Health Information Management (AAS)

Program Description

Check with an advisor about the possible availability of certain curricula at the East Campus. Completion of the degree is currently available only at the Quad Cities Campus.

Students completing this associate degree will be able to:

  • Successfully utilize technology for the management of health care information
  • Acknowledge client cultural diversity especially in communication
  • Demonstrate accurate use CPT and ICD-10 coding
  • Provide information to administration using computer skills of preparing datasheet, analysis and presentation graphics

Health information technology is a fast-growing occupation in the U.S. today. The HIM professional has a thorough knowledge of medical office procedures including: health insurance filing, medical coding, and regulations. HIM graduates are prepared to use health information technology to document patient care and facilitate delivery of health care services. They are aware of all standards and requirements that apply to the medical record, as well as the legal significance of the patient file. The curriculum for this associate’s degree includes medical coding. Medical coding professionals stand in the crossroads of healthcare technology which is an important component of the healthcare delivery system.

A student with a medical coding certificate may transfer coursework towards this Heath Information Management degree. This degree includes a 240-hour internship in which students will engage in supervised “on the job training.” Internship sites may include physician’s offices, medical centers or insurance offices.

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Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

First Semester

BE 100 Work Environment Orientation (2)
HIM 150 Technical Medical Terminology (3)
COMM 105 Essentials of English (3)
HIM 156 Introduction to Health Insurance (3)
HIM 110 Human Anatomy & Disease (3)

Second Semester

HIM 200 Advanced Medical Terminology (3)
HIM 251 Medical Office Procedures (3)
HIM 255 Management of Electronic Health Records (3)
HIM 257 Procedure & Diagnosis Coding I (3)
PHIL 100 Logic (3)
PYSC 101 Intro to Psychology or
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology (3)

Third Semester

CS 100 Introduction to Computers (3)
HIM 249 Management of Health Information (3)
HIM 252 Pharmacology Terminology (3)
HIM 254 Law, Liability, and Medical Ethics (3)
HIM 258 Procedure & Diagnosis Coding II (3)

Fourth Semester

BE 180 Business Communications (3)
SPEC 175 Intercultural Communication (3)
HIM 259 Procedure & Diagnosis Coding III (3)
HIM 261 Seminar (1)
HIM 265 Internship (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree: 60