Program Length: 36 months (may be completed in as little as 30 months)
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Health Information Management (HIM) is a key function of the healthcare delivery system in the United States. HIM provides for the maintenance of health records in hospitals, clinics, health departments, insurance companies, governmental agencies, and other settings.
A Health Information Management professional works with clinical, reference, epidemiological, financial, and demographic data and is responsible for the collection, the storage, the use, and the transmission of this information. The role of the HIM professional is becoming increasingly important as the healthcare industry continues to transition to electronic information management with Electronic Health Records (EHRs).
The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management prepares the student for entry-level positions such as inpatient/outpatient coder, health information technologist, coding data coordinator, and clinical information systems technologist.
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Introduces the fundamental principles and practices of accounting, including the theory of debit and credit and the accounting cycle. Includes beginning steps in analysis of accounting transactions and their relationships to the basic accounting equation in preparation for more complex problem analysis in advanced accounting. Covers accounts receivable, accounts payable, special journals, cash receipts and payments, and banking procedures, as well as the accrual basis of accounting and the preparation of the worksheet and financial statements.
Provides a hands-on approach to learning how automated accounting systems function. Students operate a computerized general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll system. (Prerequisite: ACC101, or with consent of the dean)
This course introduces the elements of several popular computer software programs in word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation design, Emphasis will be placed on the basic fundamentals of document creation, saving, and printing along with the more advanced concepts of presentation design.
This course introduces several current database software products and their use in business. Emphasis is placed on database terminology in the study of tables, queries, forms, and reports. Computations and expressions are used to perform database inquiries.
Computerized Medical Administration
Provides the student with the training required to keep consistent with computer software that is used in the billing areas of the medical and dental fields. Real life activities and simulations reinforce basic billing skills. Conflict management and billing collection are taught. This course uses a medical office simulation to introduce the student to the everyday functioning of a medical office.
Basic course in microeconomic concepts. Topics include recession and depression, the circular flow of production and consumption, the role of the market in the economy, wage and price movements, and other key points.
include inflation, the cause and effects of interest rates, the dollar and the foreign trade deficit, productivity growth rate, and the federal budget deficit.
This course focuses on developing critical thinking and communication skills in both verbal and nonverbal areas. Emphasis is placed on debate, panel discussions, committee work, conflict resolution, interviews, and editorial writing.
Advanced Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to provide students with the skills they need to be effective communicators. Students will apply interpersonal communication skills theory to various situations in order to understand the clear connections between theory, skills, and life situations they will encounter.
The Healthcare System
A study of the U.S. healthcare system to help students understand the critical issues facing healthcare in its ever-changing environment, and to gain a sense of the complex multidimensional nature of healthcare delivery in the United States.
Managed Care in the 21st Centry
Healthcare Financial Administration
This course is designed to build upon the concepts introduced in basic accounting courses and develops proficiency in applying administrative financial techniques in healthcare decision-making. (Prerequisite: ACC213, or with consent of the dean)
Healthcare Economics and Policy
Discussion and analysis of the economic models controlling healthcare markets with subsequent investigation of the complex federal, state, and local policies and policy-making processes which result from those models in the U.S. healthcare systems.
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare Administration
Review of legal responsibilities of physicians, other healthcare workers, and healthcare institutions and means by which health-related laws and regulations are developed and implemented. Issues involved in healthcare professional ethics are discussed and evaluated.
This course examines organizational change including what effective managers can do to understand and anticipate such change and to respond accordingly. Topics include concepts in organizational behavior; learning, motivation and performance; groups and organizational design; and organizational processes.
Healthcare Information Management
This course focuses on the basic guidelines of content and structure, analysis, assessment, and improvement of information critical to every health care organization. Topics include changes in the healthcare field, current practices in use, and computerization of record operations and systems.
Healthcare Information Systems
This course focuses on the most important classes of healthcare information systems. Topics covered include patient-care management, billing, research, integrated healthcare data, and epidemiology systems.
