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Health Information Management Degree

Information Technology Division

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Mission

To provide quality HIM graduates in response to the educational, economic, and area health care delivery system needs.

Description

HIM specialists assemble patientís health information by ensuring all forms are properly signed and completed per hospital policy, regulatory and accrediting body organizations. They regularly communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to clarify information regarding diagnoses so they may code and bill correctly. HIM specialists use computer programs to tabulate and analyze data to help improve patient care, costs, for legal actions, in response to surveys, and for use in research studies. This is one of the few positions in healthcare that require little or no direct patient contact. HIM specialists may be employed by the HIM department of any healthcare facility as well as by cancer registry, utilization review, and quality improvement departments.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics 2005 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual earnings income is about $25,000. According to salary.com, for the Pee Dee area, the median salary is $43,148 annually. The projected job growth rate for HIM is 36% over the next decade.

Accreditations, Approvals, and Certifications

This program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)  233 N. Michigan Avenue  Suite 2150  Chicago,  IL  60601-5800  312-233-1131 ) .
This program has also been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)  233 N. Michigan Avenue  Suite 2150  Chicago,  IL  60601-5800  312-233-1131 ) .

Program Entrance Requirements

Course Level Required Courses
High School

Algebra I, Biology, Keyboarding

College None

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Required

Diploma or GED

Yes

Approval/Permission Needed -- Application Process

No

Prior Experience/Observation

No
Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0

Yes

Current CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

No
First Aid Certification No

Hepatitis B Immunization

or Signed Informed Refusal or Titer

Yes

MMR Immunization or Titer

Yes

Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer

Yes

Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray

Yes

Medical Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Yes

Dental Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Dental health must meet departmental standards.

No

Technical Standards

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

No

Negative Drug Screen

No

Satisfactory Background Check

No

Other Diplomas, Licensures, etc.

No

Recent Photograph

Photograph will not be returned.

No

Transportation and Materials

  • Students are responsible for transportation and/or room and board during clinical practice.
  • Students are responsible for purchasing laboratory jackets and accessories prior to beginning their clinical practice.

Academic Standards

Standard Criteria Required

Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better

Any course with one of the following prefixes: ALL

Yes

Courses that may not be attempted more than twice

Any course with one of the following prefixes: ALL

Yes

Complete or Maintain CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

No

Curriculum Completion Requirement

24 months

Yes

Drug Calculation Competency

Students must demonstrate drug calculation competency each semester in order to progress in curriculum courses.

No

Dismissal Policy

No

Re-entry Policy

No

Agency Requirements

Students in health majors must meet the published clinical agency requirements when participating in assigned labs. Requirements include immunizations, background checks, and drug testing. To be in compliance with Article, 23, Section 44-7-2920 of the S.C. Code of Law, all students enrolled in AHS 141, DAT 154, DHG 154, HIM 102, MED 102, MLT 110, NUR 160, NUR 201, PNR 110, RAD 101, RES 101, and SUR 101 must complete the requirements listed above prior to being assigned to any direct care entity. Results of the background check/drug screening could affect the student's ability to complete required clinical rotations and/or become credentialed. For example, a felony conviction could make a student ineligible to take the licensing exam(s) required by the profession or prevent the student from participating in the clinical training component.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all required courses specified in the curriculum.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.
  • Achieve a cumulative final GPA of 2.0.
  • Earn at least 25 percent of the total credit hours of his/her curriculum at FDTC.  Exceptions can be made only by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Program Specific Notes

Students are not officially accepted into the curriculum until they begin their first HIM course. The student must complete all HIM content courses within 24 months.

Mission

To provide quality HIM graduates in response to the educational, economic, and area health care delivery system needs.

Description

HIM specialists assemble patientís health information by ensuring all forms are properly signed and completed per hospital policy, regulatory and accrediting body organizations. They regularly communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to clarify information regarding diagnoses so they may code and bill correctly. HIM specialists use computer programs to tabulate and analyze data to help improve patient care, costs, for legal actions, in response to surveys, and for use in research studies. This is one of the few positions in healthcare that require little or no direct patient contact. HIM specialists may be employed by the HIM department of any healthcare facility as well as by cancer registry, utilization review, and quality improvement departments. <br><br> According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics 2005 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual earnings income is about $25,000. According to salary.com, for the Pee Dee area, the median salary is $43,148 annually. The projected job growth rate for HIM is 36% over the next decade.

Accreditations, Approvals, and Certifications

This program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)  233 N. Michigan Avenue  Suite 2150  Chicago,  IL  60601-5800  312-233-1131 ) .
This program has also been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)  233 N. Michigan Avenue  Suite 2150  Chicago,  IL  60601-5800  312-233-1131 ) .

Program Entrance Requirements

Course Level Required Courses
High School

Biology, Keyboarding

College None

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Required

Diploma or GED

Yes

Approval/Permission Needed -- Application Process

No

Prior Experience/Observation

No
Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0

Yes

Current CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

No
First Aid Certification No

Hepatitis B Immunization

or Signed Informed Refusal or Titer

Yes

MMR Immunization or Titer

Yes

Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer

Yes

Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray

Yes

Medical Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Yes

Dental Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Dental health must meet departmental standards.

No

Technical Standards

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

No

Negative Drug Screen

No

Satisfactory Background Check

No

Other Diplomas, Licensures, etc.

No

Recent Photograph

Photograph will not be returned.

No

Transportation and Materials

  • Students are responsible for transportation and/or room and board during clinical practice.
  • Students are responsible for purchasing laboratory jackets and accessories prior to beginning their clinical practice.

Academic Standards

Standard Criteria Required

Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better

Any course with one of the following prefixes: ALL

Yes

Courses that may not be attempted more than twice

Any course with one of the following prefixes: ALL

Yes

Complete or Maintain CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

No

Curriculum Completion Requirement

24 months

Yes

Drug Calculation Competency

Students must demonstrate drug calculation competency each semester in order to progress in curriculum courses.

No

Dismissal Policy

No

Re-entry Policy

No

Agency Requirements

Students in health majors must meet the published clinical agency requirements when participating in assigned labs. Requirements include immunizations, background checks, and drug testing. To be in compliance with Article, 23, Section 44-7-2920 of the S.C. Code of Law, all students enrolled in AHS 141, DAT 154, DHG 154, HIM 102, MED 102, MLT 110, NUR 160, NUR 201, PNR 110, RAD 101, RES 101, and SUR 101 must complete the requirements listed above prior to being assigned to any direct care entity. Results of the background check/drug screening could affect the student's ability to complete required clinical rotations and/or become credentialed. For example, a felony conviction could make a student ineligible to take the licensing exam(s) required by the profession or prevent the student from participating in the clinical training component.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all required courses specified in the curriculum.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.
  • Achieve a cumulative final GPA of 2.0.
  • Earn at least 25 percent of the total credit hours of his/her curriculum at FDTC.  Exceptions can be made only by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Program Specific Notes

Students are not officially accepted into the curriculum until they begin their first HIM course. The student must complete all HIM content courses within 24 months.