Health Information Management Systems

Associate of Applied Science Degree

2014-2015 academic year

You can earn an associate of applied science degree in health information management services through Central Community College. The courses listed below can be completed through Northeast Community College. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 68 Credit Hours.

Required Core Courses

Core 52 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HIMS 1000 Introduction to Health Information Management
This is an introductory course into the health information management profession. An overview of healthcare delivery systems and how the HIM profession relates to healthcare delivery will be explored. This course will also cover health information technology functions and various HIM personnel specializations.
HIMS 1010 Electronic Health Records
One of the most unifying practices of modern health care delivery is centered on the development of the electronic health record. This course builds, through practical experience, an understanding and a level of comfort with computerized health records that can be applied directly in the clinical setting. This course offers a broad foundation in legal policy perspectives, and strategies for mounting and managing organizational initiatives regarding the electronic health record.
HIMS 1020 Health Care Delivery Systems
This course is an overview of the American health care system. It includes study of the evolution and current state of health care services and insurance, health professionals, health policy, and health services financing. HMOs, PPOs, and POS plans will be reviewed. Additionally, managed care objectives, functions and contracting will be discussed.
OFFT 1095 Medical Terminology
Learning the meaning, spelling, and usage of Latin and Greek language elements as word parts, enabling the student to interpret and understand complex medical terms.
HIMS 1110 Coding I
This course is an introduction to ICD-9-CM. This class will focus on appropriate use of the codebook and the principals of appropriate diagnosis and procedure code selection.
HIMS 1120 Legal and Compliance Issues
This course provides an in-depth review of the legal requirements regarding health records and an introduction to the health care regulatory environment, including a review of federal fraud and abuse laws, Anti-kickback, Stark, HIPAA, Sarbanes/Oxley, JCAHO and CMS standards. You will learn the essential elements of an effective compliance program and the tools necessary to implement and maintain a health care compliance program.
HIMS 1130 Disease Processes
The study of the nature and cause of disease. This includes the study of the etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic evaluation procedures, complications, treatment, management, prognosis, and advanced medical terminology. Through class discussion and assigned case studies students apply the knowledge learned and utilize their critical thinking and problem solving abilities. Courses are organized by body system and do not need to be taken in consecutive order.
NURS 1220 Structure and Function of the Human Body
Provides fundamental knowledge of the normal structure and functions of the cell, tissues, organs, organ systems and interrelationship among those systems.
HIMS 2000 Medical Billing and Reimbursement
This course will introduce policies, procedures, and laws that govern medical billing and reimbursement. A history of health insurance is presented as well as medical coding and claims processing guidelines. The reimbursement methods for clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home health agencies are also discussed.
HIMS 2010 Pharmacology and Drug Administration
This course is designed to enhance the knowledge base of the student in the area of pharmacology and drug therapy. This course is designed to present basic knowledge of pharmacology for allied health professionals. Legal and ethical issues of medication administration are also covered.
HIMS 2020 Coding II
Facilities may use CPT, Current Procedural Terminology, for coding some outpatient services. Insurers pay doctors on a fee for service basis. Procedure codes are quick abbreviations for medical services.
MATH 2030 Introduction to Statistics
Study of algebraic sets, finite probability spaces, counting techniques, random variables, and binomial distribution.
HIMS 2030 Health Information Managment Applications
This course discusses the content and structure, as well as the various functions of health records. This course also addresses topics such as storage and retrieval of information, indexes/registries, documentation requirements, accreditations and licensures, as well as utilizing the virtual lab for topics such as the master patient index and deficiency analysis.
HIMS 2040 Health Care Information Systems
This introductory course provides an overview of health care computer information systems. Topics related to hardware, software and operating systems will be explored and discussed. In addition, students will examine high-level information related to data management, systems development, the application and integration of information technology and the management of computer systems in a health care setting.
HIMS 2100 Quality Management and Process Improvement
Leading and sustaining effective change efforts is a primary responsibility of leaders. This course will provide students with the tools and techniques of leading continuous quality improvement (CQI) of clinical and organizational efforts within a facility. An emphasis on how to develop the processes of in-depth investigation of various areas of internal operations will be presented. Specific focus will be on skill development associated with selecting and implementing various CQI tools. Students will demonstrate correct usage on a specific organizational change effort within a health care organization.
HIMS 2110 Health Information Technology Assessment
This assessment course is designed as a review for the RHIT certification exam. Through this course, you will register for and complete the RHIT certification exam through AHIMA’s early testing option. Must have permission of program director to enroll in course.
HIMS 2120 Professional Practice Experience
This course is used to provide students an opportunity to practice the skills learned within the program curriculum. The course will be split into two distinct sections. Students will utilize the course as a lab course for the first six weeks and as a clinical course for the last portion of the semester. Students will gain experience in all types of health care settings.
HIMS 2130 Coding III
This course provides a detailed examination of coding systems across a continuum of health care settings. The student’s comprehensive knowledge of coding, terminology, anatomy and physiology, disease process and pharmacology will come into play in identifying all services, supplies and conditions described in sample patient documentation.
BSAD 2540 Principles of Management
Introduction to management theory and practice for supervisors of employees or managers of organizations. Topics include the functions of planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and supervising along with new and rapidly developing areas of management.

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BSAD 1000 Human Relations and Ethics
Study of modern methods and procedures used in effective human relations and ethics including information on the following: definition and history of human relations, ethics, diversity, self-esteem, motivation, communication and personality styles, conflict management and resolution, and team building and rapport as well as self expression and effective listening skills.

Combination of Oral and Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

Must earn a C or better
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BSAD 2050 Business Communications
Development of both oral and written communicative skills. Students will be able to organize and present effective presentations gaining audience rapport and sending appropriate nonverbal messages as well as formulate effective letters, memos, and reports for business and industry.

Mathematics 4 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1140 Intermediate Algebra
Development of the real numbers as a working replacement set for equations and expressions. Main emphasis is placed on algebraic operations related to polynomials, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, exponential expressions, and logarithmic expressions. Concepts of relations and functions are introduced allowing for further study in math.

Science or Technology 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
OFFT 1500 Microsoft Office
This course will give the student practical experience in operating the word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics portions of the Microsoft Office suite.

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ECON 2110 Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to the nature and concepts of economics. Topics include economic systems, measurement and analysis of aggregate variables such as national income, expenditures, fiscal and monetary policy, employment, and inflation. Other policies for macroeconomic stabilization and growth are evaluated.

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