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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study

Associate of Applied Science Degree MEC

Purpose: The curriculum is designed to provide training in the management of systems to collect, store, process, retrieve, analyze, disseminate, and communicate information related to the research, planning, provision, and evaluation of health care services. It provides students with a unique blend of courses in information technology, business management, and clinical knowledge. Students who possess an interest in studying diseases and therapies but who prefer not to work in a direct patient care setting find this career very rewarding. An interest in using computers to manage data is also important. Health Information Management professionals are experts on patient data that doctors, nurses, and other providers rely on to perform their jobs. 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, and research firms. 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.

Transfer Information: Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Admission Requirements:
Students must:

  • Comply with all General Admission Requirements for Allied Health Programs.
  • Complete the prerequisite courses listed below with a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher in each course.
  • Complete the Health Information Management online Information Session.
  • Have satisfactory scores on the NOVA placement test to qualify for MTH 4 or higher and ENG 111.
  • Provide evidence of good physical and mental health by submitting a physical exam form. The form must be completed before the start of clinical experience.
  • Provide a high school diploma with one unit each of high school-level Algebra and Science (preferably Biology).

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

Clinical Requirements: Students are required to complete two non-paid professional practice experiences (PPEs)/Clinical prior to graduation. Students will be assigned a site for each clinical and will not be allowed to complete a clinical at a hospital where they are employed if they work within the HIM Department. For additional information on completion of clinical, please see the HIM Program Office.

1BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I* 4
CST 229 Intercultural Communication 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
HIM 111 Medical Terminology 3
SDV 101 Orientation to Health Care 1
Total   14
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
1BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II* 4
HIM 110 Intro. to Human Pathology 3
HIM 141 Fundamentals of Health Information Systems I 3
HIM 260 Pharmacology for HIM 3
Total   13
2nd Semester
HIM 130 Healthcare Information Systems 3
HIM 142 Fundamentals of Health Information Systems II 3
HIM 220 Health Statistics 3
HIM 226 Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation 2
2___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Total   14
3rd Semester
HIM 251 Clinical Practice I 3
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 1
3___ Social Science Elective 3
Total   7
4th Semester
HIM 229 Performance Improvement in Health Care 2
HIM 230 Information Systems and Technology in Health Care 3
HIM 249 Supervision and Management Practices for HIM 3
HIM 250 Health Data Classification Systems I (CD-9-CM) 4
Total   12
5th Semester
HIM 233 Electronic Health Record Applications 3
HIM 252 Clinical Practice II 3
HIM 254 Advanced Coding and Reimbursement 3
HIM 255 Health Data Classification systems II (CPT) 2
HIM 280 Capstone Course 1
Total   12
Total credits for the Health Information Management A.A.S.=72 (includes 14 preresquisite credits)

*NAS 161 + 162 may be substituted for BIO 141 + 142, but individual courses may not be substituted.

1 Although students who have graduated with a transfer-oriented A.A., A.S., or A.A. & S. degree or any baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher education will have most of their general education considered as met, they must meet the math and science requirements specified for this program. Exceptions must be approved by the division dean responsible for the student's curriculum.

2 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

3 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives.