2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Jan 18, 2022  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog

Health Informatics and Integrated Technology (AAS) Course Map

Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, work with the CIS/CNE Navigator to select the appropriate replacement. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the Associate in Applied Science Health Informatics and Integrated Technology, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Action Item: Meet with CIS/CNE Navigator

Use your Success Network! Before your first quarter, meet with your CIS/CNE Navigator or CIS/CNE advisor to review any transfer courses you may have, determine need for keyboarding, and to build your education plan showing the sequencing of courses in your degree plan.

Take as advised.

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.


  • Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course. 

2. Introduction to Computer Information Systems

3. Productivity Software

  • Course purpose: In order to document and present IT solutions to IT teams and to stakeholders, you must be proficient in desktop software. You will learn some of the most popular software applications used for word processing, spreadsheet, database management and presentation and note taking purposes using various local and cloud-based storage.

4. Spreadsheet Applications

  • Course purpose: Business data resides in spreadsheet silos around a company. In order to import or export data for your stakeholders, you will learn basic through advanced spreadsheet design and development. 

5. Business Analysis

  • Course purpose: You will learn tools to analyze the business environment and define stakeholder needs in order to make recommendations for IT solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.

Action Item: Meet with CIS/CNE Navigator or CNE Advisor

Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

6. Introduction to Computer Programming

7. Systems Analysis and Design

8. Database Management Systems

9. Human Relations

Choose one

  • Course purpose: In this course you will learn how to work with others in the  workplace. You will learn how the needs of business or other formal organizations interact with individual needs, leadership styles, formal organizational policies and procedures, and general cultural patterns to determine how human beings act in work situations.

  • Course purpose: This course is an acceptable substitution if you are considering transferring to a four-year school.

  • Course purpose: This course is an acceptable substitution if you are considering transferring to a four-year school.

10. Medical Terminology I

11. Structured Query Language

12. Introduction to Object Oriented Programming (OOP)

  • Course purpose: In this course you will learn the Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) concepts of inheritance, polymorphism, interfaces and abstract classes as well as an introduction to classes, objects and methods utilizing top down design, model-view controller, and other maintainability/ modularization/and reusability techniques. 

13. English Composition I

  • Course purpose: Information technology professionals routinely create technical documentation. This course provided baseline sentence structure and composition.


  • Note: Your advisor will assist you in reviewing your Guided Self Placement and selecting either the 5-credit or the 7-credit co-requisite ENGL& 101 + ENGLC 101 course.

14. Public Speaking

15. Introduction to Statistics

  • Course purpose: Information technology professionals routinely work with analytical data in creating datasets from databases and data warehouses. In this course you will learn how to work with data and to implement data analysis.  


  • Note: The math course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following, the transfer institution/degree that you select, and your math placement guidance. Your advisor will assist you in selecting the relevant 5 or 7 credit course(s) based upon co-requisite options. 

16. Advanced SQL Programming and Tuning

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

17. Medical Terminology II

18. Database Administration Backup and Recovery

  • Course purpose: In this course you will learn the key tasks and functions required of a database administrator in a production environment. You will gain experience creating and implementing a database, managing data, expanding the size of the database, implementing basic security and data integrity measures, and granting data access privileges to individual users.

Action Item: Complete Certification Exam(s)

Complete certification exam(s) (ex. MTA Database Fundamentals, MTA Software Fundamentals, IIBA ECBA). Begin job readiness preparation for internship and post-graduation job search. 

19. Electronic Health Records

  • Course purpose: HIT professionals must understand the medical laws and policies governing the medical data as well as understand how the stakeholders create and use the data. This course will prepare you for the management of health information through the use of electronic health records. 

20. CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks

  • Course purpose: In order for databases and programs to work correctly, you will need to communicate effectively with networking staff. This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. By the end of the course, you will be able to build simple local area networks (LANs), perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

21. Business Analytics/Intelligence

  • Course purpose: In this course you will develop business intelligence (BI) solutions, including data cleansing, Extract Transform Load (ETL), and Data Warehouse implementation. BI tools will be used for reporting (SSRS), integration (SSIS), and analysis (SSAS). Cubes and marts will be created to feed presentation layers for dashboards and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) providing needed user analytics.

22. Installing and Configuring Windows Server

  • Course purpose: In order for databases and programs to work correctly, you will need to communicate effectively with networking staff, and also be able to build your own development environment. In this course you will install and configure Windows Server with Active Directory, Network Services, Local Storage, File and Print Services, Group Policy and virtualization.

23. Supervised Internship

  • Course purpose: This course will allow you to gain relevant experience working in a local business environment. This requires 250 hours of supervised work including associated resume preparation, job interviews and internship documentation.

Total Credits 111-116

Note: Due to the rapid changes in the IT industry, the Special Topics courses CIS 155 and CNE 155 may be substituted as needed into the CIS or CNE degree programs, on the advice of the CIS/CNE faculty and program coordinator.

Program Code: 439