Course Descriptions


HIM120 - Medical Terminology Credits: 3
A course designed to teach the most common roots, prefixes, and suffixes in medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on definition, medical abbreviations, spelling, pronunciation, use of the medical dictionary and vocabulary building.

HIM133 - Medical Office Procedures I Credits: 3
This course prepares the medical office assistant to perform administrative functions using medical software programs. Students learn how to input patient information, schedule appointments, handle billing, produce lists and reports required in a medical office. The course is supplemented with class discussion and additional activities.

Prerequisite: OMT 119 or placement by exam.

HIM225 - Reimbursement Methodologies Credits: 3
This course prepares the medical office assistant to perform financial reimbursement functions using proper health insurance claim forms and billing guidelines for various third party payers such as: Medicare, governmental plans, commercial carriers, workers' compensation, etc. Focus is also placed on understanding Managed Care. Students learn billing for both physician and hospital claims. Students will be introduced to basic coding techniques. Emphasis is placed on the uses of coded data and health information in reimbursement and payment systems appropriate to all health care settings and managed care.

Corequisite: HIM 120 and HIM 133.

HIM228 - Healthcare Data Content and Delivery System Credits: 3
This course introduces students to the contents, use and structure of the health record, including data and data sets. It explains how these components relate to primary and secondary record systems and gives an overview of the legal and ethical issues applicable to health information. Students are introduced to the organization, financing and delivery of health care services and the organization and activities of hospitals, nursing homes, mental health and ambulatory care centers, home health agencies and hospices.

HIM233 - Medical Office Procedures II Credits: 3
This computerized simulation using medical software emphasizes patient billing. It introduces and simulates situations using widely used patient accounting software. While progressing through menus, the students learn to input patient information and perform a variety of billing operations. Students who complete this training should be able to switch to almost any such software available, even custom software, with a minimum of training. This course will be supplemented with a lecture and additional activities.

Prerequisite: HIM 133.

HIM234 - Medical Transcription I Credits: 3
Transcriptions from transcribing machines covering histories, physicals, operative procedures, autopsies, lab reports and letters from specialists. X-ray reports, manuscripts for doctors' publications and other materials are included.

Prerequisite: HIM 120.

HIM235 - Medical Transcription II Credits: 3
Continuation of Medical Transcription I with emphasis on speed and accuracy building. More complex medical reports are included in this course. (Spring only)

Prerequisite: HIM 234.

HIM238 - CPT Coding Insurance Billing Credits: 3
This course introduces the student to the support function of accounting and patient billing aspects of a medical practice. This course emphasizes practice in the assignment of valid Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes in an ambulatory care setting. Topics covered are evaluation and management services, anesthesia services and modifiers, the integumentary system, the musculoskeletal system, the respiratory ststem, the cardiovascular system, female genital and maternity care and delivery, general surgery, radiology, pathology, laboratory, the medicine section and Level II national codes, as well as third party reimbursement issues.

Prerequisite: HIM 120.

Corequisties: HIM 133 and HIM 225 and BIO 125 or BIO 130.

HIM239 - ICD-CM/PCS Coding Credits: 3
This course will introduce the student to the International Classification of Disease 10th edition that will be mandatory for Medicare and Medicaid insurance claim processing as of October 1, 2014 for reimbursement purposes. This course emphasizes practice in the assignment of valid diagnostic codes (ICD-10-CM). It also introduces students to procedures codes (ICD-10-PCS).

Prerequisite: HIM 120.

Corequisites: HIM 133, HIM 225, BIO 125 or BIO 130.

HIM240 - Advanced ICD-CM & CPT Coding Credits: 3
This course focuses on mastering the essentials of advanced medical coding services. Advanced Medical Coding utilizes higher level, more complex examples (case studies, records and scenarios). It also provides cases which are actual medical records (with personal patient details changed or removed), providing real-world experience coding from physical documentation with advanced material.

Prerequisite: HIM 238 and HIM 239.

HIM290 - Medical Certification Review Credits: 1
This course is designed to prepare the students for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) CCA (Certified Coding Associate) examination that is offered through AHIMA. Upon completion of the course, students are eligible to sit for a CCA exam. (Spring only)

Prerequisite: HIM 238 and HIM 239.

HIM299 - Healthcare Internship Credits: 3
A student who has the recommendation of the medical office faculty is given guidance in finding an administrative healthcare position. This internship is intended to give the student practical work experience in the healthcare community. The instructor will meet periodically/as needed with students and immediate supervisors to discuss progress during the internship.

Prerequisites: BIO 125 or BIO 130, HIM 120, HIM 225, HIM 228, HIM 233, and HIM 234.