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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Information Management

The following is a description of current program requirements. Students who enrolled previously should consult the catalog for the year in which they began the program, and/or their advisor.

     
2014-15 Catalog
2013-14 Catalog
2014-15 Worksheet
2013-14 Worksheet
 

Area

Health Information Management

Degree

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Length

Four Semesters

Purpose

The curriculum is designed to provide training in the management of systems to collect, interpret, and analyze patient data and to communicate information related to the research, planning, provision, and evaluation of every day operations in health care services. Additionally, students gain skills to manage positions related to these functions. The curriculum provides students with a unique blend of courses in administrative technology, information management, and health care services. Students who possess an interest in medical services, medical coding, health information regulations, and computer applications to manage will find this career rewarding. This program is beneficial to individuals who are seeking career advancement and eligibility for the national certifying examination-Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

Special Accreditation Status: (In process) Lord Fairfax Community College is in the process of applying for certification by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), in association with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Certification Eligibility: Upon accreditation by CAHIIM (though accreditation in not guaranteed) students in their final semester and graduates of the program are eligible to take a national certifying examination. The Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Certification is recognized nationwide as proof of proficiency in Health Information Management.

Occupational Objectives

Health Information (Medical Records) Assistant/Technician, Medical Coder, Coding Manager/Supervisor, Health Information Supervisor/Office Manager, Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist, Privacy Officer, health data analyst.

Employment opportunities exist in all types of healthcare delivery organizations (hospitals, ambulatory care centers, home health services and long term care facilities) plus managed care, consulting firms, claims and reimbursement companies, software service providers,  and research firms.

Program Requirements

The two-year curriculum in Health Information Management includes instruction in administrative management, medical coding, medical administrative technology, and general education. Students are advised to check with an advisor in planning their programs and selecting electives. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree with a major in Health Information Management.
 
The associate degree may be completed in four semesters if the following conditions are met:
  • Placement tests indicating readiness to enroll in ENG 111. 
  • Students without computer or keyboarding skill (below 25 words per minute) must complete the prerequisite course AST 101 or below 45 wpm) AST 102 prior to enrolling in ITE 115.
  • Students are willing to enroll in day and evening classes
  • Note: BIO 141/142 Human Anatomy and Physiology I/II may be substituted for BIO 145.

For more information, contact:

Beth Shanholtzer, MAEd, RHIA

540-868-7236