Health Information Technology

Curriculum Description

The Health Information Technology curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, abstract, compile, maintain, manage, and report health information.

Students will supervise departmental functions; classify, code, and index diagnoses and procedures; coordinate information for cost control, quality management, statistics, marketing, and planning; monitor governmental and non-governmental standards; facilitate research; and design system controls to monitor patient information security.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to write the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, health insurance organizations, outpatient clinics, physicians’ offices, hospice, and mental health facilities.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) degree in Health Information Technology program at Forsyth Technical Community College is currently in candidacy status with the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Upon approval of the accreditation process, graduates will be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). For additional information on CAHIIM accreditation, please visit their website at https://www.cahiim.org/

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

A45360 REVISED
NC CIP: 51.0707
Day
POS Approved: Fall 2022

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I Comprehensive Articulation Agreement 3 3 0 4
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers Comprehensive Articulation Agreement 2 2 0 3
HIT 110 Intro to Healthcare & HIM 3 0 0 3
HIT 114 Health Data Sys/Standards 2 3 0 3
MED 121 Medical Terminology I 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 13
Lab/Shop Hours: 8
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 16

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite 3 3 0 4
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
HIT 112 Health Law and Ethics 3 0 0 3
HIT 124 Prof Practice Exp II NEW VERSION 2022FA 0 0 3 1
MAT 152 Statistical Methods I Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 2 0 4
MED 122 Medical Terminology II Requisite 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 15
Lab/Shop Hours: 5
Clinical/WBL Hours: 3
Credit Hours: 18

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
HIT 211 Diagnosis Coding & Reporting 2 3 0 3
HIT 220 Electronic Health Records 1 2 0 2
HIT 226 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology Requisite 2 3 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
COM 231
OR
Public Speaking Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction 3 0 0 3
ENG 114 Prof Research & Reporting Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Global Distinction Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
Totals

Class Hours: 8
Lab/Shop Hours: 8
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 11

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
DBA 110 Database Concepts 2 3 0 3
HIT 213 Inpt Proc Coding & Reporting 1 3 0 2
HIT 214 Op Procedure Coding/Reporting Requisite 1 3 0 2
HIT 218 Mgmt Principles in HIT 3 0 0 3
HUM 115 Critical Thinking Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 10
Lab/Shop Hours: 9
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 13

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
HIT 215 Revenue Cycle Management 1 3 0 2
HIT 217 Quality & Data Analysis Requisite 2 3 0 3
HIT 222 Prof Practice Exp III 0 0 6 2
HIT 280 HIM Capstone Requisite 2 0 0 2
PSY 150 General Psychology Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 8
Lab/Shop Hours: 6
Clinical/WBL Hours: 6
Credit Hours: 12

Total Credit Hours: 70

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

Additional Information

2018SP New AAS Degree

2018FA Summer Entry

2022FA Fall Entry

A45360 REVISED