Associate in Science in Health Information Management (HIM)

Health Information Management (HIM) is an associate degree program that prepares students to support the information needs of the healthcare industry. As one of the fastest growing occupations in one of the fastest growing industries, a HIM career places you right where the expanding arena of healthcare meets the cutting edge of technology. HIM professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting, and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare.

Online Only
The HIM program at Hodges is offered completely online as a part of our Online Learning experience.

HIM professionals are experts in:

     

  • Managing patient health information;
  • Managing medical records;
  • Administering computer information systems; and 
  • Coding the diagnoses and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients.

Why HIM?

Is HIM Right for Me?

An HIM career might be a good fit for you if:

  • You are looking for a career that offers diverse opportunities.
  • You would like to work in healthcare, but not directly with patients.
  • You have an aptitude for science, but also like management, law, and computers.
  • You enjoy working with professionals: physicians, nurses, lawyers, administrators and executives.
  • You want a career where you can choose to work on your own, with others, or some of both.

By studying health information, students will acquire a versatile yet focused skill set incorporating clinical, information technology, leadership, and management skills. Health information professionals use their knowledge of information technology and records management to form the link between clinicians, administrators, technology designers, and information technology professionals. 

HIM Offers Dynamic Career Opportunities*

Constantly evolving regulations and technologies allow for lifelong learning and continued professional development. As healthcare advances, health information provides the patient data needed to successfully navigate the changes. As a result, health information professionals can expect to be in high demand as the health sector continues to expand.

*Source: http://www.ahima.org/careers/healthinfo. 10/1/2013

Careers

What is the HIM Career Outlook?

Hodges University’s HIM graduates are employed at healthcare facilities throughout Southwest Florida and across the country! Many were hired on their internships. Explore this exciting field at the AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) health information careers website.

The career outlook for Health Information Management professionals is strong! Employment in this field is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations–21% or more through 2020!*

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Health Information Management Careers*

COMPLIANCE & RISK MANAGEMENT
  • Compliance Auditor
  • Credentialing Specialist
  • Privacy Officer
  • Director of Risk Management
  • Quality Improvement Analyst
  • Chief Compliance Officer
INFORMATICS & DATA ANALYSIS
  • Data Integrity Analyst
  • Clinical Data Analyst
  • Content Analyst
  • Chief Clinical Informatics Officer
  • Project Manager
  • Director of Clinical Informatics
IT & INFRASTRUCTURE
  • Data Quality Manager
  • Implementation Support Specialist
  • System Analyst
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Data Architect
  • Electronic Health Records Specialist
MEDICAL RECORDS ADMINISTRATION
  • Patient Registrar
  • HIM Clerk
  • Medical Office Administrator
  • Director of HIM
  • HIM Manager
  • Consultant
CODING & BILLING
  • Coding Manager
  • Benefits Coordinator
  • Medical Biller
  • Director of Coding
  • Coding Specialist
  • Health Information Management Clerk

*Source: http:/hicareers.com/CareerMap/. 10/1/2013

Curriculum

What Will I Learn?

You may enter the HIM program during any semester. A full time student, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically 3 courses per term, can complete this program in approximately 2 years.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I.

Health Information Management Component

A. Health Information Management Core Semester Hour Credit
HSA2000 Medical Law and Ethics*

HSA2000 - Medical Law and Ethics - 4 Credits

The legislation affecting healthcare is provided, along with a review of issues such as professional liability, informed consent, privacy laws and workplace legalities. Additionally, many of the issues facing healthcare providing are covered. This course is offered in both an online and in class format. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course.

4
HIM2001 Health Information Management and Technology I*

HIM2001 - Health Information Management and Technology I - 4 Credits

This course will provide an introduction to health information management. An overview of the health information profession and functions, health care delivery settings, health record content and structure, accreditation standards, nomenclature and classification systems, electronic health records, database management, reimbursement methodologies, healthcare data sets and standards, clinical vocabularies and classifications, and information systems, security, and technology are covered. HIM students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisites: CAP1000 and ENG1101 (Lab Fee required) with a C or better

4
HIM2002 Health Information Management and Technology II*

HIM2002 - Health Information Management and Technology II - 4 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to healthcare statistics and analysis, quality management and performance improvement, human resources, leadership, and other management functions. An overview is provided of secondary data sources, healthcare delivery systems, resource management, principals of organization and work planning, and healthcare research ethics and legal issues in HIM. HIM students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: MAC1132 and HIM2001 with a C or better

4
HIM2203 Coding I*

HIM2203 - Coding I - 4 Credits

This course will develop a comprehension of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT-4) and the Health Care Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS) for outpatient coding through the use of sample exercises and health records. Students will apply CPT-4 and HCPCS coding guidelines appropriate to coding situations and body systems in order to develop skills and accuracy in coding. HIM students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: HIM2001 with a C or better

