May 2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
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May 2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Science/Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management

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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 Anatomy and Physiology Courses

All courses, ◊8.00 semester credit hours, are required. (3.00 of these credit hours satisfies Science General Education Requirement).

Required Internship Experience

2.00 credit hours are required.

  • Semester Credit Hours: 2.00 */**
  • * Online students in some states may not be allowed to take this internship due to state restrictions.

    ** Enrollment in a student readiness training is required two terms prior to internship course.  Successful completion of training is required prior to internship course enrollment.

Required General Education Courses

Students enrolled in this associate degree must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education (◊ includes 3.00 credit hours from Anatomy and Physiology listed in above required) distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline.

9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications

6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity)

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences

◊ Science Semester Credit Hours are satisfied through Anatomy and Physiology requirement listed above.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

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