Health Information Management, Associate of Applied Science
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.
A career in health information management combines patient care management and technology in various professional work settings including:
- Physician's offices/clinics
- Law firms
- Insurance companies
- Long-Term care (nursing homes)
- Home Health
- Behavioral Health
- Health information technology software vendors
State average salary by job category¹:
Texas Health Information Technician average salary: $41,512
National average salary by credential²:
Registered Health Information Management Technician (RHIT) average salary: $60,930
National average salary by job level²:
Coding Professional: $54,730
For more information, please email HealthInformationManagement@sjcd.edu or call 281-459-7608.
This Program includes one clinical (practicum) course. Clinicals are unpaid positions in which students are supervised by a health information management professional at the healthcare 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
|HITT 1305||Medical Terminology I||3|
|HITT 1301||Health Data Content and Structure||3|
or BCIS 1305
|Integrated Software Applications I
or Business Computer Applications
|BIOL 2404||Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (lecture & lab) (or BIOL 2301 and BIOL 2101 and BIOL 2302 and BIOL 2102)||4|
|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|
|Summer Year One Term|
|HITT 1353||Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information||3|
|HITT 1345||Health Care Delivery Systems||3|
|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|
|HITT 2249||RHIT Competency Review||2|
|HITT 2361||Clinical-Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician||3|
|PSYC 2301||General Psychology||3|
or SPCH 1321
or Business and Professional Speech
Students must be Texas Success Initiative (TSI) complete in order to graduate: Math level 8.
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 either the degree.