The Health Information Management (HIM) program provides an understanding of the many aspects of the emerging field of healthcare technology and information management. 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. This associate’s degree program will provide students the skills necessary to enter the job market as a HIM technician. This curriculum provides the foundation of a baccalaureate HIM degree and students may choose to transfer to a four-year college, or pursue employment in the field.

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Learning outcomes

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

  1. Apply principles as they relate to healthcare privacy, confidentiality, legal and ethical issues.
  2. Interpret and apply health information policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state and accreditation agency requirements.
  3. Employ computer-based health information systems while managing existing paper-based health information systems utilizing EMR software.
  4. Compare and contrast reimbursement methodologies and procedure-based payment systems such as Resource based Relative Value (RBRV) and Evaluation and Management and Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC).
  5. Evaluate and audit patient records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure.
  6. Apply coding knowledge utilizing coding guidelines from ICD-9-CM, ICD-10, CPT-4 and HCPCS.
  7. Interpret diagnostic based perspective payment groups such as DRG; recognize the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED).
  8. Utilize medical coding software and clinical classification systems as they relate to the human body and disease processes.
  9. Identify and discuss healthcare delivery fundamentals and the technology used to gather healthcare information in a variety of settings.
  10. Utilize appropriate terminology including abbreviations related to pathological conditions, diagnostic procedures, surgical interventions, and therapeutic procedures.
  11. Graduation Checklist

    Health Information Management Degree – 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.

Health Information Management by Degree Requirements
General Education Requirements25 Credits
+ ENG*101 Composition 3
+ ENG*102 Composition & Literature3
+ COM*173 Public Speaking3
+ PSY*111 General Psychology I3
+ BIO*115 Human Biology with lab
4
+ MAT*168 Elementary Statistics & Probability I4
Social Science Elective3
Humanities or Art Elective3
Health Information Management Core18 Credits
+ MED*125 Medical Terminology3
+ HIM*102 Introduction to Healthcare Systems3
+ HIM*156 Electronic Health Records3
+ HIM*201 Health Information Management Principles3
+ HIM*205 Medical Coding 13
+ HIM*206 Medical Coding 23
Other Requirements12 Credits
+ HIM*256 Legal and Ethical Issues of HIM3
+ MED*112 Medical Insurance and Billing3
+ HIM*203 Pathophysiology3
CSC*101 Introduction to Computers3
Directed Electives9 Credits
+ CSA*140 Database Applications3
+ HIM*220 Healthcare Supervision and Quality Management3
+ HIM*295 Health Information Management Internship3
Total Credits: 65
Suggested Full Time Schedule for HIM by Semester
First Semester (FALL)15 Credits
CSC*101 Introduction to Computers3
+ ENG*101 Composition3
+ MED*125 Medical Terminology3
+ HIM*102 Introduction to Healthcare Systems 3
+ MED*112 Medical Insurance and Billing3
Second Semester (SPRING)16 Credits
+ ENG*102 Composition and Literature3
+ HIM*201 Health Information Management Principles3
+ HIM*156 Electronic Health Records3
+ COM*173 Public Speaking3
+ BIO*115 Human Biology with Lab4
Third Semester (SUMMER)6 Credits
Humanities or Art Elective3
Social Science Elective3
Fourth Semester (FALL)16 Credits
+ HIM*203 Pathophysiology3
+ MAT*168 Elementary Statistics & Probability I4
+ HIM*205 Medical Coding I3
+ HIM*220 Healthcare Supervision and Quality Management3
+ CSA*140 Database Applications3
Fifth Semester (SPRING)12 Credits
+ PSY*111 General Psychology I3
+ HIM*256 Legal and Ethical Issues of HIM3
+ HIM*206 Medical Coding 23
+ HIM*295 Health Information Management Internship3
Total Credits: 65

+   Indicates courses with prerequisites