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 1050||Medical Terminology for Health Information Professionals||3|
|HIMP 1150||Information Technology||4|
|HIMP 1260||Health Record As An Information Tool||4|
|HIMP 1360||Health Document Content And Structure||4|
|HIMP 1450||Pharmacology And Clinical Laboratory||2|
|HIMP 1560||CPT Coding||3|
|HIMP 1900||ICD Coding||4|
|HIMP 2050||Healthcare Statistics And Quality Assurance||4|
|HIMP 2150||Professional Practice Application||1|
|HIMP 2250||Advanced Coding||2|
|HIMP 2350||Organization And Supervision||4|
|HIMP 2650||Capstone: Topics And Professional Practice Application Of Health Record Management||1|
|HIMP 2750||Reimbursement Systems||4|
|Required Supporting Courses|
|BIOL 2400||General Anatomy and Physiology 1||4|
|BIOL 2420||Human Disease 1||2|
|PHIL 2000||Ethical Problems in Healthcare||2|
|PSYC 1000||General Psychology||4|
|Additional Liberal Arts and Science and CIL Requirements|
|CIL 1400||Health Justice||2|
|SSCS 1000||Power and Social Change||2|
|ENGL Literature Elective||2|
|4 Elective Credits||4|
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.