Health Information Management

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Health Information Management

Credits required 71

Dean

Patricia Dent

Program contact

Ann-Marie Barone, Department Chair and Assistant Professor in Health Information Management, ext. 2369

Program Goal Statement

The goal of the Health Information Management program is to prepare competent entry-level Health Information Technicians eligible to take the national certification exam to become credentialed as Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). Graduates are prepared for employment in a variety of healthcare facilities such as physician offices, hospitals, long term care or rehabilitation facilities, clinics and vendors.

Student Learning Outcomes

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Program Information

  • The Health Information Management program prepares students to become registered health information technicians. Employment prospects for graduates are excellent. The Bristol Community College program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Health Information and Information Management.
  • Once accepted into the Health Information Management Career Program students must complete the courses in the required sequence. It is strongly recommended that students complete the science courses required for admission and program degree completion within 10 years of application to the program.
  • Some courses in this program are only offered during the day.
  • During the second year of the program students are assigned to Professional Practices Experiences (PPEs) at healthcare provider organizations throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation.
  • Medical Coding students should take HCI 237 and BIO 115 as a co-requisite or prerequisite to HCI 239 and HCI 242. Health Information Management students should take HCI 237 and BIO 234 as a prerequisite to HCI 239 and HCI 242.

Program Accreditation

  • The Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Program graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the National Qualifying Examination for Certification as a Registered Health Information Technician.
  • Exam is not required by law in Massachusetts. Of those at BCC who took the exam, 100% passed.

After BCC

  • Graduates have worked in such positions as health information department supervisor, medical coding specialist, health information technician, medical record coordinator, and medical coder.

Infused General Education Competencies

Multicultural Perspective

Degree Requirements

General Courses

BIO 233Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

BIO 234Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

CIT 121Information Technology Fluency I

3 credits

CIT 122Information Technology Fluency II

3 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

MAN 101Principles of Management

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:33

Elective Courses

Historic Awareness Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:0-3
See General Education Competency Courses for course listings

Program Courses

HCI 111Introduction to Healthcare Information Management

3 credits

HCI 122Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence

3 credits

HCI 233Health Statistics and Quality Management

3 credits

HCI 235Professional Practice Experience I

4 credits

HCI 237Human Disease Processes and Procedures

3 credits

HCI 239International Classification of Disease Coding

3 credits

HCI 242Coding of Procedures and Healthcare Reimbursement

3 credits

HCI 244Health Information Systems and Technology

3 credits

HCI 246Professional Practice Experience II

4 credits

HLT 106Medical Language

3 credits

HLT 124Basic Pharmacology for Health Sciences

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:35

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

BIO 233, CSS 101, ENG 101, HCI 111, HLT 106, PSY 101, Historic Awareness Elective

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

BIO 234, CIT 121, ENG 102, HCI 122, COM 101, MTH 119

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

CIT 122, HCI 233, HCI 235, HCI 237, HCI 239

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

HCI 242, HCI 244, HCI 246, HLT 124, MAN 101, Historic Awareness Elective

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROGRAM

Special Admission Requirements

Accepted applicants must have a high school diploma or a state-approved high school equivalency credential, demonstrate successful completion of either chemistry or biology with laboratory component with a minimum grade of “C-,” and high school Algebra I or higher with a minimum grade of "C-".   Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee admission.

Please be aware that the prerequisite for BIO 233 in first semester is BIO 111 or BIO 121.

It is strongly recommended that students complete the science courses required for admission and program degree completion within 10 years of application to the program.

Additional Requirements and Costs

Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox) immunizations or titre results (blood test to prove immune status). A TB test is required each year. Health Insurance is required. Students are responsible for associated costs such as textbooks, lab supplies, professional liability insurance, and must carry personal health insurance throughout enrollment in the program. Students must provide their own transportation to clinical assignments.

Transportation to Professional Practice Experience (PPE) sites is the student’s responsibility. Students should be prepared to travel an hour or more from campus. Students are advised to decrease outside work obligations during PPE placement. The availability of PPE sites depends on the ability to get healthcare providers to accept students.  Contracted healthcare sites may have additional requirements.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

Upon admission to the program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.  These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience.  Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement.  The College is authorized by the Commonwealth's Department of Criminal Justice to access CORI records.  Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College's CORI/SORI check process, please contact the Human Resource Department at (508) 678-2811, ext. 2194.

A CORI will be required for each PPE site in addition to the CORI upon admission. A positive CORI/SORI check may prevent individuals from working in contracted health facilities, which could prevent students from completing the program objectives. 

Essential Functions in the Health Information Management Program

Graduates from the Health Information Management program are required to possess the following abilities: 

  • Visual acuity sufficient to read and analyze materials contained in medical records in paper and computer-generated formats.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to access and work with records stored in filing and computer systems.
  • Emotional stability sufficient to maintain record completion and HIPAA standards of the profession to demonstrate good judgment and effective conflict resolutions, as well as to demonstrate ethical behavior and assume responsibility for themselves and their actions.
  • Mobility sufficient to allow access to areas within the healthcare facility in which healthcare information is generated, stored, and analyzed.
  • Communication skills sufficient to allow for communication with fellow healthcare information staff and professionals, healthcare facility staff and providers, clients of the facility and their families, and individuals from outside of the facility who seek information regarding clients.
  • Sufficient hearing skills to successfully interact with all team members.

Grade Requirements

Students must receive a minimum grade of “C” in all required Health Information Management courses (HCI), HLT 106, BIO 111 or BIO 121, BIO 233, and BIO 234. Failure to earn a “C” or better in required courses will result in program dismissal. Application for readmission (allowed once only) is dependent upon available space. Students must successfully complete all required coursework, program objectives, Professional Practice Experiences (PPEs), and competencies to graduate.

 

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