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Program Curriculum

The courses taken at UAMS are the Health Information Technology (HIT) courses listed on the left below. Students take the General Education (GE) courses listed on the Prerequisite Courses page at any regionally accredited college or university of their choice, and these are transferred to UAMS as they are completed. Students may take the General Education courses before or during the time they are enrolled in the HIT program. The HIT program director provides a Curriculum Plan of Study, which is individualized for every student upon his or her admission into the program. Any remaining GE courses that need to be taken are placed into the Curriculum Plan while the student is taking the HIT courses, so that upon graduation all courses are completed at the same time. There is no time limit for the GE courses that a student transfers into the program with the exception of the computer applications course.  This course cannot have been completed more than seven (7) years prior to the date the student applies for admission to the HIT program.  This is due to the rapidly changing technology that has occurred in the computer science field. The computer course is the only pre-requisite to the HIT program.

Fall Entry

Course #TitleCredits
Year 1
Fall
HIMT 1301Medical Terminology**3
HIMT 1308Health Record Systems & Issues3
6
Spring
HIMT 1101Clinical Laboratory I*1
HIMT 1304Pathophysiology with Pharmacology**3
HIMT 2201Legal & Ethical Issues2
6
Year 2
Fall
HIMT 1309ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding & Classification System**3
HIMT 2303Data Management & Statistics3
6
Spring
HIMT 1307Applied Systems3
HIMT 2302Expanded Coding (CPT-4)**3
6
Summer
HIMT 1102Clinical Laboratory II*1
1
Year 3
Fall
HIMT 2301Quality in Health Care3
HIMT 2101Clinical Practice*1
HIMT 2305Intermediate Coding & Reimbursement**3
7
Spring
HIMT 2102Problem Solving Seminar1
HIMT 2203Preceptorship*2
HIMT 2304Supervisory Management3
HIMT 2103Exam & Workforce Prep1
7
TOTAL39

*The four HIMT clinical internship courses (HIMT 1101, HIMT 1102, HIMT 2101, and HIMT 2203) must be completed consecutively.

**Students must complete Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology (HIMT 1301), and Pathophysiology (HIMT 1304) prior to beginning the sequence of coding courses (HIMT 1309, HIMT 2302, and HIMT 2305).

A grade of “D” or “F” or a mark of “U” or “NC” is not acceptable for progression to the next semester, nor is it acceptable for graduation if it occurs in the last semester of the program.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to earn the degree.

Spring Entry

Course #TitleCredits
Year 1
Spring
HIMT 1101Clinical Laboratory I*1
HIMT 1301Medical Terminology**3
HIMT 1308Health Record Systems & Issues3
7
Summer
HIMT 2201Legal & Ethical Issues2
2
Fall
HIMT 1304Pathophysiology with Pharmacology**3
HIMT 1309ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding & Classification System**3
6
Year 2
Spring
HIMT 1307Applied Systems3
HIMT 2302Expanded Coding (CPT-4)**3
6
Summer
HIMT 1102Clinical Laboratory II*1
HIMT 2303Data Management & Statistics3
4
Fall
HIMT 2101Clinical Practice*1
HIMT 2301Quality in Health Care3
HIMT 2305Intermediate Coding & Reimbursement**3
7
Year 3
Spring
HIMT 2102Problem Solving Seminar1
HIMT 2203Preceptorship*2
HIMT 2304Supervisory Management3
HIMT 2103Exam & Workforce Prep1
7
TOTAL39

*The four HIMT clinical internship courses (HIMT 1101, HIMT 1102, HIMT 2101, and HIMT 2203) must be completed consecutively.

**Students must complete Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology (HIMT 1301), and Pathophysiology (HIMT 1304) prior to beginning the sequence of coding courses (HIMT 1309, HIMT 2302, and HIMT 2305).

A grade of “D” or “F” or a mark of “U” or “NC” is not acceptable for progression to the next semester, nor is it acceptable for graduation if it occurs in the last semester of the program.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to earn the degree.

Job Placement:
Although our program does not officially have a job placement program, faculty are routinely made aware of numerous job opportunities by preceptors, local HIM directors, hospitals, and statewide agencies who contact us throughout the year because of their interest in our graduates. We list these job opportunities for our students and graduates. All of our students and graduates have equal opportunity to apply for any and all of these jobs, which are located both locally and throughout the states as they become known to us. They vary in position, salary, type, and qualifications. In recent years the number of job openings has significantly exceeded the number of our graduates, offering them many employment opportunities.

Credentials:
Most of our graduates take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credentialing examination within six months of graduation, so that all the knowledge and skills they gained in the program are very fresh in their minds. The program also offers a summer review session to all the graduates for the RHIT examination following graduation. Our graduates are consistently above the national pass rate for this exam.