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An essential aspect of the changing health care landscape is the industry’s ability to manage the tremendous volume of patient and institutional information. The greater the growth of the health care industry, the greater the need for professionals who are well-prepared for the challenges of the information technology field. The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology program offers the advantages of online coursework with on-ground clinical experiences.* This exciting degree program is designed to help prepare graduates with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits to pursue entry-level positions.†
Upon graduation, students 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 of the Kaplan University Catalog for important program disclosure information.
Graduates of this program may:
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The curriculum emphasizes:
Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology program offered
onsite in Hagerstown as well as online is accredited by the Commission on
Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
(CAHIIM). CAHIIM can be contacted at:
223 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60601
In order to sit for American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
professional exams, students must successfully complete a formal educational
program accredited by CAHIIM. AHIMA exams are not required for all career
paths—it is the ultimate responsibility of the student to determine state and
federal licensure and accreditation requirements.
Prior to graduation, you will be required to complete an externship at a real-world health care facility to gain valuable on-the-job experience that many health care employers demand.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online and Hagerstown Start Date
Nov 11, 2015
Online and Campus Start Date
Dec 09, 2015
Online Start Date
Jan 06, 2016
Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 92
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
In this introductory course, you will identify current issues in health science and how they relate to chosen health science professions. Educational and credentialing requirements will be defined for health science occupations. You will review your chosen degree plan, exploring appropriate electives and identifying specific career options based on personal goals and research of the profession. Professional traits and skills for success in the field will be explored as well as discussion of roles and responsibilities of selected health professionals.
Total Program Credits: 92
This course introduces the history and
development of the health information field and an overview of
the American Health Information Management Association. The
evolution of health care delivery systems, storage and retrieval
methods, development of the health record, accrediting and
licensing requirements, patient indexing, and typical health
information functions and positions are also taught in this
This course introduces students to legal issues encountered by health information professionals including the topics of confidentiality and how to protect it, adhering to state and federal laws, responding to subpoenas and court orders, and provides an overview of the U.S. Court System.
This course provides students with the
knowledge and skills needed to work within a computerized health
care environment. It reinforces basic skills in applications
(e.g., spreadsheets and databases), allows the health information
professional to converse with IT personnel, and explores the
electronic health record processes, security, and
In this health information clinical practicum, students will be provided an opportunity to gain practical experience through use of the HIM laboratory and by utilizing health information-specific software.
This course will show students the reimbursement side of health care and the importance of correct coding and billing practices to both the facility and the patient. Students will gain insight into the various types of health insurance plans, and also study compliance as it relates to reimbursement.
None | Corequisite: HI 255
this course, students study performance improvement and quality assessment
concepts as they relate to health information. Team concepts, risk management,
utilization management, accreditation and licensure, data quality issues, and
patient outcomes are important topics in this course. Students will compute
health care and vital statistics from health care data and display data
This course focuses on established medical diagnosis and procedural coding systems including a study of nomenclature versus classification systems, basic coding principles, and application of coding guidelines in outpatient and inpatient settings.
None | Corequisite: SC 131
This course provides a logical understanding of the language of medicine. Basic prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied, along with word analysis, word building, spelling, and pronunciation. These principles are applied to the study of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscle/joints, blood and lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular. Each body system is reviewed with anatomy and physiology; diagnostic, lab, and surgical procedures; and pharmacology for interest and knowledge.
This course introduces and provides basic
practice in the three most commonly used applications in health
care: word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation. Emphasis is
placed on the utilization of these programs in a health care
environment and by health care professionals.
This course is a systematic study of basic
pharmacology principles with emphasis on the skills and
information needed to succeed in a working environment. Topics
covered include drug classes, dosage calculations and measurement
conversions, drug administration routes, and proper medication
MM 150 or MM 212
Studies include the most common diseases of
bodily systems, including disease etiology, symptoms, diagnostic
tests, therapeutic methods, and disease prognosis. Students also
study alternative treatments and pain
In this course, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the various body systems, structures, cells, and tissues and the principles of homeostasis. Students are introduced to the organization and structure of the human body. This course includes a lab component.
In this course, which is a continuation of SC 121: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include, but not limited to, the cardiopulmonary, immune, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. These systems will be covered on a cellular, tissue, organ, and system level.
Successful completion of this course will require 90 hours of clinical and administrative experience at an approved health care setting. Through this externship and capstone experience, students will gain clinical experience in departmental organization, assembly, analysis, filing and retrieval, release of information, health care systems, the coding process, quality improvement, risk management, and teamwork in health care. In addition, students will gain experience with basic management functions. Students will be evaluated on the performance of expected competencies at the end of the course. The course requires the submission of the completed Externship/Capstone Experience Project.
Last term, completion of all program-specific courses, and permission of the Clinical Placement Team.
Total Program Credits: 92
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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* Some Kaplan University programs are not 100 percent online; some programs require you to gain hands-on experience in a real-world work environment.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
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