Health Information Management - Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Description

The Health Information Management Associate of Applied Science prepares students in technical coursework, human relations, communications, mathematics, and computer technology. The program employs a career ladder approach that includes the Medical Office Specialist certificate.

At the end of six academic quarters (approximately two years), students earn the Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management. Students are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician national credential examination upon completion.

Health information technicians collect, analyze, code, manage, and maintain patient information. Health information technicians must be highly organized and detail oriented. They maintain patient medical information in a complete, accurate, and secure manner while modeling high ethical standards. Health information technicians work in a wide range of health care facilities, including hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, and nursing homes.

The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education accredits the program. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate leadership skills and the impact of organizational change management in healthcare organizations.
  2. Classify and apply concepts and principles to the practice of health information management includes analysis of data and health record privacy, confidentiality and security.
  3. Apply privacy, security, and legal processes impacting health information.
  4. Apply the use of coding guidelines to the assignment of diagnostic and procedural coding.

Entrance Requirements

Academic Entrance Requirements

Before enrolling in HIM 103 Introduction to Health Information Management, students must pass CIS 120 Computer ConceptsAH 111 Medical Terminology I, and BA 214 Business Communications.

Other Entrance Requirements

  • Students entering the HIM program are required to have a criminal history check before enrolling in HIM 104 Health Information Standards and Governance. A student may be prevented from entering the program if there is a felony conviction on their record.
  • Documentation of immunizations is required for directed practice (Tdap, MMR, varicella, TB, hep B, and flu).
  • Additional immunizations, background checks, and drug screens may be required by directed practice sites at students' expense.

Additional Program Costs (Beyond Standard Tuition/Fees and Textbooks)

Material Costs

Required:

  • Total cost depends upon preparatory coursework and extent of completion within the program (certificate/degree). Additional costs, estimated to be approximately $2,500, include textbooks, technology fees, directed practice travel expense, OrHIMA Convention, criminal history check, etc.

Recommended:

  • Students are strongly encouraged to have access to a computer and high-speed internet.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
Support Courses
AH 111Medical Terminology I3
BA 214Business Communications3-4
or WR 121 Academic Composition
CIS 120Computer Concepts4
Core Courses
HIM 103Introduction to Health Information Management4
HIM 104Health Information Standards and Governance4
HIM 105Health Information Compliance and Analytics4
HIM 171Project Management2
HIM 182Introduction to Reimbursement and Classification Systems4
HIM 184Pathophysiology and Pharmacology5
HIM 190HIPAA for Practical Experience2
HIM 201Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care4
HIM 202Health Information Management Applications2
HIM 203Health Information Technologies4
HIM 265Health Information Management Community Service Learning Project2
HIM 271Quality Improvement in Health Care4
HIM 272Management Principles and Leadership in HIM4
HIM 273HIM Capstone2
HIM 281Healthcare Statistics4
HIM 282Reimbursement Systems4
HIM 283Coding Classifications I4
HIM 284Coding Classifications II5
HIM 285Revenue Cycle Management5
HIM 293Professional Practice Experience2
Other Required Courses
AH 112Medical Terminology II3
BI 231Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BI 232Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BI 233Human Anatomy and Physiology III4
CIS 131Software Applications4
COMM 218Interpersonal Communication3
Total Credits103-104

Advising Notes

HIM is a cohort program, which begins each Fall. Students can complete non-HIM courses before entry into the cohort or concurrently. Courses are in sequence for first and second year. Students must complete all first-year courses before enrolling in second-year coursework.

This degree is designed primarily for students planning to enter their chosen career upon graduation. However, credits are transferable per an articulation agreement with the University of Cincinnati for students choosing to pursue the online Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements: 
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher. 

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First Year
SpringCredits
AH 111Medical Terminology I3
BA 214
Business Communications
Academic Composition
3-4
CIS 120Computer Concepts4
COMM 218Interpersonal Communication3
 Credits13-14
Second Year
Fall
AH 112Medical Terminology II3
BI 231Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
CIS 131Software Applications4
HIM 103Introduction to Health Information Management4
 Credits15
Winter
BI 232Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
HIM 104Health Information Standards and Governance4
HIM 171Project Management2
HIM 190HIPAA for Practical Experience2
 Credits12
Spring
BI 233Human Anatomy and Physiology III4
HIM 105Health Information Compliance and Analytics4
HIM 182Introduction to Reimbursement and Classification Systems4
HIM 184Pathophysiology and Pharmacology5
 Credits17
Third Year
Fall
HIM 201Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care4
HIM 202Health Information Management Applications2
HIM 282Reimbursement Systems4
HIM 283Coding Classifications I4
 Credits14
Winter
HIM 265Health Information Management Community Service Learning Project2
HIM 272Management Principles and Leadership in HIM4
HIM 281Healthcare Statistics4
HIM 284Coding Classifications II5
HIM 271Quality Improvement in Health Care4
 Credits19
Spring
HIM 203Health Information Technologies4
HIM 273HIM Capstone2
HIM 285Revenue Cycle Management5
HIM 293Professional Practice Experience2
 Credits13
 Total Credits103-104

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