2015-16 Catalog

Health Information Management Technician

 Associate in Applied Science

www.sandburg.edu/academics/health-information-management-technician 

The Health Information Management Technician is a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree that prepares students to collect, manage, and maintain health records for various medical facilities, both in paper and electronic formats. Given the increase in use of electronic health records software, as well as security and privacy practices, the graduate will be prepared to manage and use health information to serve patients by managing communication between health care facilities and insurance providers. They help to organize and manage this data to ensure its quality, accuracy, accessibility and security, using a variety of systems to maintain patient information, databases and registries, and medical and treatment histories.

Graduates will be prepared to be able to review patient records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy and appropriateness of health data; organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries; track patient outcomes for quality assessment; use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis; follow best practices for data security; and use information to assist patients by managing communication between health care and insurance providers. The practicum experiences for the Health Information Management Technician program will be gained with physician offices and clinics in the Galesburg area such as: Galesburg Cottage Hospital, Galesburg Cottage Physician Offices, OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center and Clinics, and other surrounding community’s  agencies as needed.

Program at a Glance

  • Average starting salary: $32,300
  • Level of patient contact: Low
  • Length of the program: Two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Program location: Galesburg campus
  • Program start time: Fall
  • Employment opportunities in a variety of settings

Admission to the Program

Admission information is available at http://www.sandburg.edu/academics/academics

Admission to Health Information Management Technician program is open.

  1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College http://www.sandburg.edu/admissions/steps-enroll and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or equivalent and any appropriate post-secondary educational institutions transcripts to the Admission and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam, COMPASS.
  4. Meet with an advisor to select classes and complete the registration process.
  5. The following criteria may be required of student’s upon entering the HIM 205 Practicum and all information will be explained in detail upon registering for this course:
  • Students entering the HIM 205 practicum course must attend the required orientation session and be able to perform the Health Information Management Technician Essential Skills with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Students accepted will be required to show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and 10-panel drug screen. The italicized items may be required depending on practicum site’s requirements.
  • Student is responsible for all fees incurred.
  • Estimated Cost – Health Information Management Technician Degree
  1. Please note that findings on the criminal background check, physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

Department of Health Professions
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.

Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.345.3500

welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

For Graduation Requirements:

http://catalog.sandburg.edu/academicinformation/#graduation_policies_and_procedures

Associate in Applied Science

First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Hours
SOC.101Introduction to Sociology 3
MDT.100Medical Terminology 2
HIM.100Introduction to Health Information Mgmt (Introduction to Health Information Management) 3
ENG.101Freshman Composition 1 3
CHM.100Concepts of Chemistry 3
AOP.101Keyboarding & Formatting 1 3
Spring Semester
ALH.110Introduction to Pharmacology 3
ALH.115Basic Health Statistics 3
ALH.120Medical Law and Ethics 3
BOC.120Customer Service 2
BIO.101General Biology 4
ICT.110Computer Software Applications 3
Second Year
Fall Semester
AOP.130Electronic Health Records 2
AOP.203Office Procedures 3
BIO.211Anatomy & Physiology 1 4
MDC.102Medical Coding Cpt 3
BOC.102Business Communications 3
Spring Semester
AOP.234Insurance & Billing in Medical Office 3
AOP.231Advanced Electronic Health Records (Advanced Electronic Health Records) 3
BIO.212Anatomy & Physiology 2 4
MDC.101Medical Coding Icd 3
SPE.110 or 120Interpersonal Communication (or Introduction to Public Speaking ) 3
Summer Session
Health Information Management Technician Practicum  
HIM.205Health Information Mgmt Tech Practicum 3
 Total Program Hours: 69.0

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

AOP.101 Keyboarding & Formatting 1223

This is the first course for individuals who have had no significant prior instruction in keyboarding. Instruction emphasizes the concepts and techniques involved in mastering the computer keyboard, various letter styles, reports, and tables. Minimum five-minute timing speed on straight copy material of 30 gross words per minute (with five errors or less) is required to successfully complete the course.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

AOP.130 Electronic Health Records122

This course introduces students to electronic health records used in different health care settings and will develop student skills in utilizing software to record medical records in an electronic format. Topics covered include converting paper records to electronic format, using electronic health records in a hospital and a medical office, how electronic medical health records interact with other hospital information systems, and challenges to privacy and security including HIPAA. Students will complete hands-on exercises working with electronic medical records software.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: AOP.101 and MDT.100
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

