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Health Informatics (HNFO)
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Program Overview:
Graduates of this program will have the knowledge, attitudes, skills, habits, and hands-on experience needed to perform a variety of technical health information functions, including organizing, analyzing and technically evaluating health information; compiling various administrative and health statistics; and coding diseases, operations, procedures and other therapies. Graduates can apply their skills by assembling patients’ health information including medical history, symptoms, examination results, diagnostic tests, treatment methods, and all other healthcare provider services. Graduates will be able to organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security. Special emphasis is placed on the use of computer and electronic methods of managing health data and clear, concise communication with physicians and other healthcare professionals to clarify diagnoses or to obtain additional information.

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Semester 1
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SU2017
FA2017
DAP 1201
Business Computer Systems
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A study of computer concepts, including the information processing cycle, file organization, data communications and operating systems and systems software. Applications software, including spreadsheets, database, word processing, presentation software, computer communications, operating systems, and Internet access and use with business-oriented computer hardware and software concepts emphasis. PREREQUISITE: Recommended one semester of typing.

HEA 1225
Introduction to Medical Terminology
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This course introduces common root words, prefixes, and suffixes used in medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on comprehension, spelling, pronunciation, ability to use a medical dictionary, vocabulary building, and common abbreviations.

HIT 1201
Healthcare Delivery Systems
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This course examines the organization, financing, accreditation, licensure, and impact of regulatory agencies on the delivery of health care services. Individuals who complete this course will be able to identify components and functions of multiple health care delivery systems, compute routine institutional statistics, analyze and interpret health care data, prepare health care data for presentation purposes; and verify reliability and validity of health care data.

HIT 1202
Healthcare Data Management
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This course examines the role of information technology in the healthcare environment through an investigation of the electronic health record (EHR), business software applications, and specialized software applications found in the healthcare environment. Special emphasis is placed on exploring how specialized record requirements are implemented in primary and secondary health data systems. Aspects relating to the legal, ethical, privacy, security, and confidentiality practices required of the health information professional is also emphasized. PREREQUISITE: DAP 1201 Business Computer Systems or concurrent enrollment.

PHI 2101
Introduction to Ethics
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A study of the principal ethical theories and concepts of human conduct and character, as well as a critical evaluation of these theories and concepts as they apply to particular moral problems and decisions. Transfer students will continue to take PHI 2101 as an IAI GECC articulated three credit hour course.

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PHI 2141
Ethics in the Medical Community
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This course covers ethical issues related to health science professions. Topics include professional ethics, science and the person, morality, consumer protection, euthanasia, abortion, human experimentation, biotech, cloning, organ transplant, fetal tissue research, the criteria for death, and the rights of patients.

Term Total
15
Semester 2
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SU2017
FA2017
ENG 1111
Composition I
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Composition I is an introductory course in composition and rhetoric emphasizing expository prose. Major focus is on organization, paragraph structure, and elimination of mechanical errors. The writing course sequence will (1) develop awareness of the writing process; (2) provide inventional, organizational, and editorial strategies; (3) stress the variety of uses for writing; and (4) emphasize critical skills in reading, thinking, and writing. Grade of C or better is required for IAI transfer credit. (Not to be used for humanities credit)

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ENG 1201
Communications
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This course is designed to develop the student's appreciation of the value of communication between individuals and between business and industries. It is to provide a practical application for today's trades, business, and industrial workers, particularly in the comprehension and expression of written English as it applies to business letters, reports, and memoranda.

HEA 1226
Allied Health Anatomy
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This course provides a foundational knowledge of the structure and function of the primary body systems including the skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, immune, lymphatic, digestive, and urinary systems. In association with each body system, common pathological conditions are also emphasized. This is a non-lab course that is intended for individuals who intend to work as a non-clinical allied health professional.

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LSC 2111
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
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This course will study the structures and functions and cells, tissues, organs, and some organ systems of the human body. These systems include:integumentary, skeletal, muscular, urinary, and reproductive. Fluids, electrolytes, acids, and bases are also discussed. Human cadavers or alternative selected mammal will be used to reinforce anatomical laboratory skills. Physiological mechanisms will also be emphasized. PREREQUISITE: Two years of high school biology or equivalent or consent of instructor.

