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Health Information Management

Launch Your Career in a Rapidly Growing Healthcare Field

health info management professionl sitting at a computer      computer screen with electronic medical records

If you would like a unique career in healthcare the field of Health Information Management (HIM) may be right for you. HIM, ACCs newest program involves the administration, accuracy, storage and security of data related to electronic health records (EHRs). It is entwined in every facet of health care and combines aspects of business, science, and information technology.

ACC offers two ways to enter the HIM field:

  1. an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Health Information Management or
  2. a Level Two Certificate in Medical Coding

The AAS degree is designed to be completed in five semesters over a period of two years. The Level Two Certificate is a four-semester program that may be completed in eighteen months.

ACC is one of the only colleges in the Gulf-Coast region where you can complete a HIM degree/certificate almost entirely online.*  You will receive instruction from experienced, industry- certified faculty that can help you become gainfully employed in the burgeoning field of Health Information Management.

*Biology 2401 & Biology 2402 (Anatomy & Physiology I & II) cannot be completed online. They may be completed at ACC as face-to-face classes or at any institution with equivalent transferable courses.

Career Opportunities

HIM professionals work for hospitals, physician’s offices, urgent care facilities, HIM vendors, insurance companies, EHR software companies, and more. According to Emsi, the median hourly earnings for HIM Technicians are $18.70 for the Houston Metropolitan Area and $16.92 for the Brazoria and Galveston County regions. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) reported in 2017 that the annual mean wage was $41,510 for the State of Texas.

According to the BLS, the need for health information technicians to organize health data will continue to grow. In 2017, there were 17,688 reported jobs in Medical Records and HIM in the state of Texas. By 2021 projections indicate there will be 19,852 jobs, a 12.2% increase. Additionally, the demand for cancer registrars and claims for insurance reimbursement will continue to drive the need for this profession in all areas of healthcare. As the demand grows, so does the need for highly trained individuals possessing health information knowledge and skills.

For more information on career opportunities in Health Information Management, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Learn?

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  1. Apply critical thinking skills to identify accurate documentation and abstract information pertaining to diagnosis and medical procedures at the highest level of specificity in ICD-10 CM, ICD-10 PCS, HCPCS and CPT code sets.
  2. Demonstrate professional communication skills using clear verbal communication, applying effective listening skills, and educating health providers and staff regarding Health Information Management.
  3. Demonstrate Health Information Management technology skills by referencing third party websites for eligibility and pre-authorization, abstracting information from practice management/electronic heath records systems, and prepare billing utilizing coding encoder systems.
  4. Collaborate with Health Care Team members by showing initiative, demonstrating accountability for assigned tasks and showing respect for other team members.
  5. Display an awareness and respect of diversity in the healthcare setting through identification of cultural and background differences among co-workers.
  6. Model essential employability skills by using coding knowledge to attain certification through AAPC or AHIMA.

Curriculum Guide

Health Information Management
Associate of Applied Science Degree

60 credit hours

Curriculum Guide
FIRST YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)
CREDITS
BIOL 2401 – Anatomy & Physiology I 4
HITT 1305 – Medical Terminology 3
POFI 1301 – Computer Applications I 3
+ENGL 1301 - Composition I 3
SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING)  
HITT 1345 – Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HITT 1301 – Health Data Content/Structure 3
HITT 1341 – Coding & Classification Systems 3
BIOL 2402 – Anatomy & Physiology II 4
THIRD SEMESTER (SUMMER)  
HITT 1353 – Legal & Ethical Aspects of HIM 3
HITT 2335 – Coding and Reimbursement 3
HITT 1211 – Health Information Systems 2
HITT 1249 – Pharmacology 2
+PSYC 2301 General Psychology or SOCI 1301 Intro to Sociology 3
SECOND YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)
 
HITT 2346 – Advanced Medical Coding 3
HITT 1260 – Clinical – HIM 2
+HITT 2245 – Coding Certification Exam Review 2
HITT 1355 – Health Care Statistics 3
+Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum or
+Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum
3
SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING)  
HITT 2166 – Practicum HIM 1
HPRS 2201 – Pathophysiology 2
HITT 2343 – Quality Assessment & Performance Improvement 3
*HITT 2249 – RHIT Competency Review 2
HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (A.A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS 60

+ Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.

*Capstone Course

 

Medical Coding
Level II Certificate
40 credit hours

FIRST YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)
CREDITS
BIOL 2401 – Anatomy & Physiology I 4
HITT 1305 – Medical Terminology 3
POFI 1301 – Computer Applications I 3
SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING)  
HITT 1345 – Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HITT 1301 – Health Data Content/Structure 3
HITT 1341 – Coding & Classification Systems 3
BIOL 2402 – Anatomy & Physiology II 4
THIRD SEMESTER (SUMMER)  
HITT 1353 – Legal & Ethical Aspects of HIM 3
HITT 2335 – Coding and Reimbursement 3
HITT 1211 – Health Information Systems 2
HITT 1249 – Pharmacology 2
SECOND YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)
 
HITT 2346 – Advanced Medical Coding 3
HITT 1260 – Clinical – HIM 2
*HITT 2245 – Coding Certification Exam Review 2
MEDICAL CODING LEVEL II CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS 40

*Capstone Course

How Much Will the Program Cost?

The Health Information Management A.A.S. degree program costs approximately $4200 for in-district students and $6960 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies may vary.

The Medical Coding Level II Certificate program costs approximately $2936 for in-district students and $4776 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies may vary.

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.


Accreditation

ACC will pursue program accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and
Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

CAHIIM
233 N. Michigan Ave
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60601-5800
Phone: (312) 233-1134
Email: info@cahiim.org
www.cahiim.org

 

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Contact Information

Stacy Ebert
Dean, Legal/Health Sciences
Alvin Campus, S-100A
Phone: 281-756-5602
Email: SEbert@alvincollege.edu