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A.S. Degree, Health Information Technology

Degree Type: A.S.
Major Code: HINFO-AS
CIP: 1351070700
Former CIP: 1317050600

Health Information Technology (HIT) program prepares students to play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality health care. The program introduces the student to managing patient health information and health records, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnosis and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients and related legal, ethical, financial and billing issues. Health Information Technology (HIT) professionals work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies and home care providers. Visit Health Information Careers (http://www.hicareers.com/) for additional information.

The Associate in Science (A.S.) in Health Information Technology is a 70 credit hour program and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) Education.

Health Information Technology (HIT) students who have earned an Associate in Science degree are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credentialing exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association. The RHIT credential is recognized nationally and demonstrates a significant level of professional achievement and expertise to employers seeking qualified job candidates. In addition, students are eligible to take a variety of coding credentialing exams including Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) and Certified Coding Specialist- Physician-based (CCS-P).

The major courses are available during evenings at the Altamonte Springs campus and online. Students must have access to a computer with Internet capabilities while enrolled in the program (computers with Internet access are available at all Seminole State campuses; see computer access regulations at www.seminolestate.edu/policies-procedures/policies).

All students entering a healthcare program with an off campus professional practice are required to complete a background check.

Students may complete the following college credit certificate as part of the Health Information Technology degree:

