2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog

Health Information Technology & Analytics (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 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, Programming 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.  

CIP Code: 51.2706

ctcLink Plan Code: MEIHIAPT

Total Credits: 93

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. Communications Requirement

Complete both English communications courses. 

  • 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.


  • And 


  • 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. 

Action Item: Transfer Advising

Please meet with your advisor to discuss transfer and bridge courses to 4-year Bachelor and related degrees. 

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.

  • Course purpose: HIT professionals need to be literate in the vocabulary of the medical field. This is the first of a two-course sequence. 

  • Course purpose: HIT professionals need to be literate in the vocabulary of the medical field. This is the second of a two-course sequence

  • 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.  

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details.

Action Item: Start looking for IT internships

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 125 – Intro to Web Development OR CIS 124 – Intro to JavaScript (Focus Area 2),  

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

9. Internship

  • Course purpose: You will gain relevant experience working in a local business environment. This requires 150 hours of supervised work including associated resume preparation, job interviews and internship documentation. 

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. 

Total Credits: 93

CIP Code: 51.2706

ctcLink Plan Code: MEIHIAPT