Associate of Sciences in Health Information Technology
(71 credits)

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The Associate of Science degree in Health Information Technology (HIT) is designed to prepare students to maintain patient records and health patient records and health information data in every health care setting including acute care, long-term, ambulatory care, insurance and federal agencies. After successful completion of the HIT Associate program, the graduate is eligible to take the national RHIT certification examination through AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association). Upon successfully passing the RHIT examination through AHIMA, the graduate is certified through AHIMA as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Note: HIT Associates students are eligible to take the RHIT examination in the final semester of their Associate coursework, as long as in good academic standing. Consult with your advisor for current transferability information.

REQUIREMENTS AND PRE-REQUISITES:
Students do not need special permission to be admitted to the HIT program. Studentsneed a 2.75 GPA and a "C" or better in all HCHT courses. For further advisementcontact Roseanna McGinn MBA-HCA, RHIT rmcginn@unm.edu and Michelle Lee tsinnami@unm.edu.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (33):

Communications (6):

ENGL 1110 Composition I 3cr
ENGL 1120
   COMM 2120
Composition II OR
   Interpersonal Communication
3cr

Arts and Design/Humanities (3):

For required courses, refer to the General Education Curriculum 3cr

Social and Behavioral Science (6):

For required courses, refer to the General Education Curriculum 6cr

Mathematics/Physical and Natural Science (7):

MATH 1350
   MATH 1220
Introduction to Statistics OR
   College Algebra
3cr
Choose from BIOL 1140/1140L, 1310/1310L, 2210/2210L OR HCHS 113* 4cr

Physical Education/Health (2)

Choose from any Health or Physical Education Course 2cr

Health Sciences (6):

HCHS 111 Medical Terminology 3cr
HCHS 115 Pharmacology for Health Occupations 3cr

Business Technology (3):

BCIS 1110 Intro to Information Systems 3cr

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CORE (38):

HCHT 121 Health Information Technology I 4cr
HCHT 211 Basic ICD / CPT Coding 4cr
HCHT 213 Principles of Disease 4cr
HCHT 215 Advanced OP Coding 2cr
HCHT 219 Advanced IP Coding 3cr
HCHT 221 Medical-Legal & Quality Management 4cr
HCHT 222 Health Information Technology II 4cr
HCHT 231 Computer Application & Statistics 4cr
HCHT 232 Reimbursement Methodologies 3cr
HCHT 233 Professional Practice Experience 6cr