HIM*113, Healthcare Delivery Systems & Reimbursement (3 credits)
Students will be able to describe the organizations, services, and personnel that comprise the healthcare delivery system. Students will understand the history and development of payment systems and insurance models and their impact on health, access to care, and quality of healthcare. Reimbursement issues will include the revenue cycle, coding systems, payment systems, and compliance.  Prerequisite:  Eligible for ENG*101 or ENG*101E. (New course, Fall 2017)


HIM*157, Healthcare Informatics (3 credits)
Gen Ed Competency: Continuing Learning/Information Literacy
Students will learn about the role of information technology in the delivery of healthcare services. The course will begin by addressing the hardware and infrastructure to support the use of information technologies. Students will learn about the lifecycle of information systems and the HIM professional’s role in system selection, design, and support. The course will address methods for ensuring the privacy and security of health information along with issues of access and usability including health information exchange. The course will cover the variety of software applications and tools used in the healthcare environment. The course will include simulation lab practice using an electronic health record.  Prerequisites: Eligible for ENG*101 or ENG*101E, CSC*101 or equivalent with a “C” or better, or a “pass” on the Computer Proficiency Test administered in the MxCC Academic Success Center. (New course, Fall 2017)


HIM*201, Health Information Management Principles (3 credits)
This course provides students with an introduction to the health information management profession.  Students will explore the variety of healthcare delivery settings and the types of records they create.  Students will understand the content requirements of the medical record and will learn to evaluate compliance with regulations and standards for medical record documentation.  The course will explain the significance of accuracy and integrity of healthcare data in the revenue cycle and in quality and performance improvement processes.  This course introduces students to the operation of an HIM department including information systems, budgets, diversity, and the professional code of ethics for health information professionals. Prerequisite:  Eligible for ENG*101 or ENG*101E.  (Updated Fall 2017)


HIM*203, Pathophysiology (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to the study of functional changes that accompany human diseases.  The purpose of this course is to supply students with basic understanding which will prepare them for the healthcare setting.  The most common conditions along with new and emerging diseases will be included.  Components of pharmacology will also be included for each category of diseases. Prerequisite: 
BIO*115(Updated November 2014)


HIM*205, Medical Coding 1 (3 credits)
Gen Ed Competency: Critical Analysis & Logical Thinking
This course introduces students to nomenclatures and classification systems used in healthcare.  The course provides in-depth coverage of the ICD-10CM and ICD-10-PCS coding systems. Students will begin with simple coding cases and advance to more complex coding and auditing. Healthcare reimbursement issues will be explored with emphasis on the need for documentation to support accurate code assignment and billing for healthcare services.  Students will apply the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS)  The ICD-10-CM will be compared to the DSM-5 codes for behavioral health.  Prerequisites: BIO*115 or BIO*212, and MED*125, all with a grade of “C” or better.  (Updated Fall 2017)


HIM*206, Medical Coding 2 (3 credits)
Gen Ed Competency: Critical Analysis & Logical Thinking
Nomenclatures and classification systems used in healthcare covered in this course include the CPT/HCPCS coding systems.  Students will begin with simple coding cases and advance to more complex coding and auditing.  Students will explore nomenclatures and classification systems commonly used in electronic health records and reporting including SNOMED, LOINC, NDC, along with an introduction to ICD-11. Prerequisites: BIO*115 or BIO*212, and MED*125, all with a grade of “C” or better. (Updated Fall 2017)


HIM*220, Supervision/Quality Management (3 credits)
This course covers topics of leadership, supervision, and quality management. Students will learn common quality improvement processes in healthcare organizations, and discuss topics related to accreditation, licensure, teamwork, change management, project management, data analysis and other quality measures. Students will also perform financial management tasks such as budgeting, accounting and variance analysis. Employee recruitment and employment law will be explored, along with creating an environment that supports a culture of diversity. Prerequisites: MAT*168 with a “C” or better, HIM*201 with a “C” or better, and HIM*113 with a “C” or better.  (Updated Fall 2017)


