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2018-2019

Course Descriptions

Courses are listed in alphabetical order. A two- or three-letter each number. Courses are frequently referred to simply by the abbreviation and number, such as ASL 104 (American Sign Language I). The numbers in parentheses indicate the number of lecture, lab, studio, or fieldwork hours per week, assuming a typical 15-week semester. Only courses numbered 100 or above are applicable toward a degree.

Prerequisites and Co-Requisites. Prerequisites consist of a course, courses, or competencies that a student must have completed before being allowed to register for a more advanced course in the same or related subject area. Corequisites are courses that a student is required to take while enrolled or prior to enrollment in another related course. If a course description does not list a specific requirement, the successful demonstration of proficiency in basic academic skills is understood. During the preregistration session, skills are evaluated to determine adequacy for college-level studies. This includes evaluating previous educational records and the results of placement tests administered by the College. Not all courses are offered each semester. A schedule of course offerings is published for each semester.

General Education Courses. Courses that fulfill the General Education Requirements are indicated with a red triangle. For example: ▲ ASL 104 American Sign Language I

Credit Hour Requirement. The college offers two traditional 15-week semesters (Fall and Spring). A Master grid has been developed for these terms to ensure that courses meet for the appropriate amount of time (typically a 3 credit course will meet twice a week for 75 minutes or once a week for 150 minutes). Class times are proportionally adjusted to be consistent with institutional policy for terms of shorter duration including Summer sessions. “Semester credit hour” means a minimum of 750 minutes of formalized instruction that typically requires students to work at out-of-class assignments at least twice the amount of time as the amount of formalized instruction (1,500 minutes). It is acknowledged that formalized instruction may take place in a variety of modes. Due to the fact that the pace of reading, writing, and other activities varies widely, time spent in any of these areas will not be identical for all students, instructors and courses. Rather assigned activities should reflect a reasonable expectation by the instructor of the time it would take to meet the learning objectives of the course or assignment.”


HI 104 - History of Latin America
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course surveys Latin-American history from pre-colonial times to the present. It includes an examination of the heritage of pre-Columbian indigenous cultures, Spanish colonialism, and the various patterns of national independence. The present condition of Latin America in the modern-world system is analyzed in relation to imperialism and dependency that is blocking further development, as well as the various efforts of Latin-American countries to free themselves from this dependency. A research paper is required.

HI 106 - History of the Middle East
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course examines the cultural, economic, geographic, historical, political, and sociological development of the contemporary Middle East. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of these factors to the continuing Arab-Israeli situation. A research paper is required.

 

HI 190 - African-American History
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course focuses on African-American history from its African origins to the present. Emphasis is placed on the historical importance of the slavery experience, the outstanding contributions made by Blacks during the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the development of White Supremacy. Special attention is given to 20th-century Black contributions to American life and thought and to the legacies of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X.

HI 201 - U.S. History I
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course surveys the development of the United States from the founding of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, to the War of Independence, to the Civil War and the end of Reconstruction (1877). Topics include the Federalist Period, American and Southern Nationalisms, and westward expansion. Special attention is given to slavery and the free Black community before the Civil War.

HI 202 - U.S. History II
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course surveys the development of the United States from Reconstruction to the present. Topics include the rise of industrial corporations, Populism, Jim Crow, Progressivism, the Jazz Age, World War I, the Depression, the New Deal, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, Vietnam, and recent political and diplomatic crises.

HIT 101 - Health Care Organization
( 2 :0 :0 ) 2 credits

This course is a study of the historical development and current characteristics of health care in the United States. It provides an understanding of the health-care environment and the multiple factors that define the system and the roles of health-care professionals within the system.

HIT 104 - Health Care Terminology
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

In this course, students will study the basic structure of medical vocabulary, including prefixes, suffixes, roots, combining forms, pronunciation, spelling, and definitions of medical terms. Emphasis is placed on building a professional lexicon required for working in the medical field using vocabulary related to body systems, anatomical structure, medical processes and procedures, and a variety of diseases.

HIT 105 - Professional Practice Experience I
( 0 :0 :8 ) 2 credits

This course places students in an acute care health facility for practical applications of clerical duties in a medical record department. Students are introduced to the daily operations of a health information management department and practice clerical skills learned in the classroom. Students also practice interacting with professional and clerical personnel in an office setting. 120 hours directed practice. Offered in Spring & Summer only.

Pre-Requisites:
HIT 108 - Health Record Content and Structure
HIT 109 - Health Record Management

HIT 106 - Legal Aspects of Health Information Management
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

In this course, students will study the importance of medical records as legal documents. It includes the legal aspects of hospitals and medical staff organizations, release of information, and legal actions requiring evidence from medical records. Offered in Spring only.

