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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)

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An introductory overview of the health care system in the United States. Includes information on the organizational structure of health care, who comprises the health care team, reimbursement, managed care, the importance of data quality, legal aspects of health care including privacy and security, and the computer-based patient record. Open to all students. LEC
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A study of the language of medicine including word construction, definition and use of terms related to various areas of medical science, hospital service and the allied health specialties. Course requires students to be able to break down medical terms and understand their meanings. (This course is designed for persons wanting a better understanding of medical terms and their usage.) LEC
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This introduction to pharmacology course is intended to provide the student with the background information necessary to practice within the field of Allied Health and Health Information Management. The course covers the fundamentals of pharmacology. The classification of drugs, the use of drug reference materials, and the mechanisms of therapeutic and adverse responses to drugs will be covered in the course. This course will also introduce the processes used for drug approval in the United States. Prerequisite: Instructors permission. LEC
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A study of the language of medicine including word construction, definitions, medical abbreviations, and use of terms related to various areas of medical science, hospital service, and the allied health specialties. LEC
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A course of study relating to the composition of the health record and the department responsible for its security, confidentiality, and availability. The student will compare and contrast the content and formats of the Health Record across the continuum of health care systems; understand the record management issues unique to the health care record; study retrieval systems, record access, record retention guidelines, and record storage options currently available, and trends to the future. LEC
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This course will examine the unique characteristics of the health care industry in order to help the students identify (1) particular management skills needed as a business leader in the health care industry; (2) participate in the theory, skills, and applications of health care management through case studies and team projects. Additionally it will cover the study of management and leadership responsibilities including financial management, budgeting, organizational change, group design, strategic management, and team inter-relationships. Application of leadership and business concepts will be demonstrated through case studies and team projects. Prerequisite: An introductory course in accounting. LEC
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An introduction to the wide spectrum of health care delivery systems in which health information management professionals use their organizational and management skills. Special emphasis is placed on acute care, ambulatory care, home health, hospice care, long-term care, and managed care. The student will focus on how each delivery system is structured, what data sets are collected, the reimbursement schemes used, and how each system is integrated into the current delivery of healthcare in the United States. LEC
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Emphasis is on the statistical analysis of healthcare data. Content includes hospital-based statistics, an introduction to basic epidemiological concepts, univariate and bivariate descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, statistical estimation, and hypothesis testing for one or two sample designs. Research design and methodology will be discussed. LEC
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An in-depth study of disease processes to include signs, symptoms, test findings, therapies, and treatments of diseases presented through health care professionals' lectures in clinical specialties. The focus is on the physical manifestation of disease and the processes that occur within the body. Prerequisites: Courses in Anatomy & lab, Physiology & lab, HEIM 325, and HEIM 330 or consent of the department chairperson. LEC
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This course is concerned with the organizational foundations of information systems and their emerging strategic role in health care. It provides an extensive introduction to real-world systems, focusing on how they are related to organizations and to management. The focus is on the larger environment in which systems operate and how systems relate to organizational design, strategy, and operations. In addition, the course should reinforce and expand the students' understanding of the MS Office applications including project management software applications such as PROJECT and VISIO, and use of presentation applications (POWERPOINT), spreadsheets (EXCEL), and database applications (ACCESS) to an intermediate level. LEC
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The study of medical vocabularies, classification systems, and nomenclatures used in health care. Students will develop an understanding and ability to recognize appropriate clinical classification systems and nomenclatures as to their uses and sources and apply that knowledge to health care information systems to promote effective and efficient communication for research and reimbursement. Student will explore Case Mix, Health Care Data Sets, government regulations impacting reimbursement, and specific classifications used by the various healthcare organizations. LEC
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The course provides students the opportunity to obtain the knowledge of human resources management skills. The course will study the people within various business organizations and their training, development, retention, motivation, and legal rights within the rapidly changing business and health care sectors. Prerequisite: HEIM 380 Principles in Healthcare Management. LEC
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The content will vary depending on material appropriate to students. May be repeated for additional credit utilizing a variety of projects and special assignments. Prerequisite: Permission of program director. FLD
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Through supervised learning situations, students are given opportunities to visit different types of healthcare facilities in the area. These opportunities vary from year-to-year based upon availability. Opportunities might include (but not limited to) developing competence while practicing a specific HIM task in an actual HIM department, exploring nontraditional HIM career roles, attending guest lectures, or touring ancillary facilities. Prerequisite: HEIM 415 and HEIM 360. LEC
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This course is designed to introduce the student to fundamental concepts of the American legal system, to the process of legal change, and to the health care practitioner's potential legal interactions with patients, employees, law enforcement officers, and governmental agencies. Topics include informed consent, malpractice liability, corporate negligence, employment in the hospital, release of information rules and licensure of health professionals. This course will also address the changes in privacy and confidentiality rules and statutes as addressed at the federal level and state level. LEC
