HIMA100 Medical Terminology (3 semester hours)

This course is a basic study of the professional language of medicine. It is designed to include word construction, pronunciation, spelling, definition and use of terms related to all areas of medical science, hospital service and health related professions. The course uses a systems based approach that provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to derive meaning from common medical terms. Students will deconstruct medical word construction and language, as well as the derivation, roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Various structures and organization of bodily systems will also be examined.

HIMA110 Introduction to Health Information Management (3 semester hours)

The purpose of this course is to introduce the students in Health Information Management to the historical development of the health care field with emphasis on the organizational structure of health institutions: federal, state, local agencies and allied health associations. The course also addresses the theoretical and practical applications of health information management, the Health Information Department, its functions, and an overview of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA®). The course includes definitions of, standards for, and the development of the health record (both electronic and paper-based) as to content, format, evaluation, completion, legal and regulatory aspects and automation. The course content also consists of numbering systems and methods; the use of accessory equipment and technology; conversion systems; the master patient index; filing systems and control; evaluation methods; electronic health records, and supplies and equipment. Documentation issues, along with indexes, registers, and health data collection are also introduced.AHIMA® is a registered trademark of the American Health Information Management Association.

HIMA200 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management (3 semester hours)

This course focuses on the legal system and procedures, ethics, control and use of patient-specific health information. Student will analyze the major external forces affecting the HIM professional’s ability and responsibility to manage patient-specific health information. In addition it also addresses specialty matters such as healthcare fraud and abuse in health information management (HIM). Students will examine the impact that e-mail, digital imaging, telemedicine, and the Internet are having on health records, and analyze laws, regulations and standards related to patient confidentiality and privacy.(Prerequisite: HIMA110)

HIMA220 Classification Systems I (3 semester hours)

This course will introduce the student to the principles of taxonomy. The course will include purposes of classifying diseases, clinical vocabularies, and terminologies/nomenclatures. The interaction of different Prospective Payment Systems with classification systems will be emphasized. Data quality, the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set as well as coding/sequencing guidelines and advanced topics in diagnosis and procedural coding. (Prerequisites: BIOL201 and HIMA100)

HIMA230 Classification Systems II (3 semester hours)

This course will introduce the student to the principles of taxonomy. The course will include purposes of classifying procedures, clinical vocabularies, and terminologies/nomenclatures. The course will include purposes of coding for professional services, ambulatory services and procedures. The course will properly instruct the student on the proper usage of CPT and HCPCS code books. The interaction of different code systems such as the Prospective Payment Systems (PPS) with classification systems will be emphasized. Data quality, the UACDS as well as coding/sequencing guidelines will be examined. Coding and indexing of procedures using various classification systems and nomenclatures. The interaction of different Prospective Payment Systems with classification systems and data quality will be emphasized. (Prerequisite: HIMA220)

HIMA240 Healthcare Reimbursement Methodologies (3 semester hours)

This course provides students with a foundation of the basics of health insurance and public funding programs, managed care contracting, and payment for services. The content focuses on health insurance plans, government-sponsored healthcare programs, managed care plans, fee schedules, resource-based relative value system for physician payment and prospective payment for various inpatient settings. Students will examine various reimbursement methodologies, and the interconnection between clinical coding, compliance, and reimbursement. Within this, revenue life cycle management will be studied and its impact on provider financial stability.

HIMA250 Healthcare Delivery Systems and Documentation (3 semester hours)

This course will introduce students to the healthcare delivery systems including organization, accreditation, licensure, and regulatory agencies. Students will examine the historic development, organization and characteristics of the health care delivery systems; current payment and reimbursement systems for each healthcare delivery systems; accrediting agencies applicable to health care; the functions of health care providers; organizational patterns of health care facilities; medical staff organization and bylaws. The work of accrediting, licensing, and certifying agencies, such as that of the Joint Commission, the American Osteopathic Association, Medicare, and Medicaid will be discussed in detail for each health care area.

HIMA310 Electronics Health Records Fundamentals (3 semester hours)

This course examines the emerging technology of Electronic Health Records through conceptual theory of health information systems used in health care delivery systems including terminology and essential concepts of health information systems. An overview of varied automated administrative, clinical and financial systems is given. Additionally, the course covers structure of electronic health records (EHRs). Content includes overview of health care industry’s transitioning to electronic health record systems, components of EHRs, technologies used for input into EHRs, and privacy and security issues affecting access to and use of patient information.

HIMA350 Compliance (3 semester hours)

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the concept of Quality and the process of Quality Improvement across the Health Care continuum. This course focuses on the history and evolution of quality, its terms, principles, theories, and practices. The student is introduced to a diverse collection of methods of improving quality, including but not limited to continuous Quality Improvement and Total Quality Management, and to the guidelines for implementing quality management and the continuous quality improvement processes. Students will also be exposed to new cutting edge technologies that impact the quality improvement efforts/interventions in health care delivery that make quality health care more safe, timely, effective, equitable, efficient, and patient-centered.

HIMA360 Health Informatics Project and Enterprise Management (3 semester hours)

This Project Management course examines project management in theory and practice and the roles and responsibilities of the health information project manager. The course offers a practical approach to managing projects, focusing on organizing, planning, and controlling the efforts of the project. Additionally, this course covers project, enterprise, financial and contract managements in a health information environment. Students will examine system selection processes and develop negotiating skills in the selection process. The principles and approaches to the assessment of quality in health care and how this impacts the role of the health information manager will be examined.

HIMA410 Informatics and Analytics (3 semester hours)

This course offers an overview of the field of health informatics and analytics by providing students with the fundamental knowledge of the concepts of health informatics applications as they relate to the collection, storage, retrieval, communication and optimal use of health related data and how technology can be used in the delivery of health care. The basic principles of health informatics and analytics that govern communication systems, clinical decisions, information retrieval, telemedicine, bioinformatics and evidence based medicine will be explored.

HIMA460 Healthcare Data Management and Governance (3 semester hours)

This course is designed to give the student an insight into the procedures and techniques that can be used to analyze health care data. The course will focus on the "how to" of systems by demonstrating fundamental skills and techniques that can be applied immediately to the management and governance of healthcare data. This course covers fundamentals of health care workflow process analysis and redesign as a necessary component of complete practice automation.

HIMA497 Health Information Management Practicum (3 semester hours)

This guided health information management (HIM) practicum provides an overview of health information services with hands-on and reality-based experiences in a health information department, or related site that will reinforce and enhance classroom learning. Students will also acquire technical skills through guided simulated online lab activities designed to simulate the activities that would be completed in an HIM department setting. Students will evaluate and utilize relevant HIM computer and software applications. This course is intended to give the student practical experience in HIM, and during the course students will employ practical application of previously studied theory, principles, and knowledge in data retention, retrieval, storage assembly, deficiency analysis, physician communication, and release of information. Prerequisite: Students may take the practicum after all other Major Required courses are completed. This course requires an additional cost for the use of Typhon student practicum tracking software, to be purchased by the student prior to the start of the practicum.

HIMA499 Senior Seminar in Health Information Management (3 semester hours)

This seminar is a senior level course designed to allow the student to review, analyze, and integrate the work the student has completed toward a degree in health information management. The student will complete an approved academic project or paper that demonstrates mastery of their program of study in a meaningful culmination of their learning, as well as assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree requirements. (Prerequisite: Students may only take this course after the completion of all CORE courses)