Course Descriptions

Health Data Content and Structure


Introduction to health information theory supplemented with hands-on simulation and projects. Topics include, but are not limited to, the content, uses and format of the health record; the methods of storage, retrieval and retention of health information; the preparation and uses of indexes and registers; documentation requirements; and the role of health information in reimbursement, quality improvement, and other important functions. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab)

Computers in Health Care


Introduction to the concepts of computer technology related to health care and the tools and techniques for collecting, storing, and retrieving health care data. Study includes exposure to various health care and health information related software applications. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): CSC110 or CSC124. Spring Only.

Principles of Pharmacology for Health Information


Introduction to fundamental concepts in drug action and drug disposition. Topics cover the concepts of basic pharmacology and drug therapy, the influences of drugs on body systems, and the effects that specific drugs commonly have on persons receiving them. Exploration includes drug groups, key similarities, adverse reactions, routes of administration, and usual dosages. 2 Credits (2 Lecture)

Health Care Statistical Data


Basic descriptive and vital statistics and the concepts of data validity and reliability for measures used in health care. Topics include definitions of health care statistical terms, data collection methods, analysis and interpretation of data, calculation of health care statistical formulas, and methods of presenting statistical data. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): MTH113 or MTH124 or MTH151 or MTH180 or Placement by Examination. Fall Only.

Health Care Quality Improvement


Introduction to the principles of quality assessment and improvement. Study provides a basis for developing skills in collecting and analyzing data. Topics include health care evaluation systems as well as the role of medical record professionals in quality assessment and improvement, clinical critical pathways and case management, utilization management, risk management and infection control, and medical staff credentialing. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HIT110 and HIT120. Fall Only.

Introduction to ICD-10 Coding


Introduction to various methods and systems for classifying patients, emphasizing the International Classification of Diseases and the Current Procedural Terminology classification systems. Study includes the conventions, principles, and guidelines for abstracting coding of diagnoses and procedures for hospital inpatient and outpatient medical records. Actual patient records from the program's patient record library are used in a supervised lab setting. An automated encoder and DRG grouper software program is demonstrated. (Formerly HIT225) 3 Credits (2.50 Lecture - 1.50 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO103.

Introduction to CPT Coding


Introduction to the coding of health care procedures with an emphasis on the Current Procedural Terminology classification systems. Study includes the conventions, principles, and guidelines for abstracting coding of diagnoses and procedures for hospital outpatient medical records. Students utilize actual patient records from the program's patient record library in a supervised lab setting. Course work includes exposure to an automated encoder and APC grouper software program. 3 Credits (2.50 Lecture - 1.50 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO103 or BIO125.

Advanced Coding and Reimbursement


Detailed exposure to ICD-9-CM and CPT-4 coding, with an emphasis on practical application of coding skills to actual patient records. Students use an automated encoder and DRG grouper software program as well as manual coding techniques. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): HIT224 and HIT226 or HIT225 and HIT226.

Health Information Internship I


Clinical experience in the maintenance of medical records in a hospital or specialty health care organizations. Areas to be covered include record content, data collection, storage, retrieval, and retention; release of information; accreditation and licensing standards; classification systems; and the evaluation and use of secondary records. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 15 Internship) Prerequisite(s): HIT120. Corequisite(s): HIT226.

Health Information Internship II


Clinical experience in the management and supervision of a health information department and all of its functions. Emphasis on coding, DRG assignment and reimbursement, external reviews by the PRO and accreditation/licensing agencies, coding, and the role of the medical record professional in quality assessment, utilization review, and risk management. Students complete a management project during this internship experience. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 15 Internship) Prerequisite(s): HIT240.

Health Information Management


Capstone course in the Health Information Technology program. Topics include health information department operations; current issues in health information and in health care delivery; the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics & Information Management Education (CAHIIM) professional practice standards; Code of Ethics for the health information professional; and a review of health records competencies to help prepare students for the national accreditation exam. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Corequisite(s): HIT241. Spring Only.

Certification Exam Prep


Preparation for the certification exam as set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics & Information Management Education (CAHIIM) for an Accredited Educational Program for the Health Information Technician and the entry-level competencies identified by the American Health Information Management Association. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HIT240.

Health Informatics


Introduction to the discipline of health informatics, including history, basic knowledge of health informatics, data management, vocabularies, standards, and tools as applied in the support of health care delivery. Concepts and practices of the health informatics field include the integration of computers with medicine; acquisition, storage, and use of medical data; essential concepts of medical computing; system design and standards for health informatics; ethics in health informatics; and relevant technology assessment. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): CSC110 or CSC124. As needed.

