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 Health Information Technology & Analytics degree, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!
Field Entry Certification Opportunities
To enhance your employability consider completing Azure Fundamentals Certification AZ-900, Azure Data Fundamentals Certification DP-900, Power BI Data Analyst Associate Certification, and HIMSS CAHIMS Certification. Please talk with an advisor for more information.
Action Item: Meet with CIS faculty and/or STEM advisor
Discuss career goals, and interests to customize your education plan. Select courses in one or more of the following areas Data Analytics & Cloud, Application Development and Network Cybersecurity.
Use your Success Network (in Starfish)! Access your Degree Planner in Starfish, visit your career and transfer path, adjust your goals as needed, and plan your next steps.
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1. College Success
- COLLG 110 College Success (3 credits)
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. Communications Requirement
- ENGL& 101 English Composition I (5 credits)
Course purpose: IT careers and jobs require you to be able to write and communicate clearly using standard English.
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.
- ENGL& 235 Technical Writing (5 credits)
Course purpose: IT careers and jobs require you to be able to write and create technical documentation readable by project stakeholders.
3. Math Requirement
Note: The math course you select will depend on the 4-year transfer institution/degree that you select, and your math placement guidance
If you choose to take Data Analytics programming courses, Math &146 is a required prerequisite.
Choose one from the below list.
Action Item: Meet with Advisor
Transfer Note: Consult your advisor if transferring to Bellevue College’s Bachelor of Applied Science, Healthcare Informatics
4. Human Relations Requirement
Choose ONE Human Relations course to satisfy Pierce professional/technical program requirements. These courses teach human relations skills needed to navigate the modern workplace.
5. Humanities / Social Sciences / Natural Sciences Transfer Suggestion
The courses suggested below are required BAS bridging courses for the Bellevue BAS program(s). Work with your advisor to choose courses from the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Natural Sciences suggestions in the subgroups below.
Course Purpose: Humanities study aspects of human society and culture. Fulfills the General Education requirements for transfer to BAS degrees.
Action Item for items 6-9 below:
Course(s) completed over FIVE years prior to graduation will not count towards an AAS. Outdated tech courses may need to be retaken to meet current technology and certification requirements. Please meet with your advisor to discuss any course retakes.
6. Core IT Courses
Complete all FIVE courses in this series of Core IT courses
7. Medical Terminology
Complete all three.
- BTECM 150 Medical Terminology I (5 credits)
Course purpose: HIT professionals need to be literate in the vocabulary of the medical field. This is the first of a two-course sequence.
- BTECM 151 Medical Terminology II (5 credits)
Course purpose: HIT professionals need to be literate in the vocabulary of the medical field. This is the second of a two-course sequence
- BTECM 257 Electronic Health Records (5 credits)
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 using electronic health records.
8. Focus Areas
Choose 5-10 credits from Focus Area 1, Focus Area 2 and Focus Area 3 for a well-rounded IT education
Choose 25 credits in a focus area of your choice.
Transfer Note: Talk to your advisor is transferring to Green River’s Bachelors of Applied Science i.e. BAS Information Technology – Software Development require the following courses:
CIS 261 – SQL Programming I (Focus Area 1),
CIS 123 – Intro to OOP OR CS&141 – Computer Science I (Focus Area 2)
Focus Area 1 – Data Analytics & Cloud
- CIS 169 Introduction to Cloud Fundamentals (5 credits)
Course purpose: You will learn cloud computing basics from current cloud providers. Meets Cloud Fundamentals certification.
- CIS 261 SQL Programming I (5 credits)
Course purpose: You will learn a common database querying language for reading, displaying, and updating data in a database.
- CIS 262 Cloud Data Fundamentals (5 credits)
Course purpose: You will learn core data concepts to work with data in the cloud. Meets Azure Data Fundamentals certification.
- CIS 269 Advanced SQL Programming and Tuning (5 credits)
Course purpose: You will continue to develop your Structured Query Language (SQL) skills by learning topics such as coding script files, stored procedures, and procedures, as well as fine tuning performance problems.
- CIS 273 Data Visualization (5 credits)
Course purpose: You will learn to design, conceptualize and build data visualizations.
- CIS 275 Business Intelligence (BI) (5 credits)
Course purpose: You will learn to prepare, model, visualize and analyze data using BI solutions. Meets Microsoft Certified Data Analyst Associate.
- CIS 276 Data Analytics I (5 credits)
Course purpose: You will learn data analytics programming in Python using descriptive analytics.
- CIS 277 Data Analytics II 5
Course purpose: You will learn data analytics programming in Python using predictive analytics and regression models.
Focus Area 2 – Programming
Choose a course pair, such as CIS 215 + CIS 124; CIS 123 + CIS 124; CIS 124 + CS 141
- CIS 215 Introduction to Web Development (5 credits)
- CS& 141 Computer Science I (5 credits)
Course purpose: You will learn basics of structured programming using control structures such as loops, and conditionals. Object-oriented programming concepts and objects will be introduced.
- CIS 123 Introduction to Object Oriented Programming (OOP) (5 credits)
Course purpose: You will learn object-oriented programming and related concepts such as inheritance, encapsulation and abstraction. You will learn how to code and manipulate basic data structures.
Focus Area 3 – Networks & Cybersecurity
Choose CNE 241 + CNE 254 course series
- CNE 241 CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks (5 credits)
Course purpose: This class prepares you to meet the requirements of the Cisco CCNA certification.
- CNE 254 Fundamentals of Network Security (5 credits)
Course purpose: This class prepares you to meet the requirements of the CompTIA Security+ certification. Choose 241, 254 as a course series.
Action Item: Certification Exams
Please complete certification exam(s) (ex. HIMSS CAHIMS, Microsoft Data Analyst Associate, Azure Data Fundamentals) and begin job readiness preparation for post-graduation job search.
Action Item: Transfer Advising
Please meet with your advisor to discuss transfer and bridge courses to 4-year Bachelor and related degrees.
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