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Health Information Management Major All Academic Programs

HIM professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. They are experts in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnosis and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients.  Health information programs incorporate the disciplines of medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law into one curriculum. Because of this unique mixture, health information graduates can choose from a variety of work settings across an array of healthcare environments.

As the world moves from a paper-based to an electronic society, so does the health care field. The health care community is working to develop an electronic health patient record. The HIM profession is at the forefront of this movement. Advances in medical science, legislative reforms, computerization, and the need to manage health care delivery systems and health care costs have enhanced the roles of the health information manager.

HIM professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies and home care providers. Degreed HIM graduates may hold some of the more traditional positions as a health information manager, compliance officer, data quality manager, educator, health information coder/manager, privacy/security officer, project manager, reimbursement or revenue cycle manager, and information systems managers. Others have secured positions as informatics specialist, data analyzers, keeping with the ever changing face of health care and information (data management).

The primary purpose of the program is to provide the academic foundation necessary to prepare students to be competent health information management professionals and meet the entry-level competencies that will enable them to apply management and problem solving skills to every aspect of a medical/health record information system, regardless of the setting or environment.

The HIM Program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in HIM.  Graduates are eligible to write the national AHIMA certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).  Policies of the Health Information Management program are subject to change due to requirements of external accrediting agencies.

Admissions Policies and Criteria
The Health Information Management Program admits students in the fall semester. The Department of Allied Health admits applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, or gender.

Applicants who have been accepted to the University, met all the requirements thereof, and have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 as stipulated by Coppin State University Office of Admissions, will be invited to be admitted to the HIM Program. Keep in mind that we admit by highest GPA first.

Please note that an applicant may not officially declare HIM as a major while enrolled in developmental courses until accepted by the School of Allied Health. Acceptance to Coppin State University does not mean automatic acceptance into the HIM Program. Students must meet the requirements of and be accepted by the School of Allied Health to declare HIM as a major.

Applicants without previous college experience
Applicants without previous college experience must meet the requirements for entrance into the University prior to admission to the HIM Program.

Applicants who have current or prior enrollment at Coppin in another major, or as undeclared
Applicants have been admitted to the university have satisfactorily completed any required developmental courses (depending on the point of transfer), and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

Applicants with a RHIT or certified coding credentials
This program is designed for the professional who has earned an associate’s degree at an accredited college or university and has received the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential, as well as students who have earned a certified coding credential.

The program involves instruction and clinical affiliations. The academic load varies depending on the student's experience, as well as previous instruction received. Each individual student will be evaluated independently to develop their course of study and where applicable, approved credits from other colleges and universities will be accepted.  Other exceptions will be determined by the Chair of the Program.

Credit by Examination
Students currently or formerly enrolled in the university may obtain credit by examination for a course in which they have had no class attendance or semester standing provided the course has been determined by the HIM program to be an appropriate course for credit without attendance (excludes the professional practice experiences). Health information-related courses taken at a non-accredited program must be validated by a challenge examination before credit is awarded. Permission to take the examination must be obtained from the course instructor and the departmental chairperson prior to the deadline for applying for the exam. Examinations are not permitted in courses in which a student has previously been enrolled as a regular student or as an auditor. The petition, receipted by the university cashier, must be shown to the instructor conducting the examination. The instructor administers and reports the results of the examination to the Office of the Registrar within one week of taking the exam. Credits earned under this regulation are recorded with the grade achieved on the examination. Credit earned by examination may not be used to reduce the minimum residence requirement. A maximum of four semester hours of credit may be earned by challenging courses in the Health Information Management curriculum. Students are also referred to the pertinent sections of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Have a 2.0 or higher grade point average
  2. Completed at least 12 semesters hours at Coppin State University

Refer to CSU student handbook for details on the Grading System for CSU.
The grading scale (%) used for all HIM courses is: *
A    90 - 100
B    80 - 89
C    70 - 79
D    60 - 69
F    68 and below

The grade of "A" designates work of superior quality, "B"--work of good quality, "C"--work of satisfactory quality, grade "D" or below not satisfactory quality, but allowable for credit.  The grade of "D" or below indicates failure (a final grade of "D" is not acceptable in HIM/HSC courses and major support courses)

Requirements for Graduation
The curriculum sequence is planned to allow students the greatest chance for success and graduation within 4 years. As well it is sequenced to meet the needs of those students who have an Associate's degree and are seeking to complete their education and obtain a Baccalaureate within 2 years. To be recommended for graduation the student must achieve satisfactory grades for all courses required in the Plan of Study.

