Health Information Management

College of the Mainland offers courses for students interested in Health Information Management, which includes Medical Coding. A Health Information Technician performs a variety of health information-related functions, including organization, analysis, coding and technical evaluation of health information and interaction with administrative and financial departments in a variety of systems, hospitals, clinics and other health care settings.

COM's Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Students who successfully complete the AAS degree are eligible to sit for a national exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to become Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT).

The program has a 100 percent graduate satisfaction rate.

Upon completion of the Medical Coding Certificate, students may sit for the Certified Coding Association (CCA) exam sponsored by AHIMA and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam sponsored by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Medical Coding Certificate and Health Information Management Associate of Applied Science Requirements

Students taking the AAS or Medical Coding Certificate are required to:

  • maintain a “C” (75 percent average in HITT related courses)
  • pass a Criminal Background Check
  • provide documentation of current immunizations such as Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, TB Skin Test, Chicken Pox  
  • pass a drug screen

Students may also be required to:

  • provide proof of completion of Hepatitis B and Influenza vaccine series
  • wear hospital scrubs and student identification badge

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management, students must have

  • completed the prescribed courses listed in this Catalog with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better
  • passed each HITT related course listed in the prescribed course of study with a grade of “C” (75%) or better
  • met any individually prescribed behavior or remediation-related requirements

Effective September 1, 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify potential or enrolled students that a criminal history may make them ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion.  Program specific information will be provided in course syllabi.

Stackable Credentials

Full-Time Schedules

Occupational Skills Award - Introduction to Health Information Management

Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #2
HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery System 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
 Total Semester Credit Hours9

Certificate - Medical Coding

Level Two Certificate

Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Prerequisite CoursesSemester Credit Hours
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications 3
 Semester Credit Hours10
Semester #1 (Fall)
HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure 3
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #2 (Spring)
HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery System 3
HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems 3
HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
HITT 2330 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Semester #3 (Fall)
HITT 2335 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HITT 1311 Health Information Systems 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #4 (Spring)
HITT 2346 Advanced Medical Coding 3
HITT 2266 Practicum - Registered Health Information Technician Review 2
 Semester Credit Hours5
 Total Semester Credit Hours40

Associate of Applied Science - Health Information Management

Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Prerequisite CoursesSemester Credit Hours
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Semester #1 (Fall)
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods 3
HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure 3
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
PSYC 2301
General Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Semester #2 (Spring)
HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery System 3
HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems 3
HITT 1255 Health Care Statistics 2
HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
HITT 2330 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Semester #3 (Fall)
HITT 2343 Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement 3
HITT 2335 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HITT 1311 Health Information Systems 3
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Semester #4 (Spring)
HITT 2339 Health Information Organization and Supervision 3
HITT 2266 Practicum - Registered Health Information Technician Review 2
HITT 2346 Advanced Medical Coding 3
 Semester Credit Hours8
 Total Semester Credit Hours60
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