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
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
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).