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Prerequisite Courses

The following 38 general education and program requirements must be taken prior to enrollment in the HIA program. All courses are to be taken at a regionally accredited educational institution. Applicants must have an associate’s degree successfully completed in Health Information Technology or a related area. The coursework of the associate’s degree in HIM or HIT shall be satisfactorily completed with a grade of “C” or above prior to starting the HIA program. Any courses not taken from an accredited CAHIIM Health Information Management program will not transfer as HIT courses. Applicants lacking the general education courses listed below and/or any associate degree level HIT courses must have those requirements completed prior to enrollment in the HIA program. For applicants with an AAS degree, there will be some general education courses that can be taken while in the HIA Program. Courses in ICD-10-CM and PCS Coding are required prior to enrollment.

General Education Courses

Area/Typical Course TitleMinimum Semester Credit
ENGLISH/COMMUNICATION
English Composition
Two-semester sequence of English Composition6
Speech Communication
Fundamentals of Speech or Speech Communication3
MATHEMATICS
College Algebra (or higher level Mathematics)3
SCIENCE
Two-semester sequence of Anatomy and Physiology with laboratories*8
FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES6
Fine Arts
Architecture, Film, Photography, Music, Art or Theater
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Humanities
Philosophy, Political Science, Literature, or Humanities
SOCIAL SCIENCES
History
History of the United States or National Government3
Sociology
Introduction to Sociology3
Psychology
General Psychology3
COMPUTER SCIENCE
Computer Concepts or Computer Fundamentals3
TOTAL38

*Anatomy & Physiology courses must cover all body systems and include accompanying laboratory sections.  If taken at a college where this is offered in one course, the student must take an additional 4 SC laboratory biology course to satisfy the 8 SC of laboratory science.

Associate’s Degree in HIT Curriculum Courses

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
HIMT 1101Clinical Laboratory I1
HIMT 1102Clinical Laboratory II1
HIMT 1301Medical Terminology3
HIMT 1304Pathophysiology with Pharmacology3
HIMT 1307Applied Systems3
HIMT 1308Health Record Systems & Issues3
HIMT 1309ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding & Classification System3
HIMT 2101Clinical Practice1
HIMT 2102Problem Solving Seminar1
HIMT 2103Exam & Workforce Prep1
HIMT 2201Legal & Ethical Issues2
HIMT 2203Preceptorship2
HIMT 2301Quality in Healthcare3
HIMT 2302Expanding Coding (CPT)3
HIMT 2303Data Management & Statistics3
HIMT 2304Supervisory Management3
HIMT 2305Intermediate Coding & Reimbursement3
TOTAL HIT REQUIREMENTS39

General Education courses needed:    38 SC hours
Associate’s degree in HIT:                      39 SC hours
Pre-Requisite Sub-Total:                      77 SC hours
Bachelor’s degree in HIA:                       43 SC hours
TOTAL HOURS:                                     120 SC hours