HIT 108 - Health Record Content and Structure
( 1 :0 :0 ) 1 credits

This course introduces health record content and documentation requirements for health records across the continuum of care. It includes structure and format of the health record, introduction to the health information management profession, confidentiality/privacy, and professional ethics.

HIT 109 - Health Record Management
( 2 :2 :0 ) 3 credits

This course introduces the work processes of the health information department and the management of health data and the health record. Topics include qualitative and quantitative analysis, storage and retrieval systems, retention, abstracting, indexes and registries, regulatory and accreditation standards, and forms and screen design. Health information management (HIM) skills are practiced in laboratory activities using electronic health record systems and HIM software utilized in the workplace. Offered in Spring only.

 

Pre-Requisites:
BS 103 - Anatomy and Physiology I
EN 101 - Composition I
HIT 101 - Health Care Organization

Prerequisites/Co-Requisites:
HIT 108 - Health Record Content and Structure

HIT 111 - Culture of Healthcare
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to the organization and services of healthcare and public health in the U.S. Key aspects of the culture of healthcare including quality of care, patient safety, communication, customer service / professionalism, privacy, regulatory compliance, medical ethics, and professional values are discussed. Interrelationships of quality measurement, performance improvement, socio-technological aspects, and reimbursement are introduced.

 

HIT 112 - Introduction to Medical & Healthcare Terminology
( 1 :0 :0 ) 1 credits

This course provides an introduction to the medical and healthcare terminology used in health-care settings. Emphasis is placed on building medical terms using prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms.

HIT 120 - Electronic Health Records
( 2 :2 :0 ) 3 credits

This course introduces basic concepts for the use and maintenance of an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system in an ambulatory healthcare setting. Clinical and administrative workflow processes of an EHR are examined and the student performs basic navigation as well as administrative and medical documentation. Issues around quality, privacy, security, government regulations, ethics and legal aspects of technology in healthcare are explored. Offered only in Fall semester.

HIT 130 - Introduction to Health Insurance
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course focuses on the major insurance programs and reimbursement methodologies in ambulatory care. Basic diagnostic and procedural coding concepts are introduced. Managed care, claim submission, legal, regulatory and ethical issues are explored. Offered only in Spring semester.

HIT 201 - ICD Coding
( 3 :3 :0 ) 4 credits

This course focuses on disease and procedural coding with major emphasis on the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). It includes practical application of coding inpatient and outpatient records and practice in prospective payment and computerized encoding. Coding skills are practiced and assessed in laboratory activities using tutorials, case studies and actual records.

Offered in Fall only.

Pre-Requisites:
HIT 104 - Health Care Terminology
HIT 108 - Health Record Content and Structure

Prerequisites/Co-Requisites:
BS 205 - Physiology of Disease

HIT 205 - Professional Practice Experience II
( 0 :0 :8 ) 2 credits

This course provides supervised practice in Health Information Management that includes coding, health information systems, quality improvement studies, and managerial functions. 120 hours directed practice. Offered in Spring and Summer only.

Pre-Requisites:
HIT 105 - Professional Practice Experience I
HIT 106 - Legal Aspects of Health Information Management

Prerequisites/Co-Requisites:
HIT 208 - Supervision and Management in Healthcare
HIT 210 - Health Statistics and Quality Improvement
HIT 212 - Computer Applications in Healthcare Organizations
HIT 221 - Advanced ICD and Coding Applications

HIT 208 - Supervision and Management in Healthcare
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course introduces theories of management, management functions, human resources management, and financial management in healthcare. Also included are departmental planning and budgeting, human resources and relations, methods for analyzing and improving systems, working in teams, ergonomics, and practice in problem solving. Offered in Fall only.

Pre-Requisites:
HIT 105 - Professional Practice Experience I

HIT 210 - Health Statistics and Quality Improvement
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course is a comprehensive study of the principles of statistics applied to health data. It covers the principles of quality management, quality improvement methodologies, and tools and their application in healthcare facilities and health information departments. Offered in Spring only.

Pre-Requisites:
MA 103 - Basic Statistics

HIT 211 - Health Information Technology Seminar
( 2 :0 :0 ) 2 credits

This course provides students will the opportunity to synthesize knowledge and skills acquired throughout their academic education to complete a team project. Students will also complete a series of self-assessments related to competency domains for health information technicians and develop a study plan to prepare for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam. Topics relevant to job-seeking will be discussed and students will develop a resume and cover letter. Offered in Spring only.

Prerequisites/Co-Requisites:
HIT 208 - Supervision and Management in Healthcare
HIT 210 - Health Statistics and Quality Improvement
HIT 212 - Computer Applications in Healthcare Organizations
HIT 221 - Advanced ICD and Coding Applications
HIT 240 - Principles of Healthcare Reimbursement