January 2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
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January 2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BSHIM)

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(Please see the Undergraduate Program Offerings by Campus  chart in the catalog or on the Herzing Website at www.herzing.edu/career-programs/downloads for a list of Herzing campuses offering this program.)

Program Description

This CAHIIM-accredited program prepares students with the necessary skills and knowledge in the health information management field for management positions in a variety of health-related settings including hospitals, clinics, long-term care settings, consulting firms, government agencies, insurance companies, and software vendors. A health information management professional is responsible for the management of health information systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, and legal requirements of the healthcare delivery system. They are experts in coding and classification systems, managing patient health information, and administrating computer information systems. Individuals with interests in computer science, business administration, health science, and healthcare administration are well-suited for a career in health information management. Upon completion of this degree, students are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification examination.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Manage patient health records including data structure, content, and standards to maintain organizational compliance with regulations, accreditation, licensure, and certification standards.
  2. Develop and implement organization-wide confidentiality and privacy policies and procedures.
  3. Implement and manage software applications, process engineering, and project management techniques to ensure efficient workflow and appropriate outcomes for all areas relating to health information management based on research and healthcare statistics.
  4. Demonstrate management of the revenue cycle including reimbursement systems, chargemaster, and financial reporting.
  5. Develop compliance monitoring programs for coding, clinical documentation improvement, quality monitoring, and fraud and abuse detection.
  6. Demonstrate leadership abilities by effectively managing change, workflow, human resources, training, and strategic planning.

Potential Occupational Titles

Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, health information manager, health information administrator, compliance / risk management officer, revenue cycle (coding & billing) manager, data analyst, health information educator, and health informaticist.

Program Content

A minimum of 124.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Required Management Core Courses

All courses, 24.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Courses in Health Information Management

All courses, 49.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Elective Courses

A minimum of 8.00 semester credit hours is required. Students may take any healthcare or health information management, business management, or human resources course. At least 3.00 semester credit hours must be at the 300- or 400-level.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 41.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. A minimum of 9.00 semester credit hours must be 300- or 400-level courses. Refer to the General Education  section of the catalog for Herzing University courses that would satisfy these requirements. *

8.00 Semester Credit Hours in Anatomy and Physiology With Lab
4.00 Semester Credit Hours in Computer Applications ♦
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Cultural Diversity
6.00 Semester Credit Hours in English Composition or Literature
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in General Education Electives ♦
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities With a Critical Thinking Focus ** ♦
1.00 Semester Credit Hours in Information Literacy
7.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics (College Algebra or Above)
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Speech

* Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 41.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.

** A course with a critical thinking focus would be a course that addresses the theories and application of critical analysis with an emphasis on developing sequential reasoning skills. Examples may be courses in critical thinking, philosophy, science, or logic.

♦ The state of Minnesota requires a minimum of 30.00 semester credit hours of general education for bachelor’s degrees, not counting computer applications. However, all Herzing University students in the BSHIM program must complete a minimum of 41.00 semester credit hours in general education, including computer applications, to complete the requirement for graduation from this bachelor’s degree program. Minnesota students must complete at least 4 semester credit hours of general education in the humanities.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

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