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Health Information Technology

10-530-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 60 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Want a career in the dynamic field of healthcare, but without the patient interaction? With this degree, you deal more with the patient's healthcare information than with patients. You’ll learn how to collect, code, manage and maintain the health data necessary for proper reimbursement, statistical and quality purposes. You’ll learn how to manage electronic health information in an electronic health record (EHR). You’ll train on current coding and chart management software and you’ll gain valuable field experience that will be helpful as you seek employment.

COURSE LIST

*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Technical Studies (42 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Credit for Prior Learning
(Work/Life Experience)
Medical Terminology
10-501-101
3
Focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.
Digital Literacy for Healthcare
10-501-107
2
Focuses on the use of technology in healthcare. Learners use common business software applications, including word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and databases. Communication methods using technology are addressed. Learners gain experience with using the electronic health record (E.H.R.). Healthcare E.H.R. security issues, social media use, and digital healthcare resources are examined.
Foundations of HIM
10-530-162
3
Introduces learners to the healthcare delivery system, and the external forces that influence healthcare delivery. Sets an understanding for the expectations and standards related to professional ethics, confidentiality and security of health information. Differentiates the use and structure of healthcare data elements, data standards, and the relationships between them. Prepares learners to collect and maintain health data to ensure a complete and accurate health record.
Prereqs: Admission to Health Information Technology or Medical Coding programs; ACCPL Reading>=80 & Sentence >s= 83 OR ACT Read > = 20 & English >= 18 OR Program Prep: Coreqs: Medical Terminology 10501101; Digital Literacy 10501107
Human Disease for the Health Professions
10-530-182
3
Prepares learners to interpret clinical documentation that they will encounter in a variety of healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding the common disorders and diseases of each body system to include the etiology (cause), signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and results, and medical treatments and surgical procedures.
Healthcare Law & Ethics
10-530-178
2
Examines regulations for the content, use, confidentiality, disclosure and retention of health information. An overview of the legal system and ethical issues are addressed.
Coreq: Foundations of HIM 10530162
CPT Coding
10-530-184
3
Prepares learners to assign CPT codes, supported by medical documentation, with entry level proficiency. Learners apply CPT instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning CPT codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation.
Coreqs: Basic Anatomy 10806189 OR General Anatomy & Physiology 10806177; Medical Terminology 10501101
ICD Diagnosis Coding
10-530-197
3
Prepares students to assign ICD diagnosis codes supported by medical documentation. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD diagnosis codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation.
Coreqs: Basic Anatomy 10806189 OR General Anatomy & Physiology 10806177; Medical Terminology 10501101
Healthcare Stats and Analytics
10-530-163
3
Explores the management of medical data for statistical purposes focusing on descriptive and inferential statistics including definition, collection, calculation and compilation of numerical data. Examines data analytics, retrieval, presentation and research methodologies.
Prereqs: Admitted to Health Information Technology; Foundations of HIM 10530162
Intro to Health Informatics
10-530-164
3
Emphasizes the role of information technology in healthcare through an investigation of the electronic health record (EHR), business, and health information software applications. Learners will develop skills to assist in enterprise information management and database architecture design and implementation.
Prereqs: Admitted to Health Information Technology; Foundations of HIM 10530162; Digital Literacy for Healthcare 10501107
Intermediate Coding
10-530-165
3
Prepares students to assign ICD and CPT/HCPCS codes supported by medical documentation and official coding guidance to support appropriate reimbursement. Students will participate in CDI activities, including preparation of appropriate physician queries in accordance with compliance guidelines.
Prereqs: CPT Coding 10530184; ICD Diagnosis Coding 10530197; Coreq: ICD Procedure Coding 10530199
ICD Procedure Coding
10-530-199
2
Prepares students to assign ICD procedure codes supported by medical documentation with entry level proficiency. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD procedure codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation.
Prereqs: Basic Anatomy 10806189 with a 'C' or better OR Gen Anatomy & Physiology 10806177 with a 'C' or better; Med Terminology 10501101; Coreq: Human Diseases for Health Professions 10530182
Health Quality Management
10-530-161
3
Explores the programs and processes used to manage and improve healthcare quality. Addresses regulatory requirements as related to performance measurement, assessment, and improvement, required monitoring activities, risk management and patient safety, utilization management, and medical staff credentialing. Emphasizes the use of critical thinking and data analysis skills in the management and reporting of data.
Prereq: Healthcare Statistics and Research (10530163)
Management of HIM Resources
10-530-167
3
Examines the principles of management to include planning, organizing, human resource management, directing, and controlling as related to the health information department.
Prereqs: Foundations of HIM 10530162; Healthcare Stats and Analytics 10530163
Healthcare Reimbursement
10-530-185
2
Prepares learners to compare and contrast health care payers, illustrate the reimbursement cycle, and to comply with regulations related to fraud and abuse. Learners assign payment classifications with entry level proficiency using computerized encoding and grouping software.
Coreq: ICD Procedure Coding (10530199); CPT Coding (10530184)
Professional Practice
10-530-196
3
Applies previously acquired skills and knowledge by means of clinical experiences in the technical procedures of health record systems and discussion of clinical situations. Student may participate in a supervised clinical experience in healthcare facilities.
Prereq: Intermediate Coding 10530165; Coreqs: Health Quality Management 10530161; Management of HIM Resources 10530167
Health Information Technology Capstone
10-530-166
1
Explore technical skills and professional attributes desired for the HIM profession, and conduct activities to assess one’s own readiness to enter the health information industry.
Prereq: Professional Practice 10530196

General Studies (18 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Credit for Prior Learning
(Work/Life Experience)
Basic Anatomy
10-806-189
3
Examines concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health careers. Learners correlate anatomical and physiological terminology to all body systems.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Written Communication
10-801-195
3
Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Technical Reporting
10-801-197
3
Focuses on the preparation and presentation of a variety of oral and written technical reports. This course is designed as an advanced communication course for students who have completed at least the prerequisite writing course and a minimum of two semesters of relevant program course work.
Prereq: Written Comm or English Comp 1 with a C or better and a minimum of 24 college credits OR active in UW-O Cert. AODA students have additional coreq of Assessment & Diagnosis of Substance Abuse. OTA students have coreq of OT Theory & Practice.
Intro to Psychology
10-809-198
3
Focuses on the theoretical foundation of human functioning and looks at learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. Students consider the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Economics
10-809-195
3
Provides a foundation of economic concepts and institutions so that students can apply economic thinking to their own decisions as consumers, employees and citizens in a market-oriented economic system. Topics include supply and demand, employment, prices and production, fiscal policy, monetary policy, market structures, and international trade and finance.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.

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