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Healthcare Technology Systems

 

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Healthcare Technology Systems degree is designed to develop the knowledge, technical skills and problem solving strategies needed by IT departments of healthcare organizations. Potential employers include hospitals, insurance companies, billing companies, medical practices, pharmacies, health solutions companies, and public agencies. Coursework and career development experiences include training in web development, programming, database management, Data Analytics, system development, project management, as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and other emerging technologies to solve healthcare IT challenges in jobs such as an analyst, software developer, project manager, and informatics specialist. A standalone Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available for students who already have a bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience as determined by the Program Director. Students can also pursue a bachelor's degree in technology or related fields.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Healthcare Technology Systems (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3161
Total Credits Required
62-77
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of healthcare operations, technologies, systems, and medical terminology.
  2. Communicate and collaborate effectively within diverse healthcare settings using a variety of communication modalities.
  3. Integrate social, ethical, and legal responsibility in accordance with the standards of the profession.
  4. Use graphics software to diagram complex healthcare information technology (IT) processes.
  5. Use database applications to install, model and create new databases, manage and authenticate users, store procedures, and develop backup/restore strategies.
  6. Use project management tools and software development life cycle (SDLC) principles to manage complex healthcare IT projects.
  7. Create user-friendly web-based applications using the appropriate coding, collaboration and content management technologies.
  8. Design, develop, test, and troubleshoot object-oriented programs using an appropriate programming language.
  9. Utilize interoperability standards to meet state and federal regulations.
  10. Employ current and emerging technologies in Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning to improve healthcare outcomes.
  11. Synthesize healthcare technology program skills sets, concepts, and critical thinking to solve relevant and current healthcare IT challenges.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Computer and Information Research Scientists

$107,300

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$135,910

Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers

$99,330

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Computer Programmers
* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

None

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems Critical course OR Permission of Program Director CS 0–3
HCC130 Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery OR Permission of Program Director 0–3
HCC145 or
HCC145AA or
HCC146
Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals or Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals I or Common Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals OR Permission of Program Director 0–3
HTM150 Introduction to Healthcare IT and Systems Critical course Gateway course 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Math Mathematics Critical course Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area
Recommend MAT14+ OR MAT15+ for students seeking university transfer
3–6
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
CIS116 Computer Graphics: Introduction to Microsoft Visio 1
CIS133DA Internet/Web Development Level I 3
CIS150AB Object-Oriented Programming Fundamentals Critical course 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
COM Oral Communication Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication (COM) area
COM225 Public Speaking is recommended for students transferring to Northern Arizona University (NAU)
3
CIS224 Project Management Microsoft Project for Windows 3
CIS117DM Microsoft Access: Database Management 3
HTM200 Healthcare IT Software Infrastructure: Interoperability, Security and mHealth 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
CIS156 or
CIS159 or
CIS162AC or
CIS162AD or
CIS163AA
Python Programming: Level I or Visual Basic Programming I or Visual C++: Level I or C#: Level I or Java Programming: Level I CS 3
CIS276DA or
CIS276DB
MySQL Database or SQL Server Database 3
HTM230 Healthcare Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning 3
HTM250 Healthcare IT Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
CIS165++ or
CIS166++
Any Mobile Application Development course or Any Web Scripting course(s) 3
HTM270 Healthcare IT Systems Capstone 3
HTM280 Healthcare Technology Systems Career Strategies 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems Critical course OR Permission of Program Director CS 0–3
HTM150 Introduction to Healthcare IT and Systems Critical course Gateway course 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HCC130 Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery OR Permission of Program Director 0–3
HCC145 or
HCC145AA or
HCC146
Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals or Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals I or Common Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals OR Permission of Program Director 0–3
Math Mathematics Critical course Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area
Recommend MAT14+ OR MAT15+ for students seeking university transfer
3–6
CIS150AB Object-Oriented Programming Fundamentals Critical course 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
CIS116 Computer Graphics: Introduction to Microsoft Visio 1

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS133DA Internet/Web Development Level I 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS224 Project Management Microsoft Project for Windows 3
HTM200 Healthcare IT Software Infrastructure: Interoperability, Security and mHealth 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM Oral Communication Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication (COM) area
COM225 Public Speaking is recommended for students transferring to Northern Arizona University (NAU)
3
CIS117DM Microsoft Access: Database Management 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS156 or
CIS159 or
CIS162AC or
CIS162AD or
CIS163AA
Python Programming: Level I or Visual Basic Programming I or Visual C++: Level I or C#: Level I or Java Programming: Level I CS 3
CIS276DA or
CIS276DB
MySQL Database or SQL Server Database 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
HTM230 Healthcare Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HTM250 Healthcare IT Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS165++ or
CIS166++
Any Mobile Application Development course or Any Web Scripting course(s) 3

Term 11

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 11
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HTM270 Healthcare IT Systems Capstone 3
HTM280 Healthcare Technology Systems Career Strategies 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Healthcare Technology Systems (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=142248).


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