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Division of Health Informatics and Information Management

Admission Process
Curriculum
Clinical Experiences
Professional Credentials
Health Informatics and Information Management Pre-Professional Curriculum
Professional Curriculum
Course Descriptions

Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) is an allied health profession that focuses on the integration of information technology and management for all types of health related facilities, professional organizations, and agencies.

In most health care facilities, the HIIM professional performs tasks as diverse as coding diseases and procedures; providing research data to other health professionals; answering informational needs of lawyers, physicians, insurance, and governmental agencies; and  insuring the accuracy and confidentiality of recorded patient information. Popular job titles include HIIM department director, HIIM system manager, data quality manager, information security officer, HIIM college instructor, and consultant. These health information management professionals may choose to work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, medical group practices, insurance companies, nursing homes, pharmaceutical companies, or law firms.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
233 North Michigan Avenue
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60601-5800
(312) 233-1100
www.cahiim.org

Admission Process—Criteria for admission to the Division of Health Informatics and Information Management include:
  1. Acceptance into the University;
  2. Completed application for admission to the Division of Health Informatics and Information Management.
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended. Official course syllabi or course descriptions for all courses not taken at a Florida college or university.
  4. Minimum overall GPA of 2.0 or a grade of "C" or in designated pre-professional courses (BSC 2093 with lab, BSC 2094 with lab, CGS 2060, ACG 2021, ACG 2071, STA 2023, MAN 3025).
  5. Typed autobiographical essay of at least 300 words including your reason for desiring to enter the health informatics and information management profession.
  6. Current resume.
  7. The Admissions Committee may interview applicants.
Students must clear a criminal background check to be eligible to participate in the clinical component of the curriculum.


Curriculum—The health informatics and information management curriculum is made up of two parts:  the pre-professional curriculum and the professional curriculum.  First, the student will complete two years of basic science and general education courses.  Second, the student will complete two years of intensive coursework in health informatics and information management.  This experience includes, but is not limited to, laboratory and supervised clinical experiences at area health care facilities.

Clinical Experiences—Each student, upon acceptance into the HIM program, is required to participate in supervised learning experiences in the technical and administrative aspects of health information management in the Tallahassee and surrounding area health care facilities.  The health informatics and information management student is also required to participate in a six-week management affiliation (internship) in a health care facility or related organization.  The student’s preferences of the choice of the facility are considered; however, the faculty reserves the right to select alternative affiliation sites which serve the best interests and needs of the student to complete the education requirements.

Professional Credentials
—A Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management is awarded upon completion of the curriculum.  Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Informatics and Information Administrator (RHIA).

Faculty
Professor:  Mosley, Barbara
Associate Professor: McNeill, Marjorie
Assistant Professor: Burke, Lauralyn; Cooper, Lon’tejuana


Health Informatics and Information Management Pre-Professional Curriculum
Freshman YearSem. Hrs.
Fall Semester 
ENC 1101   Freshman Communicative Skills I3
MAC 1105   College Algebra3
BSC/CHM   (Any approved biology or chemistry) w/Lab4
HSC 1000   Orientation to Health Sciences1
AMH 2010   U.S. History 1492-1865 OR
                    AMH U.S. 2020 American History 1865 – Present
3

 14
  
Spring Semester 
ENC 1102   Freshman Communicative Skills II3
MAC 1114   Algebraic/Trigonometric Functions3
BSC 1010   General Biology I (w/lab) OR BSC 1005 Biological Science (w/lab)4
SYG 2000   Introduction to Sociology OR PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology3
AMH 2091   Introduction  to African American History OR
                    AFA 3104 African American Experience
3

 16

Sophomore YearSem. Hrs.
Fall Semester4
*BSC 2093  Anatomy and Physiology I (w/lab)3
*ACG 2021  Financial Accounting Principles 3
HUM 2210   Historical Survey I OR HUM 2230   Historical Survey II OR
                    Any recognized humanities course
3
*CGS 2060  Computer Literacy I OR MAN 2543 Introduction to Business Systems3
SPC 1017    Foundations of Speech OR SPC 2608 Public Speaking3

 16
  
Spring Semester 
*BSC 2094    Anatomy and Physiology II (w/lab)4
*ACG 2071    Managerial Accounting Principles3
*STA 2023     Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
MAN 3025    Principles of Management3
 13
  
Pre-Professional Curriculum Total Credits .........................................................................59
*This is a state common prerequisite. Substitutes indicated in the state Common Prerequisite Manual at www.facts.org will be accepted. Must successfully complete this course with a grade of C or better.

Professional Curriculum
Junior Year Sem. Hrs.
Fall Semester 
HIM 3006   Foundations in Health Information Management (w/lab)3
HIM 3437   Fundamentals of Medical Science I3
HIM 3930   Professional Development I1
HSA 3110   Organization and Administration of Health Care Facilities3
HSC 3531  Medical Terminology3

 13
  
Spring Semester 
HIM 3016    Legal Aspects of Health Information3
HIM 3116    Quality Management in Health Services (w/lab)3
HIM 3438    Fundamentals of Medical Science II3
COP 3710 Database Management Systems
3

 12
  
Summer Semester 
HIM 3806   Clinical Education I1
HIM 4465 Healthcare Informatics (w/lab)3
HSA 3170 Health Care Finance OR HSA 3430 Health Care Economics3
 7

Senior YearSem. Hrs.
Fall Semester 
HIM 4226   Medical Classification Systems I (w/Lab)3
HIM 4306   Organization and Management, Health Information Department I (w/lab)3
HIM 4656 Health Information Systems (w/lab)3
MAN 4544  Systems Theory & Design OR CIS 3040 Information Systems in  Organizations3

 12
  
Spring Semester 
HIM 3626   Health Statistics & Research3
HIM 4286 Medical Classification Systems II (w/lab)3
HIM 4344   Organization and Management, Health Information Department II (w/lab)3
HIM 4816   Clinical Education II1
HIM/HSC/HSA  Approved Elective (Upper Division)2

 12
Summer Semester 
HIM 4932 Seminar, Health Information Management1
HIM 4933 Professional Development II1
HIM 4838   Management Affiliation3

 5
  
Professional Curriculum Total Credits .........................................................................
61
Total Semester Hours120
“*This is a state common prerequisite. Substitutes indicated in the state Common Prerequisite Manual at www.facts.org will be accepted. Must successfully complete this course with a grade of C or better.”


