Health Information Management

IMPORTANT:  THIS PROGRAM DID NOT ACCEPT STUDENTS FOR THE 2016-2017 ACADEMIC YEAR, BUT WILL ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR THAT BEGINS SEPTEMBER 2017.

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Health Information Management

Credits required 70

Dean

Lynne Brodeur, lynne.brodeur@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

Kelly Doyle, RHIA, Department Chair & Assistant Professor of Health Information Management and Medical Coding, kelly.doyle2@bristolcc.edu

Program Code: HC

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

See Learning Outcomes



Applicants with completed applications meeting minimum criteria by Feb. 1 will be given priority consideration for admission.



Pre-Admission Requirements

  • English (high school or college) with a minimum grade of B
  • Algebra II (high school or college) with a minimum grade of B
  • Chemistry with a lab or Biology with a lab (high school or college) with a minimum grade of B
  • Students must complete the math and science courses required for admission and program degree completion within 5 years of application to the program.



    Applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in the aforementioned pre-admission courses.



    Students must complete the math and science courses required for admission and program degree completion within 5 years of application to the program.

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. Students must complete the math and science courses required for admission and program degree completion within five (5) years of application to the program.
  • The program specific courses other than the Professional Practice Experiences (PPEs) are primarily offered online.
  • 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.

Program Accreditation

  • The Health Information Management Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Program graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the National Qualifying Examination for Certification as a Registered Health Information Technician.
  • The 2013-2014 Graduate Satisfaction Rate and Employer Satisfaction Rate was 100%.

After BCC

  • Graduates have worked in such positions as Health Information Management Department Managers, Supervisors, Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialists and Coding Validators, Health Information Technicians, Electronic Medical Record Project Managers, and Data Integrity/Quality Specialists.

Infused General Education Competencies

Multicultural Perspective

Degree Requirements

General Courses

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

BIO 115Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology

4 credits

CIS 150Oracle and SQL

3 credits

COM 160Intercultural Communication

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

GVT 111U.S. Government

3 credits

HLT 106Medical Language

3 credits

MAN 101Principles of Management

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:32

Program Courses

HCI 111Introduction to Healthcare Information Management

3 credits

HCI 120Healthcare Statistics

1 credit

HCI 122Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence

3 credits

HCI 124Survey of Medical Coding and Billing

1 credit

HCI 140International Classifications of Disease CM/PCS

2 credits

HCI 211Healthcare Delivery Systems and Reimbursement

2 credits

HCI 213Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS)

2 credits

HCI 215Healthcare Quality Managment

1 credit

HCI 217Health Information Systems

3 credits

HCI 219Health Information Security

3 credits

HCI 237Human Disease Processes and Procedures

3 credits

HCI 249Advanced Medical Coding(Short)

3 credits

HCI 262HIM Management

3 credits

HCI 264Healthcare Data Analysis

3 credits

HCI 266RHIT Exam Preparation

1 credit

HCI 268HIM Professional Practice Experience (PPE)

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:37

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

BIO 115Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology

4 credits

HLT 106Medical Language

3 credits

HCI 111Introduction to Healthcare Information Management

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

CIS 150Oracle and SQL

3 credits

HCI 122Medical Law and Ethics

3 credits

HCI 140International Classifications of Disease CM/PCS

2 credits

HCI 237Human Disease Processes and Procedures

3 credits

HCI 120Healthcare Statistics

1 credit

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

COM 160Intercultural Communication

3 credits

MAN 101Principles of Management

3 credits

HCI 211Healthcare Delivery Systems and Reimbursement

2 credits

HCI 213Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS)

2 credits

HCI 215Healthcare Quality Managment

1 credit

HCI 217Health Information Systems

3 credits

HCI 219Health Information Security

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

GVT 111U.S. Government

3 credits

HCI 262HIM Management

3 credits

HCI 264Healthcare Data Analysis

3 credits

HLT 124Basic Pharmacology for Health Scicences

3 credits

HCI 249Advanced Medical Coding

3 credits

HCI 266RHIT Exam Preparation

1 credit

HCI 268HIM Professional Practice Experience (PPE)

3 credits


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 of 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), ENG 101, HLT 106, HLT 124, , BIO 115 and MTH 119. Failure to earn a “C” or better in required courses will require a repeat of that course.  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.

 

Link to the main site.