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2013-2014 Catalog 
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Information Technology, AAS

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This program is based at the San Angelo Campus. Note: A criminal background clearance may be required before acceptance into this program and a drug screening may be required.

Completion of the AAS in Health Information Technology (HIT) entitles the graduate to be eligible to write the national examination for a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). The AAS program in HIT is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).


Clinical experiences provide detailed education, training, and work-based experience at a clinical site. All clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences that are required for program completion. Students may not be substituted for staff personnel while performing clinical program requirements. Students and faculty provided by Howard College are not and will not be acting as servant agents or employees of a medical facility during program clinical rotations.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the program must complete or provide the following:

  1. Howard College application for admission.
    NOTE: Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the HIT programs.
  2. Official high school or GED transcripts.
  3. Official college transcripts of any other institutions attended.
  4. Health Professions program application.
  5. Meet with the program director or his/her designee.
  6. Successfully complete a criminal background clearance before the end of the first semester in the program.

To maintain acceptance in the program students must:

  1. Attain a minimum of a “C” in all courses required for the HIT and Medical Transcription (MT) programs.
  2. Complete the technical* courses of the program within the three (3) year window prior to graduation.
  3. Secure a complete physical examination, using the appropriate form, before entering the initial clinical course. The Program Director will provide the appropriate form.
  4. Applicant must provide proof of immunizations required by the Texas Health Department, Rule97.64. Additional immunizations may be required by some Clinical facilities.
  5. Secure liability insurance (automatically charged at the time of registration for clinical courses).
  6. Secure proof of health insurance prior to registration for initial clinical course.

*Technical courses for these programs include any course beginning with HITT, HPRS, MRMT, and/or BCIS.

Total: 16

Total: 13

Total: 14

Third Semester

Total: 12

Fourth Semester

Total: 13

Total Hours in AAS: 68

(including Prerequisite courses)

1 Capstone course

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