Gain the Skills in the Fast-Growing Field of Health Information Management

Associate Degree in Health Information Management

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Career Outlook and Growth

Growing Job Market and Attractive Careers in Healthcare

Careers in health information management, medical billing and coding, and healthcare administration provide a rewarding work environment and job security in a growing industry.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA):

  • Careers in this industry are among the 20 fastest-growing occupations in the United States.1
  • Jobs are expected to increase by 10 to 14 percent by the year 2026—faster than the average for all other occupations.1
  • The industry is experiencing a shortage of qualified employees.1

Bryan University can fast-track you to success, giving you the education, skills, and confidence to qualify for a great job.

Employment Opportunities

Enjoy the flexibility to choose from a range of career paths, such as:

  • Certified Medical Biller and Coder – assign codes to patient records using ICD, CPT, and HCPCS codebooks for different diagnoses and medical procedures for in-patient and out-patient settings
  • Health Information Technician or Manager – prepare and scan medical record documents, ensuring accuracy and timeliness, retrieve records and releases information for patient care purposes
  • Medical Records Technician – work to organize, monitor, update and maintain healthcare providers’ electronic medical records
  • Medical Secretary – patient intake, insurance verification, and medical record creation
  • Medical Office Administrator – responsible to keep the healthcare organization running smoothly and efficiently by directing and coordinating operations
  • Quality Improvement Analyst – responsible for core measures such as patient safety, patient satisfaction and employee utilization while performing necessary database and statistical analyses for improving patient outcomes and reducing costs
  • Insurance Claims Analyst – review insurance policy to determine coverage, prepare insurance claim forms, calculate claim amounts, and transmit claims for payment or further investigation
  • Reimbursement and Insurance Manager – responsible for the day-to-day management of the reimbursement department.

Preparing now means you’ll be ready for the jobs of the future.

Attractive Employers

With a degree from Bryan University, find opportunities to work in a variety of healthcare settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician Offices
  • Law Offices
  • College Health Departments
  • Military and VA Facilities
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Mental Health Facilities
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Health Product Vendors
  • Nursing Home Facilities
  • Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Urgent Care Clinics
  • Surgery Centers

Program Overview

Gain the Skills Employers Need

In the growing healthcare industry, Bryan University’s programs can put you on the path to a rewarding career. Our programs help you bridge the gap from theory to practical application, so you will be job-ready upon graduation. You’ll attain skills and knowledge such as:

  • Medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology
  • The U.S. healthcare system organization and delivery, including healthcare information systems
  • The components of the healthcare record; how it is created, stored, and protected
  • Ability to translate diagnosis, conditions, and procedures into medical codes using a variety of standard formats, including ICD, CPT, and HCPCS
  • How to analyze personal and group productivity and make recommendations for improvements in record quality and employee performance
  • Preparation for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS), and Registered Health Information Technician certification exams through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • How to research and review patient data records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations
  • Ability to use analytic tools to visualize, analyze, and present data to help provide decision support and drive strategic initiatives.
  • Leadership, human resources, and healthcare management skills

Gain Real-World Experiences so You’re Job-Ready

Bryan University’s programs are based on current competencies outlined by AHIMA. As a student, you’ll use the AHIMA Virtual Lab (Vlab), which gives you real-world experience with industry-leading technologies that healthcare employers actually use in the workplace, in addition to resume-building skills such as:

  • EHR MEDITECH: learn to navigate the electronic health record (EHR) used in over 2,300 hospitals and healthcare facilities worldwide
  • 3M Coding & Reimbursement: gain hands-on, practical experience using the world’s most popular coding software
  • Nuance Clintegrity: become familiar with encoder software tools and ICD, CPT, and HCPCS codebooks
  • Tableau: hone your skills with data visualization using practice data sets
  • On-site externship experiences: gain real-world experience with healthcare organizations

Our program helps ensure you have the relevant career skills and soft skills to build a solid resume that employers want.

Unrivaled Benefits, Personalized for You

As a Bryan student, you’ll receive several valuable benefits, which include:

  • Membership to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) included in tuition
  • The cost for exam attempts for the CCA, CHTS, and RHIT through AHIMA included in tuition
  • Books and electronic courseware included in tuition
  • Technology that helps you learn faster and retain more knowledge
  • A mastery-based learning environment that allows you to improve grades by retaking assignments
  • Peer mentors, tutors and success coaches who provide encouragement, guidance and insight
  • Live, interactive online events such as industry speakers, faculty coaching sessions, and helpful workshops that are all recorded in case you miss the event and need to watch it later

The Bryan U HIM program is designed based upon the competencies outlined by AHIMA and accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Connect with an Online Community Like No Other

At Bryan, we don’t think learning online means learning alone. Connect with faculty, peers, and student support conveniently from your smart phone, tablet, or computer using Zoom, a user-friendly video app. You’ll join a vibrant community who will provide support and celebrate your success along the way. You’ll not only develop friends and colleagues, but you’ll also build a professional network—for life.

Further Your Education at the Bachelor’s Degree Level

Once you complete your HIM associate degree, you may consider continuing your education at the bachelor’s degree level. Bryan University offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration. If you have prior college credit, or you have already completed an associate degree at another institution, we will accept as many credits as possible (and potentially your entire associate degree) to help accelerate your Bryan program.

Footnotes

1Please visit www.onetonline.org (classification codes 29-2071.00 and 43-6013.00) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2017-18 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm. Also see American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) on the internet at: http://www.ahima.org/careers/healthinfo, visited on March 20, 2018.

Meet the Program Director

“This program is truly like no other – in addition to the many benefits provided to students, the program is aligned with the modern healthcare marketplace so that students are job-ready upon graduation.”

– Marjorie Rosen, AS, BA, MBA Healthcare, AHIMA RHIT

Student Experience

 

Program Details

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 Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS), 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.

Locations:
Program offered 100% online.

Program credits:
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.

Transfer credits:
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. R

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.

Mary Bynum, DHA, RN, CCM

Associate Director of Performance, Excellence and Accountability, United Health Group
Professor of Health Policy, Ohio University
Advisory Member, Bryan University

Dr. Mary Bynum possesses a Bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from the Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the Ohio State University as well. In 2015, she obtained a Doctorate in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix and is a certified case manager with the Commission of Case Management.

Dr. Bynum has an extensive background in leadership, education, administration, and public policy. She is a professor at Ohio University and Columbia Southern University. In addition, she is a senior project manager on the performance, excellence, and accountability team for United HealthCare. In 2011, Mary was governor appointed to serve as the health care policy analyst for the state of Ohio under the direction of governor Kaisch.

Dr. Bynum is extremely compassionate about serving vulnerable populations. Her countless years of volunteerism is reflections of her commitment to serving individuals that are in need. She is a board member of the Franklin County Children Service Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) whose objective is to ensure children and families who have triumphed over major life challenges are recognized and supported.

Dr. Bynum has severed as a Committee Member for the Ohio Statewide Health Disparities Collaborative, the Human Trafficking Taskforce, and the Ohio HIV Steering Committee. As a National Healthcare Speaker and mother of two boys (London and Roman) Dr. Bynum’s motto is “The best legacy we leave is not for our children, but in our children” Debra Roberts.

Gary Gant, MPH, MBA

Public Health Analyst, U. S. Department of
Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.
Advisory Member, Bryan University

A Community-Oriented Public Health practitioner by training, Gary is currently a Public Health Analyst with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Office of Regional Operations in Region 10, which is comprised of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Gary is currently the HRSA regional lead for rural health, chronic disease, community engagement and tribal health.

Prior to joining HRSA, Gary was an Executive Officer for the VA Puget Sound Health Care System where he served as the Privacy and Freedom of Information Act Officer. Gary has also worked in various consulting and advisory positions in public health; he was the Quality Assurance Coordinator for the Washington State Department of Health’s Immunization Program and has worked as a Health Policy Analyst for several public health organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

Gary has an M.P.H in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice from the University of Washington and a M.B.A. in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University. Gary has received various public health fellowships, including the Quentin Burdick Fellowship in Rural Health and the Tobacco Scholars Career Development Fellowship, and received the HRSA Administrator’s Special Citation Award in 2015 and 2016 for outstanding performance.

