Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2019-20 Academic Catalog Program: Health Information Technology - HIIM.AS Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Health Information Technology - HIIM.AS

HIT professionals manage a wide variety of healthcare information needs, ensuring that medical records are complete and accurate and maintained in accordance with the law and governmental regulatory bodies. Graduates from our new program will have strong technical knowledge of health care delivery systems and electronic health record systems, as well as the skills to process and prepare health information for insurance submission, quality assurance compliance, and reporting. Our new program is designed to integrate the latest medical record coding systems, computer technology, and the proper management of health information data.    

Health Information Management professionals will hold increasing value in the healthcare industry.  The transition to ICD-10, federal mandates regarding electronic health records implementation, and the ever increasing demands from insurance and reimbursement stakeholders, all affect the need for these credentialed professionals.

Enrollment is limited for this program.

Student must achieve a “C” (73%) or better in all HIT, MED, and BIO courses. Students unable to meet the minimum requirements will be withdrawn from the program.

A laptop computer may be required for certain courses.

Upon successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Health Information Technology will be awarded.


The associate’s degree program of Health Information Management at Springfield Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Applying to this Program

The Health Information Technology program has special admission requirements and limited enrollment. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all admission requirements are met, and all documents and scores are submitted before the application deadlines for this program. Review of applications for admissions consideration will begin after March 31 for those seeking to enter the program in September and after November 30 for those seeking to enter the program in January. Only complete application files will be reviewed for admission.

Documents to be Submitted for a Complete File

  • Springfield Technical Community College application for admission by April 30 for the fall semester or November 15 for the spring semester of the application year.
  • Official high school transcript showing date of graduation (or a GED certificate).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended (if applicable)

Minimum Academic Requrements

  • One year of high school algebra, or MAT-087 or higher in Math at STCC (or an equivalent course at another college) with a grade of “C” or above.
  • Keyboarding proficiency of 30 words per minute
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.0 based on a four-point system. The high school GPA will be used only if students have attempted fewer than 12 college credits. A GPA of 2.5 will be assigned if the student completed a GED rather than graduate from high school.

Strongly Recommended

  • Completion of Medical Terminology (MED-100), with a grade of C or better or its equivalent.
  • Completion of Computer Basics (CMP-106), with a grade of C or better, or its equivalent. 

Program Goals

This education and training enables the graduate to work in the healthcare field and perform the following functions:

  1. Plan, direct, control and manage health information in various healthcare settings.
  2. Compile, process and maintain medical records in a manner consistent with various administrative, legal, regulatory, or accreditation standards.
  3. Ensure that patients’ healthcare information is complete, accurate, protected, and readily available to healthcare providers when needed.
  4. Analyze medical information vital to quality medical care, using and understanding both traditional and electronic records.

Once you are accepted into the Program

A Professional Practice Experience (PPE) is required of all students in their final semester of the program.  Sites may vary in their requirements; however, students must be prepared to provide or perform the following requirements to be cleared to participate in a PPE.

  • All health requirements must be met for both Commonwealth of Massachusetts and individual PPE site (where you go for hands on experience)
  • A Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI) or a National seven-year background check including all aliases will be performed prior to PPE assignment.  These checks will be performed prior to being assigned to a site.  A site may perform a second background check through their facility.
  • Sites may require a drug test.
  • PPE activities will be scheduled according to the site and program needs. That means your site may be outside of Springfield, including but not limited to Western or Central Massachusetts or Northern Connecticut and in some special circumstances, out of Massachusetts. The actual hours of the experience will be during the day and mutually agreed upon between the site and the facility coordinator. The cost of traveling to a site is your responsibility.
  • Sites have the right to refuse your participation if you have not met all their requirements, including but not limited to immunizations, background checks, flu vaccinations, PPD, non-smoking status and drug testing.
  • Malpractice insurance may be required at your cost and will be arranged with the College.
  • Sites will have a dress code typically business casual, they may have additional requirements like having to use their identification badge.
  • Visible body piercings and tattoos are generally not allowed at sites.

Program Outcomes

Reporting Period:

Graduation  Rate

Job Placement Rate

RHIT Exam Pass Rate

 8/1/16 - 7/31/17




Graduation Rate = Students that completed the program within the reporting period.
Job Placement = HIM employment within 180 days of graduation for those actively seeking an HIM position within the reporting period.
RHIT Exam Pass Rate = Students that took the RHIT exam within the reporting period.

(HIIM.AS) Curriculum

Semester 1

Course NamecreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
HIT-125 - Health Information Management (Note) 3 credits
HIT-130 - Electronic Health Record 2 credits
BIO-104 - Human Biology 1 (Note) 3 credits
BIO-104L - Lab: Human Biology 1 1 credits
ENG-101 - English Composition 1 3 credits
MED-103 - Introduction to Pharmacology (Note) 1 credits
CIT-101 - CIT Foundations 3 credits

Total: 16 credits

Semester 2

Course NamecreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
HIT-120 - Introduction to Diagnostic Coding 1 (Note) 4 credits
HIT-122 - Introduction to Procedural Coding (Note) 3 credits
HIT-126 - Strategic Health Information Technology 3 credits
BIO-105 - Human Biology 2 (Note) 3 credits
BIO-105L - Lab: Human Biology 2 1 credits
ENG-102 - English Composition 2 3 credits

Total: 17 credits

Semester 3

Course NamecreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
HIT-145 - Healthcare Informatics 3 credits
HIT-255 - Law & Ethics in Healthcare 3 credits
HIT-260 - Facility/Hospital Billing and Reimbursement (Note) 3 credits
MAT-115 - Statistics 3 credits
MGT-101 - Principles of Management 3 credits

Total: 15 credits

Semester 4

Course NamecreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
HIT-269 - RHIT Exam Prep Course (Note) 1 credits
HIT-267 - Professional Practice Experience 3 credits
ENG-105 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 credits
PSY-101 - General Psychology 3 credits
EL-GED - General Education Elective 3 credits

Total: 13 credits

Total (HIIM.AS) Curriculum Program Credits: 61


Student must achieve a “C” (73%) or better in all HIT, MED, and BIO courses. Students unable to meet the minimum requirements will be withdrawn from the program.

Department Personnel


Name Title Office Phone Email
Tracey McKethan, MBA, RHIA, CCA Professor/Department Chair/HIIM Program Director - Health Information Technology 02/231 413-755-4680
Laura Piquette, MHA, RHIA, CDHP, CDIP Assistant Professor 02/224 413-755-5461
Marie Auclair, MSW, CCA, CPC Assistant Professor 02/224 413-755-4126
Louise Corcoran, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CPHI Adjunct Faculty
Carolyn Landquist, CCS, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEDC, CEMC Adjunct Faculty
Julie Fleron Adjunct Faculty