Health Information Management Degree

Associate of Applied Science
Health Information Management AAS Degree

The associate of applied science program provides students with an opportunity to sit for the RHIT and/or CCS or CCA national accreditation exams. Students take lecture and lab courses as well as clinical courses in affiliated hospital and other health care health information departments in the metropolitan area. Students are able to seek employment during the day, since courses are offered in the evening and online.

This curriculum is designed to prepare students to function as health information management technicians in health record services located in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, physician offices, insurance offices, government agencies, and other facilities utilizing health records. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive the AAS and will be eligible to apply to take the accreditation examination given by the American Health Information Management Association.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Illustrate competency in compiling health records and coding medical data using different formats and coding systems.
  • Identify the components of management and how they relate to running a health record department.
  • Assess management techniques for controlling automated functions in a health record department.
  • Apply entry-level knowledge, clinical skills, and professional abilities appropriate for an HIM professional.
  • Demonstrate correct spelling, punctuation and proficiency in communicating through the oral and written use of basic medical terminology.


Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.

Careers

Related careers include health data analyst, insurance claims specialist, records technician specialist, clinical coding specialist, physician practice manager, patient information coordinator, cancer registrar, HIM department supervisor, data quality manager, and HIM systems analyst.

Curriculum

 

General Education Requirements

 See foundation, distribution, and elective courses.

 See foundation, distribution, and elective courses.

 

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

  

Foundation Courses

Distribution Courses

General Education Elective

* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A , if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103, or elective

Total credit hours: 67

Other Requirements

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.


Program Requirements

See program requirements.

See program requirements.

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

  

 

 


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MC's HIM Program is Accredited
The HIM associate's degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Students successfully completing the Health Information Management Program are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Medical Coder/Biller/Abstractor Certificate Program and Health Information Management Program students are eligible to take the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exams offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
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