AOP.203 Office Procedures33

This course introduces a variety of topics and practices intended to promote personal and professional development. Topics covered include professional ethics, theories of leadership, telework, and an overview of job search techniques. Communication techniques will be applied to the process of making effective presentations, providing proper customer service, and communicating effectively using telecommunications. Strong written and oral communication skills will be emphasized. Students will also gain insight into stress, anger and time-management techniques.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: #Take AOP.102 or ICT.110;
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

AOP.231 Advanced Electronic Health Records33

This course is an extension of Electronic Health Records, AOP.130. Further application of skills and knowledge will be implemented with the use of actual electronic health record experiences. Case studies using industry-standard software in a variety of simulated medical environments will prepare students to transform theoretical electronic health record concepts into practical usage.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Take AOP.130 with a grade of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

AOP.234 Insurance & Billing in Medical Office223

This course introduces students to the basic information used in medical insurance and patient billing procedures. Topics covered include insurance terminology, government insurance programs, billing practices and computer software used for billing in a hospital or medical office.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Take AOP.101 Concurrent enrollment in ICT.110
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ALH.110 Introduction to Pharmacology33

This course is an overview of pharmacology and its medications as it pertains to allied health professions. Topics will include principles of drug administration and basic mathematics involved in drug calculations. Throughout the course, the commonly used medications within allied health professions will be explored. This course is intended for students intending to enter an Allied Health program.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ALH.115 Basic Health Statistics33

This course is designed to provide students an introduction to terms, definitions, formulae, and computations used in computing health care statistics. Emphasis is on inpatient health care data and statistical computations, but most applications can be transferred to the outpatient or alternative healthcare settings. Statistical skills will be acquired and developed through actual use and analysis of data.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: COMPASS pre-algebra score of 47 or MAT.090 with grade of C or better or one year of high school Algebra completed in the last three years with a minimum grade of C
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS,AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ALH.120 Medical Law and Ethics33

Students will be introduced to legal, moral, and ethical issues that are likely to arise as they practice health information management. This course provides an overview of the laws and the ethics needed to provide competent and compassionate care to patients within legal and ethical boundaries. This course will serve as a guide to assist students in resolving legal and ethical questions encountered as a health care provider.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS, AAS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

BIO.101 General Biology324

This course introduces the student to the chemical and physical principles of life especially as they relate to humans. The major topics covered include cell structure/function, the energy flow, organismic biology, evolution, genetics, and ecology. General Biology is designed to meet the laboratory science requirement of the non-major as well as providing an appropriate background for science majors.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: A COMPASS Reading score of 83 or above is required to enroll in this course or RDG.096 with a grade of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. L1 900L
General Education -- Science Lab Science

BIO.211 Anatomy & Physiology 1324

This is the first of a two-course sequence in anatomy and physiology for students who are intending to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Also, Anatomy 1 & 2 are required in the Associate Degree in Nursing Program. This course will be presented as an integrated systems approach emphasizing principles of homeostasis. There will be discussion of pathophysiological and anatomical changes that occur as a result of disease.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: BIO.101 and CHM.100 with a grade of C or better or the equivalent as evaluated by Biology faculty
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

BIO.212 Anatomy & Physiology 2324

This course is a continuation of BIO.211. There will be special emphasis on the cardiovascular system; fluid, electrolyte, and acid base balance; and exercise physiology. Laboratory work will include dissection of a fetal pig.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Take BIO.211
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS,AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

BOC.102 Business Communications33

This course covers the fundamental principles and modes of business communications. Students will be introduced to a variety of professional letters, the appropriate use of electronic mail, and the principles of oral communication. In addition, professional development topics such as resume writing and interviewing techniques will be explored.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: COMPASS Writing score of 70 or ENG.098 with a grade of C or better, or AOP.201
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

BOC.120 Customer Service22

This course introduces students to the concepts and skills needed for success in retail and business careers. Topics include listening techniques, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and the effective use of technology. The ability to effectively interact with customers, to handle customer service issues, and to establish customer relationships and loyalty will be emphasized. Students will also be introduced to methods for effectively managing stress and conflict.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

CHM.100 Concepts of Chemistry223

This one-semester course is designed for individuals who have completed less than the equivalent of one year of chemistry. The fundamental concepts of general chemistry developed are appropriate for students interested in further study of chemistry as well as those students who have immediate needs for chemistry. Primary emphasis is placed upon matter, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry, periodicity, stoichiometry, and organic chemistry. A student may NOT count this course toward graduation at CSC if he/she has satisfactorily completed CHM.110 or an equivalent course prior to enrollment in CHM100.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: Take MAT.093 or MAT.083 or MAT.086 with a grade of C or better.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. P1 902L
General Education -- Science Lab Science