Clinical Issues in Health Information


Study designed to help bridge the gap between clinical staff who provide direct patient care and the allied health/support staff who do not provide direct patient care. Course work provides an understanding of how the documentation in the patient record should reflect the patient's prognosis, clinical findings, and discharge status. Topics also include the general principles of pharmacology, including classes of drugs, drug action and interaction; and adverse drug reactions. Discussion explores current issues, trends, and treatments used in medical practice. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) As needed.

Managing Privacy and Security of Health Information


Study of the issues surrounding the use and disclosure of health information, including the standards for electronic health information security under the Administrative Simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Topics include protected information; permitted uses and disclosures of protected health information; individuals' rights concerning their health information; safeguarding health information; why the federal government wants to protect the security of electronic health information; the approach to health information security taken by the proposed standards; physical safeguards; technical security; administrative procedures; and implementing the standards. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) As needed.

Health Care Data Analysis and Quality Management


Examination of concepts related to complex data analysis within the health care environment. Principles of data collection, organization and statistical analysis and interpretation are covered. Study includes review of complex applications for data mining and reporting within the health care environment. Additional topics include issues involved in the management of quality and performance improvement in the health care setting as well as the components of quality, performance improvement, and the regulatory requirements for this function. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): MTH160. As needed.

Fundamentals of Cancer Registries


Overview of the organization of cancer registry programs and the operational requirements. Course work includes preparing annual reports, interpreting health information data, and translating that data into ICD-0 3 codes. Cancer registration involves collection, management, and analysis of cancer incidence data. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HIT310. As needed.

Health Care Leadership and Professionalism


Personalized study designed to help students prepare for leadership roles in health care. Focus on exploration and identification of personal leadership qualities and professional skills through careful self-assessment. Leadership and professionalism practice occur through planned interaction with leaders in the health care profession. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): SPC101. As needed.

Management of Electronic Health Records Systems


Principles of electronic health records and information systems theory and life cycle. Course work covers development, implementation, and management of electronic health records (EHR) systems, including the following topics: challenges to EHR adoption; EHR goal setting and impact on quality; strategic planning for the EHR migration path; health care process assessment; assessment of functional needs, data infrastructure, and information technology and systems infrastructure; analysis of return on investment for EHR expenditures; EHR selection and contract negotiation; EHR project management; EHR system implementation and ongoing maintenance; acute care EHR applications; and the growing momentum toward health information exchange. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HIT310. As needed.

Health Care Finance and Budgeting


Analysis of the financial management of health services organizations and issues related to the financial management of health services organizations, particularly acute care facilities such as hospitals, but also in various other health care organizations. Topics include financial information and the decision-making process; billing and coding for health services; financial environment of health care organizations; legal and regulatory environment; revenue determination; managed care; general principles of accounting; financial statements; accounting for inflation; analyzing financial statements; financial analysis of alternative health care firms; strategic financial planning; cost concepts and decision making; product costing; the management control process; cost variance analysis; financial mathematics; capital project analysis; consolidations and mergers; capital formation; working capital and cash management; and developing the cash budget. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) As needed.

Management of Health Information Services


Study of organizational behaviors, management, and leadership, emphasizing the role of the health information management professional in various functions covered in other courses. Topics include record analysis and abstracting; incomplete chart control; medical transcription, word processing, and associated service contracts; file management; record management, retention, and long term storage; clinical coding and release of information and associated service contracts; billing and revenue cycle management; project management; evaluation of workflows and productivity; and monitoring compliance with external regulations and accreditation standards. Problems and cases are also used for the development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HIT310 and HIT420. As needed.

Health Information Senior Capstone


Capstone experience intended to reinforce the knowledge obtained from lectures and laboratory assignments in previous courses. Observation and/or work with management personnel in the health information department of an acute care, long term care, ambulatory care facility, and/or other health information related organization is included to apply knowledge of health information functions, health care statistics, advanced coding and reimbursement procedures, data analysis and quality management, and management and supervision. The experience provides an opportunity to synthesize, analyze, and develop solutions to health information issues or problems. A health information program for implementation in a health information department, a major written health information project, or a written portfolio with relevance to the health information profession will be completed under the guidance of a faculty mentor. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HIT310 and HIT320 and HIT325 and HIT410 and HIT420. As needed.