2019-2020

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.”


HIM 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.

HIM 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.

HIM 201 - ICD Coding I
( 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:
HIM 104 - Medical Terminology
HIM 108 - Health Record Content and Structure

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

HIM 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:
HIM 105 - Professional Practice Experience I
HIM 106 - Legal Aspects of Health Information Management

Prerequisites/Co-Requisites:
HIM 208 - Supervision and Management in Healthcare
HIM 210 - Health Statistics and Data Analytics
HIM 212 - Healthcare Information Systems and Technologies
HIM 221 - ICD Coding II

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

This course introduces managements functions, human resource management and financial management in healthcare. Topics include planning, change management, communication, motivation, recruitment, discipline, teamwork and legal aspects of personnel management. Quality management and performance improvement processes are also introduced.

Pre-Requisites:
HIM 105 - Professional Practice Experience I

HIM 210 - Health Statistics and Data Analytics
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course is a comprehensive study of the principles of statistics applied to health data, including vital and other health statistics. Topics also include common research methodologies in healthcare, as well as an introduction to healthcare data analytics and basic skills for performance data analyses and data presentation using Excel and other tools.

Pre-Requisites:
CIS 101 - Computer Concepts and Applications
MA 103 - Basic Statistics

HIM 211 - Health Information Management 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 introduced and students will develop a resume and cover letter. 

Prerequisites/Co-Requisites:
HIM 208 - Supervision and Management in Healthcare
HIM 210 - Health Statistics and Data Analytics
HIM 212 - Healthcare Information Systems and Technologies
HIM 221 - ICD Coding II
HIM 240 - Principles of Healthcare Reimbursement

HIM 212 - Healthcare Information Systems and Technologies
( 2 :3 :0 ) 3 credits

This course focuses on healthcare electronic information systems and electronic health record (EHR) systems. Topics include the technologies used, system selection, implementation and application, standards, interoperability, data integrity, data storage and retrieval, security and privacy. In laboratory activities, students apply theory to application in an electronic health record system.

Pre-Requisites:
CIS 101 - Computer Concepts and Applications
OR
CIS 107 - Information Technology Fundamentals and Applications

HIM 216 - Coding Professional Practice Experience
( 0 :0 :8 ) 2 credits

This course provides supervised practice in ICD and CPT coding systems, billing, and reimbursement. 120 hours directed practice Offered in Spring and Summer only.

Co-Requisites:
HIM 221 - ICD Coding II
HIM 231 - CPT Coding
HIM 240 - Principles of Healthcare Reimbursement

HIM 221 - ICD Coding II
( 2 :2 :0 ) 3 credits

This course focuses on continued studies of ICD coding guidelines. Development of advanced coding techniques using inpatient and outpatient health records with an emphasis on computerized encoding and coding for regulatory compliance and prospective payment system is further explored. Coding skills are practiced and assessed in laboratory activities using tutorials, case studies and actual records. Offered in Spring only.

Pre-Requisites:
HIM 201 - ICD Coding I

Prerequisites/Co-Requisites:
HIM 231 - CPT Coding

HIM 231 - CPT Coding
( 2 :2 :0 ) 3 credits

This course introduces coding in ambulatory settings with emphasis on coding healthcare procedures and services using CPT/HCPCS. Diagnostic coding for outpatient services, the relationship between coding and reimbursement, and ethical issues are also introduced. Coding skills are practiced and assessed in laboratory activities using tutorials, case studies and actual records. Offered in Spring only.

Pre-Requisites:
HIM 104 - Medical Terminology
HIM 108 - Health Record Content and Structure

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

HIM 240 - Principles of Healthcare Reimbursement
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course introduces reimbursement methodologies in acute and non-acute care settings. Topics include prospective payment methodologies, hospital revenue cycle, case mix analysis, charge master maintenance, regulatory guidelines, reimbursement monitoring, and compliance strategies. 

 

Pre-Requisites:
HIM 201 - ICD Coding I

Prerequisites/Co-Requisites:
HIM 231 - CPT Coding

HLS 104 - Introduction to Homeland Security
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course is an introduction to the public and private sector dimensions of the theory and practice of Home Security at the national, regional, state, and local level. An overview of the administrative, legislative, and operational elements of homeland security programs and processes (including a review of homeland security history, policies, and programs) is provided. Topics include the threat of terrorism and countermeasures, including intelligence, investigation, and policy that support U.S. homeland security objectives.

HLS 105 - Criminal Investigation
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course studies the techniques and procedures of criminal investigation, the methods of crime prevention, and the use and acceptance of informants and electronic surveillance. Topics include information retrieval, recognition, development, and preservation of material evidence, and interview and interrogation techniques.

Prerequisites/Co-Requisites:
CJ 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
OR
HLS 104 - Introduction to Homeland Security

HLS 202 - Hazardous Materials
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course comprehensively studies the physical, chemical, and toxicological characteristics of hazardous materials. It includes the basic methods of recognition and identification based upon the chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials; basic safety procedures when utilizing specific types of protective clothing and equipment; and basic tactical information relating to scene management.

Pre-Requisites:
CJ 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
OR
FS 101 - Principles of Emergency Services
OR
HLS 104 - Introduction to Homeland Security

HLS 210 - Current Issues in Homeland Security/Capstone Experience
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course provides the opportunity for students to explore significant and controversial topics regarding terrorism and homeland security and to engage in in-depth analyses of current events and important trends in terrorism and Homeland Security. It presents an opportunity for students to focus on special issues such as terrorism and the internet, homeland security, interrogating the CIA, and prosecuting the terrorist. Students will be required to complete a research project on a topic of interest.

Pre-Requisites:

A minimum of forty (40) credits must be successfully completed from the Homeland Security Program.


HLS 214 - Emergency Management and Response
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course examines the theories, principles, and practices of emergency management. The philosophy of comprehensive emergency management is discussed with the four attendant steps: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. In addition, legal issues involving state and federal laws affecting emergency operations are studied.

Pre-Requisites:

CJ 101 and FS 101 or CJ 105


HN 101 - Introduction to Community Healthcare Navigation
( 4 :0 :0 ) 4 credits

This course introduces students to the role and responsibilities of the community healthcare navigator. It addresses workplace protocols, strategies for dealing with community agencies and clients, the health care delivery system, and legal and ethical issues related to the field. Healthy living, along with chronic diseases and their consequences are presented.  

HN 115 - Communication Skills and Cultural Competence
( 2 :0 :0 ) 2 credits

This course provides the content and skills in communication to assist the community healthcare navigator in effectively interacting with a variety of clients, their families, and a range of healthcare providers. Included are verbal/nonverbal communication, listening, networking, building trust and working in teams. These skills are grounded within the context of the community's culture and the cultural implications that can affect client healthcare. 

HN 120 - Community Healthcare Navigation Internship I
( 1 :0 :3 ) 2 credits

This course provides students with the opportunity to work with agencies and learn the process of integrating classroom knowledge, skills, and techniques with real life navigation practices. Forty five (45) hours in the field are required. In addition, students meet one hour a week with the instructor to reflect on and share their experiences.  

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