Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology
(Currently Not Accepting Enrollments)
Description and Outcomes
As of November 11, 2015, this program will no longer be accepting enrollments.
The objective of the Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology program is to prepare you with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits to pursue an entry-level position in the health information management field.
The curriculum is geared toward the ability to process, maintain, compile, and report health information data for patient care, reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, quality assessment, and research. The curriculum teaches medical coding and abstracting procedures, and also covers supervisory issues as well as medicolegal aspects of health information. Basic courses that address the use of computers in these areas are also part of the program.
Upon graduation, your workplace tasks may include abstracting health records and compiling reports on health care services; accurately assigning code numbers to diagnoses and procedures for indexing health data and processing bills; answering legal, government, insurance, and other inquiries for patient health information; and organizing, analyzing, and evaluating health record content for completeness and accuracy. Tasks may also include reviewing and evaluating health records to assist with meeting accreditation guidelines, releasing patient information in accordance with applicable laws, and supervising human resources.
The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology offered online is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Upon graduation, you may be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Refer to the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section for important program disclosure information.
This program blends online coursework with on-ground experience. You must complete a 90-hour externship in a hospital or other health care facility to complete the course of study. Refer to the General Policies section for criminal background check information and the Progression Requirements section for additional requirements.
The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology program consists of a minimum of 92 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive an associate of applied science degree.
- Technology: Apply data management processes in support of health information operations.
- Administrative: Exhibit computer literacy.
- Standards, Laws, and Ethics: Employ the ethical, professional, and legal standards of the health information profession.
- Foundational Knowledge of Health Information Management: Exhibit proficiency in health information professional practice skills.
- Professionalism: Embody professional behaviors and problem solving.
General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies
In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the undergraduate School of General Education section of this Catalog.
- You will be withdrawn from the program if you are unable to successfully complete HI165 Health Information Practicum and HI295 Health Information Externship/Capstone on the second attempt.
- As an online student, you must:
- Provide notice of intent to enroll in clinical courses and externships 3 months prior to the beginning of the term in which you wish to enroll. Notification must be submitted to the Health Sciences Clinical Placement Department using the appropriate application form.
- Complete a clinical orientation workshop and pass a criminal background check prior to placement at a clinical, practicum, or externship site.
- Enroll in EL206 Academic Prior Learning Portfolio in your second term if you are interested in pursuing credit for experiential learning. You must complete the portfolio development and assessment process by the end of the third term or by the time you have accumulated 30 credits within your program.
Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.
Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Grid to determine enrollment eligibility.
You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.
The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology offered online is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Upon graduation, you are academically eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). AHIMA exams are not required for all career paths—you are ultimately responsible for determining state and federal licensure and accreditation requirements.
You may also be academically eligible to take the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification exam sponsored by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) certification exam sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and the Insurance and Coding Specialist (NCICS) certification exam sponsored by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). You may be eligible for additional certifications once you attain professional experience.
|CM107||College Composition I||5|
|CM220||College Composition II||5|
|Mathematics (select one of the following):||5|
|Survey of Mathematics|
|Total Core Requirements||15|
|HS100||Introduction to Health Science||5|
|HI125||Health Care Delivery and Information Management||5|
|HI135||Legal Aspects of Health Information||5|
|HI150||Automation of Health Information||5|
|HI165||Health Information Practicum||2|
|HI230||Quality Assurance and Statistics in Health Information||5|
|HI252||Medical Coding I||4|
|HI255||Medical Coding II||5|
|HS115||Software Applications for Health Care Professionals||3|
|HS200||Diseases of the Human Body||5|
|SC121||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||5|
|SC131||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||5|
|HI295||Health Information Externship/Capstone||5|
|Total Major Requirements||72|
|Open Elective Requirements|
|Total Open Elective Requirements||5|