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The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology
program blends online coursework with on-ground clinical experiences.* The objective of this degree program is to help prepare graduates with
the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits required to pursue
entry-level positions in the competitive and growing health information
The curriculum emphasizes:
The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology program offered onsite and 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 2150Chicago, IL 60601Tel: 312.233.1100In 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.
Graduates of this program may:
The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology program offered onsite in Hagerstown is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Kaplan University is pursuing CAHIIM accreditation for the online Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology, which is currently in candidacy status. CAHIIM can be contacted at:
223 North Michigan AvenueSuite 2150Chicago, IL 60601Tel: 312.233.1183
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.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Jun 05, 2013
Online and Hagerstown Start Date
Jul 03, 2013
Total Program Credits: 92
In this required introductory course, students 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.
Students will create a personal education
plan, choosing appropriate electives and
identifying specific career optionsbased
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
HI 125 and HS 115
In this health information clinical practicum,
students will be provided an opportunity to gain practical
experience within health care facilities under the supervision of
an HIM professional or other qualified individual, and through
use of the HIM laboratory and utilizing health
The focus of this course is on the use of
computers for medical billing and claim submission. Information
is presented on various medical insurance plans. In addition,
students learn how to appropriately make referrals to specialists
and other paraprofessionals while following insurance guidelines
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
HI 135 and HI 165
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 study 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; as well as 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 an integrated study of the
human body. The focus is on understanding the interrelated nature
of the systems of the body. This includes the concept of
homeostasis as well as the relationship between structure and
function. This course encompasses the anatomy of selected systems
as well as the physiology and terminology as applied to the body.
The course presents the chemical basis of life and provides a
basic understanding of cells, cellular metabolism, and tissue
composition and functions. The course also includes the study of
the structures and functions of the following systems:
integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, and
This course is the continuation of integrated
study of the human body. This course encompasses the anatomy of
selected systems as well as the physiology and terminology as
applied to the body. The course also includes the study of the
structures and functions of the following systems: circulatory,
lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and
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
HS 130 or PU 120
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.
HI 215, or HS 200 and MR 160 (MR 160 can be completed as a corequisite)
This course focuses on the broad field of pharmacology. Students study drug classes with an emphasis on the most commonly prescribed drugs including their indication, mechanism of action, and doses. Methods and routes of administration are explored. The course also covers diagnostic tests and laboratory procedures for common diseases. The identification of normal laboratory values and how to select and interpret an appropriate reference source are also included.
100/200-level mathematics course and HS
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.
Final term and completion of all prior courses
in the program
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.