Associate of Science with Emphasis in Health Information Systems

The health information systems degree program prepares students to support the health information systems industry usage of electronic health records to improve the quality, efficiency, and security of patient records for improved care.

Health information systems professionals specialize in information technology necessary to support clinical processes and data, including roles which analyze system workflow, test-configure-maintain systems, and train end-users for software use. Trained professionals will understand national policy reform including HIPAA, meaningful use, information exchanges, consumer engagement and security regulations. The health IT industry professional is highly motivated, proficient in problem-solving, embraces change for quality improvement through system analysis, and understands the impact of customer service and technical support in the evolving healthcare environment for long term impact.

Employment includes a wide variety of positions from employers such as hospital systems, clinics, health departments, provider practices, safety net providers, software vendors, consultants, third-party payers, medical device companies, non-profits, and government. The associate’s degree provides opportunity for experienced healthcare or IT workforce to complete a degree in the specialized industry and springboard individuals new to healthcare information systems into one of the fastest growing industries today. A career pathway to 4-year institutions with health information systems emphasis will provide greater opportunity for potential career advancement.

(Major Code 2180: State CIP Code 24.0101)

First Semester

HCIS 230Introduction to Health Information Systems2
HCIS 255Technology Concepts in Healthcare2
HCIS 262Customer Service in the Health Environment2
CPCA 110Spreadsheets I: MS Excel*1
CPCA 111Spreadsheets II: MS Excel*1
SPD 121Public Speaking3
MATH 171College Algebra* (or higher)3
ENGL 121Composition I*3
Total Hours17

Second Semester

HCIS 267EHR Design, Functionality and Usability3
HCIS 271The Culture of Healthcare2
HCIS 272Terminology in Health Care Settings2
CPCA 114Databases I: MS Access*1
CPCA 115Databases II: MS Access*2
ENGL 122Composition II*3
Science course with lab^4
Note: Biology course recommended, refer to your transfer school for best selection.
Total Hours17
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Third Semester (Workflow Management Option)

HCIS 263Working with Health Information Technology (HIT) Systems2
HCIS 273Quality Improvement in Healthcare2
HCIS 274Healthcare Workflow Analysis and Redesign2
PHIL 124Logic and Critical Thinking3
PSYC 130Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 122Introduction to Sociology3
Total Hours15

Third Semester (Implementation and Support Option)

HCIS 263Working with Health Information Technology (HIT) Systems2
HCIS 264Configuration and Implementation of Electronic Health Records2
HCIS 265Installation and Maintenance of Health IT Systems2
PHIL 124Logic and Critical Thinking3
PSYC 130Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 122Introduction to Sociology3
Total Hours15

Fourth Semester - (Workflow Management Option)

HCIS Elective (see below)1-2
HCIS 277Training and Instructional Design2
MIRM 142Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare3
Humanities Elective ^3
Science and/or Math Elective ^5
Note: MATH 172 or higher recommended, refer to your transfer school for best selection. Must meet the minimum of twelve credit hours for the math and science area.
Total Hours14-15
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Fourth Semester - (Implementation and Support Option)

HCIS Elective (see below)1-2
HCIS 261Networking and Health Information Exchange2
MIRM 142Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare3
Humanities Elective ^3
Science and/or Math Elective ^5
Note: MATH 172 or higher recommended, refer to your transfer school for best selection. Must meet the minimum of twelve credit hours for the math and science area.
Total Hours14-15
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HCIS Electives

HCIS 261Networking and Health Information Exchange2
HCIS 264Configuration and Implementation of Electronic Health Records2
HCIS 265Installation and Maintenance of Health IT Systems2
HCIS 270Health Information Systems Internship*2
HCIS 273Quality Improvement in Healthcare2
HCIS 274Healthcare Workflow Analysis and Redesign2
HCIS 275Health Information Systems 2
HCIS 292Special Topics:1-2

Total Program Hours: 63-64