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About Our Program

About Our Program

Health information management (HIM) professionals lead efforts to ensure the availability, accuracy, integrity, and security of all data related to patient healthcare encounters resulting in better clinical and business decisions to enhance healthcare quality. 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. 

The Health Information Management program at Collin College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management, a certificate in Data Forensics and Informatics, and a certificate in Medical Coding and Billing.

 

Major Degree/Certificate Credit Hour Requirement Special Admission Available Online
Health Information Management AAS Degree 60 Yes Yes. There is a professional practice component. 
Health Information Foundations for Data Forensics and Informatics Certificate 18 No Yes
Computer Applications for Forensic Informatics Certificate 16 No Yes
Medical Coding and Billing Certificate 27 No Yes

 *All classes are conducted online. There is a professional practice experience that is satisfied in a healthcare facility within Texas. Due to state authorization requirements, Collin College is currently not offering the HIM program to students residing outside of the State of Texas. We regret that we are unable to meet your educational needs and encourage you to continue to pursue your educational goals. In the event you relocate to Texas, we encourage you to reconnect with us.

 

 The AAS-HIM program is selective and based on a point system. Admission is limited to 25 students per semester. Please read the information and follow the steps below by clicking on the "+" signs.

  

Interested in Health Information and would like to learn more? Please attend one of our Information sessions on the dates listed below or click on the link to watch an info session presentation. Admissions criteria, program expectations, career options, curriculum, and pre-requisites are outlined. If you have questions, please email the Director, ldanton@collin.edu.

Information Session Presentation 

 

Eligibility Requirements for application to the Health Information Management program. 

  • Minimum of 2.5 Collin College GPA
  • "C" or better in the pre-requisites courses (HITT1305, HITT2430, BIOL2404)
  • Resident of Texas*

 

  • Complete Collin College reading, writing, and mathematics assessments, placing at the College-Level (TSI Testing)
  • Complete all pre-requisites for the HIM Program (HITT1305, HITT2430, BIOL2404) with a "C" or better. To be considered for the program, the applicant should have a 2.5 GPA or better. Please note: a 2.5 GPA or better is required to progress through the HIM program once a student is admitted.
  • Completion of the HIM Admission Packet by deadline (2nd Friday in November, for Spring eligibility; 2nd Friday in July, for Fall eligibility.)
  • Submit a 500 word essay on the subject, "Why Health Information?" The essay should demonstrate a working knowledge of health information management.
  • Two letters of reference. These letters should be e-mailed directly to: Lydia Danton at ldanton@collin.edu
  • Please attend one of our Information Sessions on the dates listed under upcoming events. Admissions criteria, program expectations, career options, curriculum, and pre-requisites are outlined. For a brief overview, take a look at the HIM Information presentation.  
  • Eligible applicants must meet with program director to complete program admission.

      

 

TEAS Exam is being waived until further notice. 

 

 

 

What Happens Next?

Once you've submitted your application, eligible candidates will be contacted for an interview with HIM faculty/staff. Continue to check your CougarMail for details. Once the interview is complete, a formal "Welcome to the program" will be sent to your CougarMail. Retain this information for verification.

All applications are evaluated in the same manner.

  • Pre-requisites: BIOL2404, HITT1305, HITT2430. A grade of "C" or better in each course. 
  • Overall GPA (2.5 or higher)
  • Essay
  • Letters of reference

 

Considerations before you apply..

Immunizations, insurance, a drug screen and background check are required in order for HIM students to be placed in a Professional Practice Experience (PPE) setting. PPEs will be conducted in a Monday-Friday, 8 am - 5 pm time frame. Students who work should make arrangements with their employers. More information regarding PPEs can be found under the "Current Students" heading. 
Note: It is strongly recommended that applicants self-disclose any potential infractions that may hinder PPE placement and career opportunities. 
 
 

Castle Branch Portal

All documentation will be uploaded and maintained by our document management company, Castle Branch. The one time fee is $30.00. 

  1. Immunizations are required by our PPE partners. It is important students understand they will not be placed in a PPE setting without the proper documentation of immunity. The following immunizations are required:
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella - 2 series shot/titer proving immunity
- Varicella - 2 series shot/titer proving immunity
- Hepatitis B - 3 series shot/titer proving immunity.**
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis - within the last ten years
 
The following should be completed only prior to PPE placement...
 
- Tuberculosis Screening - annual screening
- Influenza Vaccination - within current season
2.  Current Health Insurance is required for the PPE Placement
3. Drug Screens will be conducted prior to PPE Placement. The cost of the test is $29.87 payable by the HIM Student. 
4.  Background checks will also be conducted prior to PPE Placement. The cost varries depending on the number of previous employers, payable by the HIM Student.
 
