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Students who complete the first three semesters of the Health Information Technology program at Kirkwood will earn a diploma in Medical Coding.


Associate of Applied Science degree
Entry time: Fall

Course
Number
Course
Title
Credit
Hours

Prerequisite
  BIO-168   Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/Lab**-4
  CSC-110   Intro to Computers**+3
  HSC-115   Medical Terminology**+4

11

First Semester (Fall)
  BIO-173   Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab*-4
  HIT-220   Intro to Medical Coding+2.5
  HIT-360   Intro to HIT+3
  HSC-107   Professionals in Health*+2
  MAT-731   Introduction to Math*-2

13.5

Second Semester (Spring)
  BCA-213   Intermediate Computer Business Applications*+3
  HIT-240   Advanced Coding and Classification+3
  HIT-495   Medical Office Management-2.5
  HIT-550   Professional Practice Experience I-2.5
  HSC-142   Elements of Pharmacology*+1

12

Third Semester (Summer)
  HIT-280   CPT-4 Coding+3
  HIT-291   Reimbursement Methods+2.5
  HIT-551   Professional Practice Experience II-1
  HSC-217   Introduction to Pathology*+3

9.5

Fourth Semester (Fall)
  ENG-105   Composition I*+3
  HIT-350   Health Information Systems+2.5
  HIT-420   Legal Aspects of Health Information+2
  HIT-431   Quality Improvement+3
  HIT-552   Professional Practice Experience III-3

13.5

Fifth Semester (Spring)
  HIT-450   Health Statistics+2
  HIT-490   Health Management and Supervision+3.5
  HIT-553   Professional Practice Experience IV-3
  PSY-111   Intro to Psychology*+3
  SPC-101   Fundamentals of Oral Communication*+3
 
OR

 
  COM-222   Communication for Health Care Professionals*3
  - - - - - - -   Humanities elective*+3

17.5


Total Program Hours     77


* Courses may be taken before beginning the program.

** Courses must be completed with a C- or better prior to admission into the program.

+ Courses are available online.

- Courses not available online at this time.

Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to become a registered health information technician (RHIT).