HEA 1227
Pharmacotherapy Fundamentals
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This course provides a foundational knowledge, at an introductory level, of the action of drugs including absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs by the human body. Further, emphasis is placed on acquiring the terminology necessary for the development and coding of medical reports. Upon successful completion of this course, the individual should be able to use pharmacological terminology in an appropriate context. This is a non-lab course that is intended for individuals who intend to work as a non-clinical allied health professional.

HIT 1203
Healthcare Reimbursements
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This course prepares individuals to compare healthcare payers, illustrate the reimbursement cycle, and comply with regulations related to fraud and abuse of healthcare reimbursement services. Individuals will assign Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs), Ambulatory Payment Classification (APCs) & Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs) with entry-level proficiency using computerized encoding & grouping software. Attention is given to the history of health insurance in the United States. A summary of insurance coverage is then provided. The impact of managed care on hospital and physician reimbursement is highlighted. The structure of Government payers, Medicare and Medicaid are explained and the stringent coding rules mandated by Medicare are discussed. Individuals will engage in simulations that illustrate the importance of negotiation and cooperation in providing services under different reimbursement scenarios. PREREQUISITE: HIT 1201 Healthcare Delivery Systems and HIT 1202 Health Data Management or concurrent enrollment.

HIT 1204
Diagnostic Coding Fundamentals
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This course introduces the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), ICD-10-CM, and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), emphasizing the rules, regulations, and techniques used to code clinician and medical services. Special emphasis is placed on coding conventions, appropriate use of modifiers, and coding resources when accurately assigning CPT/HCPCS codes to health records. PREREQUISITE: HIT 1203 Healthcare Reimbursements or concurrent enrollment.

Term Total
16
Semester 3
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FA2017
HEA 1228
Human Pathophysiology
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This course focuses on the common diseases of each body system as encountered by healthcare professionals in various healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding the etiology (cause), signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatment (including pharmacologic) of each disease on the human body. This is a non-lab course that is intended for individuals who intend to work as a non-clinical allied health professional. A science background is not needed to be successful in this course. PREREQUISITE: HEA 1225 Intro to Medical Terminology and HEA 1226 Allied Health Anatomy.

HIT 2202
Healthcare Law & Ethics
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This course focuses on the ethical, legal, and social issues that influence the use of computer-based technology and information systems in the delivery of healthcare with an emphasis on the requirements needed to perform in a Health Information Management Department. Individuals will explore ethical, legal, and social issues and apply a decision making model to actual situations and case studies. Special emphasis is placed on: medical ethics; fraud and abuse; data privacy and confidentiality; informed consent; intellectual property issues; disclosure; transparency and accountability; compliance programs; healthcare data privacy and security regulations; and conflicts of interest.

HIT 2203
Procedural Coding Fundamentals
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This course introduces the application of International Classification of Disease, 10th edition, Procedural Coding System (ICD-10-PCS). Focus is placed on learning coding roots and guidelines and applying them based on the information obtained from inpatient and procedure notes. This course includes a thorough discussion of coding concepts which are unique to ICD-10-PCS, as well as a review of the intricacies of anatomy necessary for complete coding, including application of CPT, ICD-10 and HCPCS codes to clinical documentation. All of these concepts, as well as definitions, conventions, and guidelines are reviewed and reinforced through case studies. PREREQUISITE: HEA 1228 Human Pathophysiology or concurrent enrollment.

MTH 1131
Introduction to Statistics
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This course is designed to introduce beginning students to the basic concepts, techniques, and applications of statistics. The main objective of the course is the development of statistical reasoning. The course is intended to meet the general education requirements. Graphing calculators and computer software packages used for calculation and analysis of data are strongly encouraged. Topics include organization, presentation, and description of data, percentiles, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, standard normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, sampling, and sampling distributions. PREREQUISITE: PRE 0420 Intermediate Algebra with a grade of C or better, or REM 0422 Math Literacy, or two years of college preparatory algebra with a grade of C or better, or sufficient score on the placement test, or consent of instructor.

