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The Health Information Management Technology program prepares the student to become a professional responsible for maintaining components of health information systems consistent with the medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accreditation, and regulatory requirements of the health care delivery system. In all types of health care facilities, the health information management technician possesses the technical knowledge and skills necessary to process, maintain, compile, and report health information data for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment and research; to abstract and code clinical data using appropriate classification systems; and to analyze health records according to standards. The health information management technician also may be responsible for functional supervision of the various components of the health information system.

The Medical Coding Certificate program prepares students with entry-level skills needed to code, classify, and index diagnoses and procedures for the purpose of reimbursement, standardization, retrieval and statistical analysis. Principles in ICD-9-CM coding, CPT coding, and third-party reimbursement will be emphasized.

The Health IT Certificates program prepares students to support electronic health record systems. This program is open to healthcare and information technology professionals, as well as HIMT, clinical healthcare, and IT students and recent graduates. Students who complete the program will receive standardized Certificates of Completion from Columbus State. Full scholarships are offered to qualified applicants through a Federal HITECH grant. A health IT professional is qualified to support the adoption and implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), information exchange across health care providers and public health authorities, and the redesign of workflows within health care settings to gain the quality and efficiency benefits of EHRs. The program is offered in distance learning format designed to be completed within two quarters or less. The curriculum focuses on job-specific training in five work force roles to support electronic health records implementation. Those roles are:

  • Practice Workflow and Information Management Redesign Specialist
  • Clinician/Practitioner Consultant
  • Implementation Support Specialist
  • Implementation Manager
  • Technical/Software Support Staff

The Health Information Management Technology degree program, the Medical Coding Certificate program, and the Health IT Certificates program are web-based programs. All technical coursework is offered online except for HIMT 292, 294, and 296, which are offered as hybrid courses.

Proctored testing is required for most HIMT courses.

Health Information Management Technology

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in the Health Information Management Technology, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, medical terminology, pharmacology and clinical data as it relates to the collection and use of health information.
  • Review health records for completeness and accuracy to determine appropriateness and adequacy of health care documentation.
  • Maintain and compile health information using electronic applications and work processes.
  • Apply legal principles, policies, regulations and standards for the control, use, and dissemination of health information.
  • Collect, compute, analyze, interpret and present statistical data related to health care services.
  • Apply official coding principles in the assignment of diagnostic and procedural codes for the purpose of health care administrative, reimbursement, and research purposes.
  • Abstract data from patient records for administrative, reimbursement, and research purposes.
  • Apply principles of supervision and leadership and the tools used to effectively manage human resources.
  • Demonstrate ethical practices as outlined in the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Code of Ethics.

The HIMT degree program at Columbus State is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Completion of the Associate Degree in Health Information Management Technology will permit graduates to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification examination and the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) examination. Graduates of the HIMT degree program may transfer to The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, or the University of Toledo for a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Health Information Management and Systems.

Medical Coding Certificate

Upon completion of the Medical Coding Certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, medical terminology, pharmacology and clinical data as it relates to the collection and use of health information.
  • Review health records for completeness and accuracy to determine appropriateness and adequacy of health care documentation.
  • Identify components of appropriate and adequate documentation of health care.
  • Code, classify and index diagnoses and procedures for the purpose of reimbursement, standardization, retrieval and statistical analysis.
  • Abstract data from patient records for administrative, reimbursement, and research purposes
  • Demonstrate ethical practices as outlined in the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Code of Ethics.

 

Health IT Certificates

Role 1: Practice Workflow and Information

Management Redesign Specialist

Workers in this role assist in reorganizing the work of a provider to take full advantage of the features of health IT in pursuit of meaningful use of health IT to improve health and care. Individuals in this role may have backgrounds in health care (for example, as a practice administrator) or in information technology, but are not licensed clinical professionals.

Upon completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Conduct user requirements analysis to facilitate workflow design
  • Integrate information technology functions into workflow
  • Document health information exchange needs
  • Design processes and information flows that accommodate quality improvement and reporting
  • Work with provider personnel to implement revised workflows
  • Evaluate process workflows to validate or improve practice’s systems.

Role 2: Clinician/Practitioner Consultant

This role is similar to the “redesign specialist” role listed in Certificate 1 above but brings to bear the background and experience of a licensed clinical professional or public health professional.

Upon completion of this certificate, In addition to the skills noted in Certificate 1 above, the student will be able to:

  • Suggest solutions for health IT implementation problems in clinical and public health settings
  • Address workflow and data collection issues from a clinical perspective, including quality measurement and improvement
  • Assist in selection of vendors and software
  • Advocate for users’ needs, acting as a liaison between users, IT staff, and vendors.

