Northwest Community College

Health Information Management Degree

Mission | Faculty | Outcomes | Coursework
Mission
The Health Information Management associate degree is designed for students interested in an Allied Health career that incorporates all aspects of healthcare information and the systems that drive it. The Health Information Management program provides students with an understanding of healthcare administration, information technology and the uses of healthcare data. It is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions dealing with health information management in physician’s offices, hospitals, ambulatory care centers, health insurance companies, health departments, and other allied health venues. Health information technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security utilizing paper and electronic systems. Job descriptions and duties vary with the size and type of facility in which they are employed. Health information management provides the skills and knowledge necessary to function effectively as an integral member of the healthcare team. The Health Information Management associate degree is a pathway to a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management. 

Faculty
Jane O’Grady, jogrady@nwcc.edu, 860-738-6393

Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:
1. Apply principles as they relate to healthcare privacy, confidentiality, legal and ethical issues.
2. Interpret and apply health information policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state and accreditation agency requirements.
3. Employ computer-based health information systems while managing existing paper-based health information systems utilizing EMR software.
4. Compare and contrast reimbursement methodologies, procedure based payment systems such as Resource based Relative Value (RBRV) and Evaluation and Management and Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC).
5. Evaluate and audit patient records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure.
6. Apply coding knowledge utilizing current coding guidelines.
7. Interpret diagnostic based perspective payment groups such as DRG; recognize the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED).
8. Utilize medical coding software and clinical classification systems as they relate to the human body and disease processes.
9. Identify and discuss healthcare delivery fundamentals and the technology used to gather healthcare information in a variety of settings.
10. Utilize appropriate terminology including abbreviations related to pathological conditions, diagnostic procedures, surgical interventions, and therapeutic procedures.
11. Apply information acquisition skills to the processing, maintenance and security of health information.
12. Apply database information technology to electronic medical records and health information exchange.

Coursework
SEMESTER 1
ENG* 101 Composition - 3 credits
CSA* 105 Introduction to Software Applications - 3 credits
HIM* 101 Medical Terminology - 3 credits
HIM* 102 Introduction to Healthcare Systems - 3 credits
Directed Elective - 3 credits ♦ MAT* 137 suggested
SEMESTER 2
BIO* 110 Principles of Human Body w/ lab - 4 credits
HIM* 201 Health Information Management Principles - 3 credits
MED* 112 Medical Insurance & Billing 3
PHL* 112 Medical Ethics - 3 credits
MAT* 167 Principles of Statistics - 3 credits
SEMESTER 3
COM* 173 Public Speaking - 3 credits
ENG* 102 Literature & Composition - 3 credits
MED* 250 Principles of Pharmacology - 3 credits
HIM* 210 Medical Coding - 3 credits
HIM* 155 Fundamentals of Clinical Informatics & Electronic Medical Records - 3 credits
SEMESTER 4
HIM* 211 Advanced Medical Coding - 3 credits
PSY* 111 General Psychology I - 3 credits
Directed Elective - 3 credits ♦ Directed elective chosen from HIM* MED*, BMG* BBG*, CSA*, CSC*, ENG*, MAT*, BIO*, HIS* designated courses.
Humanities or Arts Elective - 3 credits
Social Science Elective - 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS 61

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