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Program Requirements

Health Information Management & Technology

Associate Degree  |  10-530-6

Start Dates: August

Effective: August 2024

First Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

501-101Medical Terminology3This course focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes, and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis, and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition, and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic, and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.

501-130Healthcare IT2Online only | Program student; Corequisite: 530-107Learners explore the use of technology in healthcare, including common business software applications, healthcare databases, administrative and clinical information systems, and the electronic health record (EHR). Learners use EHR simulation software to perform administrative and clinical documentation functions. Health information privacy and security regulations (HIPAA) and the EHR patient portal are examined.

530-107HIMT Fundamentals31st 8 weeks | Program studentThis course provides learners a firm foundation in the knowledge and skills essential to the field of Health Information Management & Technology. Includes: healthcare delivery systems and organization; health record content, organization, and storage; information technology in healthcare; electronic health records; healthcare data sets and data standards; data and information governance; accreditation, and licensing documentation requirements; confidentiality, privacy, and security issues; the HIM profession and HIMT functions; and ethical issues in health information management and technology.

530-182Human Diseases for Hlth Profes3Online only | (501-101 or concurrent or M101 Test Score and (806-177 or concurrentThis course focuses on the common diseases of each body system as encountered in all types of health care settings by health information professionals. Emphasis is placed on understanding the etiology (cause), signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatment (including pharmacologic) of each disease.

806-177Gen Anatomy & Physiology4836-133 or 806-134 or concurrent or CHEM Test ScoreExamines basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to health sciences. Using a body systems approach, the course emphasizes the interrelationships between structure and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization of the entire human body. It is intended to prepare health care professionals who need to apply basic concepts of whole body anatomy and physiology to informed decision-making and professional communication with colleagues and patients.


Second Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

530-103Medical Insurance & Billing21st 8 weeks, Online onlyThe focus of this course is medical insurance billing and claims processing. Requirements for processing claims from an insurance company perspective and the medical facility perspective are addressed. Specific insurance types include managed care organizations. Medicare, Medical Assistance, and commercial payers. An overview of CPT and ICD coding systems is provided. Fraud and abuse initiatives and compliance requirements are reviewed.

530-184CPT Coding3Program student; (501-101 or M101 Test Score) and 806-177 and 530-107 and (530-182 or concurrent or H182 Test Score)Prepares learners to assign CPT codes, supported by medical documentation, with entry level proficiency. Learners apply CPT instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning CPT codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation.

530-197ICD Diagnosis Coding3Program student; (501-101 or M101 Test Score) and 806-177 and 530-107 and (530-182 or concurrent or H182 Test Score)Prepares students to assign ICD diagnosis codes supported by medical documentation with entry level proficiency. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD diagnosis codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation.

801-136English Composition 13This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing, and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

804-189Introductory Statistics3Students taking this course will learn to display data with graphs, describe distributions with numbers, perform correlation and regression analyses, and design experiments. They will use probability and distributions to make predictions, estimate parameters, and test hypotheses. They will learn to draw inferences about relationships including ANOVA.


Third Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

530-118HC Statistics & Data Analytics2Online only | Program student; 530-107 and (804-189 or 804-123 or 804-133 or 804-230 or concurrent)Analyzing data is critical to business practices and procedures, especially in the healthcare industry. Learners will explore the management of healthcare data using both descriptive and inferential statistics. They will learn about the collection, calculation, compilation, reporting, and presentation of administrative and clinical data. Learners will develop data quality application and data analytic skills they can use in the workplace.

530-178Healthcare Law & Ethics2Online only | Program student; 530-107Examines regulations for the content, use, confidentiality, disclosure, and retention of health information. An overview of the legal system and ethical issues are addressed.

801-196Oral/Interpersonal Comm3Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.


Fourth Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

530-151Applied HIM Technology 12Program student; (530-118 and 530-178) and 530-159 or concurrentThe first of two project-based courses designed to align with current practices and the evolving roles in HIM. HIM concepts in several care settings (ambulatory, long-term, and acute) will be addressed. Learners will apply healthcare legislation and regulatory requirements; and computer technology for collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, reporting, and management of healthcare data. This course includes application of critical thinking and project management, and requires high educational taxonomies at the analyze, evaluate, and create levels.

