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Business Careers Health Information Management Option Associate of Science

Business Careers Health Information Management Option
Associate of Science

Program Advisor: Charles Kaminski, 413-236-2105

This flexible program is designed for students seeking a higher credential towards a first-level management position in a professional field requiring a knowledge of Health Information Management systems. In addition to the knowledge and technical skills required for a successful career in Health Information Management, students also study accounting, computer literacy, economics, and oral and written communications to provide them with the broad-base skills needed for a successful career in the growing field of health records management and informatics.

Expected Outcomes:

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • have a basic understanding of the workplace;
  • recognize, analyze, and calculate financial data to make informed decisions;
  • possess excellent communication skills in the workplace;
  • demonstrate ethical and social responsibility as they go to work in the real world;
  • describe the anatomy and physiology of the human body;
  • demonstrate proficiency in use of ICD and CPT coding systems;
  • demonstrate computer skills;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the health care delivery system, health care reimbursement and health occupations;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of disease process in relationship to the human body, including pharmacology;
  • describe the functions of health information services;
  • be eligible to take the CCA and CCS credentialing examinations.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 61 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below.

Program 37 Credits
AHS 115 Fundamentals of Human Disease 3
AHS 121 Essentials of Pharmacology 3
BUS 107 Fundamentals of Business 3
BUS 111 Principles of Accounting I 3
BUS 112 Principles of Accounting II 3
BUS 247 Business Communications 3
CIS 102 Fundamental Computer Literacy 4
HIM 102 Basic Procedure Coding 3
HIM 105 Medical Coding I 3
HIM 106 Medical Coding II 3
HIM 132 Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HIM 144 Intro to Health Info Management. 3
General Education 24 Credits
BUS 105 Business Mathematics or
MAT Mathematics (see footnote 1) 3
COM Communication. 3
ECO 211 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECO 212 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
General Education Elective (see footnote 2) 3
Humanities and Fine Arts. 3
Additional
As Shown
Core Competencies Portfolio (items) 4
4 Forum (units) 4
Health/Fitness 30 hours
Minimum Cumulative Average Overall 2.000
Area of Specialization: All required HIM Courses 2.000
Footnotes:
1. Mathematics to be chosen from any MAT course with the "MA" General Education code.
2. General Education elective chosen from History, (HI) Natural or Physical Science (SC) or Environmental Studies (ES).