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.

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

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

Program Outcomes

  • RHIT Exam Pass Rate – 100% for first-time test takers for reporting period 10/1/2016 – 9/30/2017
     
  • Graduate Job Placement Rate – 85% of 2017 graduates are employed in HIM-related positions
     
  • Student Retention Rate – 51% for the student cohort that entered the program in Fall 2015
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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 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

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$30,000 - $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 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

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

Curriculum

Effective 2018-2019 academic year

Health Information Management Technology (HIM)

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Semester 1LecLabCredits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
HIM 100Introduction to Health Information Management ( B) 303
HIM 105Legal Aspects of Health Information Management ( B) 202
BIO 151Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( B) 324
MAT 1XX Math Elective (G)  223
Semester 2  
HIM 115Clinical Abstracting of Health Data ( B) 202
HIM 120Health Information Technology Systems ( T) 303
BIO 152Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 324
MCH 1XX Medical Terminology Elective (T)  303
IM 120Electronic Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel ( T) 233
Semester 3  
HIM 110Healthcare Quality Management and Data Analysis ( T) 404
HIM 130International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Coding ( T) 404
HIM 135Pharmacology for Health Information Management ( B) 101
BIO 240Pathophysiology ( G) 303
Semester 4  
HIM 210Healthcare Reimbursement Methodologies ( T) 303
HIM 215Advanced Medical Coding ( T) 404
HIM 225Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding ( T) 303
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
Semester 5  
HIM 200Health Information Management Strategies ( T) 303
HIM 220Health Information Management Certification Exam Review ( T) 202
HIM 280Health Information Management Professional Practice ( T) 071
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)  303
PSY 1XX Psychology Elective (G)  303
Total Credits:  601665

Electives

First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3
English Composition Elective
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication3
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication3
Psychology Elective
PSY 100Applied Psychology: Human Relations3
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology3
Medical Terminology Elective
MCH 104Comprehensive Medical Terminology3
MCH 101
& MCH 102
Medical Terminology 1
and Medical Terminology 2
4
Math Elective
MAT 105Quantitative Reasoning3
MAT 115Pre-Statistics3

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

Contacts

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