Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management (HIM)

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The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management (HIM) is a 100 percent online certificate designed to be a subset of the full HIM Major curriculum. The primary purpose of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management (HIM) is to allow a pathway for students with a bachelor's degree in another field to gain the knowledge and competencies needed to successfully sit for the national RHIA credentialing examination without having to complete an additional bachelor's degree.

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Both of the following options will help you to prepare to sit for the RHIA exam. Choose the one that is most appropriate for your career goals.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in HIM

  • CAHIIM accredited
  • Earn eligibility to sit for the RHIA credential exam upon completion
  • 52 undergraduate credits
  • No pre-requisite courses
  • Up to 20 transfer credits allowed
  • Approximate duration: 2 years
  • Earn additional experience with completion of 80 hours of onsite professional practice
  • Tuition: $415 per credit

M.S. Health Information Management

  • CAHIIM accredited
  • Earn eligibility to sit for the RHIA credential exam upon completion
  • 40 graduate credits
  • 9 pre-requisite credits (can be completed at start of the program)
  • Approximate duration: 2 years
  • Obtain leadership and management competency through experiential learning
  • Tuition: $638 per credit

Certificate coursework

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Expand and Collapse BIO 2002 - The Human Body in Health and Disease

Combined material of Anatomy/Physiology, Pathophysiology and Medical Terminology as necessary as background basis for students in the Health Information Management graduate program. Intended for online HIM graduate students who have not completed the sequenced courses at the college level. Topics include: Chemistry/Cell Biology Basics, Neoplasia, and the Anatomy/Physiology and Pathophysiology of the Circulatory, Nervous, Musculo-Skeletal, Urinary, Respiratory, Digestive, Endocrine and Reproductive Systems.

Expand and Collapse CIS 3107 - Database Modeling

Provides an understanding of fundamental concepts in the management of data, hands-on experience with a small-scale database management system, and an awareness of the application of business data base management systems. Lab exercises involve use of a relational DBMS to load, update and retrieve information from a database. Prerequisite: CIS 1007.

Expand and Collapse CIS 3108 - Systems Analysis & Design

Focuses on the five phases of the systems development life cycle. Topics include: preliminary investigation, physical and logical documentation, detailed investigation of requirements and alternative specifications, analysis and design techniques, implementation considerations, development of logical and physical data flow diagrams, data modeling, prototyping, CASE tools and the use of Gantt and PERT charts. A sample project is introduced and is integrated using the SDLC methodology.

Expand and Collapse CIS 4108 - Project Management

An introduction to project management and the supporting techniques and tools. The course exposes students the project management process, the deliverables produced while managing a project, and the collaborative nature of the project environment.

Expand and Collapse HIM 2102 - Intro to Pharmacotherapeutics

Introduces the variety of drugs used for disease treatment for each body system. A general understanding of how drugs work, their potential and limitations, as well as their diversity and number will be explored.

Expand and Collapse HIM 2110 - Concepts & Principles of HIM

Introduces the field of health information management. Content areas include an overview of the electronic patient record, professional roles within the field, professional organizations and the professional Code of Ethics; the content and structure of manual, computerized and hybrid health record and the standards that govern the development of the record within a health care facility; viewing medical documents and e-forms. Hands-on lab experience will be used by students to develop their confidence and competence with employing this type of clinical information technology in the practice of their profession.

Expand and Collapse HIM 2111 - HIM Technologies in Practice

Applies technology to HIM practice including electronic health records, clinical information systems, and management information systems in HIM. Hands on experience with electronic systems and technology applications for creating, managing, and storing and retrieving electronic health data will be used by students to develop their confidence and competence with employing this type of clinical information technology in the practice of their profession.

Expand and Collapse HIM 3132 - Medicolegal Issues

Study of the U.S. judicial system; hospital, medical staff and other professional liability; health information as evidence; consent for treatment; retention and release of medical information; the health record as a legal document; risk management, prevention and potential; confidentiality of health information; and a patient's right to know.

Expand and Collapse HIM 3211 - Classification Clinical Data

Focuses on the roles of classification systems, vocabularies, terminologies, and clinical and administrative data standards in the healthcare setting. Topics include the utilization, collection, maintenance, and retrieval of specified health vocabularies and data in healthcare facilities. The course will also focus on the relationship between the systems and processes for standardization in health information exchange. Prerequisite: HIM 2101 and BIO 3020.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4222 - Clinical Data Management

Managing coded data in healthcare organizations; uniform data sets and healthcare informatics standards for health data collection; evaluation of data quality; DRGs, MS-DRGs and other case mix systems; revenue cycle management; data collection for enterprise; reportable and specialized databases; data mining of healthcare data. Prerequisite: HIM 3211.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4231 - Clinical Quality Management

Calculates meaningful clinical, administrative, vital, and public health statistics; addresses medical staff organization and function; evaluation of patient care; clinical information analysis; integrated quality improvement activities; patient safety; case management; utilization management; risk management; and performance improvement processes.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4315 - Management Tools and Strategies

Focuses on the concepts, principles, tools, and strategies utilized in managing operations within a performance improvement model. It includes problem solving and decision making models as well as tools and techniques for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the available resources which comprise a Health Information Service.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4415 - Health Data Analytics

Provides a foundation for designing databases and analyzing healthcare data to enhance clinical and administrative decision-making. Topics include database management, data analysis, data reporting, SQL, statistics, data mining, and data visualization. Students will have practical experience with software applications used in the healthcare industry.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4555 - Professional Practice Experience

This is a supervised professional practice experience (internship) that includes managerial or other related professional practice roles and experience in health information management departments and other health information related areas. Hospitals, medical centers, clinics and alternative healthcare facilities across the United States are used. An administrative project, visits with users of health information (finance, decision support, registries, etc.) or unique healthcare facilities or agencies are an integral component of the clinical internship.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4556 - Seminar in Health Information Management

Seminar is a student-centered experience revolving around internship experiences. Students discuss and present professional practice experiences; share learning experiences, and present project work. In addition, employment preparation and career opportunities are a focus. HIM professionals in unique career settings are invited to interact with the students. Preparation for the credentialing examination is explored to help the student transition successfully into the professional world. Prerequisite: HIM 4555 or HIM 4530, 4540, 4550.


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Tuition: $415/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2017-18 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.