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Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology
Associate of Science

Program Description

The Health Information Technology program is designed to prepare students to maintain patient records and data in every health care setting, including acute care, long term, ambulatory care, insurance and federal agencies. After successful completion of the HIT program, the graduate is eligible to take the national RHIT certification examination through AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association). Upon successfully passing the RHIT examination through AHIMA, the graduate is certified through AHIMA as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).


Career and educational advancement opportunities

The healthcare industry is the top-employing industry and one of the top-projected growth industries in New Mexico. Much of the projected growth is attributed to an aging baby boomer population, technological advances in medicine and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA is catalyzing growth in healthcare professions, as the individual insurance mandate and expanded coverage options created by the Act are projected to increase the demand for healthcare services and providers. The ACA has highlighted the need for nurses, home health aides, medical assistants, nursing assistants, community health workers, community paramedics and health information technicians.


Contact

Information about the associate of science in health information technology degree program is available from the Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or vcadvise@unm.edu, or the Academic Affairs Office, at 505.925.8600.


Course prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites in English and mathematics by achievement of minimum placement scores on the Accuplacer or ACT or through completion of course work.

Course: ENGL 100 and UNIV 101or equivalent – or place into ENGL 110;

Credit Hours: 4 and 3; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 166+/19


Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (6 credits)
ENGL 110 (Accelerated Composition)3
ENGL 120 (Composition III) or CJ 221 (Interpersonal Communications)3
Mathematics (3 credits)
MATH 121 (College Algebra) or STAT 145 (Introduction to Statistics) 3
Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credits)
BIOL 123/124L (Biology for Health-Related Sciences plus Lab) or 237/247L (Human Anatomy and Physiology I plus Lab), or HCHS 113 (Basic Body Structures and Functions)4
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
Select two courses from the UNM Core Curriculum in Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Humanities or Fine Arts (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities or Fine Arts.
Physical Education or Health (2 credits)
Select one or two HED or PENP courses, to equal two credit hours.
Health Sciences (6 credits)
HCHS 111 (Medical Terminology)3
HCHS 115 (Pharmacology)3
Business Technology (3 credits)
CS 150L (Computing for Business Students)3
Core requirements (38 credits)
HCHT 121 (Health Technology I)4
HCHT 211 (Basic ICD/CPT Coding)4
HCHT 213 (Principles of Disease)4
HCHT 215 (Advanced OP Coding)2
HCHT 219 (Advanced IP Coding)3
HCHT 221 (Medical-Legal and Quality Management)4
HCHT 222 (Health Technology II)4
HCHT 231 (Computer Applications and Healthcare Statistics)4
HCHT 232 (Reimbursement Methodologies)3
HCHT 233 (Professional Practicum)6
Total required (71 credits) Students transferring to UNM-Main and other 4-year institutions should be aware that core curriculum requirements are not necessarily met upon completion.