Summary of potential student fees and expenses (Subject to change)
In addition to university fees, housing, textbooks and supplies, students in the HIM Program should anticipate the following approximate expenses:

  1. Clothing:  A dress code has been established for professional settings in conjunction with the professional practice sites
  2. Transportation and Parking: Transportation to and from professional practice experiences, field trips and workshops must be arranged by the student. Costs for both transportation and parking are the student's responsibility. Students should consider coordinating their transportation.
  3. Meals (professional practice experiences, field trips and workshops): The costs of meals are the student's responsibility.
  4. Professional dues: ($35.00 per year or current dues as determined by AHIMA): Payable to the American Health Information Management Association. Students must join by their Junior year in the program. Failure to do so may jeopardize the student's graduation from the program. Student must provide a copy of proof of membership to the Program Director by the end of the spring semester of their junior year. A copy will be placed in the student's file.
  5. Student Association Dues: To be determined (can be $35 - $60 per academic year). Payable to the Student Health Information Management Association. Payment of annual dues membership with concomitant privileges for voting and holding of office.
  6. Professional Liability Insurance: Paid by Coppin State University.
  7. Criminal Background Check Fee (varies from $48.50): Payable to screening agency.
  8. Cost of the RHIA exam incorporated into fees.
  9. Graduation related - $150 (or as determined by the senior class).
  10. Students are required to attend a local, state or national association committee meeting, workshop, annual meeting or business meeting.  Student will be responsible for the student registration fee, if applicable. This cost will vary but can range from $50 - $65.

Health Information Management Major EFFECTIVE FALL 2013

Level I (First Year)

Fall Semester
 *ENGL 101  English Composition  3
 *»HIST 203 US History I  3
 *†IDIS 102 Music & Dance  3
 ¦HSC 101 Orientation to Health Sci  3
 **ORIE 101  Freshman Seminar  1
 ? General Elective  3
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 *ENGL 102  English Composition II  3
 *»HIST 204 US History II  3
*BIOL 107 Comp Preview Life Science  4
 *ECON 103 Intro to Bus & Economics  3
 *HSC 190 Medical Terminology  3
 Semester Total 16

Level II (Sophomore)

Fall Semester
 *?WLIT 207
 World Literature
Speech  3
 ›BIOL 201
Human A & P I  4
*SOCI 201 Intro to Sociology
 **MISY 150 Tech Fluency  3
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 ›BIOL 203 Human A & P II  4
 *MATH 203 Basic Statistics  3
 *×PHIL Phil  3
¦ACCT 201 Financial Accounting I  3
 *PSYC 201 Psychology  3
 Semester Total 16

Level III (Junior)

Fall Semester
¦HIM 300 Fund of HIM  4
 ¦HSC 312 Pathophysiology  3
¦HIM 307 Med Class. Sys. I
 § MGMT SCI  3
 Semester Total 13

Spring Semester
¦MISY 341 Small Sys Software  3
¦HIM 303 HIM Non-Trad Set  3
?HIM 301 Advanced Concepts in HIM  3
¦HSC 313 Pharmacology  3
¦HIM 408 Med Classifications II  3
Semester Total 15

Level IV (Senior)

Fall Semester
 ¦HIM 305 Healthcare Finance & Reimb  2
 ¦HIM 412 Org & Mgmt in HIM  4
 ¦HIM 402 Legal Aspects of HIM  3
 ¦MGMT 304 Human Resource Mgmt  3
 ¦HIM 401 RHIA Prep
 Semester Total 14

Spring Semester
 ¦HIM 415 Health Stats & Research  3
 ?HIM 413 Org & Mgmt in HIM II  3
¦HIM 420 Health Info Systems  3
 ?HIM 400 Mgmt Affiliation  3
 Semester Total 15

 *  General Education Requirement
 **  University Graduation Requirement
 ¦  Major Course

 Support Course
  »  or any 2 part 200 level History
?  or any ENGL 200 level or above
 BIOL 101 or 107 or CHEM 101 or PHSC 101 or PHSC 103
×  PHIL 103 or PHIL 102
 or IDIS 103 or any Foreign Language or ART 105 or MUSC 201 or DANC 226 or THEA 211

 or any 3 credit Health course, or SPCH 202 or SPCH 204 or GEOG 102
 ?  General Elective - any University course
 ?  Program Elective - any non-required course within the discipline
 ?  Support Course
§  Management Science Elective

NOTE: Please consult a program advisor to discuss course options.