This program provides an overview of Healthcare organizations and delivery systems, foundations in Health Information Management, and career-enhancing courses such as Medical Terminology, Medical Coding, Insurance and Reimbursement, and Legal Issues in Healthcare.
The HIM program will prepare confident, ethical, and competent entry-level health information technicians to become valued members of an ever-changing Healthcare delivery system. Graduates will have the skills, knowledge, and desire for lifelong learning required to meet the needs of our community and to succeed in HIM fields.
The successful graduate of this program will be able to:
- Code diagnostic and procedural data for optimal reimbursement and assist with maintaining revenue cycle and compliance with third party payer guidelines
- Manage, process and analyze health data (electronic, paper or scanned) to ensure an accurate and complete medical record and cost effective processing
- Formulate and implement health information policies and systems that meet with all national and state laws and regulatory guidelines
- Apply principles of management and provide leadership to staff
- Participate in Performance Improvement and other quality initiatives
- Complete the Accuplacer.
- Contact the Office of Admissions to schedule an appointment.
- Complete all developmental course work before enrolling in the program.
- Participate in a personal interview with the HIM Program Director.
Transfer Credit Policy
Students may transfer credits earned at other accredited institutions provided a minimum grade of C has been earned in courses in medical terminology and allied health (AH), coding (MCOD) and science (BIOL). Appropriate transfer credits may be accepted in a three-year time frame.
The program is currently applying for Candidacy Status and accreditation by CAHIIM. Once accredited, HIM graduates will be eligible to take the national qualifying exam for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician through AHIMA.
The field of Health Information is projected to grow at a rapid pace and, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health information technicians is expected to increase by 20% through 2018. Graduates will have employment options that include: Coding Specialist, HIM Department Director or Supervisor, Clinical Data Analyst, Privacy, Information Security or Compliance Officer, Quality Improvement Specialist, and others. Choices for employment range from hospitals to physician practices, ambulatory care centers, rehabilitation facilities, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, consulting firms, software and IT vendors and government agencies. View the Medical Records and Health Information Technicians Occupation Profile.
- Have the ability to walk, sit, and stand for long periods of time (2 hours) in succession.
- 20-20 vision (with or without accommodation).
- Successfully pass a criminal background check (cost incurred by student).
- Possess and maintain professional liability insurance (available through college) and personal health insurance while on Practicum.
- HIM students are required to confer with HIM program faculty prior to course selection and registration every semester.
- Grade of "C" or better required for all AH, MCOD, BIOL, and HIM courses.
- Courses may be retaken only once.
Health Information Management Degree Program
Degree Program - First Year
|First Year||Fall Semester||TH||LAB||CR|
|HIM100||Introduction to Health Information Management||3||0||3|
|CIS110||Microsoft® Computer Applications I||2||2||3|
|INT101||College Success Seminar||1||0||1|
|First Year||Spring Semester||TH||LAB||CR|
|HIM105||Healthcare Statistics & Performance Improvement||3||0||3|
|AH123||Introduction to Pharmacology||3||0||3|
|First Year||Summer Semester||TH||LAB||CR|
|HIM115||Legal Aspects of Health Information||3||0||3|
|Liberal Arts Elective||3||0||3|
Degree Program - Second Year
|Second Year||Fall Semester||TH||LAB||CR|
|HIM120||Computers in Healthcare||2||2||3|
|HIM200||HIM Practicum I||1||8||3|
|HIM205||Resource & Data Management||3||0||3|
|Second Year||Spring Semester||TH||LAB||CR|
|HIM225||HIM Practicum II||1||9||4|
|Social Science Elective||3||0||3|
Total Credits - 68
Medical Coding Certificate
Unprecedented changes in Healthcare have created an overwhelming and unmet demand for qualified medical coders. The U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 51% increase in the need for medical coders during the next five years. In addition to medical reimbursement, coding is used for planning and research, to track diseases, and by hospital administrators to determine if facilities are used effectively.
Medical coding requires the coder to abstract information from the patient record and combine it with their knowledge of reimbursement and coding guidelines to optimize physician payment. This coding curriculum will train participants to code for medical offices, clinics, mental health facilities, and hospitals. Successful completion of this certificate will prepare you to sit for the national Certified Coding Specialist exam.
Students must achieve a minimum grade of C (73.33) in all courses in order to receive Medical Coding Certificate.
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Total Credits - 21