Keiser University

Health Information Management, AS (HIM)

* The decision on course transferability rests with the receiving institution.

Keiser University’s Associate of Science degree in Health Information Management trains students to function as entry-level Health Information Technicians (HIT). The HIT professional is a vital member of the healthcare team specializing in electronic health records and software programs; medical coding and billing; and safeguarding patient confidentiality.  Clinicians and healthcare organizations depend on medical information to deliver quality patient care, improve healthcare outcomes, medical research and to comply with state and federal laws. The program provides students with the knowledge and technology skills necessary to become self-directed learners who possess critical-thinking, problem-solving, communication and interpersonal skills.  It instills a commitment to life-long learning and important ethical values. The program fosters the acquisition of leadership abilities and systems thinking necessary for expanding career opportunities due to increasing patient privacy/data security legislation and computerization of health information.

The Associate of Science Degree in Health Information Management program at Keiser University, Fort Lauderdale campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st floor, Chicago, IL  60601-5800.  http://cahiim.org.

 

 

Program Outcomes

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Certifications

Only graduates of a program accredited by CAHIIM are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).   Obtaining this credential is important because it will demonstrate to co-workers and supervisors a dedication to quality healthcare and the highest standards of health information management; tells employers that you have been trained and tested to implement best practices and apply current technology solutions; and sets you apart from job candidates who are not credentialed.  Graduates are also eligible to take the Certified Coding Specialist (CCA, CCS and CCS-P) and Certified Professional Coder (CPC, CPC-A, CPC-H-A, CPC-H and CPC-P) exams. It is strongly recommended students complete technical elective courses in this area of study and work for a minimum of one year as a coder before taking the coding certification exam(s).

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program

Keiser University Associate of Science in Health Information Management graduates may enter directly into the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree program.

 Professional Practice Experiences

Students complete non-paid professional practice experience (PPE) in the Health Information Department of an acute care facility (160 hours) in their last term of study. PPE arrangements are made in consultation with each student so that convenient locations are selected. Students are not a substitute for paid staff during PPEs, which means they are expected to receive appropriate supervision and mentoring during completion of all tasks. Although we try to accommodate a student’s first choice, we can only place students at facilities willing to host a student. The professional practical experience (PPE) includes a combination of Internet-based laboratory projects/assignments and the completion of on-site hours in the Health Information Management (HIM) Department of a hospital (or other health care facility) with adequate facilities to provide varied work opportunities in HIM. The Internet-based laboratory HIM projects/assignments are evaluated by college faculty.

The Joint Commission Hospital Accreditation Standards Manual requires hospitals to implement “a process to ensure that a person’s qualifications are consistent with his/her job responsibilities.” This standard “applies to staff, students, and volunteers,” and it further states the hospital is responsible for verifying “the following according to law, regulation, or hospital policy: information on criminal background.” As such, Keiser University students who complete PPE in the HIM program will be required to undergo a criminal background check prior to admission to the program and again prior to placement at the facility. In addition, the facility require students undergo a physical examination prior to beginning the professional practice experience. The physical examination includes drug screening, a TB test, and/or DTB, hepatitis B, and/or MMRV immunization or status. Students will be required to incur costs associated with the criminal background check and physical examination.

Once a PPE placement has been arranged, students are expected to contact the professional practice supervisor to arrange a schedule for attendance. Students may be required to attend an on-site orientation at the professional practice facility, which could be several days in length beyond the 160 PPE hours. Students must make appropriate arrangements with their current employer to complete the 160 hours at the PPE host site.

Wage and Career Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics  employment projections for Health Information Technician careers indicate a 15 % job growth from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average, for all occupations.  Registered Health Information Technician can look forward to many expanding career opportunities due to increasing patient privacy/data security legislation and computerization of health information.  Health Information professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician offices, clinics, long-term/rehabilitation care facilities, behavior health facilities, information system vendors, consulting firms, insurance companies, government agencies and home care providers.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Associate of Science Degree in Health Information Management (HIM) program at Keiser University is to provide didactic and professional practice instruction that will allow students to perform as competent, entry-level Health Information Technicians; and to fill the needs of HIM in local and regional communities.

Program Goals

The program’s mission is further defined in the following goals:

  1. Students will demonstrate competency in the use of health information-related technologies.
  2. Students will accurately select and sequence diagnostic and procedural medical codes from routine in-patient and outpatient records.
  3. Students will demonstrate the use of critical thinking skills to identify and solve problems in discipline-specific situations.
  4. Students will exhibit professional and ethical behaviors consistent with the scope of practice of a Health Information Technician.
  5. Graduates will obtaining entry-level employment in the Health Information Management profession.

 Student learning outcomes associated with these goals are an important and integral part of the program.