Apr 23, 2024  
2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog

Health Information Technology, AAAS Planning Guide

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Program Description:

The Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills in specific career fields to enter the workforce directly upon completion of the degree. Shoreline Community College works closely with a local advisory committee comprised of industry professionals to ensure students receive the knowledge and skills currently in demand.

AAAS Degree (93 Credits)

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. However, the information is subject to change without notice and final career decisions are the responsibility of the student.

Grade of 2.0 or better for each individual course in the program and program prerequisites required.

Additional Information

Prior to placement in a professional practice experience (PPE) site, students are required to submit a resume, sign a Professional Standards Agreement, and provide a health assessment with current immunizations and TB testing. A criminal and government agency background check is also required. Students are responsible for these costs. Students should anticipate additional expenses for parking and travel related to their PPE placement. Students must be available for up to two weeks (80 hours) during normal business hours for the HIIM Professional Practice Experience.

Refer to the program website at http://new.shoreline.edu/virtual-campus/hiim or contact one of the program advisors for more information.

Professional Certifications

Graduates are eligible to take the certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to become Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). In addition, graduates are eligible to take the AHIMA Certified Coding Specialist-Physician’s Office (CCS-P), entry-level Certified Coding Associate (CCA), and American Academy of Professional Coders Certified Professional Coding (CPC, CPC-H) or Certified Risk Coder (CRC) examinations. The AHIMA mastery-level Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) examination for inpatient coding is also available.

Program Prerequisites:

ENGL& 101 English Composition I  or BTWRT 215  Business Communications; BIOL& 170 Human Biology ; and computer literacy (basic computer application skills including working in PC Windows environment). Students are required to complete a math placement test prior to starting the program if they have not yet completed MATH& 146 .  A separate initial admissions process is required. Acceptance into Shoreline Community College does not guarantee acceptance into the Health Information Technology AAAS degree program. Early application to the program is advised. Students are required to submit a Criminal and Government Agency Background Check to complete the practicum requirement and work in a health care setting.

Academic Requirements:

Students are required to maintain a grade of 2.0 in ALL courses. Strong English grammar skills are essential for the program and profession. Since courses are not offered every quarter and some courses require prerequisites, students MUST confer with an HIIM Advisor to develop an academic plan. Check program website for advisor information and access to required computer hardware and software.

General Education Core Requirements (15 Credits)

Human Relations (5 Credits)

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following courses: CMST 203 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105 , PSYC 230 , SOC 270 

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Approval To Graduate

Student Name, SID and Date: ____________________________________________________

Faculty Advisor and Date: _______________________________________________________

Division Dean and Date: ________________________________________________________

Credential Approval and Date: ____________________________________________________

Sample Schedule for AAAS Degree

All courses are offered on-line

* Only offered on-line once per year, during the quarter listed.

** HIIM 134 Medical Terminology  is offered every quarter.

Program Advisor:

Melanie Meyer, PhD, RHIA, CPHQ, CCS (Advises last names A-L)
206-546-4757 mmeyer@shoreline.edu Rm 2334

Gloria Anderson, MEd, RHIA, CCS (Advises last names M-Z)
917-368-0337 ganderso@shoreline.edu

Program Information:

Length of Program: 93 Credits
Completion Award: AAAS Degree
Enrollment: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Approximate Quarterly Costs: $45-$120
(in addition to tuition, books and parking)

Website: http://shoreline.edu/programs/health-information-technology/

Plan code: HMRHIAPT