Certificate

The Health Information Management (HIM) certificate program represents 30 credits of coursework focused on the Clinical Coding specialty within Health Information Management.  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 posess skills in Clinical Coding. 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, may continue into the degree program in Health Information Management, which itself is articulated with the Bachelor’s Degree program in HIM at Charter Oak State College.

The HIM Certificate offers students a curriculum that is focused on the medical coding and reimbursement aspects of the health information management field while still introducing student to privacy, compliance, and ethics. 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.

Program Approval

PCAP approved logoThe Middlesex Community College Health Information Management Certificate coding program is approved by the AHIMA Professional Certificate Approval Program January of 2018 – January of 2021 with annual interim approval during these years.

This designation acknowledges the coding program as having been evaluated by a peer review process against a national minimum set of standards for entry-level coding professionals. This process allows academic institutions to be acknowledged as offering an approved coding certificate program.

The AHIMA Professional Certificate Approval Program designation:

  1. Identifies specialized programs that meet established coding educational standards
  2. Stimulates improvement of educational standards through faculty development opportunities, and by involving faculty and staff in program evaluation and planning
  3. Promotes a better understanding of the goals of professional coding education
  4. Provides reasonable assurance that practitioners possess the necessary job skills upon entry into the profession

Program Coordinator

Jill Flanigan Jill Flanigan, MLS, MS, RHIT
Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator, Health Information Management
Phone: 860-343-5791
Email: jflanigan@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Wheaton Hall, Room 313

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of data content structure and standards to apply classification system guidelines including ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, HCPCS II, and SNOMED, and ensure health record documentation is complete and accurate.
  2. Protect health information by controlling access, ensuring information security, and understanding the legal and ethical issues in the use of health data.
  3. Utilize healthcare data to manage the revenue cycle of the healthcare organization through understanding of payment methods and systems in all care settings.
  4. Evaluate organization compliance with regulations and standards to support reimbursement.
  5. Understand and apply knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology, anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, computer concepts and computer applications as they relate to health information management.

Graduation Checklist

Health Information Management Certificate – Graduation Checklist

A Graduation Checklist is a printable list of course requirements you will use when you meet with your academic advisor each semester.  The checklist helps you keep track of your progress from when you first enter MxCC to when you are ready to graduate.

Certificate Requirements

Health Information Management Certificate
(2017-18 Catalog)

hover over a course number to reveal course description and prerequisite information
First Semester (10 credits)creditsPrerequisite?
MED*125, Medical Terminology3Yes
BIO*115, Human Biology4Yes
HIM*201, Health Information Management Principles3Eligible for ENG*101 or ENG*101E
Second Semester (10 credits)creditsPrerequisite?
HIM*203, Pathophysiology3BIO*115
HIM*213, Pharmacology for HIM1
HIM*205, Medical Coding I3BIO*115 or BIO*212, and MED*125, all with a grade of “C” or better
HIM*206, Medical Coding II3BIO*115 or BIO*212, and MED*125, all with a grade of “C” or better.
Third Semester (10 credits)creditsPrerequisite?
HIM*215, Clinical Coding PPE I3HIM*201, HIM*203, HIM*205, and HIM*206, all with a “C” or better
HIM*216, Clinical Coding PPE II3HIM*201, HIM*203, HIM*205, and HIM*206, all with a “C” or better
HIM*217, Clinical Coding PPE III3HIM*201, HIM*203, HIM*205, and HIM*206, all with a “C” or better
HIM*290, Certification Exam Preparation1Permission of Program Coordinator
Total Program:30

Outlook

Healthcare is one of the nation’s largest employment sectors.  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.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for health information technicians is expected to increase by 15 percent from 2014-2024, 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 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 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.

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This page was last updated 1/10/18