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HIM 100 - Introduction to the Health Care Delivery System
Introduces the organization of health care delivery system with emphasis on types of providers and the role that accrediting and licensing bodies play in the delivery of health care.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
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 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 142 - Fundamentals of Health Information System II
Continues focus of health data collection, storage, retrieval and reporting systems, with emphasis on the role of the computer in accomplishing these functions. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 151 - Reimbursement Issues in Medical Practice Management
Introduces major reimbursement systems in the United States. Focuses on prospective payment systems, managed care, and documentation necessary for appropriate reimbursement. Emphasizes management of practice to avoid fraud.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
HIM 196 - 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 198 - 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
HIM 199 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor. May be repeated for credit.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
HIM 200 - Survey of Healthcare Administration
Provides an overview of healthcare. Prepares the student with the essential vocabulary and thought processes to understand and evaluate the legal, political and ethical challenges facing healthcare in the US needed for a supervisory role in healthcare administration. Introduces healthcare policy, how healthcare is organized and dispensed, and how the practitioner can be better work in the system.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 215 - Health Data Classification Systems
Focuses on disease and procedure classification systems currently utilized for collecting health data for the purpose of statistical research and financial reporting. Prerequisite: HIT 111-112 or HIM 111-112 or permission of the divisional chairman.

5 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 233 - Electronic Health Records Management
Studies new trends in management and processing of health information with emphasis on the electronic health record (EHR). Covers the definition, benefits, standards, functionality, confidentiality and security, and impact of the EHR in the healthcare environment. Explores implementation of the EHR including infrastructure required, project management techniques, information technology systems, workflow processes and redesign in various health care settings. Discusses legal issues created by implementation of the EHR. Prerequisites: HIM 130 and HIM 230.
Lecture 3 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
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HIM 251 - Clinical Practice I
Prepares the Health Information Technology Student to perform all functions commonly allocated to health record services. Gives practice in various settings under the supervision of a clinical practice supervisor. Part I of II.
Laboratory 6 hours per week.
3 credits
HIM 252 - Clinical Practice II
Prepares the Health Information Technology student to perform all functions commonly allocated to health record services. gives practice in various settings under the supervision of a clinical practice supervisor.
Clinical practice 6 hours per week.
3 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
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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
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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 280 - HIM Capstone
Integrates and applies knowledge and skills learned in prior HIM courses, focusing on those required to prepare for national certification in American Health Information Management Association's Domains, Sub-domains and Tasks. Includes a capstone project in which students apply principles of good practice in health information management.
Lecture 1 hour per week. 1 credit
1 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 297 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office.Is applicable to all occupational-technical curricula at the discretion of 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