4
HIM2205 Coding II*

HIM2205 - Coding II - 4 Credits

Students will apply the International Classification of Disease, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) coding guidelines appropriate to diagnostic coding situations and body systems in order to develop skills and accuracy in coding in various healthcare settings. A comprehensive review of ICD-10-CM will be presented in order to prepare the learner for a career in the Health Information Management (HIM) field. HIM students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisites: HSC1500, HSC2204, BSC2002 and HIM2001, all prerequisites must be completed with a C or better

4
HIM2206 Coding III*

HIM2206 - Coding III - 4 Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of the International Classification of Disease (ICD-9-PCS) through the use of sample exercises and medical records. Students will apply ICD-9-PCS coding guidelines appropriate to coding situations and body systems in order to develop skills and accuracy in coding at facility healthcare settings. HIM students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisites: HSC1500, BSC2002, HSC2204, and HIM2205, all prerequisites must be completed with a C or better

4
HIM2215 Professional Practice Experience I*

HIM2215 - Professional Practice Experience I - 2 Credits

This course provides the student with the opportunity to produce a professional practice portfolio that demonstrates his/her proficiencies in basic Health Information department functions. All students enrolling in HIM2215 must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 and a C or better in all completed HIM courses. Students may not take this course concurrently with HIM2805. Students may not take an internship course more than 2 times. If a student fails an internship course they must wait 1 semester before re-taking the course. If a student is asked to leave an internship site by the sponsor due to inappropriate behaviors or violation of Hodges student conduct rules they will not be allowed to continue in the program.

Prerequisites: HIM2002, HSC1500, BSC2001, permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean, and all prerequisites must be completed with a C or better. (Fees required)

2
HIM2307 Reimbursement and Revenue Cycle Management*

HIM2307 - Reimbursement and Revenue Cycle Management - 4 Credits

This course provides an overview of reimbursement methods and the various third-party payers in healthcare. The language of healthcare reimbursement will be explored and elements of healthcare reform will be covered. Clinical coding and compliance will be discussed along with the coding issues that affect compliance, with an emphasis on ethics in coding. Revenue cycle basics will be addressed along with chargemaster maintenance, charge capture, and claims management. HIM and AHSA students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisites: HIM2001 and HIM2002 or HSA1346 completed with a C or better

4
HIM2601 Electronic Health Records and Information Systems*

HIM2601 - Electronic Health Records and Information Systems - 2 Credits

This course will explore Healthcare IT systems and applications, functions, hardware and software components, and security considerations. Networks, intranet standards, and system acquisition and evaluation will be introduced. Regulatory agencies and standards organizations will be discussed. The features and functionality of electronic health records will be explored along with the history, theory and benefits of EHRs.

Prerequisites: CAP1000 and HIM2001 with a C or better

2
HIM2805 Professional Practice Experience II*

HIM2805 - Professional Practice Experience II - 2 Credits

This course provides the student with the opportunity to produce a professional practice portfolio that demonstrates his/her proficiencies in managerial Health Information department functions. All students enrolling in HIM2805 must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 and a C or better in all completed HIM courses. Students may not take this course concurrently with HIM2215. Students may not take an internship course more than 2 times. If a student fails an internship course they must wait 1 semester before re-taking the course. If a student is asked to leave an internship site by the sponsor due to inappropriate behaviors or violation of Hodges student conduct rules they will not be allowed to continue in the program.

Prerequisites: HIM2001, HIM2002, HIM2205, HIM2215, and Permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean and all prerequisites must be completed with a C or better (Fees required)

2

Total Health Information Management Core
34

B.

Health Core


HSC1500 Medical Terminology

HSC1500 - Medical Terminology - 2 Credits

This course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of medical vocabulary using a systems approach. The course provides the student with an overview of words that pertain to body systems, anatomic structures, medical processes and procedures, and a variety of diseases. This course is offered both in an online and classroom format.

2
BSC2001 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology I

BSC2001 - Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 Credits

This course is the first of a two course sequence which provides an introduction to the basic structure and function of the human body organ systems. Beginning at the cellular level, this course will cover the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. This course is required for MA, HIM and HA students. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course.

4
BSC2002 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology II

BSC2002 - Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 Credits

This course is the second of a two course sequence continuing with the basic structure and function of the human body organ systems. It will cover the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. This course is required for all MA, HIM and AHA students. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: BSC2001with a C or better

4
PHA2050 Essentials of Pharmacology

PHA2050 - Essentials of Pharmacology - 2 Credits

This course is designed to introduce the student to the topic of pharmacology. Basic information regarding drug classification, names, routes of administration, effects and references, and interpretation of the drug prescription will be studied. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course.