Role 3: Implementation Support Specialist

Workers in this role provide onsite user support for the period of time before and during implementation of health IT systems in clinical and public health settings.

Upon completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Execute implementation project plans, by installing hardware (as needed) and configuring software to meet practice needs
  • Incorporate usability principles into design and implementation
  • Test the software against performance specifications
  • Interact with the vendors as needed to rectify problems that occur during the deployment process.

Role 4: Implementation Manager

Workers in this role provide onsite management of mobile adoption support teams for the period of time before and during implementation of health IT systems in clinical and public health settings.

Upon completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Apply project management and change management principles to create implementation project plans to achieve the project goals
  • Interact with office/hospital personnel to ensure open communication with the support team
  • Lead implementation teams consisting of workers in the roles described above
  • Manage vendor relations, providing feedback to health IT vendors for product improvement.

Role 5: Technical/Software Support Staff

Workers in this role maintain systems in clinical and public health settings, including patching and upgrading of software.

Upon completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Interact with end users to diagnose IT problems and implement solutions
  • Document IT problems and evaluate the effectiveness of problem resolution
  • Support systems security and standards.

Specific Program Admissions Information for HIMT Degree Program and Medical Coding Certificate Program

Listed below are requirements for admission to the Health Information Management Technology and the Medical Coding Certificate program. These requirements must be completed prior to acceptance into the HIMT Degree program or the Medical Coding Certificate program.

  • High school graduate or GED equivalency
  • High school biology (or equivalent) with grade of “C” or higher and completed within the past 5 years OR equivalent college credit for BIO 100 (completed within the past 5 years).
  • High school chemistry with grade of “C” or higher and completed within the past 3 years, OR equivalent college credit for CHEM 100 (completed within the past 3 years)
  • Placement into ENGL 101 Beginning Composition
  • Placement into No Reading Required
  • Placement into MATH 102 Beginning Algebra I
  • Completion of HIMT 121 Advanced Medical Terminology with grade of “C” or higher
  • Completion of HIMT 111 Introduction to HIMT with grade of “C” or higher.
  • Students must pass a drug screen and background check before they can be accepted into either the HIMT Degree program or the Medical Coding Certificate program.

After earning a “C” or higher in HIMT 111 (which requires completion of the courses noted above), the student will be accepted into the HIMT Degree program or the Medical Coding Certificate program. Once the student has been accepted into either the HIMT Degree program or the Medical Coding Certificate program, the student may begin completing the appropriate plan of study.

Both the HIMT Degree program and the Medical Coding Certificate program plans of study begin with autumn quarter as published. A student may also begin the program during winter, spring, or summer quarters; however, if a student begins a program in a quarter other than autumn quarter, it may take longer to complete the HIMT degree program or the Medical Coding Certificate program. An alternate plan of study must be followed in order to assure the prerequisites are met and that courses are planned to be taken during quarters in which they are offered. An alternate plan of study may extend program completion time.

Students must earn a “C” or higher in all HIMT technical and basic related courses to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in HIMT or to complete the Medical Coding Certificate program.

Students are expected to follow the established plans of study. If a student deviates from the established plan of study, it may take longer to complete a certificate and/or two-year degree.

 

Health Information Management Technology Associate Degree

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition  3
BIO 121 Anatomy and Physiology I  5
CIT 101 PC Applications I  3
HIMT 135 Health Data Management  5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
ENGL 102 Essay and Research  3
BIO 122 Anatomy and Physiology II  5
CIT 102 PC Applications II  3
HIMT 141 Pharmacology and Health Information Management  3
HIMT 256 Clinical Data Analysis  3
HIMT 267 Principles of Management  3
TOTAL CREDITS HOURS . 20

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
MATH 102 Beginning Algebra I  4
HIMT 133 Legal Aspects of Health Information  3
HIMT 243 Comparative Health Settings in HIMT  3
HIMT 245 ICD-9-CM Coding  5
HIMT 257 Introduction to Health Statistics  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 18

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
COMM 105 Speech 3
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COMM 110 Conference and Group Discussion  3
COMM 200 Business Communications  3
HIMT 255 CPT-4 Coding  5
HIMT 292 Practical Applications in HIMT I  4
HIMT 112 Electronic Health Concepts 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 17

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
CIT 233 Expert Access  3
HIMT 113 Managed Care Trends  2
HIMT 259 Quality and Resource Management  3
HIMT 265 Medical Reimbursement  3
HIMT 275 Intermediate Coding  5
HIMT 294 Practical Applications in HIMT II  4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 20

Quarter 6

Course Name Credits
SSCI XXX Social Science 100, 101, 102, SOC 239 (or) GEOG 240  5
HUM XXX HUM 111, 112, 113, 151, 152 (or) 224  5
HIMT 270 Case Management in Health Care  .2
HIMT 274 Issues in HIMT  2
HIMT 296 Practical Medical Coding Applications in HIMT  4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 18
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS . 109

Note: BIO 261 Human Anatomy, BIO 262 Human Physiology, and BIO 263 Human Pathophysiology can be taken in place of BIO 121 and BIO 122.

