Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology (AAS)

Missouri College's AAS in Health Information Technology offers an examination of the organization and supervision of healthcare services. The final portion of the curriculum includes a supervised clinical externship at a healthcare facility. At the completion of the program, graduates should have the knowledge and skills necessary to seek entry-level employment in the field of health information technology.

The AAS in Health Information Technology is designed to help prepare students for career opportunities in a variety of healthcare settings, including medical offices, hospitals, clinics and
skilled-care facilities. Graduates will be expected to:

  • Collect, maintain and ensure that accuracy and security of health data.
  • Describe and follow policies and procedures that ensure organizational compliance with regulations and standards for patient records.
  • Apply diagnosis and procedure codes using ICD-9-CM, CPT, and HCPCS and/or other clinical classification and nomenclature systems.
  • Demonstrate accurate billing through coding, chargemaster, claims management and bill reconciliation processes.
  • Compile patient data and perform data quality reviews to validate code assignment and compliance with reporting requirements.
  • Collect, organize and present data for performance improvement programs and quality and risk management, and maintain data for clinical databases/registries.
  • Adhere to current laws, accreditation, licensure and certification standards related to health information initiatives from the national, state, local and facility levels.
  • Apply policies and procedures to comply with the changing regulations among various payment systems for healthcare services such as Medicare, Medicaid and managed care.
  • Use specialized software in the completion of HIT processes such as record tracking, release of information, coding, grouping, registries, billing, quality improvement and imaging.
  • Utilize electronic health records (EHR) to maintain personal health information and ensure the security and integrity of health data.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of risk management, contingency planning and data recovery procedures.
  • Conduct new staff orientation, training and education programs, and use quality improvement tools and techniques to monitor, report, and improve processes, performance and productivity.
  • Assist with budgeting processes and resource requisitions necessary for efficient work processes.

Core coursework in this program is focused on instruction in several areas, including, but not limited to, health data management, health record maintenance, clinical classification systems, healthcare reimbursement and delivery systems, information technology, data security, healthcare statistics and research, quality management and performance improvement, organizational resources, and healthcare law and ethics. For example:

  • In Health Data Content and Structure, students examine the structure, content and standards of healthcare data and electronic health records. Topics include healthcare information requirements, health record data collection tools, data storage and retrieval, health record documentation and archival requirements and data integrity and security.
  • In Introduction to CPT Coding, students are introduced to the procedural coding system. Topics include medical coding reference manuals and software, proper documentation of medical records, insurance claim forms, and the rules and regulations governing medical coding practices.
  • In Healthcare Reimbursement and Delivery Systems, students review healthcare delivery systems and the uses of coded data and health information in reimbursement and payment systems appropriate to all healthcare settings and managed care. Topics include the organization, delivery, regulation, and financing of healthcare services; contemporary healthcare plans and payment systems; charge-master maintenance; and the evaluation of fraudulent billing practices.

Other core requirements in this program include:

  • Medical Terminology – All Body Systems
  • Anatomy and Physiology: Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Blood
  • Anatomy and Physiology: Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary
  • Anatomy and Physiology: Endocrine, Reproductive, Nutrition
  • Anatomy and Physiology: Musculoskeletal, Nervous, Integumentary
  • Pathology/Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology/Pharmacotherapy
  • Introduction to Health Information Technology
  • Healthcare Law and Ethics
  • Health Information Systems
  • Introduction to ICD Coding
  • Diagnostic and Procedure Coding: Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Blood
  • Diagnostic and Procedure Coding: Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary
  • Diagnostic and Procedure Coding: Endocrine, Reproductive, Nutrition
  • Diagnostic and Procedure Coding: Musculoskeletal, Nervous, Integumentary
  • Healthcare Statistics and Research
  • Organizational Resources
  • Quality Management and Performance Improvement
  • Health Information Technology Seminar
  • Health Information Technology Externship

Course curriculum is subject to change.