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2018-2019

Associate in Applied Science

Health Information Management

Through a mixture of general education, professional course work, and professional practice at local healthcare facilities, students gain the knowledge and skills required to collect, analyze, and utilize health data essential to the healthcare industry.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Perform the functions of entry-level health information technicians in data content structure and standards.
  • Perform the functions of entry-level health information technicians in Information Protection: Access, Disclosure, Archival, Privacy and Security.
  • Perform the functions of entry-level health information technicians in Informatics, Analytics and Data Use.
  • Perform the functions of entry-level health information technicians in Revenue Management.
  • Perform the functions of entry-level health information technicians in Compliance.
  • Perform the functions of entry-level health information technicians in Leadership.

PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Prior to enrolling in HIT 109 Health Record Management, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet Passaic County Community College’s admission criteria.
  • Achieve college-level placement in English, reading, and mathematics.
  • Achieve a “C” or higher in: (a) BS 103 Anatomy & Physiology I, (b) EN 101 English Composition I, and (c) HIT 101 Healthcare Organization.
  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.8.

REQUIREMENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Prior to participation in Professional Practice Experience (PPE) courses, the following are required:

  • Submit a health form signed by a physician or nurse practitioner completed within one (1) year of the PPE.
  • Submit evidence of health insurance coverage.
  • Successfully complete a criminal background check. Only students with a CLEAR background report are eligible to participate in professional practice. If the background check is NOT CLEAR, the student must withdraw from the program.  Background checks are required annually while the student is in the program, and if the report is NOT CLEAR at any time during the student's enrollment in the program, the student will not be permitted to continue in the program.  
  • Complete drug test at designated laboratory facility.  All drug testing reports must be NEGATIVE.  Drug testing is required annually or more frequently as required by professional practice sites.  A POSITIVE drug test report at any point during the program will result in dismissal from the program.
  • Other requirements, as may be required by placement site.

Note:
  • Students must pass ALL classes with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • This degree may be completed online or by a combination of online and classroom courses.  
  • HIT 105 is Writing Intensive and fulfills the college requirement for a Writing Intensive course.
  • It is recommended that student enroll in HIT 105 soon after completion of HIT 109.
  • Sciences must be completed within five (5) years from the date of the course completion to the start of the first coding course.
  • HIT 105 and HIT 205 require 120 hours performed during weekday daytime hours at assigned sites.
  • HIT 105 and HIT 205 require submission of a placement request form for the Professional Practice Experience (PPE.) (Due 10/15 for Spring semester PPE placement and 2/15 for summer session PPE placement.)
  • Courses with an “HIT” course code may be attempted a maximum of two times.  Course withdrawals represented by a “W” or a "WF" on the transcript are counted as an attempt.  A student who has a second withdrawal or a second attempt with a grade of "D" or "F" in the same course may not continue in the HIT program.  

General Education Requirements(22 credits)

Code Name Credits
Communication (6 credits)
EN 101 Composition I 3
EN 102 Composition II 3
Choose one (1) of the following courses
ENS 104 Speech Fundamentals 3
ENS 106 Public Speaking 3
Mathematics (3 credits)
MA 103 Basic Statistics 3
Science (4 credits)
BS 103 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Technology (3 credits)
CIS 101 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
Social Science (3 credits)
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3

Career Requirements(47 credits)

Code Name Credits
BS 104 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BS 205 Physiology of Disease 3
HIT 101 Health Care Organization 2
HIT 104 Health Care Terminology 3
HIT 105 Professional Practice Experience I 2
HIT 106 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management 3
HIT 108 Health Record Content and Structure 1
HIT 109 Health Record Management 3
HIT 201 ICD Coding 4
HIT 205 Professional Practice Experience II 2
HIT 208 Supervision and Management in Healthcare 3
HIT 210 Health Statistics and Quality Improvement 3
HIT 211 Health Information Technology Seminar 2
HIT 212 Computer Applications in Healthcare Organizations 3
HIT 221 Advanced ICD and Coding Applications 3
HIT 231 CPT Coding 3
HIT 240 Principles of Healthcare Reimbursement 3

Total Credits 69


Guided Pathways Academic Map


First Semester Credits
BS 103 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
CIS 101 Computer Concepts and Applications 3.0
EN 101 Composition I 3.0
HIT 101 Health Care Organization 2.0
HIT 104 Health Care Terminology 3.0
Total 15.0
Second Semester Credits
BS 104 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
EN 102 Composition II 3.0
ENS 104 Speech Fundamentals OR ENS 106 Public Speaking 3.0
HIT 106 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management 3.0
HIT 108 Health Record Content and Structure 1.0
HIT 109 Health Record Management 3.0
Total 17.0
First Summer Session Credits
HIT 105 Professional Practice Experience I 2.0
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3.0
Total 5.0
Third Semester Credits
BS 205 Physiology of Disease 3.0
HIT 201 ICD Coding 4.0
HIT 208 Supervision and Management in Healthcare 3.0
HIT 212 Computer Applications in Healthcare Organizations 3.0
MA 103 Basic Statistics 3.0
Total 16.0
Fourth Semester Credits
HIT 205 Professional Practice Experience II 2.0
HIT 210 Health Statistics and Quality Improvement 3.0
HIT 211 Health Information Technology Seminar 2.0
HIT 221 Advanced ICD and Coding Applications 3.0
HIT 231 CPT Coding 3.0
HIT 240 Principles of Healthcare Reimbursement 3.0
Total 16.0