** This series takes 6 months to complete. 

 ** Due to state authorization requirements, Collin College is currently not offering the HIM program to students residing outside of the State of Texas. We regret that we are unable to meet your educational needs and encourage you to continue to pursue your educational goals. In the event you relocate to Texas, we encourage you to reconnect with us.

 

Professional Practice Experience (PPE) Requirements
 
 
Students are required to satisfy immunization, documentation, drug/background screenings, and Health Coverage. PPEs will be conducted in a Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm time frame . Students who work should make arrangements with their employers to be available during those periods. Students will create an account $30.00 for our document management company, Castle Branch and upload all necessary documentation.
 
Once a student is cleared by Castle Branch, they should email the program director for a permit.

Immunizations are required by our PPE partners. It is important students understand they will not be placed in a PPE setting without the proper documentation of immunity. The following immunizations are required:

- Measles, Mumps, Rubella - 2 series shot/titer proving immunity
- Varicella - 2 series shot/titer proving immunity
- Hepatitis B - 3 series shot/titer proving immunity - 6 months to completion 
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis - within the last ten years

The following should be completed only prior to PPE placement...

- Tuberculosis Screening - annual screening
- Influenza Vaccination - within current season

Recommended: Hepatitis A - 2 series shot/titer proving immunity


Current health coverage is required for PPE Placement
Random drug screens will be conducted prior to PPE placement. You will be given a short window to provide your sample so be looking for the announcement in your PPE class. The cost of the test is $29.87 payable by the HIM student. PPE instructor will provide more information.
Background checks will also be conducted prior to PPE placement. The cost is covered by the student. Instructions will be provided by the HIM office and facilitated through Castle Branch
Note: It is strongly recommended that applicants self disclose any potential infractions that may hinder PPE placement and career opportunities.
 Books

LIBRARY:

https://collin.libguides.com/him

Reading Recommendations

Healthcare is constantly changing and it is important for students to have a working knowledge of the current issues. 

Below are recommended sources for the most current relevant reliable information. 

The following are good resources: It is in your best interest to make sure you have access to them. 
  • Health Information Management Technology by Sayles/Gordon, 5th edition. Publisher: AHIMA
  • Fundamentals of Law for Health Informatics and Information Management by Brodnik, 3rd Edition. Publisher: AHIMA

 

  • Emperor of All Maladies, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
  • *Complications: A surgeon's notes on an imperfect science, by Atul Gawande
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman
  • Cybermedicine: How Computing Empowers Doctors and Patients for Better Health Care, by Warner V. Slack
  • Outliers; The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell
  • My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, by Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD
  • The Social Transformation of American Medicine, by Paul Starr, PhD
  • Designed to Adapt: Leading Healthcare in Challenging Times, by John Kenagy, MD
  • Wall Street Journal
  • The Journal by AHIMA (The Journal of AHIMA is available through the library in digital format. Click on the library tab through your CougarWeb.)
  • Modern Healthcare
  • HealthData Management

Healthcare is constantly changing and it is important for students to have a working knowledge of current issues. 


Students should petition for graduation once they have registered for their final courses. The petition should be scanned and emailed to Diana Platt (dplatt@collin.edu).

The petition can be found at:

Petition for Graduation

Degree will not be awarded unless a petition has been filed and evaluated. 

 

Collin College encourages the participation of our Alumni in the Collin College HIM Alumni organization. Information regarding events and activities is sent via email so if interested, provide your current personal email to the Director. Any questions regarding the group should be sent to Patricia Pierson PPierson@collin.edu, Alumni coordinator.

CAREER RESOURCES:

Just Graduated

LinkedIn

http://hicareers.com/careermap

Interested in pursing additional education?

Check out our partnerships.....

http://www.collin.edu/transferu/

http://ntxccc.org/pathways?field_career_cluster_tid%5B%5D=27&field_aas_school_tid%5B%5D=4&field_degree_path_tid=All

 

  Program Performance Indicators 
The Collin College HIM program boasts:
Graduation Rate: 89.47% (August 2018 - July 2019)
RHIT Exam Pass Rate: 90% (September 2018 - August 2019)
National Average RHIT Exam Pass Rate: 70% (September 2018 - August 2019)
Graduate Satisfaction Rate: 94.12% (August 2018 - July 2019)

                                                                                                                                 CAHIIM Seal 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)


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As a HIMSS Approved Education Partner, Collin College has met HIMSS’ rigorous standards for delivering world-class, effective healthcare and health IT education. Collin College is a member of an exclusive group of others that are authorized to offer HIMSS-approved education programs that prepare candidates for advanced knowledge in health IT or healthcare.
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