The Associate Degree in Health Information Management program prepares students for entry-level employment in the exciting and growing field of health information management. The program focuses on the skills related to health information management systems, preparing students to work in a wide range of healthcare organizations. This program includes pathway options for credentialing exams, such as the AHIMA Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), and Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
Hands-on, practical experience is the focus of the program, which utilizes the AHIMA Virtual Laboratory enabling students to solve problems that simulate those issues encountered in the modern healthcare marketplace, and also includes an externship program to gain actual workplace experience and networking opportunity.
Program offered 100% online.
To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 66 semester credits. Generally, students take two courses at a time over an eight week time period. Two eight week time periods constitute a semester.
If you apply to Bryan University with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. If you complete a Bryan U associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits are transferable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.
UNV-101S—Student Success and Technology Foundations—3.0 credits
A course covering the information and skills needed to succeed in academic studies, including study skills, setting academic goals, managing time, and technology skills such as word processing and presentations.
BIO-100S—Medical Terminology—3.0 credits
This course will provide students with a foundation in medical terminology. Students will learn strategies for memorizing and recalling medical terms, and a broad array of medical terms common in the health care professions.
BIO-105S—Anatomy and Physiology—3.0 credits
A course covering the systems that comprise the human organism.
BIO-115S—Pathology and Disease Process & Pharmacology—3.0 credits
This course will cover the development and progression of disease within the systems of the human body. Students will also learn about the pharmaceuticals that interact with certain diseases and conditions.
HIM-100—Introduction to Health Information Technology—3.0 credits
This course provides the student an overview of the profession of health information management and its role in the healthcare delivery system. Students are introduced to the major HIM department functions and department inter-relationships.
HIM-105—Understanding the Healthcare Record—3.0 credits
This course focuses on the acute care health record including accreditation, certification, and licensure content and documentation standards. Students review author responsibilities and the quantitative and qualitative record review processes.
HIM-110—ICD Diagnosis Coding and Application—3.0 credits
This course is an introduction to coding using the ICD classification system. The student will learn how to use the ICD code book and will assign and sequence ICD codes for diagnoses in accordance with ICD coding conventions and the Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and Reporting in selected areas and body systems.
HIM-120—ICD Procedure Coding—3.0 credits
This course is an introduction to coding using the ICD classification system as it relates to coding procedures. The student will assign and sequence ICD codes for procedures of selected body systems, in accordance with ICD coding conventions and the Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.
HIM-130—ICD Procedure Coding Applications—3.0 credit
This course is continuation of HIM-120. The student will apply what they learned in HIM-120, coding procedures using the ICD code book, ICD coding conventions and the “Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and Reporting,” to assign and sequence ICD codes for procedures in selected areas and body systems.
HIM-140—Healthcare Insurance and Reimbursement—3.0 credits
This course provides students with an overview of US healthcare reimbursement systems, the roles and responsibilities of healthcare third-party payers, and the billing process, including concepts of revenue cycle management. Advanced coding concepts such as the use of codes in reimbursement systems, ethical and compliant coding, and additional vocabularies, terminologies, and classification systems will also be discussed. Utilization of coding tools such as groupers and computer-assisted coding will be included.
HIM-150—CPT and HCPCS Coding—3.0 credits
This course will introduce students to the CPT manual and coding structure. Students will assign CPT and HCPCS codes according to established guidelines and reporting requirements.
HIM-200—Healthcare Law & Ethics and Applications—3.0 credits
This course provides students with an understanding of the laws and ethics covering the practice of health information management. This course also addresses the U.S. court system, the concepts of privacy and confidentiality, and the release of information procedures. Also, students will continue to gain industry experience by utilizing a virtual lab environment, applying program knowledge and competencies.
HIM-205—Computer Systems for Health Information Technology—3.0 credits
This course provides an overview of computer systems used in healthcare settings, and includes a detailed focus on health information systems and technology including integrity, privacy, and security of healthcare data.
HIM-210—Healthcare Statistics and Quality Improvement—3.0 credits
This course provides the fundamentals of statistical analysis, interpretation, and display, with a focus on vital and healthcare statistics. Students will conduct statistical calculations and decision-making using statistical data. Students will also integrate statistics with the concepts, steps, and techniques healthcare facilities use in care monitoring and personnel development, including evaluation of outcomes and services, performance improvement, risk management, and safety evaluation.
HIM-220—Human Resources and Organizational Management—3.0 credits
This course introduces students to human resources and organizational management, reviewing strategies to promote organizational success. Key HR functions such as recruitment, staffing, development, retention, compensation, and labor relations are examined, as well as, key organizational functions such as organizing, planning, leading and controlling resources.
HIM-230—Data Analytics and Management—3.0 credits
Students will learn how to analyze data and use data tools. They will gain skills in sorting large data sets, interpreting data, and applying and abstracting data in a meaningful way. Students will learn the art of data mining and acquire hands on experience working on data mining projects. Also, students will utilize data dashboards and create other data visualizations, tracking healthcare trends and making recommendations for improvement.
HIM-299— Professional Practice Experience—3.0 credits
Students will review and practice HIM and coding concepts and exercises learned during the course of the Health Information Management program at Bryan University. Emphasis will be placed on skills that directly relate to successful completion of a certification examination. This course allows for self-directed review to identify topics on which additional study is needed to master the requirements of the certification examination. Additionally, this course includes professional practice experience, or placement in a healthcare facility, health information management department, or related service, to use acquired technology level skills and build practical knowledge of health information functions and systems. It requires the completion of a capstone project for and under the direction of the program director or site.
ENG-110S*—English Composition I—3.0 credits
This course covers written communication skills with an emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings, and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.
MAT-110S*—Algebra I—3.0 credits
This course begins with a review of real numbers and algebraic expressions before covering algebra topics including linear equations and inequalities, lines and functions, systems, exponents, polynomials, and factoring.
ENG-112S*—English Composition II—3.0 credits
This course builds on lessons learned in English Composition I. In addition to reviewing the writing process, topics include research techniques, citation techniques, documentation formats, and critical analyses of written topics.
COM-115S*—Interpersonal Communication—3.0 credits
This course introduces the concepts and theories of interpersonal communication. Students will explore the process and functions of communication, developing relationships, communication strategies and skills, and interpersonal language skills, including conflict management.
CRT-110S*—Critical Thinking I—3.0 credits
This course provides foundational topics related to logic and critical thinking including, informal logic, formal logic, and fallacies.
* Classes noted with an asterisk are general education.
Note that courses are subject to change based upon employer needs and marketplace requirements. The most up-to-date course descriptions and textbook information can be found in the Bryan University Course Catalog.
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