Health Information Technology

Occupational Major

This major is primarily designed for job preparedness. Students who are considering transferring to a four-year college should be aware that decisions on transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of Business Studies
Penn 401 • Phone (215) 504-8227
Curriculum Code No. 2191

The Health Information Technology Associate degree program is designed to prepare the student to function effectively in a technical manner in health information departments in a wide variety of healthcare settings. These settings include: ambulatory care, rehabilitation centers, drug and alcohol facilities, local health departments, third-party payers, pharmaceutical companies, acute care, as well as other healthcare related organizations such as insurance companies, consulting firms and technology companies. The curriculum is designed to prepare entry-level graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to use, analyze, present, abstract, code, add, store and/or retrieve healthcare data for the support of departmental operations and clinical and business decision making in healthcare or related organizations.

Health Information Technology professionals are employed as health data analysts, insurance claims analysts, records technician specialists, clinical coding specialists, physician practice managers, or patient information coordinators.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • apply analytical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to perform complex coding and billing tasks;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the healthcare field and how health-related information is managed and shared between medical facilities.
  • analyze and manage healthcare data using current medical application software; and
  • apply Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations to protect the security and confidentiality of electronic patient health information.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
BIOL181
Human Anatomy and Physiology I D
4
BIOL182
Human Anatomy and Physiology II D
4
CISC110
Introduction to Information Systems A,D
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking D,5
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,B,1
3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge C,4,D
3
MATH115
Elementary Statistics A,B,3,D
3
HITT105
Legal Aspects of Health Information Technology
3
MEDA120
Medical Terminology A
3
HITT190
Introduction to Health Information Technology
3
HITT207
Health Information Technology Applications D
3
HITT208
Healthcare Quality Improvement D
3
HITT217
Health Insurance and Reimbursement D
3
HITT250
Basic Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Health Information Technology D
3
HITT297
Medical Coding D
3
HITT298
Advanced Procedural Coding D
3
HITT299
Advanced Diagnostic Coding D
3
HITT280
Health Information Technology Externship D
3
MGMT100
Introduction to Business A,2
3
OADM110
Business Communication B,1
3
Cultural Perspective E 3
Personal Health E 2
Total Credit Hours 67

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
MEDA120
Medical Terminology A
3
HITT190
Introduction to Health Information Technology
3
CISC110
Introduction to Information Systems A,D
3
HITT105
Legal Aspects of Health Information Technology
3
BIOL181
Human Anatomy and Physiology I D
4
Total Credit Hours 16

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP110
English Composition I A,B,1
3
MATH115
Elementary Statistics A,B,3,D
3
HITT297
Medical Coding D
3
BIOL182
Human Anatomy and Physiology II D
4
Personal Health E 2
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
HITT298
Advanced Procedural Coding D
3
MGMT100
Introduction to Business A,2
3
OADM110
Business Communication B,1
3
HITT207
Health Information Technology Applications D
3
HITT217
Health Insurance and Reimbursement D
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking D,5
3
Total Credit Hours 18

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
HITT208
Healthcare Quality Improvement D
3
HITT250
Basic Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Health Information Technology D
3
HITT299
Advanced Diagnostic Coding D
3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge C,4,D
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fifth Semester

Course Credits
HITT280
Health Information Technology Externship D
3
Total Credit Hours 3

A Open to Credit by Examination.
B Placement testing required.
C Any INTG course may be chosen.
D Course requires prerequisite.
E Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory.

1 Satisfies College Writing requirement.
2 Satisfies Social Perspectives.
3 Satisfies College level Mathematics or Science.
4 Satisfies Intensive Writing requirement.
5 Satisfies Creative Expression.