This CAHIIM-accredited program prepares students with the necessary skills and knowledge in the health information management field for entry level technical positions in a variety of health-related settings including hospitals, clinics, long-term care settings, consulting firms, government agencies, insurance companies, and software vendors. HIM professionals plan, collect, aggregate, analyze, and disseminate individual patient and aggregate clinical data. Students in this program will learn entry-level skills related to those areas of the HIM profession.
Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Abstract, analyze, and manage healthcare data following federal and industry-standard documentation guidelines.
- Apply medico-legal knowledge to protected health information for authorization, disclosure, and security.
- Demonstrate knowledge of industry-standard databases and electronic health records by abstracting and analyzing clinical data to identify trends.
- Apply knowledge of the healthcare reimbursement revenue cycle.
- Apply current regulations to ensure compliance with accreditation, licensure, and certification standards; established coding guidelines supported by clinical documentation improvement.
- Define and articulate leadership roles, organizational structure, operational processes, and ethical issues impacting HIM.
Potential Occupational Titles
Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, health information technician, health information clerk, patient care coordinator, patient registrar, physician office manager, release of information clerk, medical biller, medical corer, and insurance claims clerk.
A minimum of 63.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.