Program of Study

Health Information Technology, AAS


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Fall Semester 1
Prefix Number Title Class Lab Clinical Credit
ACA 111 College Student Success 1 0 0 1
BIO 168  Anatomy and Physiology I
ENG 111  Writing and Inquiry
HIT 110  Fundamentals of HIM
MED 121  Medical Terminology I
MED 122 Medical Terminology II 3 0 0 3
    Totals 16 3 17
Spring Semester 1
BIO 169  Anatomy and Physiology II
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 0 3
ENG 114  Professional Research and Reporting
HIT 114  Health Data Systems/Standards
Choose one of the following:        
MAT 110  Mathematical Measurement
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 0 3
    Totals 12 10 16 
Summer Semester 1
HIT 112  Health Law & Ethics
HIT 216  Quality Management
HIT 226  Principles of Disease
PSY 150  General Psychology
    Totals 10 11 
Fall Semester 2
HIT  122  Professional Practice I
HIT 211  ICD - Coding
HIT 218  Management Principles in HIT
HIT 220 Health Informatics & EHR's 1 2 0 2
HIT 221  Life Cycle of EHR
HUM 110 Technology and Society
    Totals 11 10  3 16 
Spring Semester 2
HIT 124  Professional Practice Experience II 0 1
HIT 210  Healthcare Statistics
HIT 214  CPT/Other Coding Systems
HIT 215  Reimbursement Methodology 2
HIT 222  Professional Practice Experience III
HIT 280  Professional Issues
Choose one of the following:  
HIT 225 Healthcare Informatics 3 2 0 4
HIT 227 Informatics Project Management 2 2 0 3
    Totals 8-9 9 9 15-16


The applicant must:

  1. If you are not currently enrolled at SCC, complete an application to the college. Designate Health Information Technology AAS Degree (A45360) as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions to complete a change of major form if you wish to apply to the program.
  2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED).
  3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to assure that all necessary records are sent to the College’s Admissions Office.
  4. Have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale of the most recent academic transcript (high school or postsecondary).
  5. Meet the Southwestern Community College Placement Test requirement. This may be met by one of the following methods: 
    1. Take and pass the basic components of the Computerized Placement Test. These consist of algebra, arithmetic, reading comprehension, grammar and basic computer skills. The test is administered several times each week on the Jackson and Macon Campuses and is free of charge. To schedule a test session, contact Testing Services at 828.339.4332. If you do not pass the basic components of the placement test, it is recommended that you enroll in and successfully complete the appropriate developmental coursework. If you are unsuccessful in achieving the appropriate cut-off scores in any component of the test, please see the academic retest policy.
    2. Appropriate SAT or ACT scores and successful completion of high school or college computer literacy course within the past six years. See Admissions section for additional details.
    3. Provide an official high school transcript indicating graduation within the last five years with a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.6 and completion of a "fourth math" beyond Algebra II. 
    4. Successful completion of a college-level math, algebra, English and computer literacy course.


  1. Applicants should be able to demonstrate typing competence.
  2. Applicants are responsible for submitting all the necessary records to the College Registrar's Office.
  3. Applications must be updated annually by applicants who were not accepted the previous year.
  4. Applicants may take non Health Information Technology general education and related coursework prior to being accepted into the program.
  5. All students admitted into a health science program will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug testing prior to enrollment each academic year.  The results of these tests could affect the student’s ability to progress in the program.
  6. All students completing a health science program may be required, by an external testing agency, to submit to a criminal background check and/ or drug test prior to a state or national licensing/certification board approving the graduate to sit for licensure/certification exams.

A student must earn a final grade of “C” or better in the HIT and related courses to be able to progress in the program.

Also, prior to Professional Practice, the student must have completed SCC’s health forms by the appropriate medical personnel. These completed forms must indicate that the student is capable of meeting the health requirements of the program. Students must also purchase liability insurance through SCC’s Business Office.

Due to limited Professional Practice slots, the program is limited on the number of students that can participate in these courses. If there are more students ready to enter Professional Practice than there are clinical slots, then selection will be based on objective criteria, including GPA and progression in the program.



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Penny Wells
Health Information Technology Program Coordinator/Instructor
800.447.4091, ext. 4362
Amber Sutton Photo
Health Information Technology Instructor
800.447.4091, ext. 4263