Health Information Management, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Medical Education (Springfield)

The curriculum is designed to provide training in the management of systems to collect, store, process, retrieve, analyze, disseminate, and communicate information related to the research, planning, provision, and evaluation of healthcare services. It provides students with a unique blend of courses in information technology, business management, and clinical knowledge. Students who possess an interest in studying diseases and therapies but who prefer not to work in a direct patient care setting find this career very rewarding. An interest in using computers to manage data is also important. Health information management professionals are experts on patient data that doctors, nurses, and other providers rely on to perform their jobs. Employment opportunities exist in all types of healthcare delivery organizations (hospitals, ambulatory care centers, home health services, and long-term care facilities) plus managed care, consulting firms, claims and reimbursement companies, and research firms. Graduates of the program are eligible to take a national certifying examination. The Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Certification is recognized nationwide as proof of proficiency in health information management.

Transfer Information

Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
1,2BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CST 229 Intercultural Communication 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
HIM 111 Medical Terminology I 3
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline) 1
Total 14
1st Semester
1BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HIM 110 Introduction to Human Pathology 3
HIM 141 Fundamentals of Health Information Systems I 3
HIM 260 Pharmacology for Health Information Management 3
Total 13
2nd Semester
HIM 130 Healthcare Information Systems 3
HIM 142 Fundamentals of Health Information Systems II 3
HIM 220 Health Statistics 3
HIM 226 Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation 2
2 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Total 14
3rd Semester
HIM 251 Clinical Practice I 3
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 1
3 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total 7
4th Semester
HIM 229 Performance Improvement in Healthcare Settings 2
HIM 230 Information Systems and Technology in Healthcare 3
HIM 249 Supervision and Management Practices for HIM 3
HIM 250 Health Data Classification Systems I 4
Total 12
5th Semester
HIM 233 Electronic Health Records Management 3
HIM 252 Clinical Practice II 3
HIM 254 Advanced Coding and Reimbursement 3
HIM 255 Health Data Classification Systems II: CPT 2
HIM 280 HIM Capstone 1
Total 12
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 72
Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
1,2BIO
141
4
CST
229
3
ENG
111
3
HIM
111
3
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
1
Total 14
1st Semester
1BIO
142
4
HIM
110
3
HIM
141
3
HIM
260
3
Total 13
2nd Semester
HIM
130
3
HIM
142
3
HIM
220
3
HIM
226
2
2
3
Total 14
3rd Semester
HIM
251
3
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
PED
116
1
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
3
3
Total 7
4th Semester
Performance Improvement in Healthcare Settings
HIM
229
2
Information Systems and Technology in Healthcare
HIM
230
3
HIM
249
3
HIM
250
4
Total 12
5th Semester
HIM
233
3
HIM
252
3
HIM
254
3
Health Data Classification Systems II: CPT
HIM
255
2
HIM
280
1
Total 12
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 72

1 NAS 161 and NAS 162 may be substituted for BIO 141 and BIO 142, but individual courses may not be substituted.

2 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

3 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.