Health Sciences

Health Information Management

In the Health Information Management program at Midlands Technical College, the student will become skilled in health information systems and procedures.  They will be trained to technically analyze; evaluate and manage sensitive data in health records according to licensure and accreditation standards; compile various types of administrative and health statistics and reports for planning and evaluation; code diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement and statistics; design and develop computer-based patient record systems; and supervise the daily activities of a health information management department.

The HIM student will learn to release health information according to state and federal laws and to maintain and utilize a variety of manual and automated health information indices and storage and retrieval systems.  Students also receive detailed instruction in medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accreditation and regulatory requirements for the health care delivery system.  In addition to classroom instruction, students begin applying new knowledge in class laboratories and clinical settings at local health care facilities.

Graduates of the Health Information Management program earn an Associate Degree in Health Science that qualifies them to take the national accrediting examination to become a  Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT).  The program is fully accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education Programs in association with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and information Management

America Health Information Management Association
233 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois  60611-5800
(312) 233-1100
cahiim.org

Students must complete Phase I with a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for Phase II.

Students must complete all HIM and math and science courses with a “C” or higher in the time frame permitted by the Health Science Department and may repeat no more than two technology courses.

Special Requirements

In addition to the college’s placement test and the admission requirements of the Health Sciences Department, specific admissions criteria for entry into the Health Information Management program include:

Students will be expected to maintain their student membership to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).  Students are strongly advised to attend  the South Carolina Health Information Management Association’s regional and annual meetings.

Major:  Health Information Management (78 credit hours)
Degree:  Associate in Health Science

A.

General Education Course Requirements (18 credit hours)

 

 

 

 

Credit Hours

 

ENG 101

English Composition I @

3.0

 

ENG 102

English Composition II @

3.0

 

MAT 120

Probability and Statistics @

3.0

 

PSY 201

General Psychology @

3.0

 

SPC 205

Public Speaking @

3.0

 

 

Approved Humanities Course @

  3.0

 

 

Subtotal

18.0

       

Major courses meeting other college general education core requirements are starred (*) below.

       

B.

Major Course Requirements (22 credit hours)

 

 

 

 

Credit Hours

 

HIM 101

Introduction to Health Information @

1.0

 

HIM 110

Health Information Science I

3.0

 

HIM 120

Health Information Science II

3.0

 

HIM 163

Supervised Clinical Practicum I

3.0

 

HIM 164

Supervised Clinical Practicum II

3.0

 

HIM 165

Supervised Clinical Practice III

3.0

 

HIM 216

Coding and Classification I

3.0

 

HIM 225

Coding and Classification II

  3.0

 

 

Subtotal

22.0

     

 

C.

Additional Course Requirements (38 credit hours)

 

 

 

 

Credit Hours

 

AHS 102

Medical Terminology @

3.0

 

AHS 208

Health Management

3.0

 

BIO 210

Anatomy and Physiology I* @

4.0

 

BIO 211

Anatomy and Physiology II @

4.0

 

HIM 102

Introduction to Coding and Classification Systems @

1.0

 

HIM 115

Medical Records and the Law

2.0

 

HIM 125

Standards and Regulations

2.0

 

HIM 130

Billing and Reimbursement

3.0

 

HIM 135

Medical Pathology

3.0

 

HIM 137

Pharmacology for Coders @

1.0

 

HIM 140

Current Procedural Terminology I

3.0

 

HIM 215

Registries and Statistics

3.0

 

HIM 227

Senior Professional Competencies

3.0

 

HIM 266

Computers in Healthcare* @

  3.0

 

 

Subtotal

38.0

     

 

 

 

Total Credit Hours:

78.0

NOTE:  Courses denoted with @ are part of the Phase I Pre-Health Information Management certificate.