Health Information Technology

Associate of Occupational Science in Health Information Management
Available Online & On-campus

NEW: Students enrolled in the Health Information Management program now receive free Student Membership in the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), plus a voucher for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam included in their tuition.

What is Health Information Technology?

HIM-studentHealth Information Technicians compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients while adhering to administrative, ethical, regulatory and legal guidelines and requirements. Duties may include protecting the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained, processing patient admission and discharge documents, reviewing records for accuracy and completeness, data entry, medical coding, statistical compilation, managing record release, and managing healthcare information systems.

Demand for Health Information Technicians

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for Health Information Technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average. Job prospects should be very good, particularly for technicians with strong computer software skills.

The Health Information Technology program prepares students for occupations as Medical Records and Health Information Technicians and related careers. Find related occupational information on the U.S. Department of Labor's O*NET website.

SOC Codes (Standard Occupational Classification) related to Health Information Technology careers: 29-2071.00

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Overview

The Associate of Occupational Science in Health Information Management with a concentration in Health Information Technology is a comprehensive, undergraduate associate degree program. It provides 60 semester credit hours of instruction, 20 of which are devoted to laboratory work. Computer based training is used each semester to enhance learning. Day and evening students receive 20 hours of instruction per week for 4 semesters (60 weeks).

Degree Award

Students completing this program will earn an Associate of Occupational Science in Health Information Management with a concentration in Health Information Technology.

Outline

Typical Course Outline
Associate of Occupational Science in Health Information Management: Health Information Technology
MC201 Info & Comm Tech for Healthcare Professionals 3
MC202 Professionalism in the Medical Environment 3
MC208 Reimbursement Methodologies 3
MC209 Health Info Systems & Data Content 3
MC210 Medical Law, Standards & Ethics 3
Total Semester Hours 15
MC206 Basic ICD Coding 3
MC207 Basic CPT & HCPCS Coding 3
MC203 Applied Anatomy & Physiology 3
MC204 Medical Terminology 3
MC205 Introduction to Coding 3
Total Semester Hours 15
CO301 Diagnosis Coding 3
CO302 Procedure Coding 3
CO303 Reimbursement Methods & Regulatory Guidelines 3
CO304 Healthcare Compliance, Legal & Ethical Issues 3
CO305 Data Quality & Management 3
Total Semester Hours 15
HM301 Organizational Resources 3
HM302 Healthcare Statistics & Research 3
HM303 Health Services Organization & Delivery 3
HM304 Healthcare Communication Technologies 3
HM305 Data Storage & Security 3
Total Semester Hours 15
Totals:

Lecture: 40 Semester Credit Hours

Lab: 20 Semester Credit Hours

Needed to Graduate: 60 Semester Credit Hours

Semesters may be offered out of the sequence shown.

Objectives

Health Information Technicians compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients while adhering to administrative, ethical, regulatory and legal guidelines and requirements. Duties may include protecting the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained, processing patient admission and discharge documents, reviewing records for accuracy and completeness, data entry, medical coding, statistical compilation, managing record release, and managing healthcare information systems.

This program is designed to provide quality training in the essentials of Health Information Management with an emphasis on Health Information Technology. Coursework includes Diagnosis Coding, Procedure Coding, Reimbursement Methods and Regulatory Guidelines, Healthcare Compliance, Legal & Ethical Issues, Data Quality & Management, Organizational Resources, Healthcare Statistics and Research, Health Services Organization and Delivery, Healthcare Communication Technologies, and the skills needed to obtain entry-level employment and experience growth in the medical field.

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