THIS IS A LIMITED ACCESS PROGRAM.
THE CAREER: Health information management is
concerned with the management of systems to collect, store, process,
retrieve, analyze, disseminate and communicate information related
to the research, planning, provision, financing and evaluation
of health care services. Graduates of this program are known as
health information technicians. Entry-level health information
technicians may be employed in a variety of settings. Some of
the common job titles include: coder, supervisor and medical record
technician. Opportunities for practice include physician's office
settings, long-term care facilities, home health care agencies,
ambulatory settings, federal health care agencies, behavioral
health care organizations, insurance companies and acute care
THE PROGRAM: The Health Information Management
program is a combination of general education and professional
courses including lecture, laboratory and clinical education components.
Graduates of the program are prepared as entry-level practitioners.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded
an associate in science or associate in applied science degree.
Graduates are then eligible to take the national examination to
become a registered health information technician.
For additional information about the health
information management profession, see the American
Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) web site,
or write to them at 233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150, Chicago,
IL 60601-5519, 312.233.1090.
Expected Job Growth:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of HIM
professionals is expected to grow much faster than the average
average is $30,000 - $40,000 annually.
Upon completion of this program, graduates must successfully complete
an AHIMA certification exam. A credential validates your competence
as an HIM professional to employers and the public. A Registered
Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential requires an associate's
degree and successful performance on the RHIT certification exam.
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of
Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in conjunction with
the Council on Accreditation of AHIMA, 233 N. Michigan Avenue,
Suite 2150; Chicago, IL 60601-5800 (321.233.1100). You can also
e-mail the AHIMA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students may find it difficult to work during the professional
phase of the program due to clinical demands. Students may not
take the responsibility of qualified staff. However, after demonstrating
proficiency, students may be permitted to undertake certain defined
activities with appropriate supervision and direction. Students
may be employed in the field of study outside regular educational
hours paid and subject to standard employer policies. Admission
to this program is limited and is based on completion of specific
prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better. Courses are
offered both days and evenings. All program prerequisites, and
some HIM classes, are available online.
- Be accepted for admission to Florida Community
College, be currently enrolled or a former student.
- Complete, with a C or better: BSC 2085C,
MAT 1033 or MAC 1105, CGS 1570 and ENC 1101.
- Have their College Placement Test (CPT) scores.
- Submit complete HIM program application by
the June 15 deadline.
Students will be ranked on the quality points
earned in the four courses listed in step 2 above. Students who
verify work experience in health information management will earn
two points per year, up to a maximum of six points. In the event
of a tie, the College Placement Test scores (English, reading
and elementary algebra) will be used as a tie-breaker. A physical
exam will be required upon acceptance to the program.
General Education Courses
ENC 1101 English Composition I (3)
BSC 2085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
MAC 1105 College Algebra (3)
or MAT 1033 Intermediate Algebra (4)
SOP 1002 Human Relations (3)
Credit hours: 16
HSC 1531 Medical Terminology (for Health Professions) (3)
BSC 2086C Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
CGS 1570 Microcomputer Applications (3)
OST 1581 Professional Development in the Work Environment (3)
HIM 1300 Health Care Delivery Systems (2)
HIM 1433 Pathophysiology I (2)
HIM 1110 Health Data Concepts (2)
HIM 1260 Health Insurance Billing (2)
HIM 1224 ICD 9-CDM Coding and Lab (3)
HIM 1436 Pathophysiology II (2)
HIM 1800 Professional Practice Experience I (2)
HIM 2012 Health Law (3)
HIM 1253 CPT-4 Coding and Lab (3)
HIM 2211 Information Systems for Health Information Management
HIM 2214 Health Data Management (2)
HIM 2260C Advanced Coding and Classification (3)
HIM 2810 Professional Practice Experience II (2)
HIM 2500 Quality Management (2)
HIM 2304 Supervision and Organizational Life (3)
HIM 2820 Professional Practice Experience III (3)
Credit hours: 51
Total Credit Hours: 67
*Refer to A.S.
degree General Education Requirements.
You have two options in this program: the associate in science
(A.S.) degree, which can prepare you for employment or transfer
to a state university, and the associate in applied science (A.A.S.)
degree, which is intended primarily for students who want immediate
employment after graduation. If you choose the A.S. degree you
must take MAC 1105, MGF 1106 or a higher level mathematics. The
A.A.S. degree requires MAT 1033 or higher. Please see an advisor
to determine the option that is best for you.
Clinical agencies may require students to undergo
drug screening and criminal background checks prior to placement
in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug
screening and criminal background checks are unsatisfactory may
be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies.
Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot
be placed for clinical experiences.
Estimated tuition is $4,050 (for Florida residents as of 7/04).
Estimated cost of books, materials, and fees is $450.