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Health Information Technology A.A.S. (TP)

This curriculum is designed to prepare students to function as health information technicians in health record services located in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, physician offices, insurance offices, government agencies, and other facilities utilizing health records. The health information technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in cooperation with the American Health Information Management Association's Council on Accreditation. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive the A.A.S. and will be eligible to apply to take the accreditation examination given by the American Health Information Management Association.

The health information technician is trained in all the functions normally performed by a health record service, which can include analyzing and technically evaluating health records and reports; compiling, interpreting, and utilizing hospital and health care statistics; coding systems, diseases, and operations according to a recognized classification system; assisting with medical facility committee procedures; releasing confidential information in accordance with legal requirements; and abstracting and retrieving medical information. Students in the curriculum are required to earn a grade of C or better in each health information technology course before being allowed to proceed to the next course.

This is a selective program with specific admissions requirements. For additional information, contact the Admissions Office at the Takoma Park Campus, 240-567-1501, or the program department.

Full-time and part-time students must see the program coordinator to choose an appropriate sequence of courses as outlined in the Health Information Technology Student Handbook. All students must complete HI-designated courses within the three years prior to graduation. HI-designated courses not meeting this time requirement must be retaken, or the student must test out in current course content.


General Education and Other Requirements (34 credit hours)
BI 204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I*
4
BI 205 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
4
CA 120 Computer Applications I
3
EN 101 Techniques of Reading and Writing
3
  English foundation
3
HE 107 First Aid and Safety in the Home, School, and Community
2
MA 110 Survey of College Mathematics  
  or
MA 116 Elements of Statistics
3
MG 205 Human Relations in Management
3
SP 108 Fundamentals of Speech  
  or
SP 112 Business and Professional Speech Communication
3
Arts or humanities distribution
3
  Behavioral and social sciences distribution
3

Health Information Technology Requirements (36 credit hours)
HI 100 Introduction to and Legal Aspects of Health Information Systems
4
HI 103 Assembly and Analysis and Alternate Health Care Delivery
2
HI 111 Clinical Applications I
1
HI 112 Health Information Automation and Management
4
HI 125 Medical Terminology I
2
HI 126 Medical Terminology II
2
HI 135 Concepts of Disease
3
HI 200 Coding, Abstracting, and Indexing I
4
HI 202 Health Information Statistics and Quality
Improvement

3
HI 211 Clinical Applications II
2
HI 212 Clinical Applications III
1
HI 213 CPT-4 Coding
2
HI 214 Introduction to Pharmacology
1
HI 220 Coding, Abstracting, and Indexing II
3
HI 225 Health Information Research
2

Total credit hours 70
  
* Students should check the prerequisite for BI 204.

Medical Coder/Abstractor Certificate (TP)

The medical coder/abstractor certificate curriculum is designed to prepare students to function as medical coders and abstractors in health record services located in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, insurance companies, and governmental agencies.

The coder/abstractor is trained in the following functions normally performed by a health record service: analyzing and technically evaluating health records and reports; compiling, interpreting, and utilizing hospital and health care statistics; coding symptoms, diseases, and operations according to recognized classification systems; and abstracting and retrieving medical information.

All students must complete HI-designated courses within the three years prior to graduation. HI-designated courses not meeting this time requirement must be retaken, or the student must test out in current course content.

BI 204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I*
4
BI 205 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
4
EN 101 Techniques of Reading and Writing
3
HI 103 Assembly and Analysis and Alternate Health Care Delivery
2
HI 125 Medical Terminology I
2
HI 126 Medical Terminology II
2
HI 135 Concepts of Disease
3
HI 200 Coding, Abstracting, and Indexing I
4
HI 213 CPT-4 Coding
2
HI 214 Introduction to Pharmacology
1
HI 220 Coding, Abstracting, and Indexing II
3

Total credit hours  30
  

* Students should check the prerequisite for BI 204.


Medical Coder/Abstractor/Biller Certificate (TP)

The medical coder/abstractor/biller certificate curriculum is designed to prepare students to function as medical coders, abstractors, and billers in health record services located in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, insurance companies, and governmental agencies.

The coder/abstractor/biller is trained in the following functions normally performed by a health record service: analyzing and technically evaluating health records and reports; compiling, interpreting, and utilizing hospital and health care statistics; coding symptoms, diseases, and operations according to recognized classification systems; and abstracting and retrieving medical information. The biller option will also teach students how to function in the physician office environment and will emphasize specialty coding and the electronic billing component of that job.

All students must complete HI-designated courses within the three years prior to graduation. HI-designated courses not meeting this time requirement must be retaken, or the student must test out in current course content.

BI 204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I*
4
BI 205 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
4
EN 101 Techniques of Reading and Writing
3
HI 103 Assembly and Analysis and Alternate Health Care Delivery
2
HI 125 Medical Terminology I
2
HI 126 Medical Terminology II
2
HI 135 Concepts of Disease
3
HI 200 Coding, Abstracting, and Indexing I
4
HI 213 CPT-4 Coding
2
HI 214 Introduction to Pharmacology
1
HI 220 Coding, Abstracting, and Indexing II
3
HI 221 Ambulatory Care Coding
2
HI 222 Electronic Patient Billing
2

Total credit hours  34
 

* Students should check the prerequisite for BI 204.

Refer to course description pages to identify courses with prerequisites.
Courses in italics meet General Education requirements
.