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Program Details

The Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology degree offered by Kirtland Community College is available to students in a completely online format. This program aims to equip students with the various skills and knowledge that is necessary to enable them to integrate computer-based technology with concepts of the health care system. This program aims to help students learn the practical applications of various health information functions. This includes health care collection and abstraction, enhanced coding, maintenance, monitoring, retrieval, and reporting and medical records. By the end of this program, a student should be able to sit for and pass the national certification exam through the American Health Information management Association (AHIMA). In order to graduate, a student must have earned a 2.3 or higher and have a 2.7 or higher during their progress in the program.

This program requires its students to complete at least 60 credit hours of courses. This includes the courses included in the General Education courses. These courses are taken from subjects such as: English, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Speech, and Biology. The Occupational Requirements Core include the following courses: Medical Terminology, Pathology with Pharmacology, Medical Ethics and Law, Intro to Computers, Intro to Health Information Management, CPT Coding, Records Management, Healthcare Data Content and Structure, Revenue Cycle and Reimbursement, and Medical Office Procedures. This program also requires its students to take an Internship in the Health Information Technology field.

This program involves intensive training in a variety of skills that prepares students to integrate computer-based terminology and concepts of the healthcare system. Graduates of this program who earn this degree are prepared for positions such as a Registered Health Information Technologist. Students will be ready to compile, process, and maintain medical records in a variety of healthcare settings. This program can be completed through a combination of online courses offered by Kirtland Community College and other courses offered by the Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission