Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology

A Dual Admissions Program with NJIT

Division of Mathematics, Engineering Technologies and Computer Science — Curriculum Code: 2124

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree
Why major in Health Information Technology (HIT)?

The Health Information Technology degree program was created to address the need for information technology professionals with knowledge and skills related to electronic medical file storage and patient management. This program will allow adults to acquire knowledge through accelerated learning strategies in partnership with work-place institutions. Students will find job opportunities with hospitals, long-term care institutions, and other healthcare providers.

If I major in Health Information Technology, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The HIT degree program prepares students to enter the workforce directly, and also to transfer to the bachelor’s degree program in Medical Informatics at NJIT. Other colleges and universities may apply some or all of the credits you have earned toward a bachelor’s degree, depending upon their program requirements.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 16 credits each semester, you should be able to complete the program in two years.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Please contact the Division at (973) 877-4400.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Perform the functions of an entry-level Health Information Practitioner;
  • Apply ethical principles and legal standards;
  • Comply with government regulations and accreditation agencies;
  • Adhere to and practice professional standards that govern the health information technology systems;
  • Communicate effectively with consumers, providers, and employees of diverse backgrounds and with other health care professionals
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (23 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)

ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 105 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (4 credits)
MTH 100 (4 credits)

Scientific Knowledge and Reasoning (4 credits)
BIO 121 (4 credits)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)
PSY 101 (3 credits)
SOC 101 (3 credits)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)
Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (21 credits)

HIT 101 Introduction to Health Care & Public Health in the U.S. (3 credits)
HIT 102 Introduction to Customer Service, Ethics & Compliance in Health Information Systems (3 credits)
HIT 103 Introduction to Electronic Health Records (3 credits)
HIT 105 Fundamentals of Health Workflow Process, Analysis & Redesign (3 credits)
HIT 106 Introduction to Project Management (3 credits)
HIT 201 Introduction to Health Management Information Systems (3 credits)
HIT 226 Health Information Technology Internship (3 credits)

Note: The minimum passing grade for all courses designated HIT is "C". If you earn a grade below "C", you need to repeat the course.

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)

HSC 109 Introduction to Medical Terminology (3 credits)
CSC 104 Network Fundamentals (3 credits)
CSC 137 Introduction to Programming (4 credits)
CIS 137 Micro Computer Databases (4 credits)
CSC 237 Enterprise Java Programming (4 credits)

Notes: Students enrolled in the HIT degree program will be required to submit a criminal background check, drug screen, health clearance, and CPR certification in connection with their clinical placement at certain health care organizations. All expenses for criminal background checks, health clearance, and CPR certification are the responsibility of the students.

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Degree: 62

First Semester
CSC 104 Network Fundamentals (3 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
HIT 101 Introduction to Health Care & Public Health in the U.S. (3 credits)
HSC 109 Introductory to Medical Terminology (3 credits)

Second Semester
HIT 102 Introduction to Customer Service, Ethics & Compliance in Health Care Technology (3 credits)
HIT 103 Introduction to Electronic Health Records (3 credits)
ENG 105 Technical Writing (3 credits)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
MTH 100 Introductory College Mathematics (4 credits)

Summer Term Sessions
HIT 105 Fundamentals of Workflow Process, Analysis & Redesign (3 credits)
CIS 137 Microcomputer Databases (3 credits)

Third Semester
HIT 106 Introduction to Project Management (3 credits)
CSC 137 Introduction to Programming (3 credits)
Historical Perspective requirement (3 credits)
BIO 121 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)

Fourth Semester
HIT 201 Introduction to Health Management Information Systems (3 credits)
HIT 226 Health Information Technology (3 credits)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology I: Personality & Social Aspects (3 credits)
CSC Enterprises to JAVA Programming (4 credits)

NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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