Arapahoe Community College

2016-2017 Catalog

Health Information Technology (Medical Records) AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Online Program (with the exception of two Practicum courses)

CIP 510707 (HIT1)

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Health Information Technology is designed to develop the technical skills necessary for managing health information within the healthcare delivery system. The AAS degree program in Health Information Technology emphasizes the technical component of health information services and is designed to prepare entry-level graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to use, analyze, abstract, code, present, and retrieve data in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, long term care, ambulatory care, mental health care and other healthcare facilities as well as private industry. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to write the national certification examination and upon successful passing of this examination, receive the RHIT (Registered Health Information Technology) credentials. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the association of health information management (HIM) professionals. AHIMA Web site:

Admission Requirements

The following are the basic requirements for admission to the Health Information Technology (HIT) program:

  • Completion of High school or GED equivalence
  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • Submission of the HIT application
  • Interview with HIT Program Chair, Allied Health Programs Success Coordinator or Designate
  • Criminal Background Check (prior to first practicum)
  • Vaccination documentation (prior to first practicum)
  • Prerequisite:
  • English: ENG 090 and REA 090 OR CCR 092/093/094 with a grade of "C" or better, OR Placement sentence skills score of 95+ OR Community College Placement Test (CCPT) scores of 96 or higher in Reading and a 5 on the Essay OR 80 in Reading and a 6 on the Essay.
  • Math: MAT 050 or equivalent placement test scores.
  • Accuplacer scores can still be accepted if not older than three years. Minimum Accuplacer scores to be considered are 95 or higher on sentence skills and 36 or higher on arithmetic (or equivalent ACT / SAT scores or appropriate prior college-level coursework)

Students must contact for counseling and program planning prior to enrolling in any courses that are part of the HIT curriculum.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses

(15 Credit Hours)

CIS 118

Intro to PC Applications


COM 115

Public Speaking OR


COM 125

Interpersonal Communications OR any other higher level Communications course


ENG 121

English Composition 1 (GT-CO1) OR any other higher level Composition/Writing course


PSY 101

General Psychology (GT-SS3) OR any other Psychology course



Select three credits from the list of AAS - General Education Electives


Major Courses

(51 Credit Hours)

HIT 101

Health Information Management Science


HIT 105

Principles of Health Care Reimbursement


HIT 111

Health Data Management and Information Systems


HIT 112

Legal Aspects


HIT 122

Workflow Fund of Healthcare


HIT 188

Health Information Practicum 1


HIT 220

ICD Coding I


HIT 221

ICD Coding II


HIT 222

Quality Management


HIT 225

Health Information Management


HIT 231

ICD Coding III


HIT 241

CPT Coding Basic Principles


HIT 251

Code Sets and Vocabularies


HIT 289

Health Information Capstone


HPR 178

Medical Terminology


MOT 125

Basic Medical Science I


MOT 133

Basic Medical Science II


MOT 135

Basic Medical Science III



66 Credit Hours

Graduation Requirements

  • All major education and other courses required for this degree must be completed with a “C” or better to meet graduation requirements.
  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC). (form available at
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

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