Health Information Management, A.A.S.

Sitka, e-Learning

The Health Information Management (HIM) program provides a course of study, using primarily e-Learning methodology, that prepares entry-level health information professionals. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Graduates are eligible to write the national examination; successful completion of the examination leads to the professional credential of Registered Health Information Technician (R.H.I.T.). Program assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted at the Program Assessment website.

The Health Information Management (HIM) A.A.S. degree program requires a minimum of sixty (60) semester credit hours. Graduation should occur within five (5) years from the date of enrollment or HIM professional courses may have to be repeated. A minimum grade of C (2.00) is required in all courses. A grade of C- is not considered passing.

Minimum Credit Hours 62
General Education Requirements 16
Major Requirements 46
General Education Requirements
Written Communication Skills
WRTG S111*Writing Across Contexts3
WRTG S211*Writing and the Humanities3
or WRTG S212 *Writing and the Professions
Oral Communication Skills
Select one of the following:3
*Fundamentals of Oral Communication
*Small Group Communication and Team Building
*Interpersonal Communication
*Public Speaking
Other Skills
PSY S111*Introduction to Psychology3
HS S114Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology 14
Major Requirements
HIM S101 Introduction to Health Information Management I3
HIM S102Introduction to Health Information Management II3
HIM S117Applied Healthcare Statistics3
HIM S135Medical Terminology3
HIM S155Coding I: Outpatient3
HIM S181Introduction to Healthcare Systems3
HIM S240Legal Aspects of Health Information3
HIM S251Quality Improvement and Project Management3
HIM S255Coding II: Inpatient3
HIM S258Coding III: Advanced Coding3
HIM S261Revenue and Financial Management for Healthcare3
HIM S272Pathophysiology and Pharmacology4
HIM S280Health Care Management3
HIM S281RHIT Certification Exam Preparation1
HIM S289Healthcare Information Technology3
HIM S291Internship: Healthcare Management2
Total Credits62

Students going on to a Bachelor's degree are advised to take BIOL S111 and BIOL S112 in place of HS S114.

The HIM Program provides a course of study, using primarily distance delivery methodology that prepares entry-level health information professionals. The HIM Program is accredited by the CAHIIM.

1. Apply knowledge of data structure, content, and information governance.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of information protection: access, use, disclosure, privacy, and security.

3. Utilize and organize information pertaining to informatics, analytics, and data use.

4. Describe, evaluate, and apply revenue cycle functions and processes.

5. Identify health care laws and regulations.

6. Demonstrate organizational management and leadership skills.