Health Information Management, Associate of Applied Science

Program Information

If you possess stellar organizational, technological, and people skills and are interested in a career in health care, then San Jacinto College’s Health Information Management program is the career path for you. This program is designed to train future health information management technicians to perform a variety of technical functions including organizing, analyzing, coding, and technically evaluating health information. Health information technicians work to ensure that complete and accurate records are kept for each patient in a health care facility.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Information and Information Management (CAHIIM). Upon completion of this program, the student is eligible to apply to take the national Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) examination, administered by the American Health Information Management Association.

The mission of the San Jacinto College Health Information Management program is to inspire, educate, and empower students to acquire the health care, technology, and business skills required to enter the Health Information Management profession and practice lifelong learning.

Career Opportunities

A career in health information management combines patient care management and technology in various professional work settings including:

  • Hospitals, 
  • Physician's offices/clinics,
  • Law firms,
  • Insurance companies,
  • Long-Term care (nursing homes),
  • Home Health, 
  • Hospice,
  • Behavioral Health, and
  • Health information technology software vendors.

Earning Potential

  Registered Health Information Management Technician (RHIT) with 1-2 years' experience national average salary: $38,7101

For more information, students may email HealthInformationManagement@sjcd.edu or call 281-459-7608.

Campus

North Campus

Information

The Health Information Management program includes one clinical (practicum) course. Clinicals are unpaid positions in which students are supervised by a health information management professional at the health care facility. Clinicals are scheduled during the day shift according to the availability of the site supervisor. The program cannot guarantee a specific site, but every effort will be made to accommodate the student. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the clinical site. A criminal background check is required of all program students and must be submitted prior to enrollment in the clinical course. Documentation of immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella, completion of the Hepatitis B series, and annual Tuberculosis screening are also required prior to enrollment in the clinical course. Drug screening may be required by the clinical site.  

Plan of Study

North Campus
3HITT-INF

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure 3
BIOL 2404 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (lecture & lab) (or BIOL 2301 and BIOL 2101 and BIOL 2302 and BIOL 2102) 4
ITSC 1309
Integrated Software Applications I
or Business Computer Applications
3
 Credits13
Second Term
HITT 2371 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems 3
HITT 1311 Health Information Systems 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods (Statistics) 1 3
 Credits15
Summer Year One Term
ITSW 1307 Introduction to Database 3
HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
 Credits6
Third Term
HITT 1342 Ambulatory Coding 3
HITT 2335 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HITT 2343 Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement 3
HITT 2339 Health Information Organization and Supervision 3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
 Credits15
Fourth Term
HITT 2249 RHIT Competency Review 2
HITT 2361 Clinical-Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
SPCH 1315
Public Speaking
or Business and Professional Speech
3
 Credits11
 Total Credits60

External Learning Experience: HITT 2361 Clinical-Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

National Certification Exam: Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) 

Note: Students must pass each HITT course listed in the health information management AAS degree plan with a grade of C or higher to be eligible to receive the degree.