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This course is designed to help students understand databases and database management systems. Students will learn to model and understand database design, in conjunction with learning methods to structure data as records, tables, or objects. Students will also learn how query languages are used for searching, sorting, reporting, and other "decision support" activities to best utilize the available data. Along with acquiring knowledge fundamental to management of the electronic health record (EHR), students will develop general technical knowledge to become capable health information professionals. LEC
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Concepts, specifics, and guidelines for coding diseases, operations, and procedures in ICD-9-CM are taught, along with practice and application through the use of coding cases and examples. Emphasis is placed on the importance of utilizing these coding guidelines and conventions with one's newly learned coding skills to achieve accurate and precise coding. The course will reinforce the importance of adequate coding policies and procedures in all healthcare facilities. Prerequisite: HEIM 435 or permission of the instructor. LEC
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The introduction and study of classification systems and terminologies used in health care. This course will be taught with an emphasis on classification systems such as ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS and the relationship of these systems to patient care, research, and reimbursement systems. Application of coding guidelines, conventions, and rules of classification systems such as ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. Prerequisite: HEIM 435 or permission of the instructor. LEC
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A study of the requirement of the JCAHO with a focus on health information standards, quality improvement methodologies, utilization review, and medical staff credentialing and privilege delineation. In addition, Utilization Management is approached from the theoretical and practical application of the SI/IS criteria for the hospital setting. Prerequisite: HEIM 415 and HEIM 460. LEC
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Emphasis is on the statistical analysis of health care data. Content includes hospital-based statistics, an introduction to epidemiological concepts, research design and methodology, research ethics and protocol, hypothesis testing, data management, analysis and presentation. Prerequisites: MATH 101 Algebra or 104 Pre-Calculus and MATH 365 Elementary Statistics LEC
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This course will examine the complex financial systems within the health care industry. The student will gain a thorough knowledge of the diverse reimbursement methodologies utilized throughout the governmental and private insurance entities with application through: (1) case studies and (2) information systems integrated within the course work. Prerequisite: HEIM 460. LEC
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This course will look at the study of Knowledge Management as a way for an entity to generate, communicate, and leverage their intellectual assets. Topics will focus not only information technology applications but also the human side of knowledge creation, diffusion of innovation, and the application of knowledge. Classroom discussion will be supplemented with labs that encourage the student to manipulate data sets to derive various perspectives from the same information. Prerequisite: HEIM 340, HEIM 420, HEIM 490 and HEIM 540. LEC
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Provides a laboratory/Professional Practice Experience setting for the application of coding practices learned in HEIM 565 and HEIM 635. This is a two credit hour lab to be taken concurrently with HEIM 665. Prerequisites: HEIM 565, HEIM 567, and concurrently in HEIM 635. FLD
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Continued study of classification systems and terminologies used in health care. With an emphasis on CPT?/HCPCS and SNOMED CT? systems and relationship of these systems to patient care, research, and reimbursement systems. Application of CPT?/HCPCS coding guidelines, conventions and rules. This course will be an introduction to the role of mapping between the various classification systems, nomenclatures and clinical terminologies used in health care. Prerequisite: HEIM 565 or permission of the instructor. LEC
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The focus of this course is to provide a hands-on progression from the theories developed by HEIM 540 Information System Concepts. This course will require the student to apply this knowledge to real world problems with emphasis on Health Information Systems as well as Clinical Information Systems. Prerequisite: HEIM 425 and HEIM 540. LEC
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Introduction to Physicians' Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) for outpatient coding of medical and surgical procedures will be emphasized. Guidelines, conventions, and the unique characteristics of CPT will be explained along with extensive student practice and utilization of the CPT manual in coding outpatient services and procedures. Prerequisite: HEIM 430 or permission of the instructor. LEC
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Introduction to basic principles of management and education and their application in the current health care environment. Course content includes: management, quality issues, budgeting, personnel issues, evaluation and application of management concepts; educational methodologies. Cross listed with CLS 661 and RESP 661. Prerequisite: Admission to the Health Information Management Program or consent of instructor. LEC
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The course utilizes case studies and guest lecturers to address the latest developments in the management of healthcare information. Knowledge and skills learned will be applied to real-world problems. Students will research selected topics culminating in written and oral presentations. Prerequisite: HEIM 460 and HEIM 490. LEC
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The content will vary depending on material appropriate to students. May be repeated for additional credit utilizing a variety of projects and special assignments. Prerequisite: Permission of the program director. LEC
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This course will provide application of the health care and business management skills obtained from previous management courses within the Health Information Management track. Student teams will be introduced to key management issues within the business sector through a series of seminar topics and presentations. The student teams will also participate in field projects within the local business sector. Prerequisite: Senior status and permission of the instructor. LEC
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A four week internship that provides the student with a management capstone experience in the activities and responsibilities of the health information administrator. Students are responsible for all costs to include: room, board, and transportation. Management sites are selected based on the experience and credentials of the student. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all HIM professional coursework. LEC
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