Overview

The Health Information Management program at Cincinnati State focuses on the management of health care data and 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 2.00 to graduate.

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

Accreditation

The Health Information Management associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The accreditation has been reaffirmed through 2029.

Inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

Program Outcomes

  • RHIT Exam Pass Rate – 100% for first-time test takers (reporting period Aug. 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020)
  • Graduate Employment Rate – 82% of 2020 graduates were employed within one year of graduation
  • Graduation Rate – 73% of the student cohort that entered the program in Fall 2018 graduated within three years
  • Student Satisfaction Rate – 100% of 2020 graduates surveyed expressed a high level of satisfaction with the program

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Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Abstract and code inpatient and ambulatory care records using CPT-4 and ICD-10-CM/PCS classification systems
  • Apply legal guidelines for release of medical information
  • Manage and utilize databases for decision making
  • Monitor documentation compliance with The Joint Commission accreditation standards
  • Manage revenue cycle processes
  • Take the national certification examination for registered health information technicians (RHIT) offered through the American Health Information Management Association
  • (This associate degree 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
  • Health Information Technician

Graduate Employment Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of medical records and health information technicians will increase by at least 13 percent through 2026 (faster than 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.

$33,000 - $40,000 annual salary

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

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

Curriculum

Effective 2021-2022 academic year

Health Information Management Technology (HIM)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B) 1 0 1
HIM 100 Introduction to Health Information Management ( T) 3 0 3
HIM 105 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management ( T) 2 0 2
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( G) 3 2 4
MAT 131 Statistics 1 ( G) 2 2 3
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 2
HIM 115 Clinical Abstracting of Health Data ( T) 1 0 1
HIM 120 Health Information Technology Systems ( T) 3 0 3
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 3 2 4
MCH 1XX Medical Terminology Elective (B) 3 0 3
IM 120 Electronic Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel ( B) 2 3 3
Semester 3
HIM 110 Healthcare Quality Management and Data Analysis ( T) 3 0 3
HIM 130 International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Coding ( T) 4 0 4
HIM 135 Pharmacology for Health Information Management ( T) 1 0 1
BIO 240 Pathophysiology ( B) 3 0 3
IM 109 Introductory Database Management: Microsoft Access ( B) 0 2 1
Semester 4
HIM 200 Health Information Management Strategies ( T) 3 0 3
HIM 215 Advanced Medical Coding ( T) 4 0 4
HIM 226 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding 1 ( T) 2 0 2
PSY XXX Psychology Elective (G) 3 0 3
Semester 5
HIM 220 Health Information Management Certification Exam Review ( T) 1 0 1
HIM 210 Healthcare Reimbursement Methodologies ( T) 3 0 3
HIM 227 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding 2 ( T) 2 0 2
HIM 280 Health Information Management Professional Practice ( T) 1 7 2
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G) 3 0 3
Total Credits: 59 18 65

Electives

First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100 College Success Strategies: Overview 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies: Overview and Application 2
FYE 110 College Success Strategies: Practice and Application 3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
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
Medical Terminology Elective
MCH 104 Comprehensive Medical Terminology 3
MCH 101
& MCH 102
Medical Terminology 1
and Medical Terminology 2
4
The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.

G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum
Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number -- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

• This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
• The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.

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