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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
Books/Supplies $4,029
Total $13,657


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 105 Health Care Delivery + 2
AHMS 144 Medical Terminology + 3
AHMS 103 Research in HIM + 1
BIOH 112 Human Form and Function I + 4
CAPP 120 Introduction to Computers + 3
Select one of the following:
WRIT 101 College Writing I **,+ 3
WRIT 122 Intro to Business Writing **,+ 3

First Year
AHMS 108 Health Data Content & Struct *,+ 3
AHMS 158 Legal & Rgltry Aspcts Hlthcare *,+ 3
AHMS 201 Medical Science *,+ 3
BIOH 113 Human Form and Function II *,+ 3
HTH 180 Pharmaceuticals for HC Provdrs + 1

First Year
HIT 265 Electr Health Rec in Med Prac *,+ 3
M 108 Business Mathematics (Or higher ) **,+ 4
Select one of the following: 3
COMX 115 Intro to Interpersonal Communc + 3
PSYX 100 Introduction to Psychology + 3
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology + 3
Select one of the following: 4

Second Year
AHMS 157 Healthcare Reimbursement Metho *,+ 4
AHMS 164 Beg Diagnosis Coding: ICD-10 *,+ 3
AHMS 208 Healthcare Statistics *,+ 2
AHMS 227 Health Information Management *,+ 3
AHMS 280 Ovrvw of Hlth Informatics Sys *,+ 4

Second Year
AHMS 160 Beginning Procedural Coding *,+ 3
AHMS 213 ICD-10 Coding *,+ 3
AHMS 240 Clinical Quality Assessment *,+ 3
AHMS 288 HIT Exam Preparation *,+ 3
AHMS 298 HIT-Professional Practice Exp *,+ 2
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 305::Human Resource Management 3
HIA 330::Legal & Ethical Issues in HIA 3
HIA 347::Mgmt/Clinical Classification & Reimbursement Systems 3
HIA 354::Principles of Healthcare Finance 3
HIA 355::Integrated Quality Management 3
HIA 365::Performance Improvement for Healthcare Organizations 3
HIA 375::Advanced Information Systems 3
HIA 401::Management of Health Information Centers 3
HIA 450::Internship in HIA 3
HIA 491::Senior Seminar 3
HIA 492::Senior Capstone 3

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.)