Last updated 3/17/2014
Associate in Applied Science Code 5192
Peter Richards, 309-796-5610, firstname.lastname@example.org
Check with an adviser about the possible availability of certain curricula at the East Campus. Completion of the degree is currently available only at the Quad-Cities Campus.
Health information technology is one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the U.S. As a medical billing and coding professional, you stand at the crossroads of health care and technology and make an important contribution to the delivery of quality health care.
The curriculum for this associate’s degree includes coursework in three certificate areas of medical transcription, billing, and coding. A student with a certificate in one of the above areas may transfer all the coursework toward this Health Information Management (HIM) degree.
The HIM professional is a medical language specialist who interprets and transcribes dictation by physicians and other health care professionals and works with the health care team. This team of professionals protects patient and client information in accordance with the HIPAA regulations.
The HIM professional has a thorough knowledge of medical office procedures including health insurance filing, coding, and regulations. The graduate is prepared to use health information to document patient care and facilitate delivery of health care services. The student will be aware of all standards and requirements that apply to the medical record, as well as the legal significance of the patient file.
As a skilled medical information professional, one is an expert on patient data that doctors, nurses, and other providers rely on to perform their jobs – a needed link in the extended health care team.
With hands-on skill classes of medical transcription and medical coding, immersing one’s self in beginning medical terminology to advanced terminology to pharmacology terminology, the student attains the education necessary to perform well on the job. The HIM internship provides a mentor who will guide the on-the-job learning that is necessary. Hospitals, clinics, medical facilities, insurance offices and physician’s office teams are just a few places that these internships can be attained.
College certificates in physician-based medical coding, hospital-based medical coding, health insurance billing and clinical trials research are being offered at more and more colleges. Nationwide-accepted certifications for coding, transcribing, and billing are offered through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), Certified Professional Coder’s (CPC) board exam, or the American Health Information Management Association’s Certified Coding Associate (CCA) board exam.
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
BE 100 — Work Environment Orientation (2)
BE 141 — Computerized Keyboarding I (3)
HIM 156 — Introduction to Health Insurance (3)
BIOL 150 — Medical Terminology (3)
PN 110 — Basic Anatomy & Physiology (3)
COMM 105 — Essentials of English (3)
BE 145 A&B — Information Processing I, II (2)
HIM 148 — Beginning Medical Transcription (4)
HIM 200 — Advanced Medical Terminology (3)
HIM 251 — Medical Office Procedures (3)
HIM 255 — Medical Manager (3)
BA 170 — Fundamentals of Accounting (3)
BA 171 — Fundamentals of Accounting Lab (1)
HIM 250 — Advanced Medical Transcription (4)
HIM 252 — Pharmacology Terminology (3)
HIM 254 — Law, Liability, and Medical Ethics (3)
HIM 257 — Procedure and Diagnosis Coding I (3)
BE 180 — Business Communications (4)
HIM 249 — Management of Health Information (3)
HIM 258 — Procedure and Diagnosis Coding II (3)
HIM 261 — Seminar (1)
HIM 265 — Internship (3)
BE 143 — Keyboard Speed & Accuracy (2)
Minimum total hours required for degree (65)