HSC 3531 Medical Terminology (3)  Study of the basic medical language skills, including pronunciation, spelling, word construction, and definitions necessary for communication in a medical environment.
HIM 3003 Health Information Documentation
(2) Introduction to writing skills needed for documentation in various health care facilities/organizations. Emphasis is placed on techniques necessary to convert clinical observations and thoughts into documentation that meets accreditation and regulatory requirements. Medical spelling, symbols, abbreviations, and phrasing are covered.
HIM 3006 Foundations in Health Information Management (3)  Introduction to the foundations of health information systems. Exploration of the content and format of health records, accreditation and regulatory standards for documentation, and data storage and retrieval methods. Health care statistics. Laboratory accompanying.
HIM 3016 Legal Aspects of Health Information (3)  Prereq: HSA 3110.  Study of legal, ethical, and regulatory requirements affecting the use, control, access, and disclosure of health information.
HIM 3116 Quality Management in Health Services (3) Introduction to quality and performance improvement in a health care facility.  Focus on outcomes measurement, disease management process, and data quality assessment and integrity.  Laboratory accompanying.
HIM 3437 Fundamentals of Medical Science I (3) Prereq: BSC 2093/2094 lecture/lab.  Study of the pathophysiology and treatment of specific human diseases.
HIM 3438 Fundamentals of Medical Science II (3) Prereq: HIM 3437.  Continued study of the pathophysiology and treatment of specific human diseases.
HIM 3626 Health Statistics and Research (3) Prereq: STA 2023, HSA 3110.   An introduction to research design and methods with emphasis on health care outcomes improvement. Statistical analysis of health care data, including reporting and presentation techniques.
HIM 3806 Clinical Education I (1) Coreq/Prereq: HIM 3006.  Introduction to health information functions within health care facilities.  Rotation through technical functions of the department following the flow of patient data, including analysis; release of information; and storage, retrieval, and control procedures.
HIM  3930 Professional Development I (1) Structured learning experiences that  introduce students to the health information management profession.  Study of ethical standards of professional practice.  Emphasis on preparing students to develop professional objectives and map career plans.
HIM 4226 Medical Classification Systems I (3) Coreq/Prereq: HIM 3438.  Introduction to the principles and applications of ICD-10-CM/PCS.  Overview of Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs and MSDRGs).  Management of coding services.  Laboratory accompanying.
HIM 4286 Medical Classification Systems II (3) Coreq/Prereq: HIM 3438.  Continued study of medical nomenclature and classification systems.  Management of clinical data and its impact on revenue cycle management and reimbursement. Principles and applications of CPT coding.  Study of secondary data sources, registries, clinical indices, and databases.  Laboratory accompanying.
HIM 4306 Organization and Management of a Health Information Department I (3) Prereq: HIM 3006.  Study of strategic and organizational management as related to the operation of a health information department with focus on leadership, planning, organizing, and managing resources.  Laboratory accompanying.
HIM 4344 Organization and Management of a Health Information Department II (3) Prereq: HIM 4306.  Continued study of management theories with practical application to the operation of a health information department with focus on work design, performance improvement, project management, and budgeting.  Laboratory accompanying.
HIM 4406 Health Care Records (3)  Study of health record systems in various types of non-acute and ambulatory health care facilities.
HIM 4465 Healthcare Informatics (3) Prereq: CGS 2060. Introduction and application of computer concepts and technology for the management of health information to improve quality of patient care, medical education and research, and evaluation of health care services. Systems development life cycle.  Laboratory accompanying.
HIM 4656 Health Information Systems (3) Prereq: HIM 4465.  Application of data analytics and decision support throughout the health care continuum.  Data exploration and mining.  Concepts of health information exchange.  Laboratory accompanying.
HIM 4816 Clinical Education II (1) Prereq: HIM 3006, HIM 3116, HIM 4226.  Supervised learning experiences in health care facilities with emphasis on electronic health record applications, quality improvement, health care statistics, data analysis, and coding.
HIM 4838 Management Affiliation (3) Prereq: All HIM courses. Supervised learning experience in the administrative aspects of health information practice with emphasis on leadership and management functions.  Student will spend six weeks in the health information arena of a health care facility/organization. Division approval required.
HIM 4932 Seminar, Health Information Management (1) An examination of current issues and challenges facing the health care industry and the health information management profession.  Effective leadership and problem solving skills will be explored.
HIM 4933 Professional Development II (1)  Prereq: All HIM courses.  Course content is designed to provide students with a review of all domains covered on the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) national certification examination.  Test taking strategies will be emphasized.  A comprehensive examination covering all major course content offered in the curriculum will be administered.
HIM 4935 Current Issues in Health Informatics & Information Management (variable) Open to HIIM majors only.  Provides an opportunity for the focused examination of topics having special and/or current significance for students in health informatics and information management.  Topics may vary from semester to semester.
HIM 4466 Advanced Health Informatics & Information Management Concepts (variable) Open to HIIM majors only.  Advanced concepts in health informatics and information management.  Guided projects applying instructional resources in health data standards, quality management, systems technology, classification system, reimbursement methodologies, privacy and security issues.