Health Information Management

Program Description

The Health Information Management (HIM) degree provides students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills required to perform a variety of specialized duties in a non-clinical healthcare setting.  Graduates may seek positions as medical records technicians, coders, health information specialists, and similar designations.

Opportunities for Employment

HIM graduates will be able to work at acute care hospitals, clinics, behavioral healthcare facilities, hospice, home care, health care government agencies, EHR vendors, insurance companies, and Managed Care Organizations.  Opportunities for certification include Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Professional Coder – Hospital Outpatient (CPC-H), Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS), and others. 

Program Requirements

Students entering the HIM program must meet the college’s general admissions requirements, as well as program specific admission requirements. Program specific admission requirements include:

  • Completion of the Health Information Management Application for Admission packet, including criminal background check.
  • Students are required to take English and mathematics placement tests. Developmental classes in these areas may be required.
  • Students may receive college credit for verified on-the-job experience.
  • Courses taken out of suggested sequence must have the approval of the program advisor.

Clinical Affiliation Agreement for HIM Internship

The Health Information Management Program has clinical affiliation agreements with clinical agencies for student safety. If students cannot comply with these contractual requirements, they will not be able to participate in clinical experience and will be asked to withdraw from the program. General guidelines follow:

  • Clinical agencies reserve the right to dismiss a student from their agency at any time with due cause. This will be done with advance notice, except in an emergency.
  • Published policies of the clinical agency must be followed. Each student must successfully complete an orientation program prior to participating in activities at any clinical facility.
  • Clinical facilities requires that all students have documentation of ability to perform the physical demands required in direct patient care activities.
  • Immunizations must be current. A flu vaccine may be required.
  • Student release clinical agencies, its agents, and employees from any liability for any injury or death to him/herself or damage to his/her property arising out of agreement or use of the clinical agency’s facilities.
  • Proof of HIPAA and CPR Certification must be provided.
  • Clinical facilities require a criminal background check and drug screen clearance as a condition for student placement.

For Further Information Contact:

Fran Doyle, Assistant Dean
fdoyle@mecc.edu
276.523.2400 ext. 313

Nora Blankenbecler, Program Director
nblankenbecler@mecc.edu
276.523.2400 ext. 241

Health Information Management (152)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course #

Course Title

Credit

NAS

171

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4

ENG

111

College Composition I

3

HIM

130

Healthcare Information Systems

3

HIM

113

Medical Terminology and Disease Processes I

3

HIM

260

Pharmacology for HIM

2

SDV

100

College Success Skills

1

FIRST YEAR SPRING

HIM

114

Medical Terminology & Disease Processes II

3

   

Guided General Education Elective1

3

HIM

150

Health Records Management

3

HIM

230

Information Systems & Technology in Healthcare

3

HIM

253

Health Records Coding

4

SDV

106

Preparation for Employment

1

HLT

105

CPR

1

SECOND YEAR FALL

HIM

149

Introduction to Medical Practice Management

2

HIM

151

Reimbursement Issues in Medical Practice Management

2

HIM

249

Supervision & Management Practices for HIM

3

HIM

254

Advanced Coding & Reimbursements

4

HIM

251

Clinical Practice I

3

   

Humanities Elective1

3

SECOND YEAR SPRING

HIM

220

Health Statistics

2

HIM

226

Legal Aspects of Health Record Documents

2

HIM

229

Performance Improvement in Healthcare

2

HIM

233

Electronic Health Records Management

3

HIM

252

Clinical Practice II

3

HIM

280

HIM Capstone

1

   

Social Science Elective1

3

Total Minimum Credits for Degree

67

1Consult with advisor.

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