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Degree
Degree: 
Associate of Applied Science in Business and Office in Administrative Support Technology and a Specialization in Health Information Management
Length: 
Four-semester (two-year) program
Purpose: 

The Health Information Management Specialization is designed to train health information specialists to work with health care professionals and administration to organize, analyze and preserve medical information used to evaluate patient care, diagnose and treat illnesses and substantiate reimbursement. It provides students with a unique blend of courses in information technology, business management and clinical knowledge. Students who possess an interest in studying disease and therapies but who prefer not to work in a direct patient care setting find this career very rewarding. An interest in using computers to manage data is very important.

Occupational Objectives: 

Medical Insurance Coders
Medical Office Supervisor
Office Manager
Transcriptionists
Administrative Assistant
Administrative Support specialist
Medical Secretary

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Administrative Support Technology: Health Information Management Specialization program requires competency in English and Math Essentials  MTE 1-3 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.

First Year
First Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
AST 1011
1

Students who possess keyboarding skills may petition for advanced placement with Credit by Examination.

Keyboarding I 3 0 3
AST 136 Office Record Keeping 3 0 3
AST 160 Learning the Internet for Business 1 0 1
AST 260 Presentation Software (PowerPoint 2007) 2 0 2
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
HIM 113 Medical Terminology and Disease Processes I 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 16 0 16
Second Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
AST 102 Keyboarding II 3 0 3
AST 236 Specialized Software Applications 3 0 3
Elective2
2

Humanities Electives:  ART 101 , CST 151 , HUM 100, HUM 260 , PHI 101

Humanities Elective 3 0 3
Elective4
4

Recommend NAS 150. This course is also required in the Medical Coding and Medical Transcriptionist Career Studies Certificate programs.

Natural Science, AST, or IT Elective 3 0 3
Elective3
3

Social Science Electives:  ECO 201 , ECO 202 , HIS 101, HIS 102 , HIS 121 , HIS 122 , PLS 211 , PLS 212 , PSY 200 , PSY 215 , PSY 230 , SOC 200 , SOC 215

Social/Behavioral Science 3 0 3
CST 1266
6

Students may take CST 110 which can substitute for the CST 126.

Interpersonal Communication 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 18 0 18
Second Year
Third Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
AST 107 Editing/Proofreading Skills 3 0 3
AST 141 Word Processing I 3 0 3
AST 234 Records and Database Management 3 0 3
AST 243 Office Administration I 3 0 3
HIM 253 Health Records Coding 3 2 4
HLT/PED5
5

HLT 145 can be taken.This course is also required in the Medical Coding and Medical Transcriptionist Career Studies Certificate programs.

Health/Physical Education 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 16 2 17
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
AST 245 Medical Machine Transcription 3 0 3
AST 298*
*

This is a capstone course and should be taken the last semester.

Seminar and Project in Administrative Support 3 0 3
HIM 151 Reimbursement Issues in Medical Practice Management 2 0 2
HIM 254 Advanced Coding and Reimbursement 2 2 3
HLT/PED5 Health/Physical Education 1 0 1
MTH 132 Business Mathematics I 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 14 2 15
Notes:

 

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