Health Information Technology A.A.S.
Westchester Community College is pleased to announce the addition of a new A.A.S. in Health Information Technology, beginning fall 2018! Details are below. The first step is to apply online to Westchester Community College and go to www.sunywcc.edu/apply to get started! Learn about the steps for admission at www.sunywcc.edu/checklist.
Division: School of Health Careers, Technology and Applied Learning
Academic Dept.: Allied Health
Curriculum Chair: Sue Tural-Clarke
Important Note about Program Requirements :
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in fall 2018. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Defined:
The purpose of the A.A.S. is to be fully trained for immediate employment upon graduation. Students who opt to continue on to pursue higher levels of education are encouraged to check with the receiving institution regarding transferability of credits. Click to learn more about the differences among award types.
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Health Information Technology provides students with the knowledge and skills to analyze, organize, and disseminate health information. Students are prepared to manage patient data in a diverse range of health care settings. Certificates in Medical Coding and Medical Billing, offered by Westchester Community College, may be utilized as “stackable credentials” and be applied toward the A.A.S. in Health Information Technology.
Using classroom and practical experiences, students learn about the protection of personal health records, data analysis and the use of computer applications to record, integrate and report patient data for reimbursement and compliance facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assurance, and research.
Health Information Technicians work with other professionals to ensure that the documentation gathered is complete, accurate and timely. Health Information Technicians work in hospitals, office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, insurance companies, government agencies, technology firms, both inpatient and ambulatory healthcare systems, and public health agencies. Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations and demand is expected to increase as the population ages.
- The new A.A.S has been developed to conform to the highest standards of the profession. The program will be pursuing accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
- Upon successful completion of the Health Information Technology Program, the graduate will be eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam. With experience, the RHIT credential holds excellent potential for professional advancement.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:
- Demonstrate competency in utilization of procedural grouping and diagnostic coding.
- Demonstrate competency managing health records.
- Demonstrate competency in applying legal and ethical concepts to health information management.
- Demonstrate competency in the use of technology to support administrative applications.
- Demonstrate competency in the use of research and data analytics to support decision-making.
- Demonstrate competency in managing the revenue cycle and reimbursement.
- Demonstrate competency in team leadership.
- Demonstrate competency in organizational management within the healthcare delivery system.
General Education Requirements- 18 Credits
Basic Communication (3 credits)
- ENG 101 Writing and Research
Humanities (3 credits)
- ENG 102 Writing and Literature
Mathematics (3 credits)
- MATH 117 College Quantitative Reasoning
Social Sciences (3 credits)
- Social Sciences – see SUNY General Education Courses
The Arts, Foreign Language or Other World Civilizations (3 credits)
- The Arts, – see SUNY General Education Courses
- Foreign Language – see SUNY General Education Courses
- Other World Civilizations – see SUNY General Education Courses
American History or Western Civilization (3 credits)
- American History – see SUNY General Education Courses
- Western Civilization- see SUNY General Education Courses
Degree Requirements – 46 Credits
- BIOL 109 Basic Anatomy and Physiology
- BIOL 150 Introduction to Pharmacology
- BIOL 160 Basic Pathophysiology
- HCTAL 101 Medical Terminology
- HIT 120 Introduction to Health Information Management
- HIT 140 Healthcare Reimbursement
- HIT 150 Advanced Health Information Management
- HIT 210 Introduction to ICD 10
- HIT 220 CPT-4/HCPCS
- HIT 230 Advanced ICD-10
- HIT 250 Professional Practical Experience 1: Coding
- HIT 260 Health Information Technologies
- HIT 270 Health Care Statistics and Research
- HIT 280 Health Leadership and Management
- HIT 290 Professional Practical Experience 2: HIT Internship
- OFTEC 230 Integrated Office Operations
Minimum Total Credits- 64
The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click here to Download the Educational Plan
Career Path Opportunities:
Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.
Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transferarticulation to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transfer for additional transfer resources and contacts.
Transfer Scholarship Opportunities:
Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors! Go to www.sunywcc.edu/scholarships to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.
Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.