Health Information Management HIM.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 62 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Health Information Management
Effective as of Fall 2016

What is the program about?

Health Information Management (HIM) professionals are experts in the field of managing and protecting patient health information, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnoses and procedures for health care services provided to patients in accordance with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accreditation and regulatory requirements of the health care delivery system.

The Health Information Management program is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters on a full-time basis when the student begins the technical portion of the program. Students preferring to complete on a part-time basis may take longer than five sequential semesters. The degree program consists of open-enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program-specific courses with limited enrollment. The open-enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited-enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited-enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and completion of prerequisite courses are required. A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.

The curriculum includes a professional practice experience (PPE). Each fall term, two cohorts of students begin the technical courses that have limited enrollment. Local cohort students (students who live generally in the 14-county area surrounding Sinclair) are assigned to local PPE sites. The remote cohort students (students living generally outside of the 14-county area surrounding Sinclair) are responsible for securing an appropriate medical facility for their PPE.

Most second-year HIM courses are limited-enrollment courses. All courses in the program are available online. Students may enroll in courses face-to-face on campus, online, or a combination. Face-to-face courses on campus are only available during the day. Students are generally required to complete their PPE during daytime business hours.

Employment prospects are excellent throughout the nation. HIM graduates work in hospitals, clinics, ambulatory care centers, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, long term care facilities, mental health care and psychiatric facilities, home health care agencies, hospice facilities, physician offices, insurance companies, law firms, colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, consulting firms, medical research institutions and companies that market health information products and services.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency and skill in the technology used by the healthcare information environment.
  • Apply effective skills in the areas of written and oral communication, critical thinking and problem solving in the practice of health information management.
  • Evaluate and appropriately apply principles of confidentiality and privacy congruent with the standards and ethics of the health information profession.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design, organize and implement changes in the evolution of health information to electronic formats.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in classifications and nomenclatures sufficient to support reimbursement in multiple patient care environments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the health information associate degree entry-level competencies as identified by the American Health Information Management Association.
  • Demonstrate personal behaviors, attitudes and values consistent with and appropriate to the entry-level health information management professional.

Transferability

Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.

Prerequisites

  • AND HIM 1101 BIO 1121

Credentials

Upon successful completion of the HIM program, students are eligible to write the national certification exam. Upon passing the exam, students receive the RHIT credential (Registered Health Information Technician), which is recognized nationally.

Curriculum

Course Title Credits
ALH 1140 Fundamentals of Disease Processes 3
BIO 1121 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIO 1222 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BIS 1221 Specialized Computer Applications for Health Information Management 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
HIM 1101 Medical Terminology 2
HIM 1110 Health Information Processing 3
HIM 1165 Drug Classification for Coding 1
HIM 1201 Introductory Medical Office Coding 4
HIM 1204 Medicolegal & Ethics in Healthcare Records 2
HIM 1217 Alternative Health Records & Registries 3
HIM 2110 Ambulatory Coding 4
HIM 2144 Quality Improvement, Statistics & Research 3
HIM 2145 Health Information Resource Management 3
HIM 2165 Healthcare Data in Reimbursement 3
HIM 2211 Inpatient Coding 4
HIM 2233 Healthcare Information Systems 3
HIM 2252 Professional Practice Experience 2
HIM 2278 Health Information Management Capstone 1
(COM 2211 OR COM 2206) 3
(PSY 1100 OR SOC 1101) 3
(MAT 1130 OR Ohio Transfer Module: Mathematics Elective) 3
- View the Master Syllabus - View the Course Schedule

Program Accreditation Information

The Health Information Management program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Upon successful completion of the HIM program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).


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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.