  • Medical Information Coder/Biller Certificate
Major Courses
AvailableHIM1453Anatomy and Physiology
This course is a presentation of the essential anatomy and physiology of the human body. All body organ systems are discussed in a format of lecture, diagrams and audio-visual material. The course will introduce some aspects of chemistry and microbiology as it relates to healthcare, although emphasis is not placed in these areas. A knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body as a basis for later study of disease processes is an essential part of the curriculum for students in the health profession.
AvailableHIM2012Legal Aspects of Health Information
This course will introduce students to the structure of the American legal system and the principles of health law including healthcare case studies. The course surveys the federal and state court structure and legal proceedings pertaining to healthcare. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the role that medical record information has in legal proceedings, healthcare legislation and regulations. Emphasis will be placed on medical record confidentiality, access, release and disclosure and laws pertaining to retention and patient rights. Knowledge of the legal issues surrounding computerized medical records will be explored. Medical professional ethics and HIPAA privacy and security issues will be reinforced.
AvailableHIM2211CComputer Applications and Technologies in Healthcare
This course provides an overview of healthcare information systems with a concentration on computerized health information management (HIM) functions. Students will be introduced to common software applications utilized to perform HIM processes. Emerging technology issues in healthcare will be explored. Lab fee required.
Not availableHIM2214Health Data Analysis Research and Management
This course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the collection, computation, compilation and presentation of internal and external reporting of statistical healthcare information in the following four categories: administrative, quality, utilization and financial. Topics include the use and application of statistics in healthcare, commonly used healthcare utilization statistical computations, vital statistics, uniform reporting requirements, health information indices, databases and disease registries, Institutional Review Board processes and knowledge-based research methods.
Not availableHIM2272Advanced Reimbursement Principles of Healthcare Services
This course provides an understanding of the healthcare reimbursement methodologies and issues including PPS, DRGs, APCs, ASC Groups and applicable state and federal regulations related to HIPAA mandated electronic claims transaction and UB-04 claims processing. Requirements for payers and Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) are discussed. Included is an introduction to regulatory compliance, revenue cycle and Charge Description Master (CDM) maintenance. This course will help prepare the student to pursue a multifunctional career path in areas dealing with health information management, healthcare claim and reimbursement in physician offices and/or acute care facilities.
Not availableHIM2512Management of Health Information Operations
This course is an introduction to the management of health information operations. Subjects of focus will be principles of human resources, planning and budgeting, orientation, training and staffing of personnel, organizing work processes including ergonomics considerations and evaluating and improving work performance.
Not availableHIM2510Health Care Performance Improvement Practices
This course develops an understanding of the quality management initiatives in healthcare including utilization review, case management, risk management, medical staff credentialing and peer review. The study of quality management in healthcare will be based upon the roles and influences of accrediting bodies, regulatory agencies, legislation, society and payers.
Not availableHIM2720CAdvanced Medical Coding
This course covers advanced medical coding in the integrated use of ICD-10-PCS, CPT and HCPCS. The student will apply the medical coding skills acquired through academic instruction to select diagnoses and procedures based on the UHDDS guidelines. This course is designed to increase the quality and accuracy of coding selection by applying official coding guidelines and policies. Regulatory changes and updates affecting coding and reimbursement will be discussed including concepts related to hospital MS-DRGs, case mix and ASCs. Students will gain hands-on experience in the use of encoders and groupers to code medical charts. Computer-assisted coding (CAC) will be introduced.
AvailableHIM2722CICD-10-CM Coding
This course provides a thorough demonstration of the international classification of diseases ICD-10-CM. Students will understand general equivalency mapping for ICD-10 and the use of other vocabulary and classification systems such as SNOMED, DSM IV, ICD-O, RXNORM, and LOINC. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the organization, structure, conventions and guidelines of ICD-10-CM in order to accurately code and sequence diagnoses. Students will learn the purpose and uses of diagnosis coding. The importance of the standards of ethical coding, coding compliance and maintaining patient privacy will be stressed.
AvailableHIM2724Basic Procedure Coding
This course provides an introduction to the International Classification of ICD-10-PCS. Students will learn the key attributes of ICD-10-PCS, including the organization, structure, conventions, tables and will interpret healthcare data and apply coding guidelines for ICD-10-PCS code assignment. Students will differentiate between ICD-9-CM procedure codes and ICD-10-PCS codes and understand the use of code mapping between different classification systems for retrieval of historical data. The benefits of ICD-10 for health information exchange standards and interoperability will also be explored.
Not availableHIM2940Practicum Experience I
This course allows the student to use software and other tools and resources to support clinical classification, coding and grouping following regulations and guidelines, validate coding accuracy based on documentation in the health record, apply guidelines applicable to reimbursement methodologies, compile data and review accuracy. The student will be able to demonstrate their employability skills and identify professional standards appropriate to healthcare workers.
Not availableHIM2943Practicum Experience II
This is a capstone course for the Health Information Management A.S. program where students will complete a supervised professional practice experience in a health information management (HIM) department of a hospital and alternative healthcare setting. The student will review HIM workflow and perform advanced HIM functions in order to bridge the academics of HIM to current HIM workforce needs and responsibilities. Emphasis will be placed on records retrieval and retention, assembly, qualitative and quantitative record analysis, inpatient and outpatient coding, abstracting, statistical compiling and reporting of healthcare data, release of information and use of specific HIM software applications.
Not availableHIM2721COutpatient Coding and Electronic Physician Office
This course is designed to provide a detailed approach to accurately using the physician's current procedural terminology (CPT) for proper coding in an outpatient setting. Students will continue to apply the skills acquired in HIM 2722 ICD-10-CM. Emphasis is placed on practical simulation of computer-assisted activities which are common to the daily routine of the electronic medical office. The practice management system and electronic health record is used as a typical example of computer programs that are available for efficient practice operations. Strong emphasis will be placed on regulatory compliance and auditing. Students who have completed HIM 2253C and HIM 2273 do not need to take this course. Lab fee required.
Support Courses
AvailableCGS2100COffice Applications
This course focuses on the concepts and operation of the main components of word processor, electronic spreadsheet, database management and presentation software programs. Students will gain fundamental knowledge of a major software suite and learn skills that have practical applications in real world situations. Lab fee required.
AvailableCGS2545CDatabase Management
This course is a study of database design and management. Topics include the relational model, Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERDs), database design and normalization, query languages, multi-user and distributed databases and data warehouses. Lab fee required.
AvailableHIM1433Human Pathophysiology
This course provides an overview of all body system diseases and conditions including etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic treatment modalities, prognosis and prevention.
Note: NUR 1210C may substitute for HIM 1433.
AvailableHIM1000Introduction to Health Information Management
Students will learn the history, purpose and content as well as professional ethics and legal principles of the medical record and health information. Health Information Management department functions, workflow and quality considerations will be discussed. Students will compare the paper medical record to the electronic health record. Furthermore, course content includes an introduction to DHHS, CMS, HIPAA and Joint Commission, The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information and professional organizations affiliated with health information, medical coding and medical documentation integrity.
AvailableHSC1149Basic Pharmacotherapy
This course will provide the student the opportunity to explore basic concepts regarding the most common therapeutic medications prescribed to treat the most common human disease conditions. The five rights of drug administration and causes of medication errors will also be identified in order to enhance medical record review.
Note: NUR 1141C may substitute for HSC 1149.
AvailableHSC1531Medical Terminology
This is an introductory course to the language of medicine utilized by healthcare professionals. Basic word structure and formation, medical terms, abbreviations, definitions and spelling are included. Major disease processes and pathological conditions of specific body systems will be discussed.
General Education Courses
AvailableENC1101English I
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher.
AvailableINP2002Introduction to Industrial Psychology
This course applies psychological principles to individual and group functioning in organizational settings. Major topics include employee selection, motivation, job satisfaction, leadership and performance evaluation. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
Humanities or History General Education course3
Mathematics or Science General Education course3
Note: Students who choose a Science General Education course, due to state law, must also complete any college preparatory mathematics course(s), if any were required by their entry-level test scores, before they can be awarded an associate degree.
General Education course (any Area)3
AvailableSPC1608Introduction to Oral Communication
The purpose of this course is to improve the basic skills of speaking and listening. Class exercises emphasize preparing and delivering public speeches, speaking with clarity and variety and listening with literal and critical comprehension.
Total Credits:70
Note: Students planning to transfer into the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Information Management (HIM) at UCF should review requirements of a "C" or higher in their discipline-specific courses. UCF also requires that students complete Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting as prerequisite courses for the B.S. in HIM. However, these courses are not required for the A.S. in HIM degree at Seminole State College.
Note: Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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