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Associate of Applied Science - AAS

Major: Health Information Technology - AAS
Walters State Community College
Credit Hours Required: 66

Program Description

The Health Information Technology (HIT) degree is a two-year program designed to prepare individuals for:
  • Managing and coding medical information in medical records
  • Organizing coded information from medical records for reimbursement purposes
  • Abstracting other data to meet administrative and governmental requirements
  • Managing medical and legal inquires for medical record information.

Employment of individuals with these skills is essential for healthcare providers in hospitals, clinics, physician's offices, nursing homes and other healthcare agencies.

Through this program, students complete coursework in an online format. The Professional Practice experiences require visits to assigned healthcare facilities and face-to-face interaction with faculty and/or clinical site supervisors. Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the RHIT exam given by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), www.cahiim.org.

The degree program and the courses that comprise it are offered through a cooperative development and delivery model among five TBR community colleges. In the cooperative model arrangement, the colleges share valuable intellectual resources to enrich program offerings. 

As an online student, you gain access to highly-qualified faculty from both the campus where you are studying to earn your degree as well as other campuses. You gain exposure to a wide range of opinions, philosophies, perspectives and experiences that you might not otherwise obtain. The students in your classes are from other community colleges which further contributes to a unique online learning experience. 

Who Should Apply?

The HIT program is an excellent career choice for individuals who want to work in the healthcare profession, but do not want to work directly with patients. Applicants need to have an aptitude for science, have an interest in law and management subjects, and be comfortable working on a computer.