2
HSC2204 Human Disease, Diagnosis and Treatment

HSC2204 - Human Disease, Diagnosis and Treatment - 4 Credits

This course will provide an overview of the basics of human disease by body system, the tests used to diagnose disease and the interventions used to cure common diseases and injuries. This course is designed for HSC2204: the student seeking an associate degree in either Health Information Management, Medical Assisting OR Health Administration. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course. This course is offered only in the online format.

Prerequisites: HSC1500, BSC2002, and both must be completed with a C or better

4

Total Health Core
16

Area II.

Liberal Arts Component


CAP1000 Computer Applications

CAP1000 - Computer Applications - 4 Credits

This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access at a level of basic proficiency.

4
IDS1001 Foundations for College Success

IDS1001 - Foundations for College Success - 1 Credit

This course provides students with an overview of the five educational outcomes expected of all Hodges University graduates: Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Initiative, Leadership Ability, and Research Ability. Students will be introduced to the Blackboard Learning SystemTM, library resources, APA format, as well as the Academic Honesty Policy and the Writing and Oral Communication requirements of the University. All students are required to take this course their first semester with the University. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

1
PSY1103 Strategic Thinking

PSY1103 - Strategic Thinking - 3 Credits

This course focuses on how critical thinking and attitudinal perspectives influence human behavior. Students are introduced to methods used in critical thinking, how attitudes are formulated and changed, how the human brain works and how critical thinking can be effective in higher education and their personal lives.

3
ENG1101 English Composition

ENG1101 - English Composition I - 4 Credits

This course is designed to encourage students to evaluate their own writing practices, learn strategies to make their writing more effective, and then apply their understanding to expository and research writing. Students must pass this course with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the language skills section of the CPAt test, a score of 65 or better on the language section of the COMPASS test, a score of 48 or better on the language section of the Online Entrance test, or ENG0991 and/or ENG0992 with at least a grade of C.

4
MAC1132 College Mathematics

MAC1132 - College Mathematics - 4 Credits

This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of college level mathematics as it relates to the contemporary world. Topics include critical thinking, set theory, logic, number systems, and an introduction to probability. Other topics include an introduction to Algebra and Geometry, solving linear equations, ratios, proportions, variation, percents and interest, measurement, and the metric system. Modern applications are emphasized with the above topics. All students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the mathematics section of the CPAt test, a score of a 50 or better on the mathematics section of the COMPASS Test, a score of a 18 or better on the mathematics section of the Online Entrance Test, or a grade of C or better in MAT0998

4
PHI3601/3301 Ethics or Philosophy

PHI3301 - Philosophy - 4 Credits

This course acquaints the student with the most significant directions of philosophical thought to the end that the student may have the ability to formulate questions, arrive at reasonable answers, and evaluate those of others.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

PHI3601 - Ethics - 4 Credits

Ethics is a branch of philosophy that explores both the theory and application of virtues and vices in all areas of our lives. The course investigates current issues and events in the light of various moral principles that justify, clarify, explain, and direct our actions and attitudes.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

4

Total Liberal Arts Component
20

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement

70

*Transfer credits will only be considered if completed from a CAHIIM accredited program.

Benefits

How is Hodges HIM Program Different?

Our Program is Accredited

CAHIM Accreditation LogoThe Associate Degree Program at Hodges University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Graduates of our HIM program are eligible to take the national certification examination for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).       

           

Our Instructors

Our courses are taught by experienced and AHIMA credentialed instructors.

We Track Student Outcomes

Student success in obtaining certification is reported in the Annual Outcomes Assessment Results. The 2013 Annual Program Assessment Report (APAR) indicated AHIMA reported the national mean passing rate of students who took the RHIT exam was 75%.  Hodges University exam pass rate equals the national average.
 
Accredited programs are also required to routinely survey healthcare entities that employ HIM professionals to assess employer satisfaction of graduates. CAHIIM requires a satisfaction rating of at least 80%. For the same APAR period employer satisfaction of Hodges University graduates is 100%. Program graduates reported 100% satisfaction of the HIM program.

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.

Tuition

What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all undergraduate credit hour courses is $530.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

Rewards Plan

Full time undergraduate students can take advantage of our Rewards Plan. Take an additional course at no extra cost and save up to 25% on undergraduate tuition.

Prospective students should contact Admissions at 844-HODGESU or admit@hodges.edu for more information. Current students should contact the Registrar's Office at 239-938-7818 or registrar@hodges.edu for more information.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist student's in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"I have learned an enormous amount and feel prepared to work in my field!" - School of Allied Health Graduate

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