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Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology to Stephens College

The Associate of Applied Science degree with articulated coursework in Health Information Technology is designed for students interested in a baccalaureate degree in Health Information Administration at Stephens College.

Program Director: Kathryn Peterson, Interim

This program is offered completely on-line.

The Health Information Technology program is designed to prepare individuals to organize and evaluate health records for completeness and accuracy. Upon completion of the AAS degree in Health Information Technology, students will be prepared to begin a successful career as a health information technologist. Students are prepared to sit for the National Registered Health Information Technologist exam administered by AHIMA (

The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM).

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Use computer applications and software in maintaining health information in health records.
  • Research and rely on knowledge in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and disease processes.
  • Identify and apply accurate diagnostic and procedural codes for reimbursement.
  • Exhibit professional communication skills in oral, written, and electronic formats.
  • Maintain confidentiality of health information, while developing a commitment to adhering to the standards of professional integrity, honesty, and fairness.
  • Interact professionally in the healthcare environment with healthcare providers, patients/clients, and the public, while understanding diversity among cultures and societies.
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative information, including graphic, numerical, and verbal data.
  • Apply knowledge of health information technology to solve problems, while utilizing critical thinking skills.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Estimated costs are for the Great Falls College portion of this curriculum. Please contact the partnering school for information on the estimated cost of classes there.

Tuition and Fees$9,299
Application Fee$30
Lab/Course Fees$299

Fall 2016 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums will be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses.

Many students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules

NOTE: Curriculum is based on a full time schedule. The courses listed below do not have to be taken in the specified order. However, if you do take them in this order, it will ensure that you have completed all prerequisites for each course. And, since not every course is offered every semester, it will ensure that you do not have to delay graduation because a certain course is not offered when you decide to take it.

** Please note that if you attend part-time and/or require remediation courses in Math and/or English, it will take longer to complete your program.

A grade of “C-“or above must be achieved in all courses to advance in the program and to graduate. Students must complete several prerequisite courses prior to completing some program courses.

To see the course equivalencies between Great Falls College MSU and Stephens College, click here.

GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

COLS 103Becoming a Successful Student +1
First Year
AHMS 105Health Care Delivery +2
AHMS 144Medical Terminology +3
AHMS 103Research in HIM +1
BIOH 112Human Form and Function I +4
CAPP 120Introduction to Computers +3
Select one of the following:  
WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3
WRIT 122Intro to Business Writing **,+3
Term Credits16
AHMS 108Health Data Content Struct *,+3
AHMS 158Legal Rgltry Aspcts Hlthcare *,+3
AHMS 201Medical Science *,+3
BIOH 113Human Form and Function II *,+3
HTH 180Pharmaceuticals for HC Provdrs +1
Term Credits13
HIT 265Electr Health Rec in Med Prac *,+3
M 108Business Mathematics (Or higher) **,+4
Select one of the following: 3
COMX 115Intro to Interpersonal Communc +3
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology +3
Select one of the following: 4
Term Credits10
Second Year
AHMS 157Healthcare Reimbursement Metho *,+4
AHMS 164Beg Diagnosis Coding: ICD-10 *,+3
AHMS 208Healthcare Statistics *,+2
AHMS 227Health Information Management *,+3
AHMS 280Ovrvw of Hlth Informatics Sys *,+4
Term Credits16
AHMS 160Beginning Procedural Coding *,+3
AHMS 213ICD-10 Coding *,+3
AHMS 240Clinical Quality Assessment *,+3
AHMS 288HIT Exam Preparation *,+3
AHMS 298HIT-Professional Practice Exp *,+2
Term Credits14
Total Credits69

Indicates prerequisite needed


Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment


A grade of C- or above is required for graduation

Outline for Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administrative Degree from Stephens College

The Health Information Administration (HIA) Program is designed to assist women and men in their quest to become Registered Health Information Administrators (RHIAs). Satisfactory completion of the HIA Program establishes a student’s eligibility to sit for the national registration examination (RHIA). The HIA Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). This degree is available online.

I. HIA Core Courses - 33 credits

BUS 305Human Resource Management3
HIA 330Legal & Ethical Issues in HIA3
HIA 347Mgmt/Clinical Classification & Reimbursement Systems3
HIA 354Principles of Healthcare Finance3
HIA 355Integrated Quality Management3
HIA 365Performance Improvement for Healthcare Organizations3
HIA 375Advanced Information Systems3
HIA 401Management of Health Information Centers3
HIA 450Internship in HIA3
HIA 491Senior Seminar3
HIA 492Senior Capstone3

II. General Education Coursework – 27 credits

  • Sophomore Global Experience (3 hrs.)
  • Ethics Component (3 hrs.)
  • Arts (3 hrs.)
  • Literature (3 hrs.)
  • Science (3 hrs.)
  • History (3 hrs.)
  • Women-Focused (3 hrs.)