2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog 
    Apr 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog

Health Information Technology Certificate Course Map

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Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your certificate 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 certificate 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 Health Information Technology Certificate, you are responsible for fulfilling all certificate requirements.

Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Field Entry Certification Opportunities

To enhance your employability consider completing 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.  

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: 51.0707

ctcLink Plan Code: HMRHDC20

Total Credits: 43

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. Medical Terminology

  • 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 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.

3. Core Courses

Complete all SIX courses in this series of Core IT courses  

Action Item: Certification Exams

Please complete certification exam(s) (ex. HIMSS CAHIMS) and begin post-graduation job search or transfer advising. 

Action Item: Transfer Advising

Please meet with your advisor to discuss transfer and bridge courses to 2-year Associates, 4-year Bachelor and related degrees. 

Total Credits: 43

CIP Code: 51.0707

ctcLink Plan Code: HMRHDC20

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