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Health Information Specialist - AAS

Health information professionals serve as the expert on patient data that doctors, nurses and other providers rely on to perform their jobs. By maintaining, collecting and analyzing health information, health information specialists make an important contribution to the delivery of care in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry.

A degree from St. Catherine University gives students the best possible professional preparation for a satisfying, rewarding and successful career in health information. St. Kate's specializes in educating healthcare professionals and has an outstanding reputation in the healthcare community as the metro area's leading healthcare educator.

Health information specialists collect, organize, analyze and disseminate health information in numerous health-related settings. The health information specialist ensures the quality of health records by verifying their completeness, accuracy and proper entry into computer systems. They use computer applications to assemble and analyze health information as well as in coding diagnoses and procedures from patient records for reimbursement and research. Students will use computerized systems to become competent in five areas: information manager, coding specialist, performance improvement specialist, supervisory manager and registry specialist.

Health information specialist students will learn through lectures and instruction in the classroom and laboratories, in addition to seminars, discussions, field trips, guest lectures, videos and projects. They will apply health information systems theory in the Health Information Laboratory, which simulates the professional environment with practice exercises on computerized systems. They will work with electronic health records to acquire skills in handling medical information. They will also gain real-world experience through professional practice in area healthcare facilities.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the National Certification Exam of the American Health Information Management Association. Upon successful completion of the exam, they will be credentialed and ready to practice as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). The health information specialist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Students can earn their associate of applied science degree in the health information specialist program in a way that best fits their needs. Full-time students take two years to complete their studies. Computer experience begins the first term, and students take liberal arts and science and health information specialist courses concurrently. Part-time students can take three years to complete their studies by taking liberal arts and science courses before beginning health information specialist courses.

See also: Coding Specialist

Health Information Specialist Courses

HIMP 1050Medical Terminology for Health Information Professionals3
HIMP 1150Information Technology4
HIMP 1260Health Record As An Information Tool4
HIMP 1360Health Document Content And Structure4
HIMP 1450Pharmacology And Clinical Laboratory2
HIMP 1560CPT Coding3
HIMP 1900ICD Coding4
HIMP 2050Healthcare Statistics And Quality Assurance4
HIMP 2150Professional Practice Application1
HIMP 2250Advanced Coding2
HIMP 2350Organization And Supervision4
HIMP 2650Capstone: Topics And Professional Practice Application Of Health Record Management1
HIMP 2750Reimbursement Systems4
Required Supporting Courses
BIOL 2400General Anatomy and Physiology 14
BIOL 2420Human Disease 12
PHIL 2000Ethical Problems in Healthcare2
PSYC 1000General Psychology4
Additional Liberal Arts and Science and CIL Requirements
CIL 1400Health Justice2
ENGL 1100Composition2
SSCS 1000Power and Social Change2
ART Elective2
ENGL Literature Elective2
SSCS Elective2
THEO Elective2
4 Elective Credits 4
Total Credits70

These courses must have been completed no more than five years prior to entering the University to be considered for transfer.

NOTE: This curriculum is very tightly prescribed. Failure to follow the curriculum guide may result in class schedule conflicts. It also might result in the need to enroll in additional credits or in a delay in graduation. Before registering for any given semester, you should consult with the program curriculum guide, available online and through the Registrar's Office.