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Associate of Applied Science in Health Science - Health Information Management Concentration - Revenue Management Track

Health Information Management Overview

Every time health care personnel encounter a patient, they record what they observed, treatment implemented, and patient outcomes. In today’s technology world, this information is maintained electronically in healthcare information systems.  The Health Information Manager is a vital member of the healthcare team and is responsible for managing these systems where the expanding arena of healthcare meets the cutting edge of technology. They are vital to the daily operation of health information and electronic health records. HIM professionals ensure that healthcare staff have the right information when and where it is needed while maintaining the highest standards of data integrity, confidentiality, and security.  This growing career includes the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing good quality patient care.

Health Information Management is a combination of medicine, management, finance, information technology and law. As a result, HIM graduates can choose to work in a variety of healthcare settings.  Health Information Management professionals are trained in the latest information management technology applications and understand the workflow process.  HIM duties can include operating computer information systems, coding diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement, maintaining quality control of health records, and more in accordance with strict state and federal laws.

 HIM professionals have a flexible, focused skill set which incorporates clinical, information technology, leadership, and management skills. They use their knowledge of information technology and records management to form a link between clinicians, administrators, technology designers, and information technology professionals.

Changing regulations and technologies allow the HIM professional to be involved in lifelong learning and continued professional development.  . As HIM becomes more prevalent, health information management professionals will continue to be a critical component of the electronic health record workforce. 

The Health Information Management accreditor of ECPI University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Associate Degree in Health Information Management, Revenue Management Track has been reaffirmed through 2025-2026. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.


The following are the graduation, employment, retention, and certification exam pass rates as reported to the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) for the August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020 period.

Campus LocationGraduation RateEmployment RateRetention RateCertification Exam Pass Rate
Richmond57%88%78%67% 4 of 6 testers passed
CAHIIM Accredited Program

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education

The Health Information Management accreditor of ECPI University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Associate Degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2025-2026. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.
Program Description

Medical Careers Institute’s faculty members have worked extensively in the Health Information Management field, and understand the “real-world” applications for the material they teach. It’s their goal to ensure that you can demonstrate fundamental knowledge in such core areas as:

  • Clinical work flow
  • Information systems
  • Information policy
  • Health data management
  • Administration

What’s more, graduates can be prepared to take national certification examinations.

 

Possible Career Track

Upon completion, graduates with an Associate of Applied Science in Health Science with a concentration in Health Information Management, Revenue Management Track could possibly pursue a career in multiple healthcare settings including:

  • Private Practice
  • HMO/Insurance/Managed Care Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Primary Care Clinics
  • Intermediate- and Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation
  • Cancer Registry
  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Hospices
  • Military and Industry
  • Home Healthcare
Curriculum

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

50 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
HIM100Electronic Health Records 3
HIM200Health Information Technology I 3
HIM205Pathophysiology 3
HIM210Pharmacology 3
HIM215Ethical and Legal Aspects of Health Information Management 3
HIM231Clinical Classification Systems I 3
HIM235Clinical Classification Systems II 3
HIM232Clinical Classification Systems 1B 3
HIM245Healthcare Delivery Systems 3
HIM250Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HIM260Healthcare Statistics 3
HIM271Clinical Classification Systems III 1
HIM280Quality Assessment and Improvement 3
HIM290Introduction to Management 3
HIM296National Exam Preparation 3
HIM297Health Information Management Externship 4
MED104Medical Terminology 3

Arts and Sciences

21 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
BIO101Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIO104Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
COM115Principles of Communication 3
ENG110College Composition 3
HUM205Culture and Diversity: Exploring the Humanities 3
MTH131College Algebra 3
PSY105Introduction to Psychology 3

Self-Integration and Computer Literacy

6 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
COR191Career Orientation 1
FOR110Essentials for Success 3
CIS108Office Applications 2
Program Outcomes
  • Demonstrate proficiency in health data management, information policy, information systems, administration and clinical workflow. 
  • Demonstrate skills necessary to operations management that will ensure an adequate and complete medical record and cost-effective information processing.
  • Distinguish the legal and ethical standards of practice for health information management, including HIPAA, in a variety of health care settings and situations.
  • Function as a bridge between clinicians, payers, regulators, patients, consumers, and technology.
  • Demonstrate skills that are critical to adherence and promotion of continuous quality improvement, regulatory requirements, and the revenue cycle processes.
  • Ensure the availability of accurate health data through the application of current and future healthcare technologies including the electronic medical record, electronic health records, integration of healthcare technologies within healthcare systems, and wireless and internet applications.
  • Function as part of a team that includes not only health information management technicians, but also clinicians and customers, in a variety of settings.
  • Perform in the role of health information management technician by applying skills, values, and knowledge from the coursework to professional practice experiences.

The following are the employment, retention, and certification exam pass rates as reported to the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) for the August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019 period.

Campus LocationEmployment RateRetention RateCertification Exam Pass Rate
Newport News100%88%50% 1 of 2 testers passed
Richmond100%82%100% 4 of 4 testers passed

The HIM program at Newport News and Richmond campuses both have a 100% Graduate Satisfaction Rate.

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