Health Information Management (HIM.S.AAS)

63.0 Credit Hours

Health Information Management (HIM) professionals are experts in the field of managing and protecting patient health information, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnoses and procedures for health care services provided to patients in accordance with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accreditation and regulatory requirements of the health care delivery system.

The Health Information Management program is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters on a full-time basis when the student begins the technical portion of the program. Students preferring to complete on a part time basis may take longer than five sequential semesters. The degree program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 and completion of prerequisite courses are required. A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.

The curriculum includes a professional practice experience (PPE). Each fall term, two cohorts of students begin the technical courses that have limited enrollment. Local cohort students (students who live generally in the 14-county area surrounding Sinclair) are assigned to local PPE sites. The remote cohort students (students living generally outside of the 14-county area surrounding Sinclair) are responsible for securing an appropriate medical facility for their PPE.

Most HIM courses are limited enrollment courses. All courses in the program are available online. Students may enroll in courses face-to-face on campus, online, or a combination. Face-to-face courses on campus are only available during the day. Students are generally required to complete their PPE during daytime business hours.

Employment prospects are excellent throughout the nation. HIM graduates work in hospitals, clinics, ambulatory care centers, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, long term care facilities, mental health care and psychiatric facilities, home health care agencies, hospice facilities, physician offices, insurance companies, law firms, colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, consulting firms, medical research institutions and companies that market health information products and services.

Prerequisites: BIO 1121 and HIM 1101

Program Outcomes

  • Apply effective skills in the areas of written and oral communication, critical thinking and problem solving in the practice of health information management.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design, organize and implement changes in the evolution of health information to electronic formats.
  • Evaluate and appropriately apply principles of confidentiality and privacy congruent with the standards and ethics of the health information profession.
  • Demonstrate competency and skill in the technology used by the healthcare information environment.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in classifications and nomenclatures sufficient to support reimbursement in multiple patient care environments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the health information associate degree entry-level competencies as identified by the American Health Information Management Association.
  • Demonstrate personal behaviors, attitudes and values consistent with and appropriate to the entry-level health information management professional.

Curriculum

ALH 1140: Fundamentals of Disease Processes View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
BIO 1121: Human Anatomy & Physiology I View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
BIO 1222: Human Anatomy & Physiology II View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
BIS 1120: Introduction to Software Applications View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
BIS 1221: Specialized Computer Applications for Health Information Management View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 1 credit hour
ENG 1101: English Composition I View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
HIM 1101: Medical Terminology View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 2 credit hours
HIM 1110: Health Information Processing View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
HIM 1165: Drug Classification for Coding View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 1 credit hour
HIM 1201: Introductory Medical Office Coding View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 4 credit hours
HIM 1204: Medicolegal & Ethics in Healthcare Records View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 2 credit hours
HIM 1217: Alternative Health Records & Registries View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
HIM 2110: Ambulatory Coding View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 4 credit hours
HIM 2144: Quality Improvement, Statistics & Research View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
HIM 2145: Health Information Resource Management View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
HIM 2165: Healthcare Data in Reimbursement View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
HIM 2211: Inpatient Coding View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 4 credit hours
HIM 2233: Healthcare Information Systems View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
HIM 2252: Professional Practice Experience View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 2 credit hours
HIM 2278: Health Information Management Capstone View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 1 credit hour
Course Option: {COM 2211 OR COM 2206} 3 credit hours
Course Option: {PSY 1100 OR SOC 1101} 3 credit hours
Course Option: MAT 1270}{ MAT 1130 OR 3 credit hours
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