Curriculum: AAS Health Information Systems

November 15, 2022
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HIS professionals play a crucial role in ensuring the quality, accuracy and security of patient information and medical records. UC’s HIS degree program is offered 100% online and combines elements of healthcare administration, coding, billing, records management, compliance, data analysis and reporting, clinical healthcare, business and information technology. Our curriculum is continuously updated with the latest compliance, quality, accreditation and certification standards.

Our CAHIIM-Accredited program is designed to prepare students to sit for the nationally recognized credential of Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT) in their last semester. Our graduates are fully-credentialed, highly-knowledgeable and in high demand. After obtaining the RHIT certification, many of our HIS graduates continue their education by pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (HIM) and earning the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential – opening up even more opportunities for career growth and professional advancement.

Sample Curriculum

Customized curriculum maps are available to fit busy schedules. Our program accepts students 3 times a year (Spring, Summer and Fall). HIS students will also participate in a Professional Practicum Experience (PPE).

The PPE provides students with professional experience and is an essential component of the HIS program. It is a unique opportunity to learn in a real-world environment – where knowledge and facts gain meaning and professional roles and responsibilities are clearly demonstrated. PPE opportunities are available at professional practice facilities throughout the U.S. HIS Program Director(s) and Faculty will assist students in securing a facility in their geographic area. These on-site and online simulations are designed to reinforce the knowledge, competencies and skills gained in the program.

Healthcare Applications and Computer Skills

Students that have transfer credit for three (3) credit hours of BIT 1013C with a C- or higher will be exempt from the Computer Skills Test. Students that have transfer credit for three (3) credit hours of HCMT 2015 will also be exempt from the Computer Skills Test and from retaking HCMT 2015.

Those that do not have transfer credit will take a Computer Skills Test during their online orientation to assess their knowledge of computer programs. Students that do not score an 80% or above on the Computer Skills Test are strongly encouraged to enroll in BIT 1013C (Introduction to Software Applications). Students that pass BIT 1013C will be more likely to succeed in HCMT 2015. BIT 1013C will give students a more comprehensive overview of computer programs that will be explored in more detail in HCMT 2015.


*HCMT 1005 – Introduction to Health Information Systems is Quality Matters Certified for meeting high-quality online course standards.



Course Title / Description Credit
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Course: BIOL1015
Credit: 3
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
Course: BIOL1015L
Credit: 1
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
Course: HCMT2000
Credit: 2
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
Course: ENGL1001
Credit: 3
English Composition 1001 is a writing-centered course that emphasizes the careful reading, analytical thinking, and persuasive strategies inherent in researching and writing within an academic community. Students learn that rhetorical knowledge is the basis of composing while learning to write with purpose, audience, context, and conventions in mind. Students develop rigorous academic research practices: how to locate and evaluate primary and secondary sources relevant to their line of inquiry and position their own ideas in conversation with public writing. Students also engage in regular self-reflection: articulating what they know, what they can do, and how to apply their knowledge and skills in various contexts.
Medical Terminology for the Health Professions
Course: HCMT1001
Credit: 3
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
Course: HCMT1005C
Credit: 3
This course provides an overview of the basic health information management functions. An emphasis is placed on hospital and other healthcare settings as well as medical staff organization. Basic HIT functions of patient record content; filing and numbering systems; data access and retention; quantitative and qualitative data analysis; release of health record information; forms control and design; and maintenance of indices and registers are covered. Basic descriptions of healthcare reimbursement, regulatory and accrediting agencies; and alternate health care delivery systems are also reviewed.
ICD Medical Coding II
Course: HCMT1018
Credit: 3
This course provides a comprehensive understanding and application of ICD-PCS (International Classifications of Diseases - Procedure Coding System). Official coding guidelines are used to accurately assign ICD-PCS codes to procedural statements. Medical documentation is reviewed for accuracy and completeness and assigned ICD-PCS codes are evaluated for accuracy. Diagnostic/procedural groupings are evaluated for accuracy.
Human Disease
Course: ALH1015C
Credit: 2
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
Course: STAT1031
Credit: 3
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 sample t-tests, chi-square tests, regression and analysis of variance, with attention to selecting the procedure(s) appropriate for the question and data structure, and interpreting and using the result. Prerequisite: at least 30 on the ALEKS Math test or 420 on the Math Placement Test (MPT) is recommended.
Health Information Administration Practices
Course: HCMT2020
Credit: 3
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 I
Course: HCMT1017
Credit: 3
This course provides a comprehensive understanding and application of ICD-CM (International Classifications of Diseases - Clinical Modification). Official coding guidelines are used to accurately assign ICD-CM codes to diagnosis statements. Medical documentation is reviewed for accuracy and completeness and assigned ICD-CM codes are evaluated for accuracy. Classification systems and diagnostic/procedural groupings are discussed and compared.
Healthcare Quality, Statistics and Research
Course: HCMT2022
Credit: 3
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
Course: HCMT2025C
Credit: 3
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
Course: HCMT2030C
Credit: 3
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
Course: ENGL2089
Credit: 3
Intermediate Composition is a writing-centered course that builds on what students learn in first-year composition and focuses students’ attention on theoretical underpinning of how meaning is made, understood, and communicated within and across various discourse communities and genres. The course emphasizes critical reading and writing, advanced research and analysis skills, and rhetorical sensitivity to differences in academic, professional, and public composing. This course challenges students to engage in substantive projects drawing on primary research and source analysis methods and asks students to document, communicate, and reflect on their research.
CPT Medical Coding
Course: HCMT1010C
Credit: 3
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
Course: HCMT2015C
Credit: 3
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
Course: HCMT2012
Credit: 3
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
Course: HCMT2005
Credit: 3
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.
Healthcare Reimbursement
Course: HCMT2002
Credit: 2
This course covers reimbursement methodologies used in all healthcare settings as they relate to national billing, health insurance, reimbursement, compliance, and reporting requirements.
Health Insurance and Billing
Course: HCMT2003
Credit: 3
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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