course ID: HIM 2588
Credits: 5

This course will include the study of management, supervision, human resource principles, and quality improvement management with application to health information service departments in various health care settings. Students will learn how to measure and manage productivity of HIM staff and explore the HIM management role in relation to other hospital departments.

Pre- or Co-requisite:Introduction to Health Information Management

Course ID: HIM 2304
Credits: 4

A practical and simulated experience, exploring  a virtual hospital and clinic using software and practical simulation assignments to experience real world situations within HIM services.  The practicum allows students to gain experience as a health information technician in a simulated healthcare work setting.

Prerequisites:Healthcare Data Management and Statistics; Healthcare Information Technologies: Scheduled in last quarter of the program

Course ID: HIM 2943
Credits: 2

A review of the content and resources  of the HIT program  as it relates to preparation for the national RHIT exam.  Includes review, practice exam questions, timed practice exams as well as an assessment of the students achievement of the entry level competencies demonstrated through a capstone project and an assessment tool.

Pre- or Co-requisite:Health Information Practicum; Scheduled in last quarter of the program

Course ID: HIM 2956
Credits: 2

General Education Courses

Lower Division

Math/Natural Sciences (Required Course)

  • Structure and Function of the Human Body

This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.


Course ID: PHA 1500
Credits: 4

Math/Natural Sciences (Select 1 Additional Course)

English Composition (Required Course)

  • English Composition

The course objective is to learn the core skills of English composition and how to apply those skills to become effective writer and engaged reader; gain proficiency with all of the steps in the writing process while creating original compositions in the narrative, the informative, and the argumentative modes; and learn how to read in an active, inquisitive manner and analyze the rhetorical situation of a text or the student’s own compositions.


Course ID: ENC 1101
Credits: 4

Communication (Select 1 Course)

Humanities (Select 2 Courses)

Social Sciences (Select 2 Courses)

Total Associate's Degree Credits

General Education Credits: 32

Major and Core Credits: 58


* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

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