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Health Information Management (HIM)-Associate in Applied Sciences

City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Health Information Management (HIM)

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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Students will acquire knowledge and develop application skills for a variety of classification systems to code for reimbursement, databases and registries, and the maintenance of patients’ medical and treatment histories. Program graduates will be eligible to earn the following: a basic certificate in billing, an advanced certificate in coding and/or an AAS degree in Health Information Management.

Completion of this program leads to roles in data collection, data abstraction, enhanced coding and monitoring, maintenance and reporting activities. The Basic Certificate will prepare students to obtain entry level positions as medical billers in hospitals, physician private practices, as well as insurance companies. The Advanced Certificate in medical coding equips students for roles as medical coders in hospitals, physician private practices, as well as insurance companies. The AAS will prepare students for advanced biller/coder roles as well as for entry level roles in the information systems department of healthcare systems and insurance companies.

Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Credit Hours (CH)

Program/Plan Number

0393

Funding Options

Open For Enrollment

Yes

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Courses

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Prerequisites

 CH

General Education Requirements

15  CH
Students should refer to the General Education Requirements for AAS degrees and speak to an advisor. The AAS model includes the State of Illinois Human Diversity requirement.
Biology
BIOLOGY 120
Terminology For Medical Careers 3
Basic medical vocabulary for allied health professionals and others with minimal background in anatomy and physiology; includes study of the human body systems. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
English
ENGLISH 101
Composition 3
Development of critical and analytical skills in writing and reading of expository prose. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Mathematics
MATH 109
Concepts In Mathematics 3
Selected topics from various branches of mathematics illustrate the development of important ideas in mathematics and how these concepts are interrelated. Topics include sets and logic, numbers and sequences; measurement, interest and percent; calculators and computers; equations and linear programming, probability and statistics. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at:
Psychology
PSYCH 201
General Psychology 3
Historical survey of psychology and a study of the sensory and perceptual processes: learning, thinking, remembering, emotional behavior, motivation, mechanism of adjustment, and the total personality. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Speech
SPEECH 101-1
Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Theory and practice of oral communication; development of poise and confidence, delivery, and speech organization; public speaking practice; small group discussion, and development of standards of criticism. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