HIM*230, Healthcare Statistics and Data Analysis (3 credits)
Gen Ed Competency: Quantitative Reasoning
Students will have hands-on practice calculating healthcare statistics and analyzing healthcare data to identify trends. Student will explore publicly available healthcare data. The course will include simulation lab practice using software to analyze data and create data visualizations. Students will learn methods for managing data quality and ensuring the accuracy and integrity of health data. Students will be introduced to the role of the HIM professional in implementing and improving information governance practices in healthcare organizations. Prerequisites: MAT*168, HIM*201, HIM*113, HIM*157, HIM*205, and HIM*206 with a “C” or better in all prerequisite courses. (New course, approved December 2016)


HIM*256, Legal and Ethical Issues of HIM (3 credits)
Students will learn about the legal and ethical issues affecting healthcare today, including legislative and regulatory processes and legal terminology.  Special attention will be devoted to issues of electronic record systems from the legal and ethical perspective. Students will study health information/record laws and regulations (such as retention, patient rights/advocacy, advanced directives, privacy.)  Confidentiality, privacy, and security policies, procedures and monitoring along with release of information policies and procedures, professional and practice-related ethical issues will also be studied.  Students will investigate and recommend solutions to privacy issues and problems.  Prerequisite: HIM*201(Updated Fall 2017)


HIM*290, Certification Exam Preparation (1 credit)
Students completing a degree in health information management usually sit for a professional certification exam in health information management and/or coding. This course will prepare students for certification exams by providing test-taking tips and study strategies. Students will review exam content including coding, privacy and security of health information, and other exam topics. Students will receive assistance in selecting and registering for certification exams and will complete practice tests. Students will have the opportunity to explore career goals and prepare a resume. Prerequisite: Permission of Program Coordinator. (New course, Fall 2017)


HIM*295, Health Information Management Internship (3 credits)
Gen Ed Competency: Critical Analysis & Logical Thinking
This course provides professional practice experience for HIM students, Students will participate in simulation lab activities covering advanced coding topics and the use of HIM software applications. Students will gain on-the-job experience through a 40- hour internship in a healthcare organization. Prerequisites:  ENG*102, CSA*140, MAT*168, HIM*201, HIM*113, HIM*157, HIM*205, and HIM*206 with a “C” or better in all prerequisite courses. (Updated Fall 2017)

Discontinued Courses

The following courses were previously part of the Health Information Management curriculum.  They are presented here as guidance for former students of the program.

HIM*102, Introduction to Healthcare Systems (3 credits)
This course has been discontinued as of Fall 2017.
This course introduces the student to the field of health information technology.  Topics to be covered include the healthcare delivery system, medical records format and content, various filing systems, the environment where the information is gathered, by who the information is used, and the technology behind health information systems.  In addition, the course will cover retention policies and procedures, documentation, confidentiality issues, and legal and regulatory aspects of the medical record. Prerequisite:  Eligible for either ENG 101E or ENG 101.


HIM*112 Medical Insurance and Reimbursement (3 credits)               
This course has been discontinued as of Fall 2017.
This course will teach the important issues regarding healthcare today, clerical and administrative skills, medical health insurance and claims processing, insurance terminology, types of insurance, and the eligibility and benefit structure of the insurance plan. This knowledge readies students to work in a private physician’s office, a multi-specialty clinic, or a hospital setting.  Topics discussed will include the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), Medicare, Medicaid, Managed Care, TRICARE, and Workers’ Compensation.  Students will learn to generate and manage billing claim forms for the medical office and other organizations.  Students will be prepared to analyze and accurately decipher complicated medical claims and oversee the entire billing and reimbursement process.  In particular, as the industry is currently updating from ICD-9 to ICD-10, the latest system will be taught to students.  Prerequisite/Co-Requisite:  MED*125.


HIM*156, Electronic Health Records (3 credits)
This course has been discontinued as of Fall 2017.
Gen Ed Competencies: Continuing Learning/Information Literacy, Scientific Reasoning
This course is meant to give students an inside look at electronic documentation that is an essential component of healthcare recordkeeping. It offers students fundamental knowledge of health information systems and introduces the use of electronic health record systems and health information exchanges (HIE). This course includes rules, regulations, and innovations in electronic health records, as well as hands-on exercises that use real EHR software to transform theoretical EHR concepts into practical understanding. Recommended Prerequisite: 
CSC*101 Introduction to Computers or working knowledge of Microsoft Windows navigation and file management. Prerequisites: MED*125 and HIM*102.