Dec 03, 2021  
Course/Program Inventory 
    
Course/Program Inventory

Health Information Management


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Date Revised: 9.8.20

 

Program of Study Summary

 

Participating Colleges:

Chattanooga State Community College (Participation ends 5/2021)

Dyersburg State Community College      

Roane State Community College

Volunteer State Community College

Walters State Community College

                       

Academic Program Inventory Title/s: 

A.A.S. in Health Information Management

Technical Certificate (C1) in Medical Coding

Technical Certificate (C1) in Medical Insurance Specialist

 

CIP codes:                                                               Possible SOC Codes:                              

CIP code: 31.51.0707.00
31.51.0707.00 Medical Coding Technical Certificate

31.51.0713.01 Medical Insurance Specialist Technical Certificate   

 

Program Description:

The Health Information Management program is a two year associate of applied science degree designed to prepare individuals to manage and code the medical information obtained in the medical records, organize the coded information for reimbursement purposes, abstract other data to meet administrative and governmental requirements, manage medical and legal inquiries for medical information, calculate healthcare statistics, perform data analytics, manage the HIM department operational and human resource functions. Graduates of this program will be prepared for a variety of positions in the health information services market. The program is designed to offer a wide variety of learning experiences including classroom and online instruction, use of computers and software designed for Health Information Management, and directed clinical practice in various medical settings.

Health Information Management programs must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in order for graduates to be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential.  TBR has approved this degree for 66 semester credit hours (SCH) plus up to 3 additional SCH for the first-year college success course. 

Participating programs have all chosen to teach Data Management (DM) track competencies and Revenue Management (RM) track competencies.

 

Program Outcome

Student will be able to:

1.  The Health Information Management program prepares individuals with an associate of applied science degree to meet entry-level competencies for Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT).

 

Professional Accrediting Body:

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

 

State Agency/Entity Oversight: None

 

Certifications/License or Industry-recognized Certificates:

Successful completion of the program will prepare the student to sit for the RHIT certification.

Students who complete the Medical Coding Technical certificate can sit for the CCA exam through AHIMA. Students may also sit for the CCS or CCS-P but AHIMA prefers candidates to have a couple years’ work experience before they sit for these two certifications.

 

Related TCAT Diploma Programs: None

Curriculum- 60 Hours


General Education Requirements*


Course 20  SCH
ENGL 1010 - English Composition I   3
BIOL 2010 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I    4
BIOL 2020 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II   4
MATH 1530 - Introductory Statistics   3
HUMANITIES Elective*     3
SOC SCI Elective*                                      3

* All approved campus-specific course offerings can be found in the campus catalog.

Note: Whatever title and rubric of College Success course it is included in library as per institutional requirements.

Major Field Core


Courses 26 SCH
3
3
3
3
3
2
3
3
3

(Total Credit hours for General Ed requirements and Major Field Core                  46 SCH)

The additional semester credit hours (SCH) to complete the 66 SCH degree may be selected from any of the following courses listed below.

Additional Approved Courses


Courses Varied
2
2
3
3
4
1
2
2
2
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Other Courses HIMT Students might take that are deemed appropriate to complete the A.A.S. in HIM include the following:

First Year Student Success Course                                                                     1-3 credits

The following course was developed at the request of faculty in the Surgical Technology program.  This course will be taught by HIMT when requested to support other allied health programs.  However, it is not intended to be used for the A.A.S. in HIM.

HIMT 1308 - Introduction to Health-Related Professions  

Please note the following requirements for developing curriculum proposals or revising existing programs:

  1. In order for a technical certificate to be embedded within the degree program, and thus require only one program evaluation every 5-year cycle, all courses in the certificate program must also be a part of the degree program.
  2. The faculty may choose to develop different “tracks” or “pathways” within the degree.  For example, the A.A.S. in HIM might include a medical coding pathway that supports embedding the Medical Coding Technical Certificate or another pathway to support embedding the Medical Insurance Specialist Technical Certificate.
  3. All technical certificates should provide the shortest path to developing the skills recognized as supporting specific workforce needs and benefiting the student by enhancing employment opportunities.  Therefore, a reduction in required semester credit hours should be considered when existing certificate programs are revised.  If additional credit hours are to be added, this will require additional justification and support from healthcare employers of these graduates.

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