2013-2014 Catalog & Handbook 
    Jan 22, 2020  
2013-2014 Catalog & Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Information Services: Allied Health, AAS

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Allied Health degrees join a student’s prior health education background with business, health team and general education skills that together will help provide graduates with additional employment and career advancement opportunities.

The addition of general business, health, and general education courses, complement skill-sets of those who already hold a Health Information Services (HIS) diploma. An Allied Health AAS Degree also completes the career ladder, which enables students to advance from diploma programs into AAS Degree completion that then qualifies them to pursue a BS degree.

Coursework can be completed in 2 full-time semesters, in various delivery styles of day or evening coursework, as well as online offerings of Business or General Education courses that provide a more flexible scheduling alternative. For those needing a part-time pace for their busy lifestyles, please see an advisor to develop a plan to finish the coursework over 3+ semesters.

  • Southeast Tech Laptop Required

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Associates of Applied Science Degree in Health Information Services, Allied Health a student will be able to:

Science & Technology

  • Understand the basic principles and practices of Health Information Services careers.
  • Learn and understand terminology associated with a health care setting.
  • Know the importance, laws and guidelines of privacy, confidentiality and security of the electronic medical record and patient information utilizing HIPAA guidelines.
  • Know the role that electronic and manual financial management plays in a heath care setting.
  • Ability to accurately negotiate and troubleshoot an electronic health record using database software.
  • Understand basic paper and electronic record filing.
  • Comprehend the job responsibilities that are need to work in Health Information Services.
  • Learn and practice keyboarding skills to obtain at least at 60 cwam average.
  • Exhibit, observe and review various office procedures in a medical setting including scheduling of patients, office management and patient flow.
  • Perform basic billing at a clinical site utilizing acceptable coding guidelines if appropriate.
  • Transcribe authentic medical dictation of varying degrees of complexity.
  • Apply knowledge of the four basic medical reports along with specialty reports.
  • Implement medical transcription tools to include types of formatted reports.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use reference books in medical transcription.
  • Familiar with the format of the basic types of medical reports.
  • Know the types of medical office notes and correspondence.

Problem Solving/Critical Thinking

  • Complete accurate and concise reports in written documentation.
  • Troubleshoot electronic medical record to find risk management issues.
  • Understand the role of the electronic medical record.
  • Complete electronic patient scheduling activities using a EHR.
  • Understand the uses for an electronic medical records in the healthcare setting.
  • Apply correct medical coding guidelines for office visits, services and procedures performed in a medical setting.


  • Exhibit strong work ethic, integrity, teamwork and networking between peers, patients, staff, and health care professionals.
  • Demonstrate awareness to cultural diversity. Possess skills to accommodate diversity and difficult patients.
  • Maintain accountability for actions and results.
  • Possess appropriate customer service skills for interacting with patients.
  • Remain competitive within profession by participating in continuing education and professional development opportunities.
  • Apply concepts of professional development and ethical conduct and meet the clinical site’s policy and requirements.
  • Resolve conflicts through negotiation.
  • Understand the principles for managing change.
  • Appreciate the need to adapt direct patient care to meet the needs of diversity.
  • Maximize work efficiency through the use of technology.
  • Efficiently solve problems commonly encountered in one’s own work.
  • Display a caring attitude toward patients in all aspects of job responsibilities.
  • Understand direct patient care delivery systems in multiple practice settings.
  • Efficiently manage one’s work whether performed alone or as part of a team.
  • Function effectively as a member of the health care team.


  • To demonstrate professional communication.
  • Follow instructions, verbally and in written format.
  • Provide ethical and compassionate communication with patients, families and health care professionals.

Please see Health Information Services, Allied Health; Pharmacy Technician, Allied Health; and Surgical Technology, Allied Health for additional program outcomes.

Program Curriculum - Total Credits: 30

Year 1: Health Information Services, Diploma  Course Completion 36 credits

Year 2: Additional Credits for AAS Degree listed below

Additional Information

*You can choose any courses from the suggested Tech Electives below or work with your Program Advisor for other technical elective options.

Estimated total program fees

Tuition $3,120
Fees $2,670
Physical & Immunizations $ 100
Books & Supplies $2,500
Laptop $840
Background Check/Drug Screen $ 110
TOTAL $9,340

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