A Health & Life Sciences Program
The Health Information Management (HIM) certificate program represents the 27 credits of specialty coursework found within the HIM Associate Degree program.  Many students who pursue the HIM Certificate may already have degrees in other disciplines and therefore are not looking to gain, or need, that level of training. Instead, they simply want to have credentials that will validate for a prospective employer that they possess the requisite skills in HIM sufficient to enter the field at an entry level. Having a certificate option offers our students a choice and thus allows them to choose the path that best meets their career and educational goals.  Having said that, for students who do wish to continue their education beyond the Certificate, all of the courses are also required in the HIM Associate Degree program, which itself is articulated with the Bachelor’s Degree program in HIM at Charter Oak State College.

The HIM Certificate offers students a diverse curriculum that provides an understanding of the many aspects of the emerging field of healthcare technology and information management. Information technology is an integral part of the medical world, and health information management is a growing field which has experienced expansion in recent years with the transition in healthcare from traditional practices using paper to highly efficient electronic record-keeping. HIM professionals are involved in the design, collection, storage, utilization, and transmission of data required to meet the professional, legal, and administrative record-keeping requirements of healthcare delivery systems. They also work with clinical, financial, epidemiological, administrative, and coded healthcare and insurance data.

Course Requirements

HIM*102 Introduction to Healthcare Systems 3
HIM*156 Electronic Health Records 3
HIM*201 Health Information Management Principles 4
HIM*205 Medical Coding I 3
HIM*206 Medical Coding II 3
HIM*256 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Information Management 3
HIM*295 Health Information Management (150 hours of supervised work) 3
MED*112 Medical Insurance and Billing 3
MED*125 Medical Terminology 3
Total Credits: 27

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Certificate, graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ computer-based health information systems while managing existing paper-based health information systems utilizing EHR software. Utilize ONC-Certified computer-based EHR industry-standard software (SpringCharts) – Course: HIM*156 – Electronic Health Records
  2. Compare and contrast reimbursement methodologies, procedure based payment systems such as Resource based Relative Value (RBRV) and Evaluation and Management and Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC). Examination that requires definition of key terms such as APC, RBRV. Course: HIM*201 – Health Information Management Principles
  3. Apply coding knowledge utilizing coding guidelines from ICD-9-CM, ICD-10, CPT-4 and HCPCS. Comprehensive coding exam administered in two courses: HIM*205 – Medical Coding 1 and HIM*206 – Medical Coding 2
  4. Interpret diagnostic based perspective payment groups such as DRG; recognize the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED) – Research paper. Course: HIM*201 – Health Information Management Principles
  5. Utilize medical coding software and clinical classification systems as they relate to the human body and disease processes Comprehensive coding exam administered in two courses: HIM*205 – Medical Coding 1 and HIM*206 – Medical Coding 2
  6. Identify and discuss healthcare delivery fundamentals and the technology used to gather healthcare information in a variety of settings.-Research paper on healthcare delivery systems HIM*102 – Introduction to Healthcare Systems
  7. Utilize appropriate terminology including abbreviations related to pathological conditions, diagnostic procedures, surgical interventions, and therapeutic procedures. Terminology review exam. Course: MED*125 – Medical Terminology

Outlook

Healthcare is one of the nation’s largest employers and with the federally-required implementation of electronic health records the need for HIM professionals has increased. Health information management career pathways vary widely by both job and setting. Graduates could code medical records or manage entire health information divisions in government agencies and healthcare facilities. The employment outlook for health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Health information technicians work in diverse settings organizing and managing health information data. They must ensure its quality, accessibility, accuracy, and security in both paper and electronic systems. A minimum of an Associate’s degree required. Those who continue on to pursue a Bachelor’s degree can work as health information administrators and are responsible for the oversight of patients’ medical records in hospitals or other healthcare facilities. They design and manage health information systems to insure they meet medical, ethical, and legal standards.

Transferability

  • The Health Information Management certificate has been designed so that all courses are principally aligned with MxCC’s associate degree program and Charter Oak State College’s HIM bachelor’s degree program.
  • Successful completion of the associate degree program allows students to transfer to Charter Oak State College as juniors.

Jobs in Connecticut

Health Information Management skills are in demand in a number of workplace settings, including:

  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Physicians’ Offices
  • Long-term Care

More information about the world of health information careers can be found at: www.hicareers.com or www.ahima.org.

For more information

Donna Hylton

Professor/Program Coordinator of Health Information Management, Computer Information Technology, and Management Information Systems
Phone: 860-343-5774
Email: dhylton@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Wheaton 313
Office Hours: M, W    10:00 – 11:00 am Middletown, P.C. office hours: 3:00 – 4:00 pm Middletown, T, Th    12:00 – 12:30 pm Meriden, P.C. office hours: 2:00 – 2:30 pm Meriden