The Health Information Management Program prepares the student for a variety of job opportunities including medical coder, department manager/supervisor, data analyst, and clerks who process records verifying accuracy and completeness. This program blends knowledge and skills from health information and business management, with computer applications and medicine to provide the necessary foundation for success. The student will be eligible to sit for the RHIT certification upon successful completion of the program.
Topics of study include medical coding (ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT-4), legal and ethical issues in health care, quality and performance improvement, health care statistics, reimbursement concepts, indexes and registries related to health care, and the management aspects of health information.
This associate’s degree program incorporates the Medical Coding Specialist Certificate program as the first year. Completion of that portion of the program, along with relevant work experience, can prepare a person to take the certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and after further experience, the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS). Individuals skilled in clinical coding are employed as coders for hospitals, physician’s offices, peer review organizations, clinics, consulting firms, and/or insurance companies.
The HIM associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:
Sit for the RHIT, Registered Health Information Technician certification through AHIMA.
Code, classify, and index diagnoses and procedures for the purpose of reimbursement, standardization, retrieval, and statistical analysis.
Apply legal/ethical principles, policies, regulations, and standards for the control and use of health information.
Demonstrate knowledge of Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) principles in a professional work place setting.
Manage healthcare indexes/registries.
Collect, analyze, and present healthcare statistics.
Participate in quality and performance improvement.
Apply the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.