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Health Information Technology (A.A.S.)

Program Description
The AAS Degree in HIT is designed to prepare students, through coursework and internships, for employment as health information technicians. Health information technicians organize and manage health information data. They ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems. They use various computer applications to assemble, analyze, and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment records.

The Associate Degree Health Information Management Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Program Mission
The mission of the Health Information Technology program is to provide students with foundational knowledge to develop skills required for entry-level positions in the field of health information management. The students are provided a comprehensive learning experience through structured classroom lecture as well as hands-on internship experience. The curriculum focuses on skills required for employment including health record administration, coding, revenue cycle management, quality assurance, electronic records management and patient information privacy and security. Coursework provides knowledge and the skill-based competencies necessary for successful completion of the national health information technician and coding credentialing exams. The HIT program curriculum prepares students for employment directly upon completion of their education, as well as provides transfer paths for those who wish to continue their education at a four-year institution.

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Health Information Technology
A.A.S. Program
Hegis Code: 5213

Total Credits: 64

First Semester Credits
AHS 131 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
HIT 101 Introduction to Health Information Technology 3
HIT 151 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 154 Computer Software Applications in Health Care 3
Social Science Elective (1) 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Second Semester Credits
AHS 132 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG 100 Enhanced Composition I or
ENG 101 Composition I or
ENG 108 The Craft of Composition / Honors English I (2)
HIT 156 Medical Coding CPT 3
HIT 270 HIM Regulatory Issues in the Law 3
Humanities Elective (3) 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Third Semester Credits
BIO 131 Pathophysiology 3
HIT 158 Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HIT 159 ICD-10 Medical Coding 3
HIT 278 Health Information Management Internship 3
Math Elective (4) 3
Total Semester Credits 15
Fourth Semester Credits
AHS 103 Fundamentals of Pharmacology 3
English Elective (5) 3
HIT 258 Medical Coding Internship 3
HIT 260 Quality Management and Organizational Resources in HIM 3
PED Physical Education Elective 2
Social Science Elective (6) 3
Total Semester Credits 17
  1. Choice of: SUNY GER Western Civilization, SUNY GER Other World Civilizations, SUNY GER American History
  2. Depending on placement
  3. SUNY GER The Arts
  4. SUNY GER Mathematics
  5. Choice from: COM 101 Interpersonal Communications, ENG 102 Composition II, ENG 109 The Art of Analysis / Honors English II
  6. SUNY GER Social Sciences.