Program Core Requirements

45  CH
Biology
BIOLOGY 116
Anatomy And Physiology 4
Laboratory studies in gross and microscopic mammalian anatomy. Lectures correlating human anatomy and physiology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
IAI Approved
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
Computer Information Systems
CIS 120
Intro to Microcomputers 3
Fundamental concepts of computer information systems as applied to microcomputers in business and personal use; includes hands-on experience with a variety of microcomputer software. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than three credit hours will be counted towards the CIS/IT degree requirements. Additional earned credit hours up to six will be counted towards elective credit and requires the consent of Departments Chairperson. ARC: 3 times.
Prerequisites:
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
CIS 145
Database Management 3
In-depth concepts of database as they apply to microcomputers in business and personal use to build information management systems. The network, hierarchical, and relational models are discussed. DBMS on microcomputers are used for lab assignments to implement the rational models. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than three credit hours will be counted towards the CIS/IT degree requirements. Additional earned credit hours up to six will be counted towards elective credit and requires the Consent of Departments Chairperson.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Health
HEALTH 102
Medical Law & Ethics 3
This course considers the standards of ethical conduct toward patients, colleagues and other members of the medical team. Legal responsibility, professional liability, licensing, contracts, and other applications of law in medicine will be included. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Acceptance into the Medical Assistant program/plan 0421 SP and Grade of C or better in Biology 120.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
HEALTH 107
Pharmacology 4
This course introduces the student to the basic skills that are performed by the medical assistant in the medical office. The course will emphasize the principles of pharmacology as they relate to medication administration in the medical office and clinic settings. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Acceptance into the Medical Assisting program/plan 0359 and Grade of C or better in Biology 120.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
Health Information Management
HIM 204
Health Statistics & Registries 2
This course is a survey of sources and uses of health data in the United States. It focuses on the collection of data, commonly used computations, and the presentation and reporting of data. The function and use of registries with emphasis on the Tumor Registry is studied. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in HIM 101, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
Health Information Technology
HIT 101
Foundations of HIT 3
Course examines sources of health information and their relationship with health agencies. Course discusses the healthcare delivery system in the United States, professional and trade associations related to healthcare, ethical obligations, cultural competence, and diversity in healthcare related to age, race, sexual orientation, education, work experience, geographic location, and disability. Content includes study of origin and purpose, content, order, analysis and use of medical records, methods of compiling, numbering, retrieving, and retention of health information. It introduces students to the electronic health information systems and electronic health record environment including standards, applications, and capabilities of the EHR. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Acceptance into Health Information Technology (HIT) Program. Eligibility for English 101 or consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 102
Medical Billing 4
Course provides instructions in health records and insurance processing procedures, application of third party and managed care policies, procedures, guidelines, including obtaining referrals and pre-certifications. Various claim forms along with filing guidelines are introduced. Focus is on correlating health information with billing procedures in different healthcare settings. Course covers in-depth study of Medicare insurance system with emphasis on knowledge of terminology and guidelines involved in claim filing process. Topics also include understanding of Medicare reimbursement policies, appeal rights, and CMS current efforts to curtail healthcare fraud and abuse. Additionally, introductory information about other major insurance programs, reimbursement methodologies, and federal healthcare legislation programs will be provided. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Concurrent enrollment in HIT 101
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 103
Basic ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding 3
Course covers the ICD-10-CM/PCS classification system required to organize medical information for retrieval and reporting. Focus is on both the ICD-10-CM disease classification system and ICD-10-PCS classification system. Work focuses on acquiring skills in coding diseases and procedures and abstracting medical data. Hands-on experience in coding case scenarios assignments. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Concurrent enrollment in HIT 101
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 104
Basic CPT Coding 3
Course covers basic principles and guidelines of CPT coding in both hospital-based and ambulatory environments. Students develop skills in using CPT to report reimbursable services. Topics include the format of CPT and practice code assignment, ethical coding principles, encoding systems and software with practice applications. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Concurrent enrollment in HIT 101
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 201
Fundamentals of Medical Science 3
Course provides introduction to medical science. Content includes study of nature and cause of disease, treatment and management of patients, and practical application of knowledge by health information management professional. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in HIT 100.
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 202
Advanced Coding ICD9/10-CPT-4 3
This course provides advanced coding techniques for the CPT-4, ICD-9-CM, and ICD-10M/PCS coding systems with emphasis on official coding guidelines, and sequencing. Emphasis on case studies, health records, and federal regulations regarding perspective payment systems and methods of reimbursement. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in HIM 103 AND HIM 104, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 203
Reimbursement Methodologies 3
This course introduces terminology, rationale and methodology used by third-party payers to determine the reimbursement for health care providers. Proper completion of the 1500 billing form and legal issues related to reimbursement will be discussed, as well as the role health information management plays in the charge master maintenance, reimbursement monitoring, revenue cycle. An overview of hospital and nursing home billing systems including proper submission of UB-92 billing forms will also be covered. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in HIT 102
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 205
Health Information Management Seminar I 1
This course is a capstone course that emphasizes the integration of the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed as a part of the health information management advanced certificate curriculum. This course specifically focuses on the student's ability to demonstrate a comprehensive, integrated response to simulated scenarios the student will face in the work environment. Students will also develop their resume and portfolio in preparation for entry into the work force. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Students must be in their last semester of the Advanced Certificate Program AND Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 206
HIM Seminar II 1
This course is a capstone course that emphasizes the integration of the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed as a part of the health information management associate degree curriculum. This course specifically focuses on the student's ability to demonstrate a comprehensive, integrated response to simulated scenarios the student will face in the work environment. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Students must be in their last semester of the Associate Degree Program AND Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
Health Professions
HEAPRO 102
Health Career Studies 3
This course introduces students to the integral knowledge and professional skills required to be successful in healthcare careers. It prepares students for the rigor of healthcare career programs. It emphasizes understanding of the professional culture, deep learning of key foundational skills, application of health information technology, and demonstrating cultural competence in interactions with others. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101.
Offered at: Malcolm X

Additional Requirements

 CH

Elective Program Requirements

 CH

Area of Focus

 CH

Focus Electives

 CH

Required Work-Based Learning Courses

1  CH
Health Information Technology
HIT 207
Health Information Management Clinical Practicum 1
This course is a practicum course that provides practical experience for students enrolled in the Associates Degree in Health Information Management program. This practicum is focused on the application and synthesis of knowledge, skills, and abilities developed as part of the health information management associate degree curriculum to a healthcare setting. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Concurrent enrollment in HIM 206. Students must be in their last semester of the Associate Degree Program AND Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
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