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Course Descriptions

HLIM100M - Introduction to Health Information Management (3-0-3)

Introduces principles of Health Information Management (HIM) including technological trends; function, content and structure of health records; regulatory and licensing agency requirements; analyzing data and managing information along with professional, ethical and legal issues specific to HIM. Note: A grade of “C” or better is required to pass HLIM classes. Prerequisite: Placement into ENGL110XM or ENGL110M and matriculation into HIM degree program or permission of Program Director.

HLIM115M - Legal Aspects of Health Information (3-0-3)

Covers all legislative regulatory processes related to the confidentiality, privacy and security of personal health information and the policies, procedures and monitoring used to assure compliance. Students will learn legal terminology and the ethical standards of practice in regard to patient rights and advocacy related to release of information. Students will also learn how to apply confidentiality and security measures to assure the integrity and validity of the maintenance and retrieval of PHI.

Prerequisites: HLIM100M and placement into ENGL110M.

HLIM120M - Computers in Healthcare (2-2-3)

Teaches concepts and practical approaches to the common computer applications used for completing health information processes in the delivery of healthcare. Topics include: the fundamentals of biomedical computing; database management tools and techniques commonly used for data collection; storage and retrieval; as well as hardware, software and communication technologies. Students will also explore the relationship between departments and clinical providers within the healthcare system.

Prerequisites: HLIM100M, AHLT110M.

HLIM200M - Health Information Management Practicum I (1-8-3)

This 80-hour practicum is designed to give students professional practice experience in an assigned health information management department or related healthcare setting. Students will apply theory, principles and knowledge acquired in previous coursework re: provide participation in data retention; retrieval; storage assembly; deficiency analysis; physician communication and release of information following applicable laws, regulations and facility guidelines. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. Prerequisites: HLIM100M, AHLT110M, BIOL106M or BIOL110M, HLIM 208M or HLIM210M, MCOD100M, MCOD110M. Corequisite: HLIM120M, HLIM215M HLIM216M.

HLIM205M - Resource and Data Management (3-0-3)

This class covers the management of resources in HIM, including staffing, personnel, departmental budgets and the primary and secondary uses of healthcare data and information used to monitor these processes. A combination of theory, case studies and hands-on projects will provide an overview of the managerial functions, including: budgeting; revenue cycle monitoring; supervision; organizational planning; the maintenance of licensure and accreditation standards and monitoring compliance with coding and other organizational requirements. Prerequisites: ENGL110XM or ENGL110M, HLIM100M, HLIM215M, MATH202M or MATH145M or MATH145XM. Note: A grade of “C” or better is required to pass HLIM classes.

HLIM208M - Pharmacology for Health Professions (3-0-3)

This course focuses on the science of pharmacology for non-clinical healthcare professionals. An emphasis is placed on the general principles of pharmacology, the bodily systems affected by the various drug types and their classifications. Students will also explore common prescribing in various practice settings as well as the applicable U.S. laws relative to the sale, supply and administration of drugs.

Prerequisites: AHLT110M and BIOL106M or BIOL110M with a grade of with a grade of “C” or better.

HLIM210M - Pharmacology and Pathophysiology for Health Professionals (4-0-4)

This course focuses on the fundamental physiological principles of disease and injury and the mechanisms and use of pharmaceuticals for non-clinical healthcare professionals. An emphasis is placed on the general principles of pharmacology and pathophysiology, the bodily systems affected by disease, and various drug types and classifications used to treat common diseases. Students will also explore common prescribing in various practice settings as well as the applicable US laws relative to the sale, supply and administration of drugs. Prerequisites: AHLT110M and BIOL110M with a grade of with a grade of “C” or better.

HLIM215M - Healthcare Statistics and Performance Improvement (3-0-3)

Covers the collection, maintenance and reporting of data for clinical indices, databases and registries to meet the specific needs of a healthcare organization. Students will gain an understanding of how data is abstracted, collected, organized, reported or presented for quality and risk management processes. Students will also perform calculations for basic descriptive, institutional and healthcare-related vital statistics and learn how to analyze this data to identify trends that demonstrate the quality, safety and effectiveness of healthcare.

Prerequisites: ENGL110M, MATH145M, HLIM100M with a grade of “C” or better.

HLIM216M - Reimbursement Methods (3-0-3)

Focuses on understanding healthcare payment system methodologies used in relation to managed care, commercial insurance and government sponsored prospective payment systems including how reimbursement systems affect payers, consumers, providers, policy makers and information technology systems. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the revenue cycle, regulatory compliance strategies, National Correct Coding Initiatives (NCCI), reporting and the role accurately coded data plays in billing policies and procedures.

Prerequisites: MCOD100M, MCOD110M.

HLIM225M - Health Information Management Practicum II (1-6-3)

Students will gain 80 hours of professional practical experience in an assigned health information management department or related healthcare setting. Students will reinforce learning experiences obtained through classroom presentations, projects and laboratory exercises and make the transition from theory to practice. Under the supervision of experienced HIM professionals, they will observe employee relationships, interact with professionals in the healthcare field and apply the principles of Health Information Technology. Prerequisites: HLIM120M, HLIM200M, HLIM215M, HLIM216M. Corequisites: HLIM115M, HLIM205M, MCOD215M.