530-156HIM Leadership & Management2Program student; 530-107 and 530-118 and 530-178Examines fundamental leadership skills, including human resource best practices, performance improvement, financial management processes, ethical standards of practice, and workforce training. Also addressed in the course are healthcare consumer engagement activities as well as behaviors that embrace cultural diversity.

530-159Healthcare Revenue Management3Program student; (530-184 or H184 Test Score) and (530-197 or H197 Test Score) and (530-199 or concurrent or H199 Test Score)Prepares learners to compare and contrast health care payers, illustrate the reimbursement cycle, and to comply with regulations related to fraud and abuse. Learners assign payment classifications with entry level proficiency using computerized encoding and grouping software.

530-160Healthcare Informatics3Program student; 501-130 or M130 Test Score and 530-107Emphasizes the role of information technology in healthcare through an investigation of the electronic health record (EHR), business, and health information software applications. Learners will develop skills to assist in information systems design and implementation.

530-199ICD Procedure Coding21st 8 weeks | Program student; (501-101 or M101 Test Score) and 806-177 and 530-107 and (530-182 or concurrent or H182 Test Score)Prepares students to assign ICD procedure codes supported by medical documentation with entry level proficiency. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD procedure codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation.

809-172Introduction to Diversity Studies3This is a course that draws from several disciplines to reaffirm the basic American values of justice and equality by teaching a basic vocabulary, a history of immigration and conquest, principles of transcultural communication, legal liability and the value of aesthetic production to increase the probability of respectful encounters among people. In addition to an analysis of majority/minority relations in a multicultural context, the topics of ageism, sexism, gender differences, sexual orientation, the disabled and the American Disability Act (ADA) are explored. Ethnic relations are studied in global and comparative perspectives.

809-195Economics3Designed to give an overview of how a market-oriented economic system operates, and it surveys the factors which influence national economic policy. Basic concepts and analyses are illustrated by reference to a variety of contemporary problems and public policy issues. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.


Fifth Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

530-152Applied HIM Technology 22Program student; (530-151 or H151 Test Score) and 530-161 or concurrentThe second of two project-based courses designed to incorporate a higher level of critical thinking, problem solving, and application of previously learned concepts in the areas of data governance, informatics and analytics of data, health information protection strategies, and graphical representations.

530-161Health Quality Management3Online only | Program student; 530-118Explores the programs and processes used to manage and improve healthcare quality. Addresses regulatory requirements as related to performance measurement, assessment, and improvement, required monitoring activities, risk management and patient safety, utilization management, and medical staff credentialing. Emphasizes the use of critical thinking and data analysis skills in the management and reporting of data.

530-192HIMT Practicum2Program student; 530-156 and (530-151 or H151 Test Score) and (530-152 and 530-161 and 530-195 or concurrent)This course provides application of previously acquired HIM skills and knowledge in both classroom simulations as well as virtual and/or onsite healthcare settings. This course will also prepare students for the RHIT certification examination. Employment activities such as resumes, interviews, and job readiness are addressed.

530-195Applied Coding22nd 8 weeks | Program student; or H159 Test Score)Prepares students to assign ICD and CPT/HCPCS codes supported by medical documentation with intermediate level of proficiency. Students will prepare appropriate physician queries in accordance with compliance guidelines and will assign codes to optimize appropriate reimbursement.

809-198Intro to Psychology3This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors, and social influences. Additional topics include research methods, biological and environmental impacts, development, sensation and perception, consciousness, intelligence and stress. This course directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social, and vocational settings.


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Minimum Program Credits Required: 63

Grade of B- required for program core courses

Grade of C required for general education courses

2.0 Minimum Program Cumulative GPA Required for Graduation
If a student does not enroll in any courses at CVTC for two or more consecutive semesters, the student will be required to reapply with Admissions. Students must abide by any changes in admission requirements and degree requirements.

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