No. of Credits: 63
Contact: Laura Polk, Chair, Health Sciences Division;
Candi Hume, Program Coordinator
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 as well as the revenue cycle (e.g. billing & reimbursement). 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.
The Associate Degree Health Information Management Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
This may be a competitive admissions program determined by student/instructor ratios. A grade of “C” or better is required in all program courses.
The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 47.
NOTE: The practicum courses in the program provide students a learning experience while being mentored at one or more healthcare-related facilities. In these courses students have the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in a workplace environment. In order to be placed at a facility students are required to provide proof of immunization status, a completed health form, a criminal background check and drug screen at the students’ expense. Students are also required to provide proof of health insurance and CPR certification. The American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare providers OR the American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuers are the only accepted CPR courses.
The college will not be responsible for any tuition, fees or other costs that may be charged or paid or lost due to incomplete, untimely or unsatisfactory health records, CPR certification, background check or drug screen. The college is not responsible for the conduct of background checks and drug screenings, or decisions made by other entities as a result of the background check and drug screening requirements.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will …
1. Analyze policies and procedures for compliance with legal and regulatory requirements relating to healthcare information.
2. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology to the classification of diagnoses and procedural standards to meet research and reimbursement methodologies.
3. Manage health data to identify trends that will impact overall quality, safety, and effectiveness of the healthcare system.
4. Evaluate health documentation to validate compliance, reporting requirements, and revenue cycle processes.
5. Incorporate technology to facilitate advancement of electronic health information management through integration and display of health data.
6. Utilize leadership principles and ethical standards to manage health information decisions, policies, and strategies.