Richard Mutyabule, MD

Physician Scientist/Project Coordinator Reproductive Endocrinology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Advisory Member, Bryan University

Dr. Richard Mutyabule is an accomplished Clinical Study Physician with in depth knowledge in Global Clinical Trials and cutting-edge therapeutics. He attained his Primary Medical degree from Uganda. He completed his fellowship in Oncology and Immunology in the United Kingdom. He is a beneficiary of the Skilled Careers in Life Sciences grant through the Boston University School of Medicine and has special interests in Cardiovascular medicine, Onco-immunology, Cancer therapeutics and Pharmacovigilance.

He brings his wealth of knowledge in Clinical medicine to areas of Global health, Health policy and Infectious diseases.

Sheryl Richard, PhD, MA, PMP

Contributing Faculty/Doctoral Dissertation Chair, Walden University, School of Health Services
Adjunct Faculty, Healthcare Management, Herzing University
Advisory Member, Bryan University

Dr. Richard “lives teaching” with wide experience in higher education. Dr. Richard serves as Contributing Faculty/Dissertation Committee Mentor (Supervisory Committee Member) for Walden University’s PhD Health Services/Dr. Healthcare Administration program. Dr. Richard also fulfills the role of Adjunct Faculty for Herzing University’s Online Healthcare Management program, teaching various undergraduate courses. In this capacity, she has conducted course evaluation and course development.

In addition, Dr. Richard is a certified Project Management Professional with over 25 years of related industry experience, particularly IT projects on federal contracts (nuclear waste storage) and local government (county.) She has worked for more than 15 years in the health and wellness arena, the field in which she currently performs as a Certified Professional Health and Wellness Coach and Coach Concierge with functions including mentoring, facilitating, and training.

Dr. Richard earned her PhD – Health Services: Community Health from Walden University; Master in Organizational Management (MAOM) from the University of Phoenix; and Bachelor in Business Administration/Management Information Systems (BSBA/MIS) from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Her research interests include healthcare delivery/systems, whole-person health and well-being, physical activity, coaching/mentoring, education, single mothers, vulnerable populations, health disparities, preventable chronic disease, culture, encouragement, self-acceptance, socio-economics, as well as qualitative research and methodology.

Dr. Richard’s passion is encouraging people to be, do, live, and give their best. Likewise, she is passionate about educating through engaging and challenging individuals in taking charge of their education and overall well-being.

Jeffrey Smoot, D.C.Sc, MBA, BIT, CSM

Founder and Chief Scientist, Interactive Healthcare Designs
Advisory Member, Bryan University

Dr. Jeffrey Smoot has a Bachelors in Information Technology, Masters in Business Administration, and Doctorate in Computer Science.

He has been involved in the healthcare industry since 1988 for major healthcare systems in the United States. With extensive knowledge in Biomedical Technology, PACS Administration, Cardiovascular Information Systems, Healthcare Informatics and Healthcare IT, he has performed doctoral research on the reduction of Noscomial infections in hospital through touchless interfaces.

His main interest of research is in the area of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality development for Healthcare Cardiology, he has been the keynote speaker at the 2015 Georgia Biomedical Instrumentation Society Annual Convention, Colorado Technical University Alumni Board member.

Currently he is a Professor at Trident University International in Healthcare Informatics and Business Systems Analyst Lead for Cardiology at major Healthcare System. Dr. Smoot is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Interactive Healthcare Designs, which develops innovative technologies for healthcare in the space of Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality and Human Computer Interaction.

Manny Soto-Griego, RHIA

HIM Director, Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS)
Advisory Member, Bryan University

Manny Soto-Griego, RHIA – is a health information management (HIM) professional with over 30 years of healthcare experience in healthcare consulting, revenue cycle operations, electronic health record (EHR) applications, document management, and project management. Manny has served in administrative, interim management, and consulting capacities within large academic and urban hospitals. His experience in the healthcare industry has focused on improving operational and financial performance in a variety of healthcare settings. Manny is the HIM Director for Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) in Phoenix, Arizona.

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