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Health Information Management, A.A.S.


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Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.

Total Credit Hours: 65 credit hours

Purpose: The Health Information Management Program is designed to provide instruction and professional practice experiences to assist in successful entry into the practice of health information management. Graduates from the program may be employed throughout the health care industry. 

Curriculum: The curriculum is divided into areas of study consisting of lecture, computer laboratory, practical and simulated experiences to provide the academic foundation necessary to prepare students to be competent health information management professionals and meet the entry-level competencies that will enable them to apply data management processes in support of health care information operations regardless of the setting or environment.  The degree is aligned with the entry level competencies defined by the American Information Management Association (AHIMA) and provides students with a unique blend of courses in administrative technology, information management, and health care services.  Upon completion of the curriculum, graduates will eligible to sit for the National Healthcare Association (NHA) Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) examination and the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification examination.

Program Outcomes: Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science degree in health information management will be able to:

  1. Recall and apply appropriate medical terminology, abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols that are used in the healthcare industry as related to electronic health records.
  2. Provide patient centered care and information management within the legal, ethical, and regulatory framework of the electronic health records profession.
  3. Demonstrate competency in the use of standard medical office equipment including bar code and scanning devices.
  4. Use the common features and functions of specialized electronic health records applications.
  5. Apply quality improvement and utilization review principles to ensure the highest quality of information management according to professional standards.
  6. Apply knowledge of policies and regulations relating to the organization of health care delivery to ensure compliance and protect confidentiality and privacy of patient data.
  7. Use technology and information systems to meet health care organization needs.
  8. Use principles of life sciences and information technology to implement and evaluate solutions to health information technology issues.
  9. Apply federal, state, and accrediting agency standards for record content, reimbursement methodologies, and classification systems.
  10. Participate in patient centered care and information management within the legal, ethical, and regulatory framework of the health information management profession.
  11. Collect, organize, and analyze clinical data to identify trends that demonstrate quality, safety, and effectiveness of health care.
  12. Apply quality improvement and utilization review principles to ensure the highest quality of information management according to professional standards.
  13. Collaborate as a member of the health care team in the organization, analysis, evaluation, compilation, and coding of health records.
  14. Apply general management and personnel supervision to a health information department.

Program Requirements: All Health Information Management students must:

  1. Maintain a grade of “C” or better in all program courses.
  2. Meet program competency requirements and technical standards

Admission Requirements: Admission to HCC does not guarantee admission to the Health Information Management program. The requirements below must be completed and submitted to the Office of Admissions, Records, and Registration before the first day of class.

  1. Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  2. College placement tests in mathematics, English and reading. 
  3. Completion of MAT 099 and ENG 100, or satisfactory results on placement tests.
  4. A minimum cumulative grade point average for all college coursework of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Foreign education students must have their college and high school transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES).

Program Pathway

First Year Fall   First Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I  3   Gen Ed  Mathematics  3
BIO 116  Human Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health  4   HIM 110 Pharmacology & Pathophysiology  3
MAP 102 Medical Terminology 3   HIM 111 Healthcare Delivery Systems 3
MAP 108 Medical Records Analysis and Coding  3   MAP 206 Advanced Coding  3
HIM 101 Fundamentals of Electronic Health Records 3   HIM 112 Electronic Health Records Software Application 4
IST 110 Introduction to Computer Concepts 3        
TOTAL   19   TOTAL   16
Second Year Fall   Second Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
Gen Ed Arts/Humanities 3   Gen Ed  Behavioral/Social Sciences 3
HIM 201 Fundamentals of Health Information Management 3   Gen Ed  Diversity 3
HIM 204 Clinical Decision Support and Quality Management  3   HIM 220 HIM Leadership and Professional Practices 3
HIM 203 Health Laws and Bioethics 3   HIM 221 Workflow Analysis and Data Mining  3
HIM 202 Medical Reimbursement and Insurance Practices and Procedures  3   HIM 222  Health Information Management Externship 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15

General Education Requirements (19 Credits)


Arts/Humanities


Behavioral/Social Sciences


Diversity


English


Mathematics


Degree Requirement (65 Credits)


Additional Program Requirements


Criminal Background Checks


Students must pass a criminal background check in order to proceed through the program and prior to beginning the externship experience. Criminal background check results are disclosed to clinical facilities as required. If a student is denied access to a clinical site because of the background check, and as a result, cannot meet program requirements, the student will be recommended for dismissal from the program.

Drug Screen


Students may be required by an externship site to submit to a drug screen. Drug screen results are disclosed to clinical facilities as required. A random drug screen may also be requested at any time during the paramedic program if a paramedic faculty member or a clinical facility representative has reasonable cause to suspect that a student is impaired and poses a safety concern to patients or others. If a student is denied access by a clinical site because of drug screen results, and as such, cannot meet program requirements, the student will be recommended for dismissal from the program.

Externship Site Placement


Student placement in externship sites is determined at a designed semester. Misconduct in the assigned externship site may result in loss of externship placement and/or recommendation for program dismissal. 

Technical Standards


There are technical standards and skill requirements which students are expected to possess and demonstrate in order to be successful in this program. More information on these standards can be found on the Web page for this program.

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