Health Information Management Technology (HIM)

Description

The Health Information Management program at Cincinnati State focuses on the maintenance of health care data and management of information resources. Health Information Management professionals collect, integrate, and analyze primary and secondary health care data; disseminate information; and manage information resources related to the research, planning, provision, payment, and evaluation of health care services.

Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree, and are prepared to take the national certification examination for registered health information technicians (RHIT) offered through the American Health Information Management Association. Students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 to graduate.

All of the core courses in the Health Information Management program are offered online.

Program Outcome

A survey of HIM associate degree graduates is conducted annually. Results of this survey revealed that 100% of the graduates who completed the survey were highly satisfied with the program. Graduates indicated that the program prepared them with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform as a HIM professional, and make informed decisions in the workplace.
 
An annual survey of employers is also performed. The results of this survey revealed that 100% of employers who completed the survey were highly satisfied with the quality of our HIM graduates. The employers indicated that graduates they have hired demonstrate the knowledge and technical skills necessary to perform their jobs, are able to think critically, problem solve, and function effectively as team members.

Program Code

HIM.AAS

Accreditation

The HIM associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). http://www.cahiim.org
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Benefits

Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Abstract and code inpatient and ambulatory care records using CPT-4 and ICD-10-CM classification systems
  • Apply legal guidelines for release of medical information
  • Maintain patient databases
  • Monitor documentation compliance with The Joint Commission accreditation standards
  • Take the national certification examination for registered health information technicians (RHIT) offered through the American Health Information Management Association (This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM))

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Coder
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Cancer Registrar

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$30,000 to $40,000 annual salary

Employment Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of medical records and health information technicians will increase by at least 20 percent through 2020 (much faster than the average) because of increasing need for medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed for an aging population. Increased use of electronic health records also means more technicians will be needed to carry out responsibilities associated with electronic data management.

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Tri-Health
  • Mercy Health Systems
  • St. Elizabeth
  • University of Cincinnati Medical Center
  • Children's Hospital Medical Center

Curriculum

Health Information Management Technology (HIM)

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Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)   1 0 1
HIM 100 Introduction to Health Information Management ( B) 3 0 3
HIM 105 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management ( B) 2 0 2
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( B) 3 2 4
MAT 131 Statistics 1 ( G) 2 2 3
Semester 2      
HIM 115 Clinical Abstracting of Health Data ( B) 2 0 2
HIM 120 Health Information Technology Systems ( T) 3 0 3
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 3 2 4
MCH 104 Comprehensive Medical Terminology ( T) 3 0 3
IM 120 Electronic Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel ( T) 2 3 3
Semester 3      
HIM 110 Healthcare Quality Management and Data Analysis ( T) 4 0 4
HIM 130 International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Coding ( T) 4 0 4
HIM 135 Pharmacology for Health Information Management ( B) 1 0 1
BIO 240 Pathophysiology ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 4      
HIM 210 Healthcare Reimbursement Methodologies ( T) 3 0 3
HIM 215 Advanced Medical Coding ( T) 4 0 4
HIM 225 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding ( T) 3 0 3
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 5      
HIM 200 Health Information Management Strategies ( T) 3 0 3
HIM 220 Health Information Management Certification Exam Review ( T) 2 0 2
HIM 280 Health Information Management Professional Practice ( T) 0 7 1
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)   3 0 3
PSY 1XX Psychology Elective (G)   3 0 3
Total Credits:   60 16 65

Electives

First Year Experience Elective  
FYE 100 College Survival Skills 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies 2
FYE 110 Community College Experience 3
English Composition Elective  
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3
Psychology Elective  
PSY 100 Applied Psychology: Human Relations 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3

Contacts

Program Chair
Cindy Kneip, RHIA
(513) 569-4683