Designed for the dynamic field of health information management, this program integrates the disciplines of medicine, computer technology, and business management. Students who are interested in studying diseases and treatments but are not interested in hands-on patient care will find this a challenging career path. The graduate is prepared to perform technical and supervisory duties in organizing, analyzing, and generating health data for reimbursement, planning, quality improvement, research, and the legal issues surrounding the release of health information. Employment opportunities exist in a broad range of settings, such as hospitals, home health care, nursing homes, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), physicians' offices, consulting, computer software companies, and government agencies. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates are able to apply for the American Health Information Management Association's national certifying examination for Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT); passing this examination entitles the graduate to use the RHIT credential. Graduates of the Health Information A.A.S. will be able to: * Apply policies and procedures surrounding issues of access and disclosure of protected health information * Apply legal concepts and principles to the practice of HIM * Protect electronic health information through the application of confidentiality, privacy, security measures, policies, and procedures for internal and external use * Analyze the documentation in the health record to ensure it supports the diagnosis and reflects the patient's progress, clinical findings, and discharge status. * Apply diagnosis/procedure codes according to current guidelines * Analyze current regulations and established guidelines in clinical classification systems * Use basic descriptive, institutional, and healthcare statistics * Use tools and techniques to monitor, report, and improve processes * Use technology, including hardware and software, for data management in HIM * Plan budgets using accounting methodologies * Demonstrate effective communication skills related to HIM * Maintain behaviors consistent with the professional Code of Ethics of the AHIMA
Learning Foundations Overall Requirements
- All students must read English at an acceptable level in order to begin college-level courses. The college assesses two levels of reading proficiency as shown below. Both must be satisfied in order to enroll in college-level classes.
- Meet a basic reading standard by placement exam score, by taking DVR-0051 or ESL-0105, or by exemption due to prior college coursework.
- Meet college-level reading standards by placement exam score, by taking DVR-0061 DVR-0071 or ESL-0106, or by exemption as a result of prior college coursework.
- The college assesses English writing proficiency at three levels as a prerequisite to enrollment in EGL-1010, the first college-level writing course. Those three levels are outlined below.
- Meet the minimum English proficiency requirement by placement exam score, by completing DVE-0009 or ESL-0102 or by exemption as a result of prior coursework.
- Meet intermediate level English proficiency requirements by placement exam score, by completing DVE-0011 or ESL-0201, or by exemption as a result of prior coursework.
- Meet pre-college level English requirements by placement exam score, by completing EGL-0100 or ESL-0202, or by exemption as a result of prior coursework.
- All students must satisfy the college's requirement for a solid foundation in mathematics. Students can document this foundation either with satisfactory placement test scores, with an exemption posted as a result of courses taken elsewhere, or with satisfactory performance in one or more developmental mathematics courses. In addition, all students must complete either PAS-1010 or PAS-1030 along with their first developmental math course.
- Meet the most basic arithmetic requirement by completing DLS-0011 or a satisfactory score on the placement test.
- Meet prealgebra requirements by completing DVM-0031 or with a satisfactory placement test score.
- Meet elementary algebra requirements by completing DVM-0071 or achieving a satisfactory placement score.
- Meet intermediate algebra requirements by completing MAT-0104 or by achieving a satisfactory placment test score.
- You must take PAS-1030 during the same semester you take DVM-0031.
Health Information Management Petitioner Required
- Complete one general education Math course before you petition. AT-1120 or MAT-1140 are recommended. NOTE: The following do NOT count toward fulfilling this requirement: MAT-1030, MAT-0104, MAT-2550 MAT-2910, MAT-2920, MAT-2930. All other MAT courses are acceptable.
- Complete MAT-1140 or MAT-1190 with a C or better. You may also use a higher level math course if you wish.