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 of in a variety of systems, hospitals, clinics and other health care settings.

The Associate Degree Health Information Management Program at COM is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Students that 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) 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

Furthermore, students may also be required to:

  • Provide proof of completion of Hepatitis B and Influenza vaccine series
  • Wear hospital scrubs and student identification badge

Stackable Credentials

Full-Time Schedules

Occupational Skills Award - Introduction to Health Information Management

Full-Time Student Schedule

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

Certificate1 - Medical Coding

Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Prerequisite CoursesSemester Credit Hours
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
 Semester Credit Hours7
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 1349 Pharmacology 3
HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems 3
HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Semester #3 (Fall)
HITT 2335 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HITT 1260 Clinical - Health Information Medical Records Technology/Technician 2
HITT 1311 Health Information Systems 3
 Semester Credit Hours8
Semester #4 (Spring)
HITT 2346 Advanced Medical Coding 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
 Total Semester Credit Hours37
1

Denotes a certificate that is recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as a Level Two Certificate.

Associate of Applied Science - Health Information Management

Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Prerequisite CoursesSemester Credit Hours
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #1 (Fall)
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure 3
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
Select one of the following: 3
Psychology for Success  
General Psychology  
Introduction to Sociology  
 Semester Credit Hours13
Semester #2 (Spring)
HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery System 3
HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems 3
HITT 1355 Healthcare Statistics 3
HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
HITT 1349 Pharmacology 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Semester #3 (Fall)
HITT 2343 Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement 3
HITT 2335 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HITT 1260 Clinical - Health Information Medical Records Technology/Technician 2
HITT 1311 Health Information Systems 3
Language, Philosophy and Culture/Creative Arts Select from Core Curriculum3
 Semester Credit Hours14
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
ENGL 2311 Technical Writing 3
 Semester Credit Hours11
 Total Semester Credit Hours60

Part-Time Schedules

Certificate1 - Medical Coding

Recommended Part-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1 (Summer)Semester Credit Hours
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #2 (Fall)
HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure 3
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #3 (Spring)
HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery System 3
HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems 3
HITT 1349 Pharmacology 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
Semester #4 (Fall)
HITT 2335 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HITT 1311 Health Information Systems 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #5 (Spring)
HITT 1260 Clinical - Health Information Medical Records Technology/Technician 2
HITT 2346 Advanced Medical Coding 3
HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
 Semester Credit Hours8
 Total Semester Credit Hours37
1

Denotes a certificate that is recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as a Level Two Certificate.

Associate of Applied Science - Health Information Management

Recommended Part-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1 (Summer)Semester Credit Hours
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #2 (Fall)
HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure 3
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #3 (Spring)
HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery System 3
HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems 3
HITT 1349 Pharmacology 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
Semester #4 (Summer)
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Sociology  
General Psychology  
Psychology for Success  
HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
Semester #5 (Fall)
HITT 2343 Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement 3
HITT 2335 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HITT 1311 Health Information Systems 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
Semester #6 (Spring)
HITT 2339 Health Information Organization and Supervision 3
HITT 1355 Healthcare Statistics 3
HITT 2346 Advanced Medical Coding 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
Semester #7 (Summer)
ENGL 2311 Technical Writing 3
Language, Philosophy and Culture/Creative Arts Select from Core Curriculum3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #8 (Fall)
HITT 1260 Clinical - Health Information Medical Records Technology/Technician 2
 Semester Credit Hours2
Semester #9 (Spring)
HITT 2266 Practicum - Registered Health Information Technician Review 2
 Semester Credit Hours2
 Total Semester Credit Hours60