Career and Technical Studies

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

Admission Requirements: 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 1009
9

SDV Electives:  SDV 101, SDV 104, SDV 108, SDV 110 

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, ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, HUM 100, HUM 260, MUS 121, PHI 101, PHI 220, REL 200, REL 210, REL 230 

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.  Other courses available:  NAS 150, AST 142, AST 150, AST 240, AST 244, AST 247, AST 257, ITD 132,ITD 136, ITD 210, ITD 250, ITD 256, ITE 100, ITE 102, ITE 105, ITE 115, ITE 119, ITE 131, ITE 141, ITE 160, ITE 215, ITE 270, ITN 101, ITN 102, ITN 103, ITN 106, ITN 107, ITN 111, ITN 112, ITN 170, ITN 171, ITN 200, ITN 208, ITN 245, ITN 260, ITN 261, ITN 262  

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

Social Science Electives:  ECO 201, ECO 202, GEO 210, GEO 220, 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 2537
7

HIM 253 Health Records Coding or HIM 101 Health Information Technology

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. Also other courses available:  HLT 105, HLT 106, HLT 110, HLT 116, HLT 160, PED 107, PED 109, PED 111, PED 129, PED 147, PED 183 

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
HIM8
8

HIM 254 Advanced Coding/Reimbursement or HIM 150 Health Records Management

Elective 3 0 3
HLT/PED5 Health/Physical Education 1 0 1
MTH 132 Business Mathematics I 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 0 15
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