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MTH 1201
Technical Mathematics
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This course is designed for students enrolled in technical programs. Topics include: measurement and approximation, algebraic principles and operation, identification and use of formulas. In addition, geometric and trigonometric principles may also be covered if applicable to the program area. Emphasis is placed on the application of mathematical concepts to the solution of problems in vocational and technical fields. PREREQUISITE: REM 0420 Basic Math with a C or better or scoring at beginning algebra level on placement exam.

SPE 1101
Fundamentals of Effective Speaking
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Short informative and persuasive speeches are prepared and presented. This course places emphasis on selection and organization of materials, methods of securing interest and attention, and elements of delivery as well as characteristics of effective criticism and listening.

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SPE 1111
Interpersonal Communications
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An introduction to the basic theories and concepts relevant to face-to-face interaction. Emphasis is placed on the role of communication in the creation, maintenance, and termination of social, romantic, familial, and professional relationships.

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17
Semester 4
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GEN 2297
Employment Skills
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This course prepares the student for job interviews, job placement, and employment. Verbal and written communication skills are implemented through assigned reports. Topics of discussion and debate range from securing and keeping a job to individual attitudes, work habits, work ethics, and interviewing skills. The student will be required to prepare a written resume and to apply communication skills in practical situations.

HIT 2201
Health Statistics & Research
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This course provides an introduction to the management of medical data with a focus on the statistical research methodology and principles used in local medical facilities. Special emphasis is placed on descriptive statistics, including definitions, collection, calculation, compilation, and the display of numerical data. Additional topics include: vital statistics; reportable disease registries; verification of health care data including data validity and reliability; and guidelines required by regulatory agencies. PREREQUISITE: HIT 1202 Health Data Management.

HIT 2204
Clinical Coding Applications
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This course provides focused application and a breadth of practice aimed at developing proficiency in the assignment of appropriate diagnosis or procedure codes for common and specialized medical records with an emphasis on accuracy and speed development. Specifically, individuals will build on their fundamental knowledge of the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM), Healthcare Procedural Coding System (HCPCS) level II, and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), to ensure that all medical records are coded accurately, quickly and consistent with Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG), Ambulatory Patient Group (APG), and Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) assignments. PREREQUISITES: HIT 1204 Diagnostic Coding Fundamentals and HIT 2203 Procedural Coding Fundamentals.

HIT 2205
Healthcare Quality Mgt
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This course explores the many facets of quality standards, programs, and processes used to maintain and improve the quality of service in a healthcare environment. Special emphasis is placed on quality assurance, quality improvement, computation and presentation of data in statistical formats, utilization management, risk management, licensing, accreditation, and credentialing. Additional emphasis is placed on how external regulatory agency guidelines, accrediting agency requirements, and peer review organizations impact health information. Quality applications are integrated throughout the course, stressing the importance of application, including data collection, statistical quality control, data display, and assessment. PREREQUISITE: HIT 1202 Health Data Management and HIT 2201 Health Statistics & Research.

HIT 2206
Certification Review
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This course provides a comprehensive review of the competencies and skills needed to pass certification exams. Special emphasis is placed on review of topics related to coding, healthcare data management, legal issues, quality management, health statistics, and information technology systems used in the healthcare environment. Tips and practical suggestions on how best to prepare for certification exams are also provided. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in HIT 2202 Healthcare Law & Ethics, HIT 2204 Clinical Coding Applications, and HIT 2205 Healthcare Quality Mgt.

HIT 2230
Health Informatics Practicum
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This capstone course provides individuals with practical opportunities to apply theories and techniques learned in the classroom to actual situations, issues or problems within a healthcare facility with guidance from an experienced healthcare manager. PREREQUISITE: Student should be in their final semester of study in the Health Informatics program and successful completion or concurrent enrollment in HIT 2202 Healthcare Law & Ethics, HIT 2204 Clinical Coding Applications, and HIT 2205 Healthcare Quality Mgt

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HIT 2231
Health Informatics Simulation
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This capstone course provides individuals with practical opportunities to apply theories and techniques learned in the classroom to situations, issues or problems in a simulated healthcare environment with the instructor acting as a supervisor. PREREQUISITE: Student should be in their final semester of the Health Informatics program and successful completion or concurrent enrollment in HIT 2202 Healthcare Law & Ethics, HIT 2204 Clinical Coding Applications, and HIT 2205 Healthcare Quality Mgt.

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Term Total
17
Program Total
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