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  Dec 11, 2017
 
 
    
Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Information Management, AAS


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No. of Credits:  70

Contact:  Laura Polk, Chair, Health Sciences Division

The Health Information Management AAS degree prepares students for a challenging career path that integrates the disciplines of health, computer technology and business management.  The graduate is prepared to perform a variety of technical health information management functions including organizing, analyzing and evaluating health information; generating health data for reimbursement, planning, quality assessment, and research; and coding diseases, surgeries, and other procedures.  Responsibilities also include maintaining and using a variety of health information indices, special registries, and storage and retrieval systems; as well as controlling the release of health information in accordance with legal requirements.

Students who successfully complete the Health Information Management degree will be able to:

  • analyze health records, policies, and procedures for compliance with legal and regulatory requirements;
  • apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and pathophysiology to the classification of diagnoses and procedures to meet statistical and reimbursement requirements;
  • interpret health data to identify trends that will improve overall quality, safety, and effectiveness in the health care institution;
  • audit health data to validate code assignment and compliance with reporting requirements;
  • incorporate technology to facilitate workplace transition to an electronic health information management environment;
  • utilize databases and spreadsheets to consolidate, manipulate, integrate and display health data;

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).  Passing the examination entitles a person to use the title Registered Health Information Technician, and to add the initials RHIT after his/her name;

The maximum number of credits acepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 48.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Contact the program coordinator.

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:


The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. College Prep and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.

Communications (3 credits)


 Acceptable:

Psychology or Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)


Acceptable:

  • See Gen Ed  Listing, 
    • PSY or SOC disciplines only

Notes:


* Courses requiring a prerequisite

** Program option

*** special criteria for required general education courses

**** Pending MHEC approval

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