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Health Information Management A.S.

Department: Health Information Management

Total Credit Hours: 70-73 credits

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Program Outcomes

HIM graduates have a 100% employment rate within one year of graduation (2016) with an employer satisfaction rate of 100% (2016). 83% of graduates passed the RHIT Exam (2016). National pass rates for this time period were 67%. 100% of graduates responding were satisfied with the program and would attend St Charles Community College again (2016).

What Is Health Information Management A.S.?

Students in Health Information Management (HIM) will receive the guidance of a talented, caring faculty dedicated to producing competent HIM professionals. Training includes courses in general education, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, legal aspects of health care, health care statistics, health information technology, medical coding and billing and practical experience in approved health care facilities.

The HIM program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Contact information: CAHIIM c/o AHIMA, 233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150, Chicago, Illinois, 60601-5800, 312-233-1131, www.cahiim.org.

Occupational Outlook

Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, employees working as health information technicians earn a mean average of $39,180 per year, depending on education, experience and employer. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Registered Health Information Technicians 

Health Information Technicians organize and manage health information data. They ensure that the information maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility and security in both paper files and electronic record systems.

Required Courses

SubjectCourseTitleCredits
General Education Requirements (29 credits)
Communication ENG 102 or English Composition II  3
Any LIT Any LIT Course
COM 101 Oral Communications 3
Social Science PSY 101 Intro to Psychology 3
SOC 101 Intro to Sociology 3
HIS or Any HIS Course 3
POL American Government**
Natural Science BIO 250A/250B Anatomy & Physiology I* # 4
BIO 251A/251B Anatomy & Physiology II # 4
BIO 265 Pathophysiology*** 3
Elective BAS/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
Core Course Requirements (41 credits)
HIM 110 Medical Terminology I 3
HIM 115 Pharmacology 3
HIM 120/121 Health Care Data & Lab 3
HIM 125/126 Health Care Technology & Lab 3
HIM 150 Directed Practicum 1
HIM 220/221 ICD Coding & Lab 3
HIM 230 Healthcare Data Analysis 3
HIM 238 Health Care Legal & Ethical Issues 3
HIM 241 Health Care Statistics + 3
HIM 242 Healthcare Management 3
HIM 243 Quality Management & Performance Improvement 3
HIM 250 Applied Practicum 3
HIM 260 Health Information Management Seminar 2
HIM 270/271 CPT Coding & Lab 3
HIM 280 Healthcare Billing and Reimbursement Issues 2
Elective (3 credits) (optional)
HIM 290/291 Advanced Coding & Lab 3
Total Required Hours: 70-73 credits

HIM 140 Anatomy & Physiology for HIM – 5 credit hours may substitute for BIO 250A/250B and BIO 251A/251B but is a non-transferable option.

* Prerequisite: High School biology with a C, within the last five years.

** Choose one of the following: HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 115, POL 101, POL 102.

***  HIM 141 Pathophysiology for HIM - 3 credit hours may be subsituted for BIO 265 but is a non-transferable option.

+ Students must assess into MAT 121 or have earned a C in MAT 098

To begin Health Information Management courses, student must have taken  ENG 101 and BAS/CPT103, with a grade of C or better.

Curriculum subject to revision to meet CAHIIM requirements.

Suggested Schedule Planning

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (17 credits)
HIM 110 Medical Terminology 3
HIM 115 Pharmacology 3
HIM 120/121 Health Care Data 3
HIM 140 Anatomy & Physiology for HIM 5
ENG 102 or English Composition II  3
LIT Any LIT Course
Second Semester (16 credits)
HIM 125/126 Health Care Technologies 3
HIM 150 Directed Practicum 1
HIM 238 Healthcare Legal and Ethical Issues 3
HIM 270/271 CPT Coding 3
HIM 141 Pathophysiology *** 3
COM 101 Oral Communication 3
Third Semester (18 credits)
HIM 220/221 ICD Coding 3
HIM 230 Health Care Data Analysis 3
HIM 243 Quality Management and Performance Improvement 3
HIM 250 Applied Practicum 3
HIS or Any HIS Course 3
POL Government 
Elective BTC/CPT 103 3
Fourth Semester (16-19 credits)
HIM 241 Health Care Statistics  3
HIM 242 Health Care Management 3
PSY 101 Intro to Psychology 3
HIM 260 Health Information Management Seminar 2
HIM 280 Healthcare Billing and Reimbursement Issues 2
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
HIM 290/291 (Optional) Advanced Coding & Lab 3
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 70-73 credits

HIM 140 Anatomy & Physiology for HIM – 5 credit hours may substitute for BIO 250A/250B and BIO 251A/251B but is a non-transferable option.

*Prerequisite: High School biology with a C, within the last five years.

** Choose one of the following: HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 115, POL 101, POL 102.

***  HIM 141 Pathophysiology for HIM - 3 credit hours may be subsituted for BIO 265 but is a non-transferable option.

+ Students must assess into MAT 121 or have earned a C in MAT 098

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