Medical Coding Certificate

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
BIO 121 Anatomy and Physiology I  5
CIT 101 PC Applications .1  3
HIMT 135 Health Data Management  5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
BIO 122 Anatomy and Physiology II  5
HIMT 141 Pharmacology and Health Information Management  3
HIMT 256 Clinical Data Analysis  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 11

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
HIMT 245 ICD-9-CM Coding  5
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
HIMT 255 CPT-4 Coding  5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 5

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
HIMT 113 Managed Care Trends  2
HIMT 265 Medical Reimbursement  3
HIMT 275 Intermediate Coding  5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 10

Quarter 6

Course Name Credits
HIMT 296 Practical Medical Coding Applications in HIMT  4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 4
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 51

Note: BIO 261 Human Anatomy, BIO 262 Human Physiology and BIO 263 Human Pathophysiology can be taken in place of BIO 121 and BIO 122.

Health IT Certificate Program Admission Requirements

Healthcare Professionals:

Applicants must have a health care-related certificate or diploma and one year of health care-related work experience. Preference is given those with clinical, patient record, HIMT, EHR, EMR and IT work experience in health care settings, although that is not a requirement.

Information Technology Professionals:

Applicants must have an IT-related certificate or diploma and one year IT-related work experience. Preference is given those with health-care work experience, although that is not a requirement.

Students:

This category refers to Clinical Health Care, HIMT, and IT students who will graduate within the next six months after starting this program. Columbus State HIMT students should have taken HIMT 292 prior to starting this program.

Other Candidates

Applicants with a minimum of  two  years  of  closely  related  full  time  equivalent  employment  experience may be considered for admission to the Health IT certificate program.

Practice Workflow and Information Management for Health IT (Role1)

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
MULT 101 Medical Terminology in Health IT  2
HIMT 274 SPT1: Culture of Care in Health IT  2
HIMT 274 SPT2: Leadership in Health IT  2
CIT 291 Intro to Information and Computer Science for Health IT  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
HIMT 274 SPT3: Quality Improvement in Health IT  2
HIMT 274 SPT4: Practical Applications in Health IT  4
CIT 292 Networking, Health Info Exchange in Health IT  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8

Clinician Practitioner Consultant (Role 2)

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
MULT 101 Medical Terminology in Health IT  2
HIMT 274 SPT1: Culture of Care in Health IT  2
HIMT 274 SPT2: Leadership in Health IT  2
CIT 291 Intro to Information and Computer Science for Health IT 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
HIMT 274 SPT3: Quality Improvement in Health IT  2
HIMT 274 SPT4: Practical Applications in Health IT  4
CIT 292 Networking, Health Info Exchange in Health IT  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8

Implementation Support Specialist (Role 3)

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
MULT 101 Medical Terminology in Health IT  2
HIMT 274 SPT1: Culture of Care in Health IT  2
HIMT 274 SPT2: Leadership in Health IT  2
CIT 291 Intro to Information and Computer Science for Health IT 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
HIMT 274 SPT4: Practical Applications in Health IT  4
CIT 292 Networking, Health Info Exchange in Health IT  2
CIT 294 Installation and Configuration of Health IT Software  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8

Implementation Manager (Role 4)

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
HIMT 274 SPT1: Culture of Care in Health IT  2
HIMT 274 SPT2: Leadership in Health IT  2
CIT 291 Intro to Information and Computer Science for Health IT  2
CIT 292 Networking, Health Info Exchange in Health IT  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
HIMT 274 SPT4: Practical Applications in Health IT  4
CIT 293 Project Management in Health IT  2
CIT 294 Installation and Configuration of Health IT Software  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8

Technical Software Support Specialist (Role 5)

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
MULT 101 Medical Terminology in Health IT  2
HIMT 274 SPT2: Leadership in Health IT  2
CIT 291 Intro to Information and Computer Science for Health IT  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
HIMT 274 SPT4: Practical Applications in Health IT  4
CIT 292 Networking, Health Info Exchange in Health IT  2
CIT 294 Installation and Configuration of Health IT Software  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS .  8