Curriculum: AAS Health Information Systems

March 15, 2020
May 11, 2020

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All of your coursework is completed online and incorporates clinical experience, information technology and management training. Our students are given the necessary skills to process, maintain, analyze and report health information according to the accreditation and certification standards for reimbursement, care management, quality assurance and research.

Sample Curriculum

Customized curriculum map for the HIS program is available to fit your schedule and pace. Part-time and Full-time options are available to all students. Summer term courses are also offered. Program accepts students 3 time a year, Spring, Summer or Fall. Self paced online orientation is required after you are accepted to the program.

Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

Freshmen level course, 3 undergraduate credits. This course discusses the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body, basic current medical information on common clinical disorders encountered in the health field, the nomenclature used in describing anatomy, physiology, and disease of the human body, and the etymology of key terminology. This course is designed for students enrolled in programs of Emergency MedicalProfessions, Health Information Technology, Medical Assisting, and Human Services and Social Work. (Not for biology majors)

Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology Lab

This laboratory course accompanies Introduction toAnatomy and Physiology (BIOL1015). Activities provide a deeper and practical understanding of the basic principles of human anatomy and physiology. Many of the activities utilize laboratory simulation software. Topics include histology, blood analysis, skeletal muscle physiology, nerve impulse physiology, respiratory mechanics, chemical and physical properties of digestion, cardiovascular dynamics and endocrine physiology. This course was designed for students enrolled in Health Information Systems, Medical Assisting, Multi-Skilled Health Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology (not for biology or nursing majors). Co-requisite: BIOL1015.

Foundations of Pharmacology

This course will introduce students to the names and uses of the major classes of drugs. The purpose of this course is to develop a foundation for health professionals on how drugs work, potential interaction, and risks and benefits of Rx drugs.

English Composition

This course emphasizes critical reading, writing, and textual analysis with particular focus on argument and research-based writing.

Medical Terminology for the Health Professions

This course is designed to introduce the student to medical terminology, including roots, prefixes,and suffixes, with emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. The course consists of the basic rules for interpreting, constructing,and spelling medical terminology. The course includes common terminology, definitions and pronunciations for prefixes, suffixes, general body terms, and body system terminology. Each bodysystem lesson includes terms for anatomy, pathology, pharmacology, radiology, procedures, and tests. Emphasis is upon learning word roots, prefixes and suffixes and how they are combined toform medical words.

Introduction to Health Information Systems

This course provides an overview of the basic health information management functions. An emphasis is placed on hopsital and other healthcare settings as well as medical staff organization. Basic HIT functions of patient record content; filing and numbering systems; dataaccess and retention; quantitative and qualitativedata analysis; release of health record informaiton; forms control and desing; and maintenance of indices and registers are covered. Basic descriptions of healthcare reimbursement, regulatory and accrediting agencies; and alternatehealth care delivery systems are also reviewed

ICD Procedural Coding

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the ICD-10-PCS (International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Procedure Coding System. Students apply the coding rules to code inpatient procedures.

Human Disease

This course will provide students with an overviewof current medical information on common clinical disorders encountered in health care. Topics include principles of diseases of the various organ systems.

Introduction to Statistics

A one-semester comprehensive introduction to statistics suitable for students in biology, nursing, allied health, and applied science. Discussion of data, frequency distributions, graphical and numerical summaries, design of statistical studies, and probability as a basis for statistical inference and prediction. The concepts and practice of statistical inference including confidence intervals, one and two samplet-tests, chi-square tests, regression and analysisof variance, with attention to selecting the procedure(s) appropriate for the question and datastructure, and interpreting and using the result. Pre-requisite: At least 420 on the MPT strongly recommended.

Health Information Administration Practices

This course will present an overview of management theory and principles related to health information technology in the acute and non-acute care environments. Management theory and principles to strategic planning, accreditation, licensure, and institutional issues will be examined. Focus on integrated approach to diverse healthcare projects encountered in a variety of settings as well as software is utilized to simulate project management, planning and development.

ICD Medical Coding

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification). Students apply the coding rules to code diagnoses for inpatients and outpatients.

Healthcare Quality, Statistics and Research

An applied course in healthcare quality, basic statistics and research methods with emphasis on the ability to analyze and interpret clinical and other health data for use in research, and health care decision making.

Advanced Coding Applications

Advanced medical coding using ICD and CPT coding principles, conventions, and updates as they apply to accurate coding of complex medical/surgical cases with emphasis on case studies. Government regulations and changes in health care reporting will be examined. Computerized encoders and groupers emphasized. Topics covered also include other clinical classification/nomenclature systems in use such as SNOMED and DSM.

Health Information Systems Professional Practicum

A supervised, onsite professional practical experience in the health information management department and of a health care provider. Students will work under the supervision of qualified personnel to whom they are assigned and will also receive college faculty consultation. The professional practice experience is designed to enable student to obtain actual work experience in theoretical and application-based procedures previously studied. Students will perform CAHIIM/AHIMA HIT competencies for the healthcare provider/organization. Competencies may include confidentiality, privacy and security of health information; retention, retrieval, storage and release of health information; use of electronic health records; coding of health records; and demonstration of compliance with reimbursement, regulatory and accreditation requirements for health information. This professional practicum is conducted as a non-paid, laboratory experience.

Intermediate Composition

This course emphasizes critical reading and writing, advanced research and argument skills, and rhetorical understanding of language as it is used in different discourse communities.

CPT Medical Coding

A course that provides a comprehensive understanding of CPT (Current Procedural Terminology). This course focuses on the coding rules for the CPT coding systems and then applying the rules to code patient services.

Healthcare Applications

This course covers electronic health information systems and their design, implementation, and application. Topics include voice recognition and imaging technology, information security and integrity, data storage and retrieval systems, data dictionaries, modeling, and warehousing to meet departmental needs. Planning, design, integration, testing, evaluation and support for organization-wide information systems will be explored. The principles of ergonomics and human factors in work process design will be reviewed. This course also covers communication and internet technologies as well as common software applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics.

Health Information Ethics

This course covers legislative and regulatory processes, legal terminology, and medical professional-related and medical practice-related ethical issues. Topics include confidentiality, privacy and security policies, procedures and monitoring; release of information policies and procedures; and medical ethical issues. This course consists of a discussion and case review of codes of ethics, patient's bill of rights, medical malpractice cases, and legal and ethical issues for health care workers. The course will exam the most controversial and important issues in modern medical ethics.

Healthcare Data Analysis

This course covers the principles and techniques of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative data in a healthcare setting. Data analysis to support healthcare decision making, improved patient care, and regulatory compliance is a focus. Topics include healthcare statistical vocabulary, graphical displays, measurement, Z scores, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.

Health Insurance and Billing

This course covers the foundations of insurance and billing include a review of the types of healthcare payers, a determination of covered patient services and the completion of different types of claim forms. The importance and application of the revenue cycle will be discussed. Claims submission and follow up are covered. Compliance and ethical standards are discussed.

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