ENG.101 Freshman Composition 133

This course is the first in a sequence of two freshman composition and rhetoric courses. It is designed for individuals planning to pursue a bachelor's degree as well as those who wish to develop proficiency in writing. Emphasis is on critical reading, organization, logical thought, paragraphing, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. Also studied will be argumentation and inductive/deductive reasoning.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: Either placement according to the COMPASS score, or completion of ENG.098 with a C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. C1 900
General Education -- Communications

HIM.100 Introduction to Health Information Mgmt33

This course introduces students to numerous aspects of health information management. Emphasis is placed on health care delivery systems, health information management professions, and health care settings. Patient records, filing systems, record storage, circulation and retention, indexes, registers, health data collection, and legal issues are also covered as they relate to different types of health care facilities and practices.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS AAS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

HIM.205 Health Information Mgmt Tech Practicum153

The purpose of this course is to integrate classroom theory with practical experience. The student will be placed in a medical agency where the skills and knowledge of a health information management technician will be applied. The practicum will be supervised by a College faculty member and a job-site supervisor. Consent of instructor is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS, AAS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ICT.110 Computer Software Applications33

This course in software applications will provide students with an overview of a computer operating system and commonly used computer software. Students will gain experience with word processing and database management tasks, presentation software, and spreadsheets. Additional software programs associated with the Windows environment will be explored. This course may be used to satisfy the computer requirement common for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: Take AOP.101 or or BOC.107 or appropriate articulated high school credit.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

MDC.102 Medical Coding Cpt33

This course is intended to introduce the student to the concepts of current procedural coding. Through guided instruction and practical experience, students will learn how to apply and where to locate the guidelines for assigning correct procedural codes to physician documentation. At the end of the course, the student should be able to appropriately code procedure codes to the medical record as well as assign any modifiers using the CPT book and concepts learned.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: MDT.100 with a minimum grade of C or instructor approval.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MDC.101 Medical Coding Icd33

Students will be introduced to medical coding principles using the most current version of ICD-CM (International Classification of Diseases - Clinical Modification) necessary to arrive at correct coding assignments for both diagnosis and in-patient procedures. Students will take clinical documentation and modify it into an ICD-CM alphanumeric or numeric code. Students will also be introduced to accurate and ethical coding by correct selection of diagnosis following official guidelines of the UHDDS (uniform hospital discharge data set).
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: MDT.100 with a minimum grade of C or instructor approval.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MDT.100 Medical Terminology22

This course is designed for anyone desiring a background in the language of medicine, and presents a system of learning medical terms from word roots, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes. By the end of the course the student will be able to recognize, build, define and spell correctly literally thousands of medical words from the elements learned, and be proficient in using a medical dictionary. This course is useful for anyone in the health care professions: those working in hospitals (nurses, radiologic technologists, unit secretaries, people in medical records or the business office, etc.) in a doctor's office, in nursing homes or those in Emergency Medical Technology. Those entering nursing will find Medical Terminology a great asset to understanding lectures and textbooks, making their learning easier.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

SOC.101 Introduction to Sociology33

The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the discipline of sociology as it applies to contemporary American society. This course provides an orientation to the student interested in social science or the helping professions. Among specific topics to be studied are: how the sociologist gathers information, the importance of culture and symbols, personality development, the changing structure of the family, social class and inequality, race and ethnicity, and deviant behavior.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate; AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. S7 900
General Education -- Social Science Human Relations

SPE.110 Interpersonal Communication33

This course attempts to develop an awareness of, and an insight into, the choices that are made by participation in face-to-face, non-public, human communication. The text and lectures are designed to create an understanding of theories and principles. Experiential exercises encourage the student to apply this understanding, and to use it in interpreting his/her own and other people's attempts at communication. Among the topics covered are the communication process, the self as a communicator, verbal and nonverbal language, cooperation and conflict, etc. This course is intended for persons planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree and those who desire to improve their verbal communication.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only Human Relations

SPE.120 Introduction to Public Speaking33

This is a performance course in public speaking. The principles of oral public communication will be presented through readings and lecture. The student will apply these principles in the speeches presented to the class. Emphasis will be placed on outlining and the discovery and organization of important ideas and the communication of those ideas to a specific audience. Written evaluation of speeches will be required to enhance critical communication skills. This course is intended for individuals who desire to complete a bachelor's degree and those who desire to develop competence in public speaking.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. C2 900
General Education -- Communications