Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Health Information Management (HIM) at Collin College will prepare the student for workforce, as a health information professional. The curriculum is based on the American Health Information Management Association's (AHIMA) competencies for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). This curriculum is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) Education.
HIM professionals play a critical role in collecting, maintaining and analyzing the data that healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. HIM professionals are responsible for ensuring the availability, accuracy, and protection of the clinical information needed to deliver healthcare services and to make appropriate healthcare-related decisions. HIM professionals work in a variety of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies, home care providers, and companies providing services to the medical community.
*All classes are conducted online. There is a clinical component that is satisfied in a healthcare facility within Texas.
The Collin College HIM program boasts:
Graduate Satisfaction: 100%
RHIT Exam Pass Rate: 84% *(Classes Spring 2013-Summer 2014)
The Health Information Management Degree Program at Collin College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) (http://cahiim.org).
Medical Coding and Billing Certificate
The Medical Coding and Billing Certificate is 30 credit hour on-line program that
will prepare the student for workforce as a medical coder/biller. The curriculum is
based on the American Health Information Managements Association's (AHIMA) competencies.
Professionals who specialize in coding are called health information coders, medical record coders, coder/abstractors, or coding specialists. These technicians assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure, relying on their knowledge of disease processes. Technicians then use classification systems software to assign the patient to one of several hundred “diagnosis-related groups,” or DRGs. The DRG determines the amount for which the hospital will be reimbursed if the patient is covered by Medicare or other insurance programs using the DRG system.
For current admission requirements, contact:
Michelle Millen, BS, RHIT