The Health Information Management Specialization is designed to train health information specialists to work with health care professionals and administration to organize, analyze and preserve medical information used to evaluate patient care, diagnose and treat illnesses and substantiate reimbursement. It provides students with a unique blend of courses in information technology, business management and clinical knowledge. Students who possess an interest in studying disease and therapies but who prefer not to work in a direct patient care setting find this career very rewarding. An interest in using computers to manage data is very important.
- Medical Insurance Coders
- Medical Office Supervisor
- Office Manager
- Administrative Assistant
- Administrative Support specialist
- Medical Secretary
In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Administrative Support Technology: Health Information Management Specialization program requires competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-3 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.
The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.
|Course Number||Course Title||Lect. Hrs.||Lab Hrs.||Course Cr.|
|AST 136||Office Record Keeping||3||0||3|
|AST 160||Learning the Internet for Business||1||0||1|
|AST 260||Presentation Software (PowerPoint)||2||0||2|
|ENG 111||College Composition||3||0||3|
|HIM 113||Medical Terminology and Disease Processes I||3||0||3|
|SDV 100||College Success Skills||1||0||1|
|Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester||16||0||16|
|AST 102||Keyboarding II||3||0||3|
|AST 236||Specialized Software Applications (Excel)||3||0||3|
|CST 110||Intro. to Communications||3||0||3|
|Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester||18||0||18|
|AST 107||Editing/Proofreading Skills||3||0||3|
|AST 141||Word Processing I (Word)||3||0||3|
|AST 234||Records and Database Management (Access)||3||0||3|
|AST 243||Office Administration I||3||0||3|
|HIM 253||Health Records Coding||3||2||4|
|Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester||16||2||17|
|AST 245||Medical Machine Transcription||3||0||3|
|AST 298*||Seminar and Project||3||0||3|
|HIM 151||Reimbursement Issues in Medical Practice Management||2||0||2|
|HIM 254||Advanced Coding and Reimbursement||2||2||3|
|MTH 141||Business Mathematics I||3||0||3|
|Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester||14||2||15|
|Total Minimum Credits Required for this Curriculum||66|
1Students who possess keyboarding skills may petition for advanced placement with Credit by Examination.
2Courses may be chosen from the Transfer Humanities Electives.
3Recommend NAS 150. This course is also required in the Medical Coding and Medical Transcriptionist Career Studies Certificate programs.
4Courses may be chosen from the Social Science General Electives.
5HLT 145 can be taken.This course is also required in the Medical Coding and Medical Transcriptionist Career Studies Certificate programs.
*This is a capstone course and should be taken the last semester.