Documentation in Healthcare and the EMR
This course focuses on trends in the development of standardized patient records and electronic medical records (EMR) for a variety of healthrelated applications. Topics covered include privacy, confidentiality, protection, and standardization.
Healthcare Compliance and Coding Management
This course focuses on the skills and the concepts used in analyzing the structure and the organization of the coding function, including performance and process improvement, staff recruitment and retention, and reporting issues. Emphasis is placed on building competencies in structuring, developing, and implementing a compliance program within a healthcare organization including internal
Healthcare Databases and Data Quality
This course focuses on the design and the use of healthcare and medical databases. It provides hands-on experience with the design and the use of databases, the review and the analysis of databases, and database management systems. Data quality and data integrity concepts and issues are covered.
Healthcare Information Security
This course focuses on health-related information, its transferability and the secure manner in which it is in compliance with national and international legislation and agreements. This course also introduces standards for electronic-healthcare information security and explores the challenges of e-healthcare information and security policy technologies.
The focus of this course is on the application and the use of information technology to support clinical and managerial decision-making in healthcare. Emphasis is placed on the information technology that supports the delivery of services including the collection, the storage, the retrieval, and the communication of data; safeguards used to protect information systems; ethical and legal issues; and information management to promote patient safety and quality of care. Information literacy and basic hardware and software concepts are addressed. Fundamental software applications including spreadsheets and healthcare databases are considered.
U.S. History Since the Civil War
This course offers students an overview of how America transformed itself, in a relatively short time, from a land inhabited by hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on earth. The student will learn how dominant and subordinate groups have affected the shifting balance of power in America since 1863. Major topics include: Reconstruction, the frontier, the 1890s, America's transition to an industrial society, Progressivism, World War I, the 1920s, the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam, economic and social change in the late 20th century, and power and politics since 1974.
Professional Roles and Environments in Healthcare
This course discusses the organization, the leadership, and the management environments in the healthcare industry. Attention is paid to national and international/multinational functions. Trends, structures, and issues affecting the healthcare delivery system will be discussed with emphasis placed on the development of leading, managing, decision-making and problemsolving roles within these settings.
Principles of Epidemiology
This course focuses on the principles governing the study and the practice of epidemiology. Consideration is given to the various methods available to health professionals for selecting and measuring factors of interest, describing their distribution, detecting associations, and identifying populations at risk. The features, the advantages, and the limitations of common epidemiologic research designs are addressed. This course also examines the cultural and the behavioral issues that influence the management and the delivery of healthcare services and provides a framework for assessing the effect of culture and behavior in a variety of settings and situations.
Leadership in Healthcare
This course focuses on both traditional and emerging management and leadership theories. Emphasis is placed on the student’s future role in meeting the needs of private, public, and nonprofit organizations. Healthcare executives from local institutions and facilities will discuss current and impending issues in healthcare, regulatory, monetary, and social issues.
Quality and Performance Management and Methods
This course focuses on the peer review process and the role health information plays in evaluating patient care and healthcare delivery. The components of quality improvement programs in healthcare facilities, including quality assessment, continuous quality improvement, risk management, and critical pathways/clinical pathways are discussed. The course also reviews the role of health information management professionals in compliance programs.
Healthcare Statistics and Research
This course focuses on the compilation, the analysis, the presentation, and the maintenance of healthcare research and statistical techniques. Institutional Review Board (IRB) processes, research protocol monitoring, and knowledge-based research techniques are reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the use of basic statistical principles, indices, databases, registries, vital statistics, descriptive statistical models, and the use of data analysis for decision-making. (Prerequisite – STA 322)
This final course requires students to demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and the skills necessary to successfully perform in the workplace. Students will develop a project plan and a timeline with their Program Chair/Associate Dean during the final academic year and will present their finished work to other HIM students and faculty members.
An introduction to the basic principles of management as it applies to formal organizations. Students are introduced to the importance of effective management within organizations. The traditional management framework is used to provide essential skills in planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling.
