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HIM 101 - Health Information Technology I
Introduces values, uses and content of the medical record. Defines numbering, filling and retention policies and practices.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
HIM 103 - Health Information Technology II
Introduces principles of data quality and validation types and uses of health databases.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 1 hour. Total 4 hours per week.
2 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 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 190 - 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 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 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 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
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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 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 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