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

Associate of Science/Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management (ASHIM/AASHIM)

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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 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.

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Abstract, analyze, and manage healthcare data following federal and industry-standard documentation guidelines.
  2. Apply medico-legal knowledge to protected health information for authorization, disclosure, and security.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of industry-standard databases and electronic health records by abstracting and analyzing clinical data to identify trends.
  4. Apply knowledge of the healthcare reimbursement revenue cycle.
  5. Apply current regulations to ensure compliance with accreditation, licensure, and certification standards; established coding guidelines supported by clinical documentation improvement.
  6. 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.

Program Content

A minimum of 63.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Required Health Information Management Courses

All courses, 32.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required General Education Courses

Students enrolled in this associate’s degree must complete a minimum of 29.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. 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 English Composition or Literature
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities with a Critical Thinking Focus ** ♦
1.00 Semester Credit Hours in Information Literacy
4.00 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 29.00 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, logic, or science.

♦ The state of Minnesota requires a minimum of 20.00 semester credit hours of general education for associate’s degrees, not counting computer applications. However, all Herzing University students in the AASHIM program must complete a minimum of 29.00 semester credit hours in general education, including computer applications, to complete the requirement for graduation from this associate’s degree program. Minnesota students must complete at least 2.00 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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