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HIM 110 - Introduction to Human Pathology
Introduces the basic concepts, terminology, etiology, and characteristics of pathological processes.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 111 - Medical Terminology I
Introduces the student to the language used in the health record. Includes a system-by-system review of anatomical disease, and operative terms, abbreviations, radiography procedures, laboratory tests, and pharmacology terms. Part I of II.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
HIM 112 - Medical Terminology II
Continues with focus on the language used in the health record. Includes a system-by-system review of anatomic disease, and operative terms, abbreviations, radiography procedures, laboratory tests, and pharmacology terms. Part II of II.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
HIM 115 - Ambulatory Coding and Classification
Focuses on disease and procedure classification in the ambulatory care environment. Develops basic coding and classification knowledge using ICD-9-CM and CPT. NOT INTENDED FOR HIT MAJORS>

3 credits
HIM 130 - Healthcare Information Systems
Teaches basic concepts of microcomputer software (to include operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications. Focuses on microcomputer applications and information systems in the Healthcare environment. Provides a working introduction to electronic health information systems for allied health, teaching students how the adoption of electronic health records affects them as future healthcare professionals.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 141 - Fundamentals of Health Information Systems I
Focuses on health data collection, storage, retrieval and reporting systems, with emphasis on the role of the computer in accomplishing these functions. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 143 - Managing Electronic Billing in a Medical Practice
Presents practical knowledge on use of computer technology in medical practice management. Develops basic skills in preparation of universal billing claim. Explores insurance claim processing issues.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
HIM 220 - Health Statistics
Introduces the student to basic statistical principles and calculations as applied in the health care environment, procedures for collection and reporting vital statistics, and basic quality control basics.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
HIM 226 - Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation
Presents the legal requirements associated with health record documentation. Emphasizes the policies and procedures concerning the protection of the confidentiality of patient's health records.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
HIM 229 - Performance Improvement in Health Care Settings
Focuses on concepts of facility wide performance improvement, resource management and risk management. Applies tools for data collection and analysis.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits
HIM 230 - Information Systems and Technology in Health Care
Explores computer technology and system application in health care. Introduces the information systems life cycle.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 231 - Health Record Applications I
Uses an integrated approach to practicing health record skills in a simulated clinical environment. Emphasizes the use of the microcomputer in accomplishing problem-solving tasks. Part I of II.
Laboratory 6 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 232 - Health Record Applications II
Continues utilizing an integrated approach to practicing health record skills in a simulated clinical environment. Emphasizes the use of the microcomputer in accomplishing problem-solving tasks. Part II of II.
Laboratory 6 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 249 - Supervision and Management Practices
Introduces supervision and management principles with emphasis on the application of these principles in the health information setting.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 250 - Health Data Classification Systems I
Focuses on the current classification systems used in the healthcare industry. Introduces the professional standards for coding and reporting of inpatient/outpatient diagnostic codes as well as inpatient procedures. Utilizes standards in identifying and accurately assigning codes to diseases and procedures as they relate to statistical research and healthcare financing.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week. Total 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
HIM 250 Detailed Outline
HIM 253 - Health Records Coding
Examines the development of coding classification systems. Introduces ICD-9-CM coding classification system, its format and conventions. Stresses basic coding steps and guidelines according to body systems. Provides actual coding exercises in relation to each system covered.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week.
3-5 credits
HIM 254 - Advanced Coding and Reimbursement
Focuses on the applications and evaluation of advanced coding skills through practical exercises using actual healthcare data; while examining the components of DRGs, APCs and APGs and other prospective payment in the healthcare environment. Utilizes current coding standards in identifying payment methodologies, revenue cycle management and reimbursement.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
HIM 254 Detailed Outline
HIM 255 - Health Data Classification Systems II: CPT
Focuses on procedure classification using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). This system is currently utilized for collecting health data for the purposes of statistical research and financial reporting.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Total 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
HIM 255 Detailed Outline
HIM 260 - Pharmacology for Health Information Technology
Emphasizes general pharmacology for Health Information professionals; covers general principles of drug actions/reactions, major drug classes, specific agents within each class, and routine mathematical calculation needed to determine desired dosages.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
HIM 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college. Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
HIM 295 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students. May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
HIM 296 - On-Site Training
Specializes in career orientation and training program without pay in selected businesses and industry, supervised and coordinated by the college. Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
HIM 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field. May be repeated for credit.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits