Health Information Management

Health Information ManagementHIM

What is HIM?

If you are interested in a rewarding career in health care without direct patient care, then health information management (HIM) may be the career choice for you. HIM is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care.

HIM professionals impact the quality of medical care for every patient treated by a health care professional by ensuring the medical data in their electronic or paper medical record is complete, accurate, and protected.

"Health Information 101" - AHIMA, 2021

Impact of HIM

The impact of HIM professionals work is attained through the combination of business, science, and information practices in any organization that uses patient data for any business purpose. Students learn these practices by completing Midland College’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in HIM.

Two certificates are embedded within the AAS HIM course work. Students can earn a level 1 Health Data Coordinator certificate by completing 17hrs of course work and a level 1 Medical Coding Certificate by completing 34hrs of course work. All courses in the certificates count towards earning the AAS in HIM.

Nationally Recognized Credentials

Upon successful completion of the AAS HIM course work, graduates are eligible to apply to take the national credentialing exam, the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The successful completion of the RHIT exam adds the RHIT credential to the graduate’s name and widens the scope of employability for them.

Upon successful completion of the Medical Coding Certificate course work, graduates can apply to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) offered through AHIMA or the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Health Information Management Careers

Graduates of the HIM certificates and AAS in HIM are prepared for entry level HIM positions in any organization that uses patient data for any business purpose. Examples of traditional employers of HIM graduates are hospitals, clinics, physician offices, surgery centers, behavioral health organizations, home health or hospice organizations, while nontraditional employers are zoos, law offices, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies.

WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS (WIOA) ELIGIBLE

Students choosing this academic pathway may receive funding and other financial assistance and support from Workforce Solutions. See www.facebook.com/PermianBasinWorkforce, call (432) 287-5200 (option 5), or open the flyer for information on the services they provide in partnership with Midland College. The Workforce Solutions office is located on Midland College's main campus, in room 138 of the Technology Center (TC) Building.

 

Program Mission

The Health Information Management (HIM) program inspires students to achieve their goals through a quality educational experience in an environment that supports excellence, collaboration, and community.

Our online HIM program is designed to prepare a diverse student population to meet the health information management workforce needs within healthcare organizations and related industries.

Health Information Management professional reviewing medical files Health Information Management professional working with medical staff Health Information Management professional reviewing medical file with doctor

 

Joining Our Program

Marketable Skills

HIM professionals compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the healthcare system. HIM professionals classify medical and healthcare concepts, including diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment, into the healthcare industry's numerical coding system, generating medical billing and coding processes. Additional marketable skills include:

Technical

  • Use electronic medical record (EHR) software
  • Use medical coding software
  • Use Word document and Excel software
    *(29-2072.00 Medical Records Specialists Report)

Critical Thinking

  • Plans and organizes work
  • Solves problems
  • Makes sound decisions
    *(Employability Skills Framework)

Communication

  • Active listening
  • Comprehends written material
  • Conveys information in writing
    *(Employability Skills Framework)

Interpersonal

  • Understands teamwork
  • Respects individual differences
  • Negotiates to resolve conflict
    *(Employability Skills Framework)

Personal

  • Works independently
  • Demonstrates a willingness to learn
  • Demonstrates professionalism
    *(Employability Skills Framework)

References:

JOB Opportunities

There are a number of in-demand job options in the health information management field, including jobs such as:

  • Document imaging specialist
  • HIM imaging specialist
  • Health information technician
  • Healthcare data analyst
  • Inpatient medical coder
  • Outpatient medical coder
  • Medical coding auditor
  • Medical records abstractor
  • Medical records specialist
  • Data quality specialist
  • Release of information specialist
  • Revenue cycle specialist

Demand

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 13% from 2016 to 2026 The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.

Application Steps

  1. Complete the Midland College application at www.applytexas.org (if not already enrolled as a student). Apply to Midland College as a Health and Wellness Meta major, then select Health Information Management (HIM) or certificate of interest. (Previous MC students not enrolled for two semesters need to re-apply to the college.)

  2. Complete the Health Sciences General Application
    Health Sciences General Application


  3. Complete the HIM Information Packet
    Health Information Management Information Packet (pdf)


  4. Submit the completed HIM Information Packet and send unofficial college transcripts to HIM office at himhsm@midland.edu.

  5. Official transcripts must be sent to the Midland College Registrar's office at records@midland.edu

Application & Packet DUE DATES

  • Fall Semester - July 5th
  • Spring Semester - November 10th
  • Summer Semester - April 25th
If date falls on weekend then application deadline will be the next business day.
 

Requirements

  • HIM Associate degree candidates must satisfy all areas of the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI). Certificate candidates are exempt.
  • BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II or BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy and Physiology must be current within five years of program admission, with a minimum grade of "C" or better.
  • HITT 1205 Medical Terminology must be current within five years of program admission, with a minimum grade of "C" or better.
  • BCIS 1305 Computer Applications must be current within five years of program admission, with a minimum grade of "C" or better.
  • Foreign students must comply with additional requirements set by the college. For these requirements visit www.midland.edu/international. Since the program is completely online, foreign students do not qualify for student visa status, however, students can complete the program while living at home or in a different country.

Questions about the admission  process? Contact us at himhsm@midland.edu or (432) 685-6893.

Clinical Requirements

Students will be required to have a TB screening, vaccinations as required by participating facility, liability insurance and a negative drug screen prior to any clinical course. The clinical requirement may be met in a virtual format.

All students should be prepared to do clinical experiences at a location apart from where they reside. Any expenses incurred in doing a clinical away from home, including transportation, parking, and living expenses are the responsibility of the student and are not included in tuition costs.

Individuals who have been convicted of a felony may be denied clinical placement by facilities, thereby making completion of the program impossible. The program will not guarantee clinical placement to students with a criminal background.

Credits Awarded with Licensure

If you have a current CCS, CCS-P, CCA, CPC, COC, or CIC credential or current licensure that requires completion of Medical Terminology, and maintain your CEUs while attending college, you may receive credit for the following classes.

Proof of the active credential must be submitted to the HIM program himhsm@midland.edu upon renewal each year while the student is enrolled in the program.

Course Clinician with
current license
that requires
completion of
Medical
Terminology
  AHIMA AAPC

 

CCS

 

CCS-P

 

CCA

 

CPC

COC
(formerly
CPC-H)
CIC
(new
AAPC
Cert.)
HITT 1205 Medical Terminology x x x x x x x
HITT 1341 Coding &
Classification Systems 
  x   x     x
HITT 1342 Ambulatory Coding   x x x x x  
HITT 2335 Coding &
Reimbursement Methodologies
  x x   x x x
HITT 2340 Advanced Medical
Billing & Reimbursement
  x x   x   x x
HITT 1161 Coding Clinical   x x   x x x

PROGRAM ESTIMATED COST OUT OF DISTRICT

Program/Certificate

Hours

Tuition*

Books

Background Fee

PPE Insurance

TOTAL

HDC Certificate 17 Hrs $2,618 $855     $2,600
MCS Certificate 34 Hrs $5,236 $2,300     $5,650
HIM AAS 60 Hrs $9,240 $3,628 $60 $17 $9,400

* This is an approximate estimate

Special Charges

Vaccines: Varies

The above program and certificate tuition and book costs are estimates based on the 2021-2022 academic catalog and full-time hours for each program with the assumption that no previous coursework has been completed. 

Proctored Exams

Program courses require proctored exams. Students are responsible for any costs associated with proctor examinations.

AAS-HIM

Associate of Applied Science - Health Information Management Degree

MDC

Medical Coding Specialist Certificate

HDC

Health Data Coordinator Certificate

Course List

Course requirements for each degree and certificates are denoted by number (for Credit Hours) under each program heading, in the table below.
 

 

Semester Credit Hours

Course

AAS-HIM

MCS

HDC

Semester I      
HITT 1205 – Medical Terminology 2 2 2
BCIS 1305 – Computer Applications 3 3 3
BIOL 2404 – Human Anatomy & Physiology (one semester) 4 4  
or BIOL 2401 & BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2 4 4  
HITT 1301 – Health Data Content & Structure 3 3 3
       
Semester II      
HITT 1311 – Health Information Systems 3 3 3
HITT 1353 – Legal & Ethical Aspects of HIM 3 3 3
ENGL 1301 - Composition I 3    
MATH 1342 - Statistics 3    
       
Semester III      
HITT 1345 - Healthcare Delivery Systems 3   3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3    
HITT 2339 - Health Information Organization and Supervision 3    
HITT 2330 - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3 3  
       
Semester IV      
HITT 1341 - Coding & Classification Systems 3 3  
HITT 1342 - Ambulatory Coding 3 3  
HITT 2343 - Quality Assessment & Performance Improvement 3    
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3    
       
Semester V      
HITT 2335 - Coding & Reimbursement Methodologies 3 3  
HITT 2340 - Advanced Medical Billing & Reimbursement 3 3  
HITT 2161 - Clinical: Health Information Management - Coding 1 1  
HITT 2160 - Clinical: Health Information Management 1    
HITT 2149 - RHIT Competency Review 1    
Speech Elective 3    
       

Total Hours

60

34

17

 

To receive an AAS degree in HIM, a student must:

  • Complete a minimum of 60 credit hours as follows
       a. 15 credit hours of required General Education Requirements 
           Coursework, and
       b. 45 credit hours of specialty coursework
  • Complete, at minimum 25% of degree credit hours through instruction at Midland College
  • Complete all courses with a “C” or better

To receive a MCS or HDC Certificate, a student must:

  • Complete a minimum of
       a. 34 credit hours of specialty coursework for the MCS
       b. 17 credit hours of specialty coursework for the HDC
  • Complete, at minimum 25% of certificate credit hours through instruction at Midland College
  • Complete all courses with a “C” or better

Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal

FAFSA Requirement

The student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid to access the Financial Aid Portal and apply for scholarships.

If the student's FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student needs to complete the FAFSA application, and once processed, will have access to complete the general scholarship application.

FAFSA Information


How to Apply

  1. Go to our Financial Aid Portal, by clicking this link: Financial Aid Portal
  2. Log in using your SSN and Password. If this is your first time, click the "First Time User" link under the Submit button in the "Log In" box.
  3. Click the menu button at the top left-hand corner.
  4. Select the Scholarship Application.

For additional scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.

General Scholarships

Visit the course catalog for the most complete and up-to-date information.

Student Success

WHAT MAKES A GREAT HIM STUDENT?

  • Organized and detail-oriented individuals
  • Comfortable with a computer and technology
  • Access to a reliable computer
  • Strong internet connection
  • Ability to handle a heavy workload and sitting at a computer for long periods of time

"I am happy to share that I have been a student member of AHIMA since September 2020 and I recently graduated from the Midland College AAS-HIM program in December of 2020. Right after graduation, I sat for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam and was successful at earning my credential.

I have decided to focus further on my education and continue with the BAS-HSM program at MC. I have truly enjoyed my education at MC and encourage all HIM students to push forward in their courses. To keep open communication with their instructors because they are there to help, as all of my instructors at MC have been flexible, understanding and helpful.

I also encourage students to deeply research the HIM profession, such as the different types of credentials, who offers them, job salaries and job descriptions. Doing this can help students determine which domain they would be the most interested in and which career opportunities are available to them. Before they invest study time and money into an area they will not enjoy."

                     Delilha Chavez, Fall 2020

HIM Program Contact Info

(432) 685-6893

 

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