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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.

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:


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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