Human Resource Management
Studies the application of psychology to the problems of personnel management. The student is expected to grasp a working knowledge of the basic operative functions of procuring, developing, maintaining and utilizing a labor force sufficient to meet the minimum entry-level requirements of employment in personnel work.
Designed to improve skills in numbers and algebraic expressions, solving equations, graphing, sets, exponents, radicals, inequalities, formulas, and applications.
Medical Terminology, Law, and Ethics
Introduces terminology that is specific to the medical profession. Course enables students to translate prefixes, suffixes, and root words from their Greek and Latin word parts. Elements will be able to be combined into medical terms. Course also covers medical laws, ethics, and bioethics.
Introduces the fundamentals of bookkeeping procedures. Covers payroll, spreadsheets, ledgers, and transactions documents. Management and filing specific to the medical office will also be included.
Professional Medical Coding
Covers the study of insurance using computer coding software. Includes speed and accuracy of coding using ICD-9, CPT-4, and HCPCS rules. Pre-tests are included in this course to better prepare students for certification.
Research in Health Science
The course provides students with a structured process to evaluate the health research literature. The course demonstrates the components that go into a meaningful study and teaches students to identify clues to potential study flaws. Students also learn ways to apply solid evidence in the health sciences.
This course is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking and challenges the student to question his or her own assumptions through analysis of the most common problems associated with everyday reasoning. The course explains the fundamental concepts, describes the most common barriers to critical thinking and offers strategies for overcoming those barriers.
Information Technology Project Management
Introduces students to project management. Topics include analysis of business requirements, development and deployment cycles, creating project plans for successful delivery, implementation of risk management techniques and mitigation strategies, scheduling task cycles, and implementing monitoring tools and controls to track project progress
Introduces the students to the fundamentals of data presentation using popular reporting software. Analyzing business requirements, report layout and design, data validation, formulas, and data formatting are a focus of this course.
Psychology of Motivation
Students review skills necessary to be successful in college, including: note-taking, study skills, writing, finding and using information on the Internet, and reading/understanding college-level text. Students are exposed to basic motivation theories, values clarification, and philosophic principles.
Explores the aims and methods of psychology. Concepts covered in the course include human behavior, learning theories, memory, and human development.
This course addresses employment search and acquisition skills. Topics include matching qualifications with job requirements, resume preparation, and job applications. Also includes cover letters, follow-up letters, resignation letters, and recommendation letters. Classroom activities include discussion of basic interviewer questions and interviewing techniques.
This course introduces the student to the intricate relationship between biology and psychology. The student is exposed to the emerging field of biopsychology in which fascinating new discoveries are constantly being made. Major topics include: anatomy of the nervous system, plasticity of the brain, sensory systems and attention, wakefulness and sleeping, emotional behaviors, the biology of learning and memory, and psychological disorders.
This course addresses the relationships among different social institutions. It examines the dynamics in social groups. Topics covered include the concepts of control, inequity, and change within social groups.
Sociology of Aging
This course contains an interdisciplinary approach that provides the concepts, information, and examples students need to achieve a basic understanding of aging as a social process. This course addresses a broad range of societal issues and covers concepts associated with an aging population. It examines the concept of aging on both an individual and societal level. Major topics include: the history of aging in America; physical aging; psychological aspects of aging; personal adaptation to aging; death and dying; community social services; how aging affects personal needs and resources; and government responses to the needs of aging.
Explores practical skills in statistics. Topics include distributions, relationships, randomness, inference, and proportions, This course teaches an interdisciplinary approach that provides the regression, and variance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the use of statistical methods and the demands of statistical practice. (Prerequisite: MAT220)
Total Courses: 46Total Credits: 180
Applicants for admission to the College must have graduated from an accredited high school, private secondary school, or have completed the equivalent (GED). All students who graduate after January 2006 must provide a high school transcript to check eligibility for the new Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG).
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