Health Information Technology (Associate in Science)
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). Graduates of the program are eligible to write the national accreditation examination of the American Health Information Management Association, and upon passing this exam become designated as an RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician).
A grade of "C" or better must be maintained in all courses to continue in the program. Course repetition in this program is not permitted. This program is governed by the Allied Health Department Policies.
Interested persons should call the Special Programs Admissions Clerk in the Admissions Office 619-388-2684.
Directed Clinical Practice Requirement
Students accepted into this program will be required to successfully complete DCP, clinically-based courses held in health care facilities. These facilities may require background checks, including fingerprinting and drug screening, as a condition of placement at the clinic.
Refusal to submit to a background check, or failure to meet clearance criteria established by the health care facility, may prevent placement in DCP courses and thus, it may not be possible to successfully complete the program.
Health care facilities also require adherence to strict standards of conduct. Facilities may refuse educational access to any person who does not adhere to the facility's standards of safety, health and ethical behavior. This may be cause of removal from the program.
|Courses Required for the Major:|
|3||HEIT 105 Introduction to Health Information|
|2||HEIT 125 Basic Pharmacology for Allied Health|
|4||HEIT 155A ICD-9-CM Coding I|
|4||HEIT 155B ICD-9-CM Coding II|
|3||HEIT 155C Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding|
|3||HEIT 156 Hospital and Health Statistics|
|3||HEIT 205 Health Law, Accreditation and Licensing Standards|
|3||HEIT 258 Quality Assessment, Utilization Review & Risk Management|
|3||HEIT 260 Principles of Supervision and Administration|
|2||HEIT 261 Directed Clinical Practice A|
|2||HEIT 262 Directed Clinical Practice B|
|3||MEDA 055 Fundamentals Human Anatomy and Physiology|
|3||MEDA 110 Medical Terminology|
|3||MEDA 115 Pathophysiology|
|4||CISC 181 Principles of Information Systems|
|3||CBTE 180 Microsoft Office|
|48||= Total Units|
|and electives as needed to meet minimum 60 units required for the degree.|
Academic Requirements (Associate in Science).
Electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 units required for the degree:
Recommended Electives: See the Mesa College catalog
Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See the